EVERY golfer’s dream on taking on the world’s No. 1 came true for a Buchan schoolboy last week.
Liam Allan, a 13-year-old pupil from Mintlaw Academy, made his way to Sunningdale to play against the world’stop golfer, Lee Westwood.
The story began back in November, when Liam’s uncle, Gareth Jones, was listening to the Chris Evans show on Radio 2 during the time of Children in Need.
He heard that they were having an auction and one of the lots, a day trip to Sunningdale to play with Lee Westwood and Chris Evans, was something he had his eye on.
The money from the auction would go towards Children In Need, and Gareth thinking this was such a worthy cause donated £90,000 towards the charity. He decided he would take with him his brother Anthony and his two nephews Liam, a keen professional golfer in the making, and Cameron Jones, who lives in Wales, also a lover of the sport.
The boys made their way to BBC Radio 2’s broadcasting stations on Tuesday morning before heading off to Sunningdale, who had donated the use of their course for the special event. This was where the boys met Lee Westwood and Chris Evans and spoke live on Radio 2 for all their local fans to hear.
The boys played 18 holes in total - for the outward nine it was Chris and Lee versus Liam and Cameron.
Unfortunately for the young boys, the pro and the presenter came out 3 up. Things changed in the back nine, however, when Liam teamed up with Chris and took on Lee and Cameron.
It was Liam who turned out to be the star of the show when he holed a 30ft putt on the final hole meaning he and Chris came out one up.
It was then that Chris Evans threw Liam in the air with excitement because they’d beaten the world champion!
Liam, who has been golfing for more than six years, is a member at Longside and Fraserburgh golf clubs, and receives coaching from Neil Marr who is one of the professionals at Meldrum House. At the moment he’s working towards getting himself into the Scottish Golf Academy next year and eventually wants to see himself as a professional golfer.
He told the Buchanie: “I loved every minute of it, we were treated like celebrities and we got a new set of clubs from Callaway to top it all off.
“The best part was probably the whole golf round - both Lee and Chris were so down to earth and funny. They made both Cameron and I feel so relaxed, it was just like we were playing with friends.”
Liam’s mum Fiona was delighted that he got to take part in the experience.
She said: “It will be a day he’ll never forget, and although it was the chance of a lifetime for him. The money will go to such a worthy cause and other children will also benefit from it.”