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Oban golfer Robert MacIntyre is auctioning his The Open golf bag to raise money for a shinty player’s rehabilitation.
The 23-year-old, who has had a dream start to his first year on the European Tour, is raising money for Fort William shinty player James Tangney.
James suffered an injury while in India that left him paralysed from the neck down.
He received surgery over there and was flown back to Scotland for recovery. He has since made progress and is now able to get around in a wheelchair, but still has a long way to go.
In a bid to help, Bob has put his limited edition TaylorMade Tour bag from the 2019 Open Championship up for auction.
The Open was his first major appearance and he did not disappoint, finishing tied for sixth.
On the auction page, the description reads: ‘Robert’s bag comes with his own personalised front panel which he can sign for the winning bid.
‘Robert is helping to raise funds for James Tangney as there is a strong family connection there.
‘Shinty has been a big part of their family life and Robert’s dad used to play for Fort William.
‘Robert spent a lot of time watching him play there, so helping to support James, another successful Fort William Shinty Club player, is something that he is very keen to do.’
Tweeting about the auction, Bob said: ‘I wanted to do something to raise funds with the special TaylorMadeTour golf bag we were given. I am happy to put it up for auction to raise some money to help [Fort William Shinty] player James Tangney on his road to recovery.’
The top bid is currently sitting at £700, with four days remaining.
James’ friends are also raising money to aid his recovery.
They will be taking on the three peaks challenge tomorrow, August 8, and have raised £19,927, at the time of writing this article.
On the JustGiving page, Bryan Simpson wrote: ‘We will be doing this to raise money to help James Tangney’s recovery and rehabilitation after suffering an accident in India that left him paralysed from the neck down initially.
‘After surgery in India he was flown to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Glasgow where he is recovering and undergoing intense physio.
‘He has shown good signs of progress and is able to get himself about with the aid of a wheelchair.
‘Although his progress has been promising so far, James still has a long road ahead and everyday tasks which we take from granted will never be the same for him. We aim to raise funds to help with any equipment he may need going forward and to help reintegrate him back into day to day living.’
Bryan added: ‘James has a great interest in sport and has captained and been player of the year a number of times for Fort William Shinty Club.’
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/3peaks-james-tangney