South Scotland

Golfers mark Bill McLaren's 'miracle'

(from left to right) Linda Lawson, Bette McLaren, Roddy McIntyre (captain, Hawick Golf Club) and ex-Scotland rugby star Alan Lawson.
Image caption A cairn at the 16th tee was unveiled by Bill McLaren's widow Bette

The late broadcaster Bill McLaren has been honoured in a ceremony at Hawick's Vertish Hill golf course.

The "voice of rugby", who died in January, was a keen golfer and once secured a hole-in-one at the par-four 16th hole.

Hawick Golf Club has renamed the 292-yard hole McLaren's Miracle in memory of his achievement.

A cairn was unveiled at the tee by Bill's widow Bette during a special tournament at the club.

Former Scotland and British Lions rugby stars were among those invited to take part.

The rugby greats included Andy Irvine, Gregor Townsend, Scott Hastings, Craig Chalmers, Jim Renwick and Roy Laidlaw. Two legends from the 1959 Lions tour - Ken Scotland and Bev Risman - were also invited to the event.

The celebrity-am event was organised to raise funds for the Bill McLaren Foundation.

Bill's daughter Linda Lawson, director of the foundation, said: "The foundation set up in dad's name intends to raise funds for three main objectives - to develop and promote the game of rugby, provide sporting opportunities for young people and establish an education and inspiration centre which will include dad's extensive rugby archive."

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