Jan 4 2012 by Staff Reporter, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A STIRLING-BORN golf physio who worked with professionals such as Lee Westwood, Marc Warren and Oliver Wilson has died suddenly at the age of 49.
Ramsay McMaster died at his beach home in Sorrento, Australia on December 29.
His wife and two children were with him at the time.
Brother Gordon (43) from Stirling, said: “We are all absolutely devastated. Ramsay was a loving son, husband and father of two great kids. He was a fantastic brother and we were so proud of him. He will be missed by everyone.
“He had been for an evening run along the beach and had just returned to his home when he collapsed. He had always been a very fit guy so his death comes as a complete shock to us all.”
A former pupil of Wallace High School, he joined the army and served in the army medical corps.
He was always a keen sportsman and golfer – when he was 14 he played 81 holes of the nine-hole Bridge of Allan course in just one day – and developed his love and knowledge of the game and started his business, The Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic, after he emigrated to Australia in 1987.
His practice was one of the world’s first golf injury clinics, specifically preparing the body to play golf. Since it was established more than 4500 club golfers had used his services.
He pioneered golf specific physiotherapy screening and profiling, a technique used by many of the world’s top golfers. He was also a consultant to some of the leading PGA Tour pros across the globe, writing their golf fitness and injury prevention programmes.
As well as training two of the world’s leading female golfers – South Korea’s Na-Yeon Choi and Japan’s Shiho Oyama – Ramsay was also a lecturer, author and magazine consultant to Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.
Australian golfer Robert Allenby said: “Ramsay was the most amazing guy I ever met both on a personal and a professional level. As a friend he would bring the family around when we were on holidays and play cricket in the backyard share a laugh and a few beers.
“Ramsay was a guy who was truly interested in all his friends’ welfare. On a professional level I had known and worked with Ramsay for 20 years and he was undoubtedly the best physio I have ever worked with. His knowledge, advice, passion and commitment were second to none.
“Ramsay would fly halfway around the world for even just one day to treat me and make sure I was OK. I am devastated as I have lost a true friend and the golfing community has lost a pioneer of golf fitness.”
Pete Cowen, who has coached golfing greats such as Colin Montgomerie and Henrik Stenson, left a tribute on Ramsay’s website. It read: “It was always a pleasure to work with you. My passion and desire to get better was pushed to higher levels because of you. No one who met you will ever forget you.”
Ramsay was a successful golfer himself – winning Victoria’s largest Pro-Am event at Portsea Golf Club Pro-Am – and outside of work enjoyed spending time with his wife Caroline and children Zander (11) and Edie (8).
Youngest brother Alan (39), who lives in Alloa, added: “It is such a tragedy for this to have happened to Ramsay at such a young age. He was at the top of his profession, had built up an impressive worldwide reputation and was very happy loving life with a family he adored. Ramsay’s energy, humour and passion for life was formidable and he inspired everyone he met.
“The family have been inundated with messages of condolence and support over the last few days and there have been loads of tributes left on a page set up on his clinic’s website. All this shows how well Ramsay was liked and how well he was respected and we would like to thank everyone who has been in touch - it has been greatly appreciated by us all.
“He was very well known in the Stirling area where he was born and brought up and he loved coming back to visit. Ramsay is a great loss, but perhaps some consolation may be that he has left a lasting legacy for excellence in golf physiotherapy that will be remembered for years to come.”
Ramsay is survived by his wife Caroline, their two children and his mother Jean McMaster and his siblings Louise, Gordon and Alan.