Perthshire club recognises BBC legend
By SCG Newsdesk
GOLF commentator and former Ryder Cup player Peter Alliss has been presented with honorary membership of the Blairgowrie Golf Club.
The BBC’s ‘Voice of Golf’ was presented with the accolade in St Andrews ahead of the RICOH Women’s British Open, taking place at nearby Kingsbarns Golf Links.
Blairgowrie captain Brian Wesencraft and managing secretary Steven Morgan seized the opportunity to present Alliss with the honour, above, which was approved by members at the club’s annual meeting, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Lansdowne championship course, designed by Alliss in collaboration with the late Dave Thomas.
“The club recently ran an Alliss Trophy event to commemorate their partnership and we were delighted to present Peter and his wife Jackie with a charitable donation,” explained Wesencraft.
“Peter works with a number of excellent charities including one which provides powered wheelchairs for disabled young people.”
Wesencraft added that the final hole of the Lansdowne course has also been re-named ‘Alliss Hame’ in his honour.
Alliss has long been a staunch supporter of the set-up at Blairgowrie, describing it his favourite inland golf course in the UK.
He recently made a return to TV with the BBC’s coverage of the US PGA. That followed his comments about the broadcaster cutting back its golf coverage, saying he “didn’t think there would be a golfer who wouldn’t miss it”.