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Gemma Driburg raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association during this year’s Dementia Action Week

Gemma Dryburgh had a strong start to the season on the LPGA Tour, giving the Scotsman extra motivation to impress in last week’s Cognizant Founders Cup.

Dryburgh has pledged to donate £20 to the Alzheimer’s Association for every bird she made during the week at Upper Montclair Country Club, along with fellow players Charlotte Thomas, Caroline Inglis, Lauren Kim and Holly Clappern to support his campaign.

The Aberdeen-born golfer became involved with the charity after her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia in February 2020, and the cause is incredibly close to her heart.

“They played a big role, she and my grandfather,” Driburg revealed. “My grandfather passed away in 2019, but they have always been a big part of my golf career, my sporting career as well. I didn’t have a long career in football but I played it for a while and they always came to my games, then with golf too they were always there to support me.

“They were always fascinated to see where I would go next on my travels, and I would always call on the road and let them know what I was doing. Clearly Alzheimer’s and dementia are very personal to me, as my grandmother is going through them now.

Dryburgh competes regularly on the LPGA Tour, with his best achievement so far in 2022 being a 21 . stake

Dryburgh competes regularly on the LPGA Tour, with his best achievement so far in 2022 being a 21 . stake

“First, I heard about their ‘Sports Unite Against Dementia’ campaign, which aims to help people with dementia get access to sport, and people with dementia can still exercise. It was kind of a really perfect fit, because I’m a golfer and I’m into the sport. “.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Dementia Action Week – the UK’s longest-running awareness campaign – runs from 16-22 May, and Dryburgh has an important message for those affected by the disease.

“It is mostly about getting the word out about the diagnosis in a timely manner,” she added. “It’s about helping people get to their GP and get that diagnosis as quickly as possible. I think that’s going to be huge for us. Just getting that support so early on in Grandma’s journey with dementia.”

“We had seen the symptoms for a good two years before our diagnosis, and it was great to get all this help and support from the Alzheimer’s Association sooner. It was surprising, because they were clearly in a better place. Then they got worse during those two years.

“I think it’s just about getting the word out, and I hope my story helps people know that there is support. If you see symptoms, you can get help and support. That’s the main thing, that you’re not alone.”

On the course, Driburg admits she is dreaming of a spot in the Solheim Cup next year after qualifying for the US Open for the first time in her career earlier this month.

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A look back at the best events from a thrilling final day at the 2021 Solheim Cup, as Team Europe claimed a back-to-back win over Team USA.

A look back at the best events from a thrilling final day at the 2021 Solheim Cup, as Team Europe claimed a back-to-back win over Team USA.

“It was the best season I’ve had so far,” said Driburg. “I’ve had some good results, and I’ve also been top of the rankings during the week at times. I haven’t gotten into those top 10 yet, but I feel very close to it, and I’ve shown some signs of really good golf.

“One of my goals is to win. Last year I was so close, I got tied up for the first time in the last round after eight holes, so it’s definitely close, and hopefully I can cross the streak.

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“Just having those positions so often gives me the confidence to cross the streak and definitely one of my goals this year is to win an event because I obviously didn’t, so that’s going to be huge for me.

“This is amazing [Solheim Cup] It is definitely on my radar. I hope to continue at the level I’m at right now and put myself on Susan Petersen’s radar. Since I was young I have been watching the Solheim Cup and it has always been one of my goals to be in this team.

In its Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Association urges anyone concerned about themselves or anyone they like to take the first step and contact the charity for help. Support and more information about diagnosis is just a phone call or a click away. Visit alzheimers.org.uk/memoryloss Or call 0333150 3456.

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