Paul Lawrie receives OBE

  • Last Updated: June 14 2013, 22:44 BST

Paul Lawrie said he was "very proud" to have been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for the work of his foundation.

Paul Lawrie: OBE for former Open champion
Paul Lawrie: OBE for former Open champion

The 44-year-old, who was part of last year's victorious European Ryder Cup team, set up the foundation in 2001 to encourage and support young people to play golf, two years after winning the Open Championship.

"I'm very proud because it's for the foundation this time as opposed to what you do on the golf course," said Lawrie, who was awarded an MBE after his Open win.

"I got a letter through a few weeks ago. It's been quite difficult keeping it quiet. It's a huge honour.

"The foundation is very, very important to my wife Marian and I. We've spent a lot of time and a lot of effort and money with the help of some sponsors getting it to where it is.

"There are a lot of people who work very hard behind the scenes. I'm the one that gets the accolades and they give the nice awards to, but there are an awful lot of people who do a lot of good.

"I wanted to do it before I won the Open but we didn't think I was a big enough name and enough sponsors and kids would want to participate. Right from the second I won the Open, the plan was always to have as big foundation as we could.

"We started in 2001 and now we do football, golf, rugby, hockey and tennis. The main bit is still the golf and the idea is to take the cost away from the parents so it's very, very cheap or free to do pretty much everything in the foundation.

"I would rather one of the foundation kids won a tournament than I did. I get a huge kick from it."

All Lawrie now hopes is that he is not mistakenly called Peter Lawrie when he receives the award at Buckingham Palace - as was the case when he was presented with his MBE in 2000.

"I hope they call me Paul this time," he added. "Peter Lawrie wasn't even a professional at the time so I don't know how they managed it."

Christian Horner, team principal of the Red Bull Formula One team, has also been awarded an OBE for services to motorsport.

There were also OBEs for sports presenter Clare Balding, president of the Amateur Boxing Association Keith Walters and Brian Annable for services to cycling.

Diana Ellis, the chair of British Rowing since 1989, is made a Dame after overseeing a hugely-successful period in the sport.

Richard Lewis, the former Sport England chair and lately chief executive of the Rugby Football League receives a CBE.

Wasim Khan, the chief executive of the Cricket Foundation and the first British-born Pakistani to play professional cricket in England, receives an MBE for services to cricket and the community.

Northern Ireland footballer Noel Bailie has received an MBE following more than 1,000 appearances for Linfield in a 22-year career from 1989 to 2011.

Penny Briscoe, the performance director and chef de mission for the British Paralympic Association, also receives an MBE for her role in the team's success at last year's London Paralympics.


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