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Church leader's golf heaven

IT'S set to be a fairway to heaven for one of Scotland's church leaders.

The Rt Rev John Chalmers, the golf-mad Moderator of the 2014 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has been accepted as a volunteer at the Ryder Cup.

Mr Chalmers, 61, who has a ­handicap of 10, plans to take a short break from his church duties after being accepted as one of 1700 stewards for the event at Gleneagles in September.

He is a member of Pitreavie Golf Club at Dunfermline, and after ­university took a year out during which he caddied for his friend Bill Lockie, who played on the professional golf circuit.

However, he will have to pay for the privilege of stewarding spectators round the course.

Earlier this year, organisers of the money-spinning event at Gleneagles in Perthshire said volunteers would have to stump up almost £75 if they wanted to offer their free time at the event, which runs from September 26 to 28.

The 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales is estimated to have generated £84 million for the local economy.

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