This week saw the opening of a new display in the clubhouse. It recognises the achievements of Stuart Murray and Stephen McAllister, two of Elderslie’s finest ever golfers, both of whom came through the junior ranks at the club. It is hoped that the display will, among other things, help inspire our current juniors to set and achieve their own golfing goals. The display also features many items of interest from the club’s archives and illustrates some of our club’s proud, 100+ years of history.
Stuart and Stephen are pictured at the display with Club Captain Robert Reilly. Stuart was dominant in amateur golf in the 1950s and ’60s — culminating in his Scottish championship success when he beat Ronnie Shade 2 and 1 in the final at Muirfield in 1962. Playing No. 1 for GB&I in the 1963 Walker Cup at Turnberry, his success included a 3 and 1 victory over Deane Beman who was later to become commissioner of the US PGA. Stephen’s exceptional success came in the 1980s and ’90s. Encouraged by victory as an amateur in the world-ranked Lytham Trophy of 1983, he then stepped up to the professional ranks. Further triumphs followed in the glorious year of 1990 when he won two tournaments on the PGA European Tour: The Atlantic Open and The Dutch Open. Later that year he joined Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance in the three-man Scottish team for the Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews.
Stuart had asked that a trophy he donated be played for by novice juniors who may not yet have an official handicap and, in the inaugural playing of the Stuart Murray Trophy at the end of last season, it was young Sophie McGrorty who was first to get her name of the impressive piece of silverware. Sophie and Stuart are pictured here with the trophy.
The display was put together with a great deal of effort, and professionalism by David Bryden and Brian Stewart, two of the club’s long-standing members who put their many years of experience to good and much appreciated use. Thanks also to Stuart and Stephen for lending and donating their items of memorabilia.
Footnote: Also pictured is Stuart with one particular piece of memorabilia – his Invitation from no less than Bobby Jones to play in the 1964 Masters at Augusta.