A three-over 74 probably wasn’t the start that Richie Ramsay had in mind for the first round of the Scottish Open over his home course, Royal Aberdeen. However, the 30-year-old can still take some satisfaction from his round, after his birdies at the ninth and 13th holes helped raise money for a worthy local cause.
In a bid to make Richie’s strokes count for even more this week, one of the tournament sponsors, Aker Solutions, has agreed to donate £100 to cancer charity ‘Friends of ANCHOR’ for every birdie he scores during the Scottish Open.
With Aker Solutions’ year-long partnership with Friends of ANCHOR and Ramsay’s own personal affiliation with the cause as official patron of the charity’s annual golf fundraiser, the initiative could prove to be a valuable boost for North-East cancer patients, who will ultimately benefit from the on-course challenge.
Ramsay, who shook off a shoulder injury to take his place in the field this week, said: “This generous gesture from the team at Aker Solutions makes playing in this tournament even more special for me.
"Knowing I can bring in £100 for every birdie I score in the tournament is an extra, added incentive for me to perform well.” - Richie Ramsay
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to use my golfing profile to benefit worthy, local causes like Friends of ANCHOR. Knowing I can bring in £100 for every birdie I score in the tournament is an extra, added incentive for me to perform well.”
Matt Corbin, managing director of Aker Solutions Subsea business in the UK, added: “As our charity of the year, we are delighted to support this innovative initiative from Friends of ANCHOR.
“Richie Ramsay is a great local player and working with him at a prestigious event like this, in his home town, is a natural fit.”
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