Golfers tee up 40th jubilee celebrations

Pictured are Tom Clunie, Jim Horsburgh (vice-captain), George Watson (treasurer) Ian Mccormack (handicapper) and committee members Willie Preston, Sandy Rattray and Waddell Finningham.
Pictured are Tom Clunie, Jim Horsburgh (vice-captain), George Watson (treasurer) Ian Mccormack (handicapper) and committee members Willie Preston, Sandy Rattray and Waddell Finningham.

A GLENROTHES Golf Club group is set to mark its 40th jubilee

The Senior Section will get the ball rolling on their celebrations on 3 May when they will be holding a tournament and they will culminate when they stage their anniversary dance on 1 June.

Captain Tom Clunie said the seniors’ origins were lost in the mists of time, but what was certain was that it had gone from strength to strength in recent years.

“The minutes books of the seniors have disappared – along with those for the main club from the early 1970s – but we’ve put together some facts with the help of members and others,” he added.

“It seems the seniors were certainly founded in 1972 and among those involved were Bob Wood and Bob Russell.

“In those days, the seniors arranged their own ties by playing in the order they turned up at the starters’ box.

“Around two years later, the senior’s oldest remaining trophy, the Rosebowl, was inaugurated and it had been presented by the main club.”

The seniors remain closely connected to the main club, which was founded in 1958 and has been based at Glenrothes Golf Course since 1968.

The seniors captains over the years have included: Charlie Rioch, Sid Saxton, Sandy Gilmore, Ken Sayer, Allan Wilkinson, James Mitchell, Drew Jamieson, Dave McKinlay, Tom Kimmet, Waddell Finningham, Bryan Taylor, Graham Lloyd and Donald Powis, who held the post twice.

Tom added: “Although no one seems to know the exact date of the club being founded, we are having it on 3 May when there will be 18 and nine holes championships - nine for older members - and also things like nearest the pin and what have you and on 1 June the anniversary dance.

“Membership has more than doubled over the last five years and is now nearing 100, although not all are active members and not all actually play golf.”

The latter include retired policeman, Harry Gray, who is the senior’s secretary and who said the seniors would welcome anyone interested in sponsoring events during anniversary year.

For further information, telephone Tom on 757813, or Harry on 772704.