Sergio Garcia shows his class as LIV Golf star and Aston Villa player intervene | Golf | Sport


LIV Golf star Sergio Garcia showed his class by stepping in to help to save a Scottish golf course from closing down. The Dalmuir Municipal Golf Course, near Glasgow, was in danger of being cut down from 18 holes to 12 or being shut for good by the local council.

But now, thanks to people like Garcia, it will stay open. The golf course is the only one open to everyone in the area and was at risk because the council needed to save money. They had to find ways to fill a big £8.6 million hole in their budget.

Even though Garcia plays on fancy golf courses around the world, he wanted to help this one. The council had said they were running out of money and had to save cash but still give important services to people. They wrote: “The council is operating in an extremely challenging financial environment. Rapidly reducing budgets mean the options available to us [WDC] to continue to provide services in the same way are limited, and we must take action to save money while still delivering the vital services our residents rely on.”

The council has since decided to keep the course open after almost 8,000 people signed a petition against the plans – including former Masters champion Garcia. The Fireballs GC captain was not the only big name who signed the petition, with award-winning caddie Craig Connelly signing, as well as Aston Villa star and Scotland international John McGinn.

Sharing the petition on social media last month, McGinn tweeted: “Gutted to read this. Please sign if you can!” The petition was also shared by Scotland’s highest-ranked golfer and Ryder Cup star Robert MacIntyre, who encouraged his 75,000 followers on X (formerly Twitter) to sign the petition.

In the aftermath of the initial closure news, provost of the WDC and the leader of the local Labour group, Douglas McAllister opposed the plans and the Scottish National Party, tweeting in February: “Generations of Bankies have enjoyed our stunning municipal golf course at Dalmuir.I’m proud of the Scottish Labour councillors at WDC who will vote against the proposal to close the course. We are the last line of defence against SNP underfunding of local councils… We won’t reduce the size of the course. The Labour group are committed to this.

“Hope that helps to clarify matters and allay fears. 100% Guarantee. I can’t state it any clearer than that. I hope many of our local residents will consider joining.”

Meanwhile, SNP West Dunbartonshire responded: “We won’t be closing, shortening, or harming golf course. Labour have a majority and will do what they want, including making it 9 holes/reducing maintenance etc.”

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