SEVENTY-TWO kind hearted golfers helped raise tens of thousands for a Parkinsons charity at the famous Royal Troon course.

Players from across the UK met up for the first ever Golf Day for Parkinson’s UK to play 18 holes and raised an amazing £18,640.

They were joined by Scottish rugby legend Peter Brown and warmed up by comedian Fred MacAuly before heading off to the Open Championship course.

As well the challenges on the links course, guest professional golfer Kevin McNiven hosted a Beat the Pro competition on the iconic Postage Stamp 8th hole.

A surprise hole in one was achieved by Ian Brotherston from Hampshire on the 17th hole and was presented with a special Royal Troon Golf Club certificate from Club Captain Des Bancewicz to commemorate his great achievement.

Darren Williams, who travelled from Shropshire to take part said: “It is great to see that the day was a great success. My company attends a number of charity golf days around the country and can say that this was the most enjoyable day we have had over the years. It was great from arrival to the food, to the club, to the club captain attending and supporting the cause, to the golf, to the meal afterwards.

Jan Mattison, Regional Fundraiser at Parkinson’s UK Scotland, said: “Parkinson’s UK is delighted that the Royal Troon Golf Day was such a fantastic event. We are incredibly appreciative of Club Captain Des Bancewicz and everyone at Royal Troon Golf Club for making the day truly special. Thanks also to all the firms and individuals who came along and supported us on the day. Everyone went home happy and we can’t ask for more than that.

“Their generosity was amazing and it’s only through support like this that Parkinson’s UK can fund it’s world-leading research to find better treatments and a cure.”