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University first as golf graduation to be shown live

Three of the world’s greatest golfers are to be honoured by Scotland’s oldest university next week, on the eve of the 139th Open Championship at St Andrews.

Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Padraig Harrington will be awarded Honorary Degrees by the University of St Andrews in a public ceremony at 3pm in the town’s Younger Hall on Tuesday 13 July 2010.

An international audience will watch the historic event, with golf fans travelling from as far afield the US, Canada and Bermuda to attend. Among them will be Mary Ann Sarazen, whose father Gene Sarazen is part of golf-lore – one of five golfers to have won all four professional majors and who won the US and British Opens with a sand wedge of his own design.

Tickets for the public event have all been snapped up. However, to cope with continuing demand the event will now be shown live on the University of St Andrews website at www.st-andrews.ac.uk/golfgraduation

The trio has won 18 major championships, including 9 British Open titles, over the course of the last half century.

The University will award each of them the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa in recognition of their achievements and outstanding contributions to the game of golf.

The degrees will be conferred by University Chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell.

Geoff Morris, Director of Special Projects at the University of St Andrews said:

“Individually and collectively, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Padraig Harrington exemplify excellence, drive and achievement at the highest levels of professional sport.

“We are determined to ensure that everyone has the chance to enjoy this opportunity to honour their achievements. That is why we are delighted to announce that this memorable event will be available to watch live and free on our website.”


Issued by the University of St Andrews

Contact Emma Shea, Communications Manager, on 01334 462 109 or email Emma.Shea@st-andrews.ac.uk

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