The former Ryder Cup squad member and youngest pro in the field, Paul Broadhurst, wins the newly-named tournament on his debut and praises the 'brilliant' message our sponsorship is sending to older men about their increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
There was dramatic debut delight for Paul Broadhurst as he became the first winner of the newly named Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield over the August bank holiday.
The Atherstone star, a former member of the European Ryder Cup squad, pipped Gordon Manson in a sudden death play-off at the stunning East Lothian venue to take home the coveted trophy.
Having sunk a curling 25-foot putt to dash Manson’s victory hopes on the 54th hole, Broadhurst held his nerve on the second extra hole for a perfect finale to his first European Senior Tour start.
The tournament marked the start of a ground-breaking partnership between the European Tour and Prostate Cancer UK which is set to raise awareness and funds for men with prostate cancer.
Men over the age of 50 are more at risk of developing prostate cancer – the same age that players become eligible to join the Senior Tour, making the association a natural one for both parties.
It’s something that involves me. I’m at that age now where I need to start checking and make sure everything is okay; I’ll be doing that in the next few weeks.
Having celebrated his 50th birthday just over a fortnight before the tournament, Broadhurst was the youngest player in the field. As well as being hugely impressed at Prostate Cancer UK’s involvement, he was also fully aware of his own risks.
He said: “It’s something that involves me. I’m at that age now where I need to start checking and make sure everything is okay; I’ll be doing that in the next few weeks.
“The branding is brilliant; it’s everywhere. It’s made me more aware of prostate cancer and the more people that are aware of it the better.”
Prostate Cancer UK also marked its new long-term association with the European Senior Tour with a successful Pro-Am Gala Dinner at Archerfield on Wednesday night.
Sporting legends Sir Ian Botham, Ray Clemence, Chris Broad and Dennis Taylor joined former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, Tour players competing during the week such as Sam Torrance and Ronan Rafferty and representatives of the leading men’s health organisation.
An event hosted by renowned journalist and a man with a first-hand experience of the disease that kills one man every hour in the UK, Bill Elliott, in a room of more than 100 people raised an impressive £8,000 from an auction.
The tournament took place at the stunning Archerfield Links Golf Course from the 27–29 August, with professional golfers including Broadhurst competing alongside amateurs for the first two days.
Prostate Cancer UK’s Director of Research, Dr Iain Frame, (pictured above with Paul Broadhurst and Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, Andy Stubbs) said: “Driving into Archerfield ahead of the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open was a truly special moment for our organisation.
“We know what a great fit golf is to Prostate Cancer UK, and seeing our messaging front and centre across such a magnificent venue really brought that home.
“One man dies every hour from prostate cancer, which is a startling statistic given the average length of a round of golf. We need to fund vital research to hit back and those golfers at every level who have chipped in to support us are the perfect example of Men United – our team of people joining together to fight a common opponent: prostate cancer.
“We thank all at the European Senior Tour, Archerfield, East Lothian Council and Visit Scotland for their support. We’re proud of the impact this event achieved and we’re already looking forward to 2016.”
Those keen to swing into action can visit our golf pages for more information on the partnership and stay tuned for big news about next year’s event.
Prostate Cancer UK and The European Senior Golf Tour have agreed a ground-breaking initiative for the charity to become the new title sponsor of the Scottish Senior Open. The Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open will take place at Archerfield Links Golf Club, from August 27-29, 2015.