Date: May 20, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

Scott, Chalmers help fallen soldiers

Australian golfers Adam Scott and Greg Chalmers have played their part in a special honour of fallen soldiers in Afghanistan.

Through the work of former special services officer Brian Freeman, one of Australia’s premier adventurers who’s dedicated to working for Australia’s servicemen and women, Scott and Chalmers laid down 41 poppies during the PGA Tour's The Players Championship in Florida, one for each of the 41 Australians who’ve died on active service in Afghanistan.

Sealed by the Governor General, a canister containing the poppies will be taken to 41 prominent places around the world, including having already been with Freeman as he summited Mount Everest.

The “roll of honour” has been run from the tip of Cape York to the southernmost point of Tasmania, including kayaking Bass Strait in winter, it has crossed the Kokoda Trail, been to Mount Kilimanjaro, sailed the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race.

Plans are in place to take it to the South Pole, be swum across the English Channel and then visit battle sites of many Australian soldiers through all theatres of war.

The end of the journey is for the roll to blessed in the cathedral at Compostela de Santiago, in Spain, from where it will make its final  journey to Finisterre on the north-western coast, the names of the fallen attached to 41 individual poppies and cast adrift on a foam capsule.