Four Fife golfers who shot to prominence after one of them had a heart attack while playing at Charleton Golf Club have received an unlikely offer from Hollywood star Vinnie Jones of a round of golf in Los Angeles.
39-year-old Alan Linton, from Ladybank, collapsed on the sixth hole of the Colinsburgh course in February and appeared on BBC One’s Real Rescues with his pals Brian Henderson, Paul Pinkney and Michael Rennie, when for Jones, star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, sent them a video message.
The three golfers saved their friend’s life by administering CPR – which they knew from watching the British Heart Foundation’s advert featuring the Jones doing chest compressions to the tune of Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive.
Filmed by the pool at his LA home, the former Wimbledon and Wales footballer said: “Listen, mate, I’m happy it all worked out well for you. I’m glad you had your three mates with you who were probably watching the football with 30 cans of lager and a curry when they saw my advert.
“I think it’s a great thing they did for you, so well done. You’ve not only survived but you’ve also made a lot more aware. I did my part but you have done a big part for the British Heart Foundation as well.”
“You’re more than welcome any time you come out and I’ll give you a game of golf out here,” added Jones, but warned: “Try and get your handicap down, because I’ll be waiting for you with a few quid. All the best, mate. It’s been emotional.”
Asked by presenter Chris Hollins if they fancied taking Jones up on his invitation, all four agreed they’d definitely be up for it.