Wednesday 11 August 2021


Willeen McCallum

It is with great saddness that I have to announce the death of Willeen McCallum who ran the Greenlees league, single handed for 19 years. Her organisational skills, friendly manner and sense of humour stood her in good stead and we all owed her a great debt of gratitude.

In the her time all the Greenlees results were collated manually and then put in the Results Section of the Glasgow Herald

 I don’t think anyone realised how much time and effort Willeen spent making sure that the league ran smoothly through the summers and then followed this up with the presentation lunches and December fixture meetings.

As well as the general day to day running of the league, proposals from clubs had to be dealt with as well as any complaints from clubs - on the whole the latter were not numerous."
"But it all added up to responsibility of running the league."

In her time of office the 50th anniversary took place and she organised a Greenlees Jamboree over Troon Portland. A highly successful day. 3 ball best ball competition with 60 competitors. Lunch provided for some 100 people. -- No mean feat of organisation

Willeen, Anne and Fiona
75th Anniversary Celebration at Cathcart Castle

She then attended the 75th Anniversary Match at Cathcart Castle in 2015  she is seen in the photo with her successor Fiona Roger and Secretary at the time of the 75th Anniversary Anne Dunn

On her retrial in 2008 she said that the highlight of her 20 years in office was the meeting of Mrs Greenlees in 1990 at the 50th Anniversary at Troon. Mrs Greenlees got married at aged 17, had 2 children by the age of 20 and started her golfing career at Prestwick St.Nicholas and died in 1994 aged 94 

Willeen on the other hand started her golfing career at Ranfurly Castle and on her retiral she just managesd to squeeze in at no 9 in the Whitecraigs Greenlees Team..

Willeen was such a character and many of her antics came to the fore as you will see in the video below in 2007 at Prestwick St Nicholas at the Greenlees Presentation Lunch.

She also was a past member of Renfrewshire Ladies'  County Golf Assoiation and member of Whitecraigs GC   -- She will be sorely missed by many 

Funeral details in the Glasgow Herald