Sixteen teams of keen golfers contested the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day on Friday 24 August, which raised over £2200 to support personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma in partnership with Help for Heroes.
The team stableford competition was held at Fairmont, St Andrews on the award-winning Torrance Course, which was designed by Ryder Cup and Scottish golfing legend Sam Torrance.
It proved a day for patient, measured and consistent play and many teams managed to record impressive scores, successfully negotiating the strong breeze as well as challenging bunkers and water features.
Prior to heading out on the course, players had the opportunity to practise with Fairmont’s PGA professionals, warm up with a light-hearted respirator putting challenge as well as observe a 105mm Light Gun salute in memory of David, courtesy of 105 Regiment Royal Artillery.
A short-film was produced in partnership by Applecatcher Films, a company established by veteran Matt Jones, who recently graduated with a degree in filmmaking from Edinburgh Napier University.
Gary Seath said:
“It is a privilege to host a golf day event in St Andrews, the spiritual home of golf. I think the sense of expectation rises considerably as you drive through the historic town towards Fairmont Resort.
“The courses and facilities are fantastic at Fairmont, St Andrews and, coupled with the historic nature of St Andrews, I know many of our guests had been looking forward to the event for a considerable time.
“It was wonderful to welcome a considerable number of return guests from last year as well as new supporters which contributed to a wonderful sense of atmosphere, solidarity and purpose.
This year’s event has proved a great success, which has doubled the amount raised from last year and we, as a family, are sincerely grateful to everyone who supported the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day.”
The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £280,000 and 250 welfare grants have been provided, in David’s name, to personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes.
David’s memorial fund is making a huge and lasting difference to its beneficiaries. Every donation made in his memory is used to support Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) which provides specialist sports equipment, respite breaks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy, as well as facilitating supported employment placements, training courses and the setting up of small businesses.