Tuesday, 13 November 2018


Jessie Donaldson (right) with her good friend Nancy Chisholm
at the 2014 County Jamboree at Haggs Castle

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Ayrshire's Jessie Donaldson who was 95 years of age.

Her funeral is a Holmsford Bridge Crematorium next Friday the 16th November at 12:30 pm - GLASGOW HERALD NOTICE

1923 - 2018 ( by daughter in law - Aileen Donaldson) 

Jessie whose Home club was West Kilbride was also a member of Ayr Belleisle for a time and an active member of Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association.

She was the Ladies’ Captain of West Kilbride in 1963.

She captained the West Kilbride Greenlees Team with a rod of iron throughout the 70’s. Her motto always was the team came first – no excuse not to play was ever good enough. And to come in after a match to report a lost match was just unthinkable.

Captain of Ayrshire LCGA then President in the late 80’s early 90’s she travelled throughout the West of Scotland flying the flag of encouragement for ‘her team’

She also attended and played in several Scottish Championships as far afield as Machrihanish, Southerness and Dornoch where she entertained and encouraged the ‘new girls on the block’. She will be remembered by many for leading the traditional party night singing with versions of songs, concocted by husband Tommy and herself, to traditional ballad tunes. 

Until her stroke in 2007 she was still playing and enjoying competitive golf and would never miss her annual trip to the Banff Week where she met so many of her old friends and made many new friends.


Jessie at the County Jamboree at Prestwick St Nicholas 2007
SLGA Centenary Dinner March 2009 with Isabel Crawford (left) 
and her daughter Nanette Pearson (right)
Nancy and Jessie - Home Internationals 2009 Irvine Bogside 
Nancy and Jessie at Prestwick St Nicholas -  2007 County Jamboree