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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

RENFREWSHIRE GOLFING STALWART NAN BLAIR (NEE MENZIES) HAS DIED

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

PHOTO ALBUM OF NAN BLAIR 

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


Monday, 13 July 2020

PAST D&A CAPTAIN JENNIFER KINLOCH HAS DIED


West of Scotland County Jamboree 2010
County Captain's front row - L to R  Jennifer Kinloch, Lesley Lloyd,
Trish Brown and Alex Glennie 

It is with regret that I announce the sad passing of D&A's Past Captain Jennifer Kinloch on Tuesday 7th July.

Jennifer was a member of Cardross Golf Club for 47 years and was Captain of  Dunbarton and Argyll Ladies’ County Golf Association in 2010- 2011 





She was very interested in progressing the talents and opportunities for Junior Girls and was instrumental in allowing Junior Girls to play in the Cardross Club Championship. 

Her daughter Jill is a golf club professional in Germany.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

DEATH OF SHEILA GENDERS - FERENEZE, HAGGS CASTLE AND WEST KILBRIDE

Haggs Castle Greenlees Trophy Winners - 1998
Sheila 4th from left back row

Sheila in 2010
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of past RLCGA County member Sheila Genders.

Sheila whose home club was Fereneze was also a Greenlees Trophy Team member for Haggs Castle playing along side many good players in that team at that time -- Aileen Wilson, Dorothea Hastings, Jennifer Mack, Janice Gardner (Paterson), Brenda Livingstone, Irene Rose, Carol Smith, Audrey Sturgess, Jennifer Graham, Evi Park, Isobel Pearson - to name but a few.
She was also member of West Kilbride GC

Glasgow Herald 

GENDERS - Sheila Peacefully at home, on Sunday 12th April 2020, Sheila Genders (Medical Social Worker & 
Distinguished Member of Fereneze Golf Club). Loving daughter of the late Sydney and Mary (Moira), honorary aunt to Harvie and Hunter Milligan and their families. 

Friday, 27 March 2020

GOLFING STALWART JOAN LAWRENCE MBE HAS DIED

Joan at the SLGA Centenary Lunch in 2009

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Joan Lawrence.
Joan was going to be 90 on the 20th April and had been in good health until she had a stroke last week and died last night -- With the current coronavirus situation the funeral will be private. 

Is now in the Scotsman Newspaper by Martin Dempster  - Click Here


Saturday 28th Scotsman Report
Click to enlarge

(TRIBUTES AT END OF POST) --  email CarolFellGolf if you would like to say something


Home Internationals 1960 . From L to R - Janette Wright, Ansley Lurie,
Belle Robertson, Jean Burnett

Jean McCulloch (Captain) Betty Singleton, Dorothea Sommerville,
Joan Lawrence and Margaret Myles
Some Fife County Champions including
Joan Lawrence (Centre front) Marigold Speir, Lorna Bennett,
Elaine Moffat & Dale Reid
from KirkwoodGolf
Achievements

Scottish Ladies Champion 1962 to 1964 
Member of the 1964 Curtis Cup Team 
Represented Scotland in 1964 in the World Team Championship and where Scotland finished runners up 
Member of the winning Vagliano Cup team in 1963 and 1965 Represented Scotland in the European Team Championships 1965, 1967 and 1969 
East of Scotland Champion 1971 and 1972 
International Selector 1973 to 1976 
Scottish Veteran Ladies Champion 1982 to 1984 
Regular member of the Scottish team for some 12 years and a regular in the Fife County team for over 30 years 
Won the Fife Ladies Championship 18 times, the first being in 1953 

In her non-competitive roles, she was Chairperson of the Ladies Golf Union in 1989 and in 1995 appointed as President of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association. She was also President of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golfing Society from 1994 to 1995. Captain of the winning Great Britain and Commonwealth Team in 1971 and Vice-Captain of the 1970 Curtis Cup team. 

 In the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours Joan was awarded an MBE for services to golf.

TRIBUTES

SCOTTISH GOLF WEBSITE
Andrew McKinlay, CEO of Scottish Golf said, “On behalf of Scottish Golf, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Joan’s family and friends at this difficult time. Joan was a two-time winner of the Scottish Ladies Championship and represented Scotland with distinction at so many high profile events within the amateur game.”

GILLIAN KIRKWOOD  - PAST PRESIDENT OF THE LGU
"Joan was SLGA President when I first went onto the SLGA Executive in 1995.   
Her extensive experience and golfing knowledge were extremely useful to the Committee, especially when we hosted a European Team Championship at  Nairn and discussed (fruitlessly)  amalgamation with the SGU."
  
"I’ve emailed some of the LGU Past and Vice-Presidents and they have replied to say how much they admired Joan, as a player, selector and administrator, although many of them found her strong Fife accent difficult to understand ! "  

"She had a sharp wit and a great sense of humour, but what comes through in their emails was the great respect and fondness they held for her."

"Latterly her golf took a back seat to bowls,  but she attended both SLGA and LGU events and was always supportive and interested in what the LGU was doing." 
   
"Golf is a sadder place today with the news of her death."


SHONA MALCOM - PGA SCOTLAND
"Sorry to hear about Joan's death yesterday. She was President when I went on to the SLGA as Treasurer in 1996, and we worked very closely together in what was quite a challenging time with the move to Drumoig and the need to manage the relationship with the then SGU. We kept in touch after she went off the SLGA and indeed she last popped in to see me at Gleneagles last year in the lead up to the Solheim Cup."

"Joan never minced her words - but I liked that because you always knew where you stood! Her contribution to golf in Scotland should never be underestimated, and she was very generous with her time and, almost as importantly, her advice - whether sought or just offered "
"She and Babs were stalwart supporters of ladies golf in Scotland, and the game will be poorer without her inimitable presence." 
Play through, Joan, RIP

ELINOR GRANT (Chairman SLGA 1997)
"Joan was a member of Aberdour Golf Club and in 1997 was elected to be the first Lady to be the Captain of the Club and, it is believed, the first Lady to be elected Captain of any Scottish Golf Club."

"When, in 1997,  the S.L.G.A. moved the Association HQ to Drumoig Joan was President and was the mainstay of the Executive Committee that year. We had new offices, a new Secretary, a new Treasurer and a new Chairman. 
Joan’s extensive knowledge of British golf infrastructure was invaluable that year and subsequently. Apart from being a very accomplished player over many years she was hard working, efficient, a good organiser and funny with it."

"She was Chairman of the L.G.U. in 1989/90 also -- 
In 1997 the Scottish Ladies team went to the European Team Championship in Finland where we came 2nd to Sweden. She was known to many of the Countries representatives there and highly respected"

"We kept in touch in spite of the demise of S.LG.A and her last comments to me were that she now knew nothing about anything." 
- I did not believe that!"
" An outstanding and proud Scotswoman who brought honour to her Club, county and COUNTRY."

MAUREEN GIVEN (CHAIRMAN SLGA 1984) 
"Joan and I were friends since 1949 having played together in the Girls Internationals of that year. Our paths crossed many times over the years golfing together then when I was SLGA Chairman she was Treasurer then on my appointment to the LGU Executive she was my Chairman."
"We saw each other frequently and her dedication to the game whether as a golfer or Administrator I did so admire."
 "Ladies golf in Scotland is the poorer for her loss. Sleep well friend."

WILMA LEBURN (AITKEN) - CURTIS CUP 
"I was very sad to hear of the passing of Joan Lawrence I knew Joan well during my competitive years as both a fierce competitor and proud Scot . Sad news indeed for Scottish Golf. 


AILEEN WILSON -  (SCOTTISH LADIES AMATEUR CHAMPION - 1974 - Nairn)

"I was sad to hear of the recent death of Joan Lawrence. She was a talented golfer, and much respected in so many different official positions. 
"I first met Joan in 1963 at the Scottish Championship at The Old Course Troon as it was known then. A friend and I were fortunate to be asked to be her ball-spotters in the Final."
" I was impressed by her controlled play and long running fairway shots, which resulted in a win. I realised how much she loved her golf, as well as being very competitive, and having a pawky sense of humour. "
"When the golf museum at St Andrews opened she donated one of her Scottish Championship Cup replicas to the museum. 
"The Scottish golfing scene has lost one of the their true characters." 

Aileen Wilson, Renfrewshire .

ISABEL CRAWFORD (WYLIE)-  SCOTTISH INTERNATIONIST , SLGA BOARD MEMBER AND LGU SELECTOR 

 Joan was a one off ...honest, direct, kind, and in all situations called a spade a spade....great golfer for the national cause...and a very astute administrator.....but a driver???  -------
Coming back from Killarney after the home internationals, the Captain and Vice captain had stayed on for a holiday thus Joan was given the job of driving our mini bus to Shannon airport. -- 6am  on a very stormy wet morning...visibility very poor ... pitch black and flooded roads. 
The golf bags and suitcases were piled in the back, the team sitting in the middle, all suffering from excellent Irish hospitality the previous evening!” -- Right Wylie (Joan always used surnames) up here beside me to help to read the road signs”  - Marjory Ferguson (nee Fowler) was sitting immediately behind Joan with dark glasses on and very much hung over! - Ten minutes into our trip from a high bank above the road came four or five donkeys. Joan braked violently and skidded into the side... the donkeys brayed and neighed and dispersed....clubs, cases, bags and bodies were hurtled all over the bus ....and Marjory let out a scream.”” -- 
"What was that?" - 
"Donkeys!" - replies Joan...
"Donkeys ?“shouts Marjory  -- “Not donkeys it’s your rotten driving” 
Joan and I were the only ones to know the truth!!

Isabel Crawford Ayrshire 

Saturday, 1 February 2020

DEATH OF LANARKSHIRE'S BETTY STEWART

From the Lanarkshire County Website

It is with much sadness that Lanarkshire Ladies' County Golf Association announce the death of Past Captain Betty McCormack. 

Betty had been ill for many years and had been resident in a nursing home. 

She was a very good golfer and was a regular member of the LLCGA team for many years. 
She won the championship in 1963, 1967, 1978 and runner up in 1964,1969, 1974 and 1980. 

Betty's funeral will take place on Monday at 10am at Maryhill Crematorium.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Past PGA Pro John McTear from Cowglen has died



From The Glasgow Herald 

McTEAR JOHN of South Beach, Troon, on 14th September 2019, aged 70, at the Ayr Hospice. Heartfelt thanks to caring staff. John, a former golf professional, was the dearly loved husband of Alison and a cherished friend to so many. Private funeral, at John's request.

John took up golf after being inspired by watching Arnold Palmer as he marched to victory at the 1962 Open Championship at Troon. He hen Scottish boys' championship trophy  at North Berwick in 1966

He competed for Scotland at amateur level and then competed on The European Tour for five years before spending 21 years as the club professional at Cowglen Golf Club

John was deeply interested in golf memorabilia and has a fine collection at his home. 



He had a total of five top ten finishes on the Seniors Tour, with his best performances coming at the Lawrence Batley tournament where he finished tied for fifth and the STC Bovis Lend Lease European Invitational where he was tied for sixth. 
During 2001, John also won the prestigious PGA Senior Club Professional title for the first time, succeeding Jim Rhodes as the champion. 

He was married to Alison who is a past member of Haggs Castle and currently a member of the Ladies Golf Club Troon and we send her our deepest sympathy.

Monday, 9 September 2019

SLGA, LGU AND RENFREWSHIRE STALWART ROSEMARY DYKES HAS DIED


It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Rosemary Dykes from Turnberry on Friday 6th September at the age of 89.

She was involved in many adminstrative roles through out her golfing career :-- 

1979- 1981 Captain - Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association
1985 - 1986  -  Chairman LGU Executive Council,
1987 : Honorary Member of Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association
1999 - 2004 - Honorary President of RLCGA
She was one of 13 SLGA Vice Presidents. - The others are Catriona Matthew, Marigold Speir (deceased)  Jean Cameron, Pat Cairns Smith, Joan Lawrence MBE, Joyce Cooper, Ethel Jack (deceased)  Wendy Cameron, Belle Robertson MBE, Margo Bauer, Mary Greig (deceased) and Nancy Chisholm MBE


SLGA Centenary Lunch 2004
Back : L to R - Audrey Sturgess, Fiona Roger, Beth Paterson,
Jennifer Mack, Evi Park, Dorothea Hastings
Front L to R - Pamela MacKenzie, Rosemary Dykes, Carol Fell,
Christeen Finlayson and Moyra Gordon

Eleven ladies represented Renfrewshire at the SLGA Centenary luncheon held in Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh on Sarturday 9th October 2004 -- A historic day - the opening of he new Scottish Parliament building took place on that day

She lived on the South side of Glasgow and was a member of Bonnyton Golf Club and then moved to Turnberry and enjoyed living there with her husband Harry and playing golf at Turnberry.
Harold died in 2012 at the age of 93.

 In the 1980's and 1990's Turnberry  was in the 1st Division of the Greenlees Trophy and played alongside the McKay sisters Mhairi and Fiona (Norris)  
She  was interviewed by the  Telegraph Newspaper in 2002 (Click to read more)  and told them she remembered when the 12-year-old Mhairi McKay would play in the women's Greenlees team. "Little old ladies were horrified when they found they had to play her," Dykes said. They would lose every time but they would also be won over by the child's charm and chat. 


RLCGA Past Captains Lunch - 2007 at Erskine GC.
Rosemary - far left.

She continued to support Renfrewshire at many of the County events going to the West of Scotland Jamboree's and RLCGA Past Captain Lunches and Championships.

She was still able to come along and support at the West of Scotland County Jamboree in 2014 at Haggs Castle and the 2017 Jamboree at Hamilton where she caught up with many old friends and players.

At Haggs Castle there was an incident then when A VISOR was lost and with a bit of detective work the problem was solved --- CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Wendy Cameron, Pearl Orr, Margaret Horne, Rosemary Dykes and Christeen Finlayson
2014 - Haggs Castle
2017  Hamilton - Rosemary Dykes, Morag Key, Wendy Cameron,
Aileen Wilson and Jennifer Graham
Photo courtesy of Jean MacIntyre

Morag Key also said that they all had a good chinwag as you can see from the photo below that she sent me and said "Rosemary was a real character."
 "I remember her well as Handicap Advisor for the West as I was Handicap Secretary at the time"


Photo courtesy of Morag Key

I know she will be missed by many and we send her family our deepest sympathy. 

The Funeral is on Tuesday 10th September at the Jewish Cemetery , Cathcart at 1:15pm - No flowers please -- 
Address -- 131 Netherlee Road
Glasgow G44 3YL

by Carol Fell

Some Messages that have been received through Facebook 


Pearl Orr -  I am devastated. Such a lovely person. Unfortunately I am in Ireland at the moment and will not be able to attend the funeral. If possible please convey my sincere condolences.
Pearl

Christeen Finlayson — So sorry to hear the news of Rosemary's death.  She was a marvellous lady - gracious, so enthusiastic and full of fun.  I remember her well as an outstanding County President


Mo Neilson — That's sad news. She was a very charming friendly and inspiring lady. 

Wilma Leburn — Such sad news Rosemary was a wonderful lady 

Mo Ferrington —Rosemary was always so kind to Everyone no matter who RIP xx

Donna Jackson - Rosemary was a lovely lady and a great supporter of RLCGA and women’s golf sorry to hear this sad news x

Jill Balloch - Bless. What a lovely lady.

Janice Paterson - What a lady

Carol Fell - I am so sorry you have lost your Mum who was so important and special in your life - she certainly was a very special lady. 

Reply from -- 

Vicci Frutin (Rosemary’s daughter) —Thank you everybody for kind words about our mother, Rosemary Dykes. She had so many wonderful friends within the golfing world and we will all miss her very much.

Peter Dykes (Rosemary’s son) - I would like to add my thanks too ,Golf was such a big part of Mum’s life and so lovely to hear all the kind words.x

Sunday, 3 March 2019

RENFREWSHIRE COUNTY STALWART MAE NOBLE HAS DIED. - Obituary and Glasgow Herald announcement

Mae Noble and Aileen Wilson
1967 Evening Time Scottish Ladies Foursomes Winners


It is with great sadness to announce the death of Mae Noble on Sunday 24th February.

Mae played for the RLCGA County Team from 1966 - 1988 and played for Scotland 7 times in the Scottish Vets team. 

She was Haggs Castle Golf Club Ladies Champion 8 times and Erskine champion 13 times. She won the County Rosebowl in 1980 and 1982 and lost in the semi finals of the West of Scotland Championship in 1969 to Sandra Needham.
Some photos over the years - Click to enlarge

Her great County "partner in crime" was the late Jean Brown of Erskine and both were seen on many occasions, before and after county medals and matches, playing the fruit machines and having much laughter and fun.

The highlight of Mae's golfing career was winning the Evening Times Scottish Ladies' Foursomes in 1967 with Aileen Wilson (Haggs Castle) and having a couple of Holes in One in later years.

Mae then moved to Elie with her husband Harry (died in 2011)  and she played her golf at Elie Golf Club  until she was 86 when her balance became very poor. 
She was very sad about this as golf was her life and she said then " The spirit is willing but the body is just not able'

In July 2018 Mae suffered a slight stroke and this further knocked her confidence and in October her daughter Lynda Smith (Douglas Park) and son Guy moved her back to Glasgow to a home nearby Lynda in Bearsden. 

She would have been 91 on the 14th March 2019.

We send Lynda and Guy and all the family our sincere condolences.

The funeral is at Dalnotter Crematorium on Friday 15th March at 11:30am  -- Glasgow Herald Announcement 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

JESSIE DONALDSON 1923 - 2018 (WILL BE MISSED BY MANY)

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

JESSIE DONALDSON
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.

SOME MORE PHOTOS

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

Monday, 1 October 2018

Obituary - Joan Marshall, leading figure in Scottish women's golf

Leading figure in Scottish women's golf
Born: October 26, 1942;
Died: September 14 2018
JOAN Marshall, who has died aged 75, was a leading figure in Scottish women's golf as player, administrator and official over many years.
A member of Baberton Golf Club in Edinburgh for 41 years, she was club champion 10 times and set a course record of 68 in 1982, later bettered by daughter Karen by a stroke.
Her early promise saw her represent East girls against West girls in their annual match and win the Midlothian Junior championship. She played for Scotland Juniors against England at Barassie and Beaconsfield near London, winning both her ties at Barassie. At county level she won the Midlothian championship four times and the county Champion of Champions’ competition three times, continuing to represent the county till 2000. She played regularly in the Scottish Amateur championship, her best performance coming at Gullane in 1979 when she reached the semi final and was unfortunate not to earn a full cap as a result. She did later represent Scotland several times as a vet/senior.
At her peak she played off scratch and was particularly noted for her short game, consistency and ability to play under pressure.
She began to be involved in the administrative side of the sport, going on to hold several prestigious positions. In 1990 she was chairwoman of the Scottish Ladies’ Golf Association, having previously been a member of the executive committee. Latterly she was honoured with appointment as honorary association vice president in recognition of her services.
Between 2005 and 2008 she was Scottish selector on the Great Britain and Ireland committee responsible for selection of Curtis Cup and Vagliano Trophy teams. She was captain of many Scottish international teams at all age levels - junior, ladies, and vets/seniors.
She captained the team at the European Junior Ladies’ Team Championships in Belgium, the ladies’ team at the Home Internationals at Barassie in 1988 when she led Scotland to a clean sweep triumph and later in the European Team Championships at Pals in Spain and Wentworth.At senior level, she led the Scottish team in the Home Internationals and European team Championship in Holland. A Scottish selector in the 1980s, she was also captain and later president of Midlothian County Association for which she was awarded honorary membership.
At Baberton, she was ladies’ captain in their centenary year and was also awarded honorary membership of the club. In her role as captain she was successful and popular thanks to her empathetic nature allied to her ability to ease the pressure on players and her attention to individuals’ needs.
As testament to her worth as captain, many players remained lifelong friends with her. According to friend and fellow player Pamela Williamson, as an administrator, “she was capable, efficient and got things done.”
Joan Henderson was born in Edinburgh, the only child of George, a master baker, and Abigail nee Clark. Brought up in the city’s Kingsknowe area, she attended Cranley School in Polwarth. Golf was in the family with both parents excellent players. Her father was club champion at Baberton, Longniddry and Dalmahoy where Joan began playing and where her mother was also champion, as well as at Kingsknowe and Longniddry. The existence of practice netting in the attic reflected their enthusiasm for golf. In 1962, however, family loyalties had to be put aside as Joan faced her mother in the final of the Dalmahoy club championship and defeated her.After school she attended Moray House College before working in Standard Life, and later for 20 years as PA to the chief executive of Viewpoint Housing Association. On 2nd April 1966 she married Brian Marshall in St Andrew’s Church in Juniper Green and the couple who had grown up together as near neighbours enjoyed 52 years of happy marriage, initially living at Kingsknowe before moving to Juniper Green in 1975. They had two children, Stephen and Karen.
Again, golf featured largely in the family with husband Brian a low handicap player and one- time champion at Kingsknowe while Stephen was twice champion there and sister Karen has surpassed her mother’s total of Baberton championship successes with 14.
Unsurprisingly much of the couple’s social life was golf related with their house being a popular venue for parties after functions at the nearby Baberton club and at Hogmanay. The first fortnight in August was sacrosanct for family golf holidays to St Andrews where they supported the Eden and Strathtyrum tournaments, the latter of which Joan helped establish. Last year she was delighted with granddaughter Ella’s win in the Marshall Trophy, donated by her, at the Midlothian Girls’ Championship.
Away from the links, they were enthusiastic attenders with friends at rugby internationals at Murrayfield and home nations’ venues. Other interests apart from family, to whom Joan was devoted, included having been a cub leader locally, and gardening and upholstery which she studied at night classes.
Unfortunately, her latter years were marred with macular degeneration which prevented her playing golf and restricted her activities. She was very much a people person, bright, sociable and fun to be around who will be long remembered for her contribution to golf and much missed by many.
She is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren Ella and Grace.
JACK DAVIDSON

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

MIDLOTHIAN HONORARY MEMBER JOAN MARSHALL HAS DIED

Top 2007 Scottish Senior Squad 
Back - L to R Margaret Tough, Fiona Hunter, Helen Faulds, Fiona De Vries, Lorna Bennett
Front: Kathleen Sutherland, Joan Marshall (Captain)  and Pam Williamson

Lower - 2008 Scotland Senior Squad 
Fiona Hunter, Heather AndersonJoan Marshall Captain, Mary Smith, Fiona De Vries, Pat Wilson (Manager)
Kathleen Sutherland, Lorna Bennett and Jill Harrison

It is with great sadness I tell you of the death of Joan Marshall

Joan was an Honorary Member of Midlothian County Ladies Golf Association and one of the County’s greatest supporters. 

 A member of Baberton for most of her life, Joan captained the County before going on to be President. 

As a player, selector and administrator, she was a force within Scottish Golf, making a tremendous contribution to our game. 
 I am sure many of you will have a connection with Joan and will want to know that the funeral will be on Saturday 22nd September at 11.00 at Mortonhall. 

Jacky Burnett (Midlothian Captain)

Saturday, 10 September 2016

DEATH OF PAST D&A COUNTY PLAYER ELEANOR FISKEN

Eleanor Fisken died last week aged 77 originally from Glasgow and a most enthusiastic member at Douglas Park Golf Club.
Eleanor played in many County matches for D&A and was a very true supporter of the team.
She moved to Nairn where she enjoyed golfing on that fabulous course.
She was a physiotherapist and worked at Inverness at Raigmore hospital until her retirement over 12 years ago.
She enjoyed walking with her faithful black Labrador and took up ornithology in the area around Nairn.
Eleanor enjoyed the company of many golfing friends from all over Scotland and will be fondly remembered
In 2008 at the Scottish Senior Supper at Deeside -- she will be remembered for taking part in what was a very entertaining evening as Prince Charming




Funeral Details -- CLICK HERE  Thanks go to Isabel Crawford for her very kind tribute

To read more and a story from Isabel Crawford -- Go to Kirkwood Golf