We are delighted to have the support of Nick Dougherty, Di Dougherty and James Taylor and we are proud to call them our Ambassadors.
’'I love being an Ambassador for On Course Foundation because it uses one of the passions of my life - golf, to aid the
recovery both physically and mentally injured servicemen and women.
They have given so much to protect us, now it’s our turn. Golf brings us
As a former European tour golfer, Nick turned professional in 2002 and quickly became recognised as a huge talent of the golfing world, going on to become ’Rookie of the Year’ and finishing 36th in the Order of Merit in his first season on the tour.
Nick landed his first European Tour victory in 2005 at the
Caltex Masters in Singapore and went on to be listed in the top 100 of the
Official World Golf Rankings in the same year, finishing in 15th
place on the final European Tour Order of Merit. Following this, Nick went on
to lead the 107th US Open (2007) before finishing tied 7th.
Nick secured a second European Tour victory in the very same year at the
prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and finishing 11th on
the Order of Merit before going on to win his third tour victory in 2009 at the
BMW International Open in Germany, which led to a place in The Open
Nick announced his retirement from the sport in September
2016 with his final tournament taking place at the home of Golf in St Andrews
at the ‘Alfred Dunhill Links’, the home of his most popular tour win.
Nick created a world first for live coverage of the Golf in
2015 when he wore a microphone during the British Masters tournament for Sky
Sports, and Keen to share his wealth of knowledge and passion for the game,
Nick joined the Sky Sports broadcasting team in 2016 to work across their
extensive coverage of Golf including US Masters, the Open Championship and
Ryder Cup. His knowledge, warmth and engaging presentation style has led to him
becoming a lead presenter across the network including hosting the Sky Sports
‘Sports Women of the Year’ awards in 2017.
‘’On Course Foundation is very
close to my heart. To see such a dedicated and committed Foundation change lives through the power of
sport is inspirational and to be part
of such a special community feels like a privilege’’.
Di Dougherty (née Stewart) is a television presenter and
broadcaster primarily working across Sky Sports and previously NBC’s ‘The Golf
Channel’ in America.
With a television career that has spanned more than a decade,
Di began her broadcasting career back in 2005 on Sky Sports News. She quickly
become a familiar and much-loved face on the channel, conducting live
interviews across a variety of sports on a daily basis.
It wasn’t long before Di was given the opportunity to work
on the sport she is most passionate about, covering top level Golf across the
European Tour, PGA Tour and Major Championships, hosting and presenting live
from all around the world.
It was her knowledge and hosting expertise that led to a
career highlight in both 2010 at Celtic Manor and 2014 at Gleneagles,
presenting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the prestigious Ryder Cup in
front of an audience in excess of 100 million people.
In addition to Live sport, Di has also presented a number of
high profile sport formats including ‘Golf Night’ and more recently ‘Game
Changers’ on Sky Sports and Sky One with co-host and former Olympic Athlete
More recently, alongside her work across live Golf, Di has
also become lead presenter for the Vitality Netball Superleague live on Sky
Sports which will also include the Netball World Cup in 2019.
Alongside her TV commitments, Di is an accomplished and in
demand corporate event host and conference MC, working with elite organisations
including Boodles, Waitrose, M&C Saatchi, Valero, John Lewis and O2.
Di has a focused passion for highlighting the difference
that sport can make to the next generation and also works as an ambassador for
‘On Course Foundation’ and ‘Hope and Homes for Children’ Charity.
'It's an honour to be an Ambassador of the On Course Foundation. It's great to spend time with some amazing people, playing a sport that has changed my life. I'm really looking forward to spending more time with the Foundation and getting to meet some more amazing and inspirational people''.
A first class cricketer who had appeared to have finally broken through at international level, James Taylor found his career cruelly curtailed at the age of 26 when he was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition. Having played 35 times for England from 2012-16 and captained Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, he played a full part in Englands's 2015-16 Test series win in South Africa, but just a few months later, in the opening week of the County Championship, he was forced to retire with immediate effect due to Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
The opening sentences of his autobiography, Cut Short, illustrates the seriousness of this condition: ''By rights, I shouldn't be writing this book. I should have been found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Or in the passenger seat of a car. Or on a cold wooden bench in a distant dressing room far from friends and family.''
His recovery from the attack, described by doctors as ''the equivalent of running six marathons'', has provided inspiration beyond the small world of sport - a batsman for whom ''survival'' is more than just a figurative description - but the life-long implications of his condition mean a shadow is constantly near.
Since his diagnosis James has moved on and much like the beneficiaries of On Course Foundation he has learned to live with his medical condition, understanding how to manage his body physically and how to cope mentally with the loss of the career he loved. A very driven individual, he is now working in commentary and in 2018 he was appointed as an England Selector having already been an ECB scout for emerging English talent.
Due to his condition James is unable to play most sports and took up golf during his recovery. He fell in love with the game and has quickly demonstrated that he has a talent - we shouldn't be suprised! He is a member of Notts (Holinwell) Golf Club and aspires to reduce his current 4.9 handicap as quickly as possible.
As well as being an Ambassador for the On Course Foundation, James is also an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation and Chance to Shine.