Two-time Major champion Sandy Lyle will collect a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Scottish Golf Awards, 25 years after he won The Masters Tournament.
European Senior Tour Member Lyle will reflect on becoming the first-ever Briton to claim the coveted Green Jacket and look back on a truly exceptional career.
Billed as a celebration of Scottish Golf’s achievements over the past 12 months, the prestigious event takes place on Friday March 1, 2013, at the Hilton Glasgow, with all proceeds from the awards ceremony going towards the development of young golfers in Scotland.
Lyle will take centre stage, taking a trip down memory lane to recall the famous fairway bunker shot that set up his 1988 triumph at Augusta National, and his subsequent jig of delight on the green. The 54 year old will also look back on his 1985 Open Championship triumph at Royal St George’s and his five Ryder Cup appearances, which included victories in 1985 and 1987.
Lyle will mingle with fellow guests, notable golfers – both amateur and professional – and other stars from across the Scottish sporting spectrum on what promises to be an evening to remember, one jointly organised by the Scottish Golf Union, the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and ClubGolf.
Lyle, who follows his compatriots Sam Torrance, Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie into the ‘Hall of Fame’ will fly back from his American base to collect his award in Glasgow.
“It is an honour to receive such a prestigious award from the Scottish golfing public,” said Lyle, who has claimed 30 professional victories worldwide and was a member of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ – alongside Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer and Sir Nick Faldo – in the 1980s.
“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since I won at Augusta and I’m looking forward to recalling that victory, as well as my other highlights, on the night. I have enjoyed a great career, and hope for further success in the years ahead in Europe and America.”
Lyle, the only living Scotsman to have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2012, added: “I know the awards recognise the achievements of golfers and golf clubs from all levels of the game in Scotland, so it will be great meeting all of the other winners, from our leading amateurs to our dedicated volunteers.
“I’ve heard the event is now one of the highlights of the Scottish golfing calendar, and I’m looking forward to attending.”
Together with Lyle’s accolade, Scotland’s leading male and female amateurs from 2012 will be presented with their awards, while the work of clubs at community level will be recognised with the RBS Junior Club and Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The ‘Player of the Year’, a forthcoming online vote for golf fans via the Scottish Golf Union website here, will also be a hotly-contested competition, with numerous Scottish success stories throughout 2012.
The likes of Ryder Cup hero Paul Lawrie, top-ranked Catriona Matthew, Omega European Masters champion Richie Ramsay, two-time Ladies European Tour winner Carly Booth and European Tour graduate Scott Henry will all be in the running, with all on line voters entered into a free prize draw to win a free pair of tickets for the event.
Open to all golf fans, tickets are now on sale for the glittering evening of champagne and champions priced at £85 per person or £800 for a table of 10.
The package includes a four-course meal, wine and glass of champagne on arrival, an abundance of entertainment and the opportunity to have your photo taken with golf’s most iconic trophies, while some unique prizes will also be up for grabs in the fundraising auction and raffle.
Tickets for the evening can be purchased online via the Scottish Golf Shop here or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 01334 466 477.
The latest news on the 2013 Scottish Golf Awards will also be available on Twitter @SGUGolf and via the SGU’s Facebook page here