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PGA’s flying tribute to war victim

BOLTON-based PGA North staff were delighted when the powers-that-be at the Belfry sent a memorial flag adorned with poppies to the Lancashire club to honour former professional Alexander McDonald who was killed serving his country in 1916.

Alexander, who volunteered for the 1914-16 war, lived in the club cottage.

The commemorative flags flew on 16th greens at courses up and down the country as a mark of respect for all those who died in action. And it was a big talking point at the Lostock club.

Among those who praised the PGA for their initiative were master professionals Howard Bennett, the former Golfing Union of Ireland coach, and Peter Stebbings. The latter also resided in the cottage during his term as professional. He quipped: “It was easy commuting to work!”

But, on a more sombre note, he added: “It was a great honour to have been named after my uncle who was killed in action during the Second World War in Crete at the age of 21.”