European Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills was among 400 guests who gathered in Aberdeen last night to celebrate Paul Lawrie’s sensational 2012 season.
Organised by Members and Officials of Deeside Golf Club – the club that Lawrie and his family have been associated with for most of his life – the Paul Lawrie Celebration Dinner was a huge success, raising £19,000 for the Scotsman’s junior Foundation.
The 1999 Open Champion was the star of the show at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen, as the 400 guests reflected on an outstanding season that saw the 43 year old win the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy as well as the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Those two victories proved the perfect preparation for his starring role in Europe’s unforgettable Sunday Singles comeback at The Ryder Cup, where Lawrie’s 5&3 beating of Brandt Snedeker played such a vital part in turning the momentum on that historic Sunday at Medinah.
The Ryder Cup was understandably the main talking point during Lawrie’s Q&A session with the 400- strong crowd, with Deeside’s Captain Neil Harper acting as Master of Ceremonies before a charity auction, including signed copies of Lawrie’s newly launched autobiography, An Open Book: The Paul Lawrie Story, raised £19,000 for the Paul Lawrie Foundation.
Hills, who travelled to Aberdeen with The Ryder Cup trophy, was delighted to have been involved in the celebrations.
He said: “It has been a great night and I am sure one that Paul will never forget. To see so many people here to celebrate Paul’s momentous season tells you so much about the man. He is one of the most genuine and respected players in all of golf, and the tireless work he does for the game in Scotland though his Foundation is very impressive.
“He deserves all of the accolades bestowed upon him and it was our pleasure to be able to bring The Ryder Cup Trophy here to add to the celebrations.”