Scotland: Bigga President Elect Confirmed

Tairn course manager accepts role of BIGGA President Elect

Ian Macleod, the course manager at Tain, has accepted the role of BIGGA president elect ahead of officially becoming president next January.

The greenkeeping association’s new governance structure, which was unanimously voted through earlier this year, has led to the creation of the role of president elect, before Iain takes on the updated role of president.

Macleod said: “It’s a great honour and quite unexpected. I’ve been involved in BIGGA since the very start, and moving forward it’s become a more professional and well-organised association, and I want to help us continue along that road.

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“I’m looking forward to working alongside the chairman and chief executive and also being part of the board of management. I also have the 100 per cent backing of the committee at Tain and I would like to thank them and everyone at the club for their continuing support.”

Mcleod has been a greenkeeper since he left school in 1972, beginning as an apprentice at Nairn, then moving to a nine-hole course in Coventry, formerly known as The Grange.

‘Macleod has epitomised what the association is all about’ He returned to the Highlands in 1976 at Tain, initially as deputy before becoming course manager.

BIGGA chairman Les Howkins, course manager at The Richmond, said: “The position of BIGGA president is a key role awarded by the board of management to a member for their service to the association, their high standing and experience in the greenkeeping industry and the huge respect they are held in.

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“No-one embodies this more than Iain Macleod, who has epitomised what the association is all about during his long and distinguished service at a stunning course in the Highlands.”

Scots golfer beats odds of 67 million-to-one

Ewan McKinnon, 26, shot two aces in the opening nine holes of his round at Corrie on Arran.

The plus one handicapper hit his double in the Whisky Cup and the mountain rescuer, who finished the round at eight-under 54, said: “It started with a two and things just got better.

“The only frustration was failing to keep up the momentum, which meant I was one short of equalling my record round.”

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McKinnon struck his first ace on the 124-yard fifth hole and followed it up on the eighth hole.

Company loses golf project contract after year-long delay

Contractors who’s performance was described as “unacceptable”, have been booted off a project to upgrade a clubhouse in Ayr.

South Ayrshire council lost patience with the company, T&A Kernoghan Limited, and terminated the contract to build a £1.5m clubhouse in Belleisle Park.

A spokeswoman for South Ayrshire Council said: “T&A Kernoghan Limited’s unacceptable performance resulted in various delays to the project.”

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A revised completion date was agreed  for June 2015, but the council was unhappy with the lack of progress and opted to oust the company.

Councillor Bill Grant said: “No one is more frustrated than us about how this project has progressed over recent months. It’s extremely disappointing that it’s come to this but, despite some progress being made and labour levels being increased in response to the first determination notice, we’ve not seen any change in response to the second notice.”

Treasurer who stole £11k faces jail

The former treasurer of Royal Musselburgh is facing a jail sentence after he admitted lying to a sheriff during his trial.

“Financial wizard” Barry Miller was secretary when £11,000 went missing from the club’s accounts four years ago.

Miller claimed he had invested the cash in a bid to turn a profit for the club, but he could provide no proof he was ever authorised to do so, or prove where the money went.

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