Ryder Cup legend Bernard Gallacher has been helping to lift lockdown spirits this week with a host of video calls to golf fans across the UK.
The 71-year-old former European Tour star carried out the calls from his home as part of his work as an ambassador for specialist golf insurance provider, Golf Care.
Gallacher enjoyed one-to-one conversations with some of the company’s policyholders, providing some much-needed cheer to older golfers – many of whom have already been in self-isolation for over two months.
Gallacher, who takes on the role of PGA Captain in 2021, chatted to fans for around 30 minutes, during which time they waxed lyrical about a broad range of topics, from indoor putting tips that can be practised during the lockdown to memories of tournaments gone by.
Commenting on the surprise, one of the recipients of the calls, 77-year-old David Fawkes from Southport said: “That was absolutely brilliant! Bernard was such a friendly man with an amazing depth of knowledge. It really cheered me up and I hope that hearing about our conversation helps to do the same for some other golf players, too.”
Gallacher said: “Times are tough at the moment for everybody – but perhaps more so for the older generation, who may have been stuck indoors for quite a while now. So, it was great to catch up with these gents about all things golf and life under lockdown to bring some excitement to their day. I was happy to hear they all enjoyed it, too. It’s evident that we’re all looking forward to getting back on the course – including me!”
Gallacher has been calling Golf Care customers as part of the Great Golf Giveaway – an exclusive competition open to the brand’s policyholders. It includes prizes such as a five-night golfing holiday to Spain, access to top-class coaching from Bernard himself and a range of golfing merchandise.
Bernard Gallacher chats to Golf Care customer David Fawkes