Prostate Cancer UK and the Scottish Senior Open will extend their association into a third year with confirmation today that the charity is joining forces with the golfing fraternity in a continuing commitment to help save lives.
The 25th anniversary edition of the Scottish Senior Open, to be played at Renaissance Club in East Lothian’s stunning Golf Coast from August 4-6, will see all income from entrance to the event being donated to Prostate Cancer UK.
This represents the third successive Scottish Senior Open in which the tournament has linked arms with the leading men’s health charity, focused on raising funds and awareness amongst the professional and amateur golfers competing in the tournament.
The first 36 holes of the £250,000 tournament, which began in 1993 and has been played every subsequent year, will be contested in the Alliance Pro-Am format (amateur players paired with a professional). The final round on Sunday, August 6 will be for pros only, with the winner taking home a cheque for £37,500.
Admission is free on all three days, but car parking will be charged at £5 for a solo driver and £10 per car with two or more occupants. The proceeds will go towards Prostate Cancer UK, who provide a vital role in helping men over the age of 50, who are more at risk of developing prostate cancer. Parking is situated just a short walk from the first tee and 18th at the internationally-acclaimed Tom Doak-designed course.
As golfers qualify at age 50 for the European Senior Tour, Prostate Cancer UK is a perfect fit with the senior golfing community. Over 26,000 men are living with, and after, prostate cancer in Scotland, while more than 47,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it the most common type of cancer among men.
Former World Number One and 1991 Masters Champion, Ian Woosnam, will be competing at Renaissance Club. He said: “The stats about prostate cancer are amazing, so it’s great that we are able to help raise awareness. I’m very aware of the disease and have been to the doctor. It’s important that men go and get checked out.”
Scotland’s Sam Torrance, a past winner of the Scottish Senior Open, added: “Cancer is something we have to get rid of. There are many forms of it and prostate cancer is one we need to help. I was made aware of it around the age of 50 and have been keeping an eye on it since.”
Former European Tour Number One and Renaissance Club Ambassador, Ronan Rafferty added: “It is shocking that so many people are completely unaware of this very curable disease. Anything we do through sport and the game of golf to make all people, let alone all men, aware of this has got to be a good thing.”
Prostate Cancer UK Director of Research, Iain Frame said: “It’s brilliant that our affiliation with the Scottish Senior Open continues for a third successive year. There is no doubt our work with the European Senior Tour has played a valuable role in raising awareness and encouraging men to know their risk of prostate cancer, as well as raising funds for vital research.
“This partnership has offered us a great opportunity to transform public awareness of a disease which affects one in eight men, and reaching them early will make a life-saving difference. Golf is the perfect fit for us at Prostate Cancer UK, but sadly prostate cancer is not out of bounds in that or across the sporting spectrum.
“Just recently we caught up with tennis personality and former Great Britain Number One and Davis Cup captain – and keen golfer - John Lloyd to discuss his own prostate cancer journey over the past year, while it was fantastic to catch up with two other survivors of the disease, Denis Law and Mike Summerbee during Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling’s epic ‘March for Men’.
“Their stories, and those of many other people affected by this disease, highlight our quest to make prostate cancer a disease that men need not fear.”
David MacLaren, Head of the European Senior Tour, said: “With Prostate Cancer UK having its name associated once again with the Scottish Senior Open, we hope we can exploit the power of sport to help raise awareness of this debilitating disease.
“Prostate Cancer will affect one in eight men in the UK during their lifetime, so clearly it is something that our membership and their friendship groups should be aware of. We have seen the magnificent achievements of the Men United campaign across football, rugby league and many other sports, and we hope this relationship will help golf play its part in making a difference in men’s health.
“The tournament will bring professional and amateur golfers together in the popular Alliance Pro-Am format, and we hope those participating in the tournament can help deliver this important message to a wide audience.”
Sponsorship opportunities, including information on securing a place in the Alliance Pro-Am, are still available for the Scottish Senior Open. For all enquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org