LOCKDOWN and Covid taught us our heroes are not sports stars and celebrities.
They’re the people who keep the country working in the most desperate of times.
But here’s a bloke who ticks both boxes.
Connor Syme is an emerging star in golf and you are going to hear a lot more of him in the next few years.
He showed his class by winning 10,000 euros in a virtual golf tournament on a simulator in May and donated the cash to two charities working flat out during the pandemic to help the vulnerable.
Fair play to BMW — a major backer of golf — because they picked up on it and told him “one good turn deserves another”.
When lockdown lifted and the European Tour restarted with six UK tournaments, BMW put Connor in a 3 Series Touring to clock up the miles.
It might have paid off because now he’s talking about buying one.
The young Scot said: “I’ve loved it. It’s been a luxury.
“Whereas before I maybe went for looks over practicality — this has got both.
“And my body has been so much better for it. The difference in my legs has been amazing.
“All my golf gear fits easily in the back. I put the rear seats down but I didn’t need to. It’s an estate but it’s still sporty at the front.
“And it’s so smart. The head-up display and the reversing camera makes everything so easy.
“My lease is up on my Mercedes A-Class soon and I’m looking at BMW. This has changed my thought process.”
I couldn’t agree more. The BMW 3 Series Touring is such an all-round peach, it’s all the car you’ll ever need.
Powerful, razor-sharp handling, quality cabin and more useful than a Swiss Army knife.
I’d have one for the pop-up rear window alone.
Now let’s talk a little about the two charities Connor supported.
He said: “I put a lot of thought into it. The Dundee Food Train supplies meals to the elderly. It’s a lifeline for many people.
“Hospice of the Valleys in Ebbw Vale is a bit further away from home but very much close to our hearts.
“My girlfriend’s grand father recently died of bowel cancer and they gave him so much love and support. They were like his best friends.”
The European Tour has pledged £500,000 to local charities as part of its #Golfforgood initiative.
Tournament hosts and the top ten players in a mini Order of Merit choose where the money goes.
Connor added: “We’re so lucky. To even get back playing is incredible.
“But then to support local charities and be able to make a difference, I’ll forever love the European Tour for that.
Connor has qualified for the US Open at Winged Foot in New York next month after finishing third and eighth in back-to-back tournaments in Wales.
He said: “That was definitely the target. Every pro wants to play in the Majors and challenge themselves. It’s going to be a cool experience and hopefully we’ll have a good week.”
Win that and you can keep that Beemer.
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