Blair­gowrie golfer hon­oured af­ter play­ing course for 70 years

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A Perthshire man, who cy­cled six miles with a bag of clubs slung over his back to be­come a ju­nior mem­ber of Blair­gowrie Golf Club, has been hon­oured for com­mit­ment 70 years on.

Re­tired dairy farmer and for­mer cap­tain Tom Wat­son, 81, was pre­sented with a print of the Rose­mount club­house to mark his long as­so­ci­a­tion.

Cur­rent cap­tain Brian Wes­en­craft said: “There can’t be many golfers who can boast seven decades of mem­ber­ship and it’s great to see Tom still play­ing reg­u­larly and rep­re­sent­ing the club so splen­didly.

“He is a past cap­tain, spent 13 years on the com­mit­tee and played a valu­able role in our cen­te­nary sub-com­mit­tee.

“We couldn’t let this re­mark­able mile­stone go un­marked as there can’t be many clubs with a mem­ber who is still play­ing reg­u­larly 70 years af­ter join­ing.”

Tom, who wel­comed roy­alty, world lead­ers, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness­men, as­tro­naut Neil Arm­strong and stars of sport, stage and screen to Gle­nea­gles for more than a decade as the starter on the King’s Course, lives just a pitch away from the 18th fair­way on Lans­downe and still gets in four or five rounds a week.

He has played Au­gusta, tack­led all the Open rota venues and also teed-up in Europe, South Africa, Aus­tralia and South Amer­ica, but noth­ing beats his home club.

“It was on May 16 1948 that I cy­cled the quiet back road to Blair­gowrie to first be­come a mem­ber,” he said.

“It was a beau­ti­ful golf course then and while there have been changes down the years it still is a won­der­ful spot.

“I count my­self lucky to have been a mem­ber here for all th­ese years and been blessed with good health to en­joy it.”

Tom Wat­son, left, with club cap­tain Brian Wes­en­craft.

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