OBE for North-east golf star

Paul Lawrie receives his OBE from Prince Charles.
Paul Lawrie receives his OBE from Prince Charles.

Deeside golfer Paul Lawrie has received his OBE at Buckingham Palace after being honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Paul (44), who won The Open at Carnoustie in 1999 and was a key member of last year’s winning European Ryder cup team, was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles for the work his foundation does encouraging youngsters to play golf.

The North-east golf hero said he was “very proud” to receive the honour for the work of his foundation but noted his achievement was no solo endeavour.

On his online blog, Paul stated: “As I have already said many times before, this accolade is for my wife, Marian, and all of our Foundation managers, sponsors , parents and kids who have all made it what it is today.”

The Paul Lawrie Foundation (PLF) was launched in 2001; two years after his 1999 Open triumph and his subsequent MBE.

It provides opportunities for juniors of any age to start playing golf, compete and improve their capabilities to the highest level.

The mission of the Foundation is to get as many young people playing golf as possible and it hopes to see someone who started out or developed their golf with them winning on tour or, ultimately, winning a major championship.

David Law, a golfer who has been with the foundation for many years, won the Scottish boys and Scottish men’s amateur championship in the same year, being the first person in history to achieve this.

The Foundation has grown rapidly and now also includes football and hockey within its remit.

In 2012, Paul Lawrie bought Aspire Golf Centre near Banchory-Devenick, now known as the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre.

The centre boasts a nine-hole par three golf course, a 27-bay driving range and three PGA teaching professionals.

He was named by the Golf Club Managers’ Association’s Golf Club Management magazine as the 37th most powerful person in British golf.