Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Darren Clarke and Alison Campbell marry on Bahamas beach

Darren Clarke and Alison Campbell with friends Graeme McDowell and Kristen Stape

Golf champion Darren Clarke has married his former model girlfriend in a simple beach wedding.

Darren and Alison Campbell — who have been engaged for over a year — were yesterday married on a sunny Bahamas beach.

The simple ceremony saw the British Open champion dressed in white shirt and knee-length shorts for the nuptials.

Former Miss Northern Ireland Alison, who runs her own model agency, looked stunning in an understated knee-length strapless dress with bouquet of white roses.

The pair were married under a white arch on a beautiful sandy beach before friends and family.

The ceremony took place at the Abaco Club, a beachfront golf and hotel resort in the Bahamas.

After the vows golf manager Chubby Chandler tweeted a photograph of the happy couple.

He posted: “Darren and Alison Clarke getting married on a spectacular day at the Abaco Club.”

Later he added: “One of the nice things is that G-Mac introduced DC and new wife on a blind date and they have made it today, seen the job through to the end!”

It referred to how the couple met, when fellow Northern Ireland golfer Graeme ‘G-Mac’ McDowell set the pair up on a blind date back in 2009. Darren and Alison immediately hit it off and the Dungannon golfer proposed in December 2010.

Chubby later posted a photograph of the smiling newlyweds with their matchmaker and his girlfriend, Kristen Stape: “The happy couple with another happy couple,” he wrote on the social networking site.

Darren’s first wife Heather — with whom he had two sons, Tyrone and Conor — died in 2006 after losing her battle with breast cancer.

Alison also has two sons — Stuart and Philip — from her first marriage to Arthur Campbell.

Darren has previously credited Alison as “putting my life back on track” after Heather’s death.

Not long after the pair met, he moved his boys back to Northern Ireland to set up home again.

Last year Darren became the oldest player to win an Open since 1967.

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