Helen takes centre stage with Stephen

Helen Gallacher is getting used to life in the Ryder Cup spotlight alongside her husband Stephen

Helen Gallacher is getting used to life in the Ryder Cup spotlight alongside her husband Stephen

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HELEN GALLACHER went close to home for the Ladies’ Day at this Ryder Cup

“We went to Edinburgh for it so essentially it meant driving past our own door to get there, which was quite funny,” said Stephen’s wife.

WAGs play a part in Ryder Cup week more than any other major sporting event.

This week, Helen appeared on stage with Stephen at the SSE Hydro for the Gala Concert.

She was also up on stage for the Opening Ceremony and looked on with pride as Stephen received a hero’s welcome when he was announced to the crowd by Paul McGinley.

“Lesley, (uncle) Bernard’s wife, spoke to me about what to expect as she’s been through it herself and that was definitely helpful,” said Helen. “She said it has changed a lot since she did it, but it was good to hear what to expect as it is still similar in some respects.”

Helen has watched Stephen at tournaments all around the world – but today was a first as he partnered Ian Poulter in the opening fourballs.

“I’ve never been inside the ropes at a tournament before so even that’s all new,” she added. “Where to stand and where not.”

Helen knew nothing about golf when she first met Stephen, but soon discovered it was his dream to play in the Ryder Cup.

“Everybody in Bathgate knows who Bernard is and his connection with the Ryder Cup,” she said.

“When we started getting more serious I soon realised what he wanted to do – and one of his dreams was to get in the Ryder Cup.

“I’m not from a golf family and it’s funny when people think I play golf myself.”