The Beef praised for working with juniors at the Open

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 18, 2016 16:23

Andrew ‘The Beef’ Johnston has been praised for playing Tri-Golf with local children during the Open Championship.

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The Open Championship at Royal Troon provided the perfect showcase for the Golf Foundation’s HSBC Golf Roots programme which helps young people to enjoy the benefits of golf and encourages them to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport through a unique community-to-club pathway.

Andrew Johnston appeared in The R&A SwingZone’ in Royal Troon’s spectator village and played a special ‘Tri-Golf Challenge’ against local youngsters from the area.

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Smiling and laughing with the kids, the Englishman played his part in ‘drive for show, putt for dough’, where he would hit the big shots so the boys and girls could make a birdie putt. Then Andrew took part in the against-the-clock ‘Open Tri-Golf Challenge’, which ran all week, where he beat five other tour pros to be top of the pro leaderboard. Andrew then took his Tri-Golf form out onto Royal Troon.

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The bearded bulky bus driver’s son became a cult hero at the Open, as he was eating while playing the course. The world number 104 finished eighth, with the crowds chanting ‘Beeeef’ when he holed his putts.

He was one of five Open Championship competitors who made an appearance with the Golf Foundation thanks to the help of Titleist. Titleist also supported the foundation’s putting challenge through the whole of Open week where more than a thousand children and parents emulated the likes of Stenson and Mickelson over 15 feet putts for prizes.

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Brendon Pyle, chief executive of the Golf Foundation, said: “Over the last decade we have had a good number of professionals visiting the SwingZone to help us promote our work to help grow the game in schools, communities and golf clubs but Andrew has certainly been one of the most cheerful, lively and fun of all. He was fantastic with the kids, encouraged them all, signed autographs and I think really inspired them. Beef’s great attitude is very refreshing and I’m sure he will have made many new young fans this week at Royal Troon.”

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The Beef is the professional at North Middlesex Golf Club, and both, along with the club’s chef, a former MasterChef winner, are profiled in the July issue of Golf Club Management.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 18, 2016 16:23
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