Tuesday, 8 December 2020


Home Internationals 1955 - Scottish Team 
Nan Blair (2nd from Right - back row) - All names in photo within the link in the Album below


It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Renfrewshire Ladies’ County Member Nan Blair (nee Menzies) 

Nan was a member of Erskine GC and then Ranfurly Castle GC and was one of the longest serving members of the County having joined in 1950 (70 years ago)

Nan, daughter of Alec Menzies who was a Scottish International golfer himself was selected to play in the Home Internationals at Royal Portrush after winning the RLCGA County Championship over Erskine in 1955 in devastating style, when she beat the West of Scotland Champion May Drummond of Paisley by 7 and 6.

In 1956 Miss Bettie Hendry (D&A) gave Nan Blair’s mother Mrs May Menzies £250 to start the West of Scotland Girls' Association. 

May Menzies was the first Chairman and she was assisted by Miss Jean McCulloch (West Kilbride), Irma Douglas (Wishaw), Mrs Nell McLean and Mrs Jean Buchanan (both Ranfurly Castle)  and Mrs Helen Lyon (East Renfrewshire) -  Together they formed the first committee of the WOSGGA. 

What insight these ladies had and because of them the association has been able to provide support and encouragement for girl golfers throughout the West of Scotland. There have been hundreds of members over the years -- some of whom have gone on to make golf their career and are well known names in the world of professional golf -- Mhairi MacKay, Janice Moodie and many more

Nan often relegated her golf to holiday golf, because of her Medical University examinations. However, intensive practice brought her game to its peak which made that year a very memorable one 

She was part of the Renfrewshire Team which, in 1954, at Gleneagles won the Scottish County Finals for the first time.  She was also in the winning teams in 1956 at Elie and and 1957 at Balgownie

She was then selected as Captain of the Scottish Girls’ team at the British Girls Championship at Troon Portland in 1966 - Nan who was a GP  then retired and lived in Bridge of Weir where she very much enjoyed art and music

When the County had their Centenary Celebrations in 2009 Nan took pride of place with RLCGA to cut the Centenary Cake with Centenary Captain Christeen Finlayson and the other longest serving member Heather Anderson. -- See Video

We send her daughters Judith and Jane and all her family our deepest condolences

Glasgow Herald  (4th December) 

BLAIR - Nan Aged 87 years, died peacefully at Elderslie Nursing Home on Monday 30th November 2020, beloved wife of Donald, proud mother of Judith and Jane and adoring grandmother of Hannah and Rory, retired GP to many in Bridge of Weir and Houston, friend to many more. Due to current restrictions, the funeral will be private at Woodside Crematorium on Monday 14th December at 11.30am. The family would be grateful for any donations in place of flowers to Alzheimer's UK