Charlotte’s World of Sport

HENRIK Stenson made history last Sunday at the 145th Open when he became the first male Swede to win a major championship. He did it with a record score of 264.

My eight-year-old son Daniel and my husband Stuart were lucky enough to witness it on their fourth consecutive year of going to the event.

They stayed a good hour away from Royal Troon in Motherwell and then had a 45 minute journey to and from the course on the park and ride scheme, but it was worth it to see the crème de la crème of the sport in action.

Daniel is a real golf enthusiast and has aspirations of becoming a pro one day, so when the big hitters out there took the time to high five him he was grinning from ear to ear.

These men earn millions a year through majors and sponsorship deals and lead jet set lifestyles, yet still remain true gentleman and acknowledge the fans and the children who are the future of the sport. I know a lot of people think that golf is a good walk spoilt but the etiquette and values that it also instils are invaluable and I am really pleased Daniel, a Huddersfield Golf Club member, has taken up the sport with such passion.

I very much doubt that the Brighouse Echo will reach Oakville, Ontario where most of them will be for the RBC Canadian Open this week, but to Mr Stenson, Mr Mickleson, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and the many others that didn’t leave Daniel hanging when he put up his hand a massive thank you for making his year.