Speaker Frank Kelly

Fri 20th July 2018 at 12.55 - 14.00


Rotary club of Stirling meeting of 20th July 2018.

President Sandy Farquharson welcomed members to our Friday meeting, in particular Sandy Morrison now returned to us. The president's lunch is on Sunday 29th July at Tom Thomson's house.

The speaker was one of our own members, Frank Kelly talking about golf, particularly appropriate as the Open is currently being played at Carnoustie. The Open was first played at Prestwick in 1860, eight golf professionals competing, with Willie Park senior emerging the winner. It is easy to forget that until the early 1920s Scottish players were the most frequent winners, and even now we lie second to the USA with 41 wins as opposed to the American's 44 total wins overall, but the USA is now dominant. Golf had been played in Stirling for hundreds of years well before the founding, at a meeting in the Golden Lion, of Stirling golf club, initially only seven holes with Tom Morris junior as it's professional. It took until 1920 for it to be extended to 18 holes.  
Locally, not far behind Stirling, Dunblane was founded in 1892 and Bridge of Allan in1895.  Golf has been very much part of the social scene, although it's popularity has varied. At one time becoming a member involved a long waiting list while today most clubs are able to welcome new members with no delay.

Next meeting 27th July Speaker's host Jane Wilson, Visitor's host Derek Anderson.

Ian Richardson