Golfer celebrates 75th year as a club member

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A special presentation has been held to mark a keen

golfer’s 75th anniversary as a member of the club he joined as a young boy.

Jim McAnsh has been a member at Balmore Golf Club since 1940.

He was guest of honour recently at a presentation from friends and family at the club to celebrate the milestone.

His father signed him up as a junior member at the age of 12 and he is “still going strong”.

Jim said: “It was at the beginning of the war and my dad decided to enrol me to give me something to do.

“I started off as a junior member but got to really quite like golf.

“It’s a wonderful course. The best in the west.”

Throughout his golfing career, Jim enjoyed many successes.

One highlight was winning The Evening Times Foursomes Tournament in 1957.

He and his partner defeated tough competition from the west coast.

Jim said: “We were drawn against two chaps from Turnberry, so we were really up against it.

“But we went out on to the course and had a wonderful day.

“We were six under after 13 holes with a six at one of them. We had two putts on two greens and single putted all the rest.”

The victory was covered in a newspaper article in The Bulletin on Saturday, July 27, 1957. It said Turnberry’s Graham McCulloch and Stanley Morrison were “putted off the course” by Jim McAnsh and partner Jim Gilmour of Balmore.

Jim, who won the championship at Balmore in 1956, lived in Killearn for 41 years and now lives in Chryston.

He lived on Clevedon Road in Kelvindale when he first joined the club as a child.

He remembers getting the train out to Balmore with his father and also cycling over the Switchback Road, in Bearsden, to go and play golf.

His son, who now lives in Norwich, is also a keen golfer and came up to “cheer him on” at the presentation.

Raemond Smith, current captain of Balmore Golf Club, said: “ No one in this club can remember anyone else reaching 75 years membership, so we felt we had to mark this significant milestone.

“He’s still an active member and comes along regularly, it’s pretty remarkable.

“The changes he must have seen over the years.”

The 18-hole golf course was first opened in 1907 and was laid out on Glenorcheard Estate in Baldernock by Harry Vardon, who was described as the ‘greatest golfer in the world’ at the time.