Bathgate ready for a big week as Ryder Cup fever grips local clubs

Bernard Gallacher. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Bernard Gallacher. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Ryder Cup fever is sweeping the Lothians – and nowhere is the excitement building more than at Bathgate.

Stephen Gallacher is set to become the third member of the West Lothian club to play in the event, following in the footsteps of both his uncle Bernard and Eric Brown. To mark the club’s rich Ryder Cup heritage, a series of events are being held this weekend, including a celebrity match on Sunday featuring Bernard as well as Harry Bannerman, who played against the Americans in 1971.

“Twelve teams are playing and the funds raised will go to Stephen’s Foundation,” said Bathgate club secretary Gerry Flannigan.

Liberton are holding an eight-a-side Ryder Cup-style match on Saturday week. One of the teams for that will be made up of members who have an American connection.

Tom Rowat, for instance, is coming over from his home in the US to play.

Pumpherston have been rewarded for their efforts in building a legacy from the Ryder Cup by being awarded the title of Sky Sports ‘Ultimate Venue’. The prize includes a state-of-the-art 3D TV for their clubhouse as well as the iconic trophy paying a visit to the club.