Golf heritage to help fight ALZHEIMER’S

This week we have a picture of the aftermath of the 1995 Scottish Open at Carnoustie. It shows Australian golfer Wayne Riley acknowledging the crowds with arms aloft shortly after he won by two strokes on the last green. To his right is opponent Nick Faldo heading off the green.
This week we have a picture of the aftermath of the 1995 Scottish Open at Carnoustie. It shows Australian golfer Wayne Riley acknowledging the crowds with arms aloft shortly after he won by two strokes on the last green. To his right is opponent Nick Faldo heading off the green.

An exciting golf-based programme to help people with Alzheimers is to be piloted at Carnoustie.

The Memories Golf Club has attracted the support of Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee and Carnoustie Rotary Club and follows on from the success of the Football Memories project at Hampden.

TOM WATSON AT THE OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL DAY AT CARNOUSTIE, 1975.

TOM WATSON AT THE OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL DAY AT CARNOUSTIE, 1975.

Over 90,000 people in Scotland have been diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer Scotland hopes to extend their Reminiscence Network programme to include other sports, including golf, cricket and shinty.

The participants’ recall of tournaments, players and incidents can be spectacular when looking at old photographs and memorabilia. Details of tournaments, drives, putts, and misses, can be triggered by the images of players and courses.

National organiser for the project Michael White said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Carnoustie come forward and help us pilot Golf Memories. We are all looking forward to working with Carnoustie Golf Links and Carnoustie Rotary Club to bring back all those wonderful memories.

“We are also extremely grateful to Donald Ford for the use of his tremendous images of courses. The pictures Donald has taken will be very helpful in bringing back memories.”

A shoe and sockless Jean van de Velde stands in the burn at the 18th hole of Carnoustie  on the final day of The Open. He lost a three shot lead and lost in a play-off.

A shoe and sockless Jean van de Velde stands in the burn at the 18th hole of Carnoustie on the final day of The Open. He lost a three shot lead and lost in a play-off.

Head golf professional at Carnoustie Colin Sinclair said: “On behalf of Carnoustie Golf Links we are delighted to be part of Golf Memories. We are very much looking forward to assisting in any way we can to enhance the programme. Carnoustie Golf Links has a wonderful heritage and it is key for us to be involved in sharing stories and memories of golf at Carnoustie for people with dementia to hopefully improve their lives in any small way we can.”

President of The Rotary Club of Carnoustie, Archie Leiper, added: “We are privileged to be involved at the outset of the programme as promoted by Alzheimer Scotland. We are fortunate to have an extensive local golfing heritage to call on, which will allow the group members to reminisce and share an abundance of famous golfing events which have taken place in Carnoustie over the last century. We look forward to supporting this most worthwhile project in the years to come.”

For details of the Carnoustie sessions contact Christine Beaton, Community Activities Organiser, Alzheimer Scotland, Angus Services, on 01241 431770 or 07990 772 390 or email angusservices@alzscot.org

men playing golf at Carnoustie golf course in June 1964.

men playing golf at Carnoustie golf course in June 1964.