Carnoustie Golf Links welcomes the On Course Foundation in lead up to 150th Open Championship
27 June 2022
The On Course Foundation will visit Carnoustie Golf Links in the lead up to the 150th Open Championship to help raise funds and awareness
On Sunday 10th July 2022 at 3.00pm, Carnoustie Golf Links will welcome participants of the On Course to The Open challenge, organised by the non-profit charity – On Course Foundation (OCF), where they will hand over the baton (or in this case Pin Flag!) and receive a donation from Carnoustie Golf Links. Carnoustie will welcome the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Patricia Sawers, along with a number of beneficiaries on Sunday 10th July, including Stuart Padley – Invictus Games Silver Medal Winner, Colin MacLachlan – SAS Who Dares Wins, Laura O’Neill, Gary Anderson, James Smith, Roddy Laing and Rob Halliday.
The OCF hosts numerous golf events throughout the year nationally and internationally to aid in the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans. They also support them in gaining employment in the golf industry.
More about the campaign:
2022 marks a momentous milestone in the history of golf with the 150th anniversary of The Open Championship taking place in July at St Andrews. To commemorate this fantastic event, beneficiaries of the On Course Foundation have created a unique challenge, called ‘On Course to the Open’.
Beneficiaries will walk, run, swim, canoe and cycle in a relay from St Georges Golf Club, Kent to St Andrews, Fife visiting all (mainland) Open Championship venues en route as well as a select number of other prestigious golf courses, carrying the 18th Flag from the 149th Open to be presented to the President of the Royal and Ancient (R&A) Golf Club of St Andrews.
The route will commence at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent and will pass through all 13 Open Championship venues within England and Scotland, finishing at the Old Course, St Andrews. Nearly 1,500km will be covered – 10km for each year of the Open.
The event will commence on Tuesday 28th June, and the team will reach St Andrews in time to deliver the Flag to the R&A on Wednesday 13th July. The team will visit Carnoustie as their last stop on Sunday 10th July at 3.00pm.
The R&A have kindly agreed to pause the Wednesday practice for the players to allow beneficiaries, including a bilateral above-knee amputee, to walk the 18th hole and present the flag. This will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. To keep within the 150th theme they will complete the challenge in 150 hours of actual travel time.
This challenge will be conducted by OCF beneficiaries which includes single and double amputees along with many other beneficiaries who have suffered serious physical and mental injuries, and who live across the UK.
Some will walk, run, cycle, swim and even canoe to cover the 1,500km route. A number of organisers and support teams will facilitate and support the event, in order to allow the participants to focus on covering the miles and raise much-needed funds and awareness en route for the charity.
As the UK’s only golf specific military charity, On Course Foundation uses the game of golf as a vehicle for the successful recovery and rehabilitation from injury and illness, for serving military personnel and veterans. Golf has become an important part of the mental, physical, emotional & spiritual wellbeing of many of the charity’s 870 beneficiaries, the majority of which had never played golf before.
This challenge will recognise the health benefits of golf and promote the inclusivity of the game. Anyone, no matter what physical or mental ailment, can benefit from the game of golf. It also aims to raise £150,000 for the charity.
Carnoustie Golf Links are delighted to support the On Course Foundation with their On Course to the Open campaign and we are extremely keen to help raise awareness of the event and the charity itself. Therefore, we are inviting media and press to attend Carnoustie on Sunday 10th July where they can meet the organisers and beneficiaries of this marvellous foundation who are all very willing to offer pre-recorded and live interviews.