Last week I had a few days off work and managed to play golf at Chiltern Forest, The Belfry and our very own Leighton Buzzard. In my opinion the condition of our course compares favourably to the others. I played golf with my son a couple of times and with some friends at The Belfry.
During my time off I remember that it was November and every year about halfway through the month of November I realise that it is Movember. This is where men grow a moustache to raise both awareness and money for three different causes related to men. The first is Prostrate Cancer and this is a growing disease and is very common among males that play golf. Not because of golf but because they fall in to age bracket of when Prostrate Cancer is common. One in eight men are diagnosed every year. The second is Testicular Cancer and one I suffered with about 15 years ago. My son was born the year after. It is a scary thing to go through particularly when you are sitting waiting for results. I remember I had to sit down with another young man to tell him what he was about to go through. That was about two years after my treatment. I felt for the poor guy. The third part of Movember is not unique to men and that is Mental Health. 70% of suicides are committed every year by males and a large proportion are by young men. I unfortunately have had experience of this as one of my friends at college took his own life. I think growing a moustache is small price to pay to raise awareness and money to help the research in to helping people who have been afflicted with these issues. If you would like to support me in my quest for a flash tache then please click here www.mobro.co/mojamescam to donate.
A unique silver salver with a 125-year history has gone on display at the Royal Troon golf club from where it originated. After 12-months of restoration work to repair damaged handles, the salver is taking pride of place in the trophy cabinet at the Ayrshire course having been donated by Denis Leitch and brother David after being "rediscovered" in a plastic bag along with numerous other medals and trophies following the death of their mother Katherine over two years ago.
Denis had this to say, "Our great grandfather David Hutchison Leitch, won the trophy in May 1888 in a tournament open to players who had competed in the Amateur championship at neighbouring Prestwick during the previous few days, and to promote Troon to the golfing world. It was competed for only once and has remained in the Leitch family ever since. We had no idea where the salver was until the house clearance, but once we realised its importance, the family agreed it should be donated to the club which presented it. We are very happy Troon have invested in its repair, and has now gone on display for all to see." The 18" x 14" salver weighing over 4lb, and an accompanying medal, was only one of a collection of trophies won by David Leitch, a leading amateur golfer of his day and who went on to become Captain of the St Andrews golf club in 1912. Mr Leitch was a scratch golfer who competed in nine Open championships - finishing 13th in 1890 and third in the amateur championships at Hoylake the same year. He died in 1935, aged 77. Troon club captain Bob Martin says returning the salver to its original home "was a wonderful gesture by the Leitch family," adding to the rich history of the Troon club. The restoration work on the salver has been paid for by the club.
The Leitch family were brought up in St Andrews. Denis is a 10-handicap member of the Club and has won numerous trophies. His father David was a five-handicap golfer who won the St Andrews Spring medal in 1939 and the Jubilee Cup seven years later, while Grandfather Alex was also a scratch golfer.