Monday, March 18, 2013


I don’t know if you post these sort of details on your site but Stonehaven Golf Clubis now on Twitter and can be followed @StonehavenGC

We are looking for as many followers as possible as we embrace social media and would certainly benefit from a mention on your site!!

Steve Guzik
EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm a dinosaur - I'm not into Twitter, Facebook and the like!
But I can tell you that former Stonehaven GC captain Harry Roulston - former Scottish tennis champion and former Editor of The Press and Journal - will be writing a wee article for about recent improvements in the Stonehaven GC facilities.
Stonehaven Golf Club will always have a place in my heart.
As a wet-behind-the-ears cub golf reporter, the first tournament I reported was the Stonehaven Open - circa 1955-56 before I was called up for National Service - won by Wallace Anderson who played football for Falkirk. I was so shy and nervous that I spent all day OUTSIDE the clubhouse before catching the bus back into Aberdeen.
While on the subject of football-playing golfers, I remember the days when there was a Scottish footballers' golf championship.
 Max Murray of Rangers, if I remember correctly, won it more than once.
Best pro footballer at golf, in my lifetime, was Tommy Pearson, who played "outside left" for Newcastle United before being transferred at the age of 35 to Aberdeen FC for £5,000 by David Halliday in 1948. Pearson, the only player ever to play international football for both Scotland and England (during the World War II years), later succeeded Davie Shaw as the Aberdeen manager.
In Tommy's golfing days, the ultimate handicap was scratch. There were no plus handicaps.
Tommy was a scratch golfer who played in Aberdeen Links championship matches that drew thousands to watch - the days before TV provided stay-at-home entertainment.    
Pearson never won the Aberdeen Links title in the 1950s. He was unlucky that Jack Booth was at the height of his powers, winning the title at least three times. Pearson played Booth in at least one final.  
George Hamilton, who also played for Aberdeen and was a member at Deeside GC, was also a good golfer but not in the same class as Pearson.
Tommy, who had a unique "double shuffle" trick for getting past the opposing full back, was also an expert penalty kick taker at football. He didn't blast the ball. He simply rolled it with the inside of his right foot just inside the post with unerring accuracy, just out of the reach of the keeper.   



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