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Published 29 November 2011

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PGA Shows Support for British Troops in Afghanistan

Monty Joins Bullock for Visit to British Troops in Afghanistan

Golf At Goodwood Consultant and PGA captain Eddie Bullock joined Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie in Afghanistan last week to help give British troops a boost. 

The whistle stop trip organised by the PGA was designed to show support for the efforts of soldiers in helping establish a new future for the war-ravaged country. 

Colin Montgomerie and Eddie Bullock delivered a series of golf clinics to soldiers and local school children and also brought along the famous Ryder Cup Trophy. 

Europe’s victorious 2010 Captain took part in a Q&A during an army dinner with Montgomerie also hosting a special golfing masterclass with Bullock delivering an insight into the great Scot’s swing. 

Connecting with the troops

Bullock, a non executive Director at Goodwood, said: “It was just sensational to see the troops and their reaction to us and Colin and the Ryder Cup and it was a wonderful opportunity to engage and connect with them. 

“It was also a tremendous thrill to engage with Afghani youths and introduce them to golf. 

“During the golf clinics with the soldiers we had everybody from plus one handicappers to beginners who were just there for the experience. 

“I lost count of how many lessons we gave but it felt like thousands between the three of us.

“My father was in the RAF and I have always had a huge amount of respect and admiration for the forces and I came away with a smile in my heart after meeting the troops. 

“This has been a trip I will never forget, the British troops are so professional, working seven days a week without hesitation and when you think of the sacrifice and effort they make on our behalf it is very humbling.” 

During the three day trip, they travelled to Camp Bastion, the British military’s main base in Helmand Province. 

At Kabul headquarters they met the Afghan president of the national Olympics committee, General Mohammad Aghbar and also spent time at the British Embassy, briefing ambassador, Sir William Patey, about the trip. 

Montgomerie commented: “I am honored to have been given the opportunity to represent the PGA along with Eddie Bullock to come to Camp Bastion with the Ryder Cup and give a series of golf master classes to the troops and to show them that we are thinking about them back home and appreciate the difficult job they are doing here to protect not just us but the rest of the world. 

“We have had an enjoyable and informative time during our short visit. We have been impressed by the calm and professional way in which everyone seems to be going about their business. We have been made to feel most welcome by all in the camp.”

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