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Man dies on UK golf course forcing tournament to be cancelled

A golfer has died during a tournament at a Scottish golf club after taking ill on the course.

Stevie McIntosh was playing at the Stewart Taylor Gents Open at Carrbridge Golf Club, Inverness, when he collapsed at around 12.50pm on Saturday.

It has been reported that Stevie, who was the course manager at the Kings Golf Club in Inverness, was taking part in the competition.

Medics battled to save the 55-year-old on the course but he was pronounced dead at the scene, reports The Daily Record.

A spokesperson for Carrbridge Golf Club said: “Stevie took unwell during the Stewart Taylor Gents Open.”

They added: “As his condition did not improve he was attended by first aiders and then by ambulance crews and the air ambulance, who battled to save him but sadly he died at the scene.

“The competition was abandoned.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.” 

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report of a man having taken unwell on Inverness Road, Carrbridge, around 12.55pm on Saturday, August 12, 2023.

“Emergency services attended and a 55-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.” 

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We received a call at 1249hrs on Saturday to attend an incident in Carrbridge.

“We dispatched an ambulance, a critical care paramedic and the Helimed to the scene.” 

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A stream of tributes have since flooded in from friends and family after the tragic incident.

Stuart Graham said: “RIP Stevie, what an amazing golfer and even better person, had many a great day/night out with this legend and even more rounds of golf with him. Very sad day.” 

Paying tribute, Jeff Stewart said: “What a legend. Loved by everyone. RIP Stevie Mac.” 

Rob Milne added: “One of life’s good guys.

“Stevie will be such a miss for everyone fortunate enough to have known him.” 

Graeme Heath said: “Numb in shock. Steve was a true gentleman and one hell of a greenkeeper. RIP Steven.” 

Kevin Munro added: “Horrible sad news. Very talented golfer and greenkeeper. Thoughts with Stevie’s family.” 

Andrew Brown added: “RIP Stevie, lovely bloke.” 

A spokesperson for Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club said: “Everyone at ICTFC was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of Kings GC Head Groundskeeper Stevie McIntosh.

“Stevie was a good friend to the club and in particular to our Academy.

“He will be sorely missed and our deep condolences go to his family, loved ones and colleagues.” 

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