The annual general meeting of the Scottish Police Golf Association was held on Monday 28th march at Ladybank Golf Club, Fife, one of the venues for the 2005 Championship.
Paul Blackburn (Tayside) stood down after his 2 year tenure as President and Vice President Colin Brough (Tayside) was elected to the Presidency for the next two years.
Long serving Treasurer of the association, Alex Allardice (Strathclyde) was elected to the Vice Presidents position, with Jim Boyd (Strathclyde) taking on the post of Treasurer of the association.
Ian Scoular (Central) and Dougie McCarroll (Fife) remained in post as Secretary and Assistant Secretary respectively.
With three vacancies on the Committee of management to be filled, 6 individuals were proposed and seconded for election. This necessitated a ballot, and as a result
Jimmy Stevenson (Strathclyde) , Norrie Black (Lothian & Borders) and Stuart Boyd (Strathclyde) were elected to the Committee Of Management, Stuart Boyd filling a 1 year vacancy and the other candidates being elected for a two year tenure.
Henry Anderson (Central) will once again represent The Association at Police Sport UK.
Secretary Ian Scoular (Central) gave a full run down on the 2004 championships, held at Inverness and Loch Ness golf clubs on 4th and 5th September 2004, and paid tribute to the local organisers, particularly Donnie Ross, Bob Grant and Ally MacBean for the manner in which the championship was organised.
Dougie McCarroll (Fife) gave an update on this years championship which will be held at :-
Ladybank Golf Club was established in 1879, the architect of the first course being Old Tom Morris. Three holes were added to the original course in 1910, and a further 9 holes were added in 1961 to form the existing 18 hole layout.
A heathland course of Championship status, the relatively flat fairways set amongst heather, pine trees and silver birch provide a stiff challenge, with accuracy from the tee more important than length. Compact greens require accuracy with approach shots.
The quality of the course has established it as a regular final Open Championship qualifying venue, and indeed final qualifying returns to Ladybank in July 2005, for the Open Championship at nearby St. Andrews this year.
Honorary members of Ladybank include Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros, both winners of the Open Championship in Fife, at St. Andrews, and local girl Dale Reid, a stalwart of the Ladies European Tour and the Captain of the victorious 2000 European Solheim Cup team.
Balbirnie Park, situated near Glenrothes, is a relatively new course, built some 25 years ago, which has quilckly established itself as one of Fife's quality courses, having hosted a number of SPGA professional events.
Most of the holes on the course are tree lined and with undulating fairways, some blind holes and excellent greens, the competitors skills will be tested to the full.
The entry fee for the 2005 Championship was set at £ 75 per competitor.
Norrie Black (Lothian & Borders) reported that the 2006 championships will be held at
Jim Thomson (Strathclyde) reported that initial negotiation were ongoing with a view to taking the 2007 championship to
In the absence of Henry Anderson (Central), Secretary Ian Scoular (Central) reported on the Championship, hosted by Northumbria Police.
A full account of the 2004 Police Sport UK Annual Championship can be accessed through the Police Sport UK website at
Private entrants wishing to take part in the 2005 Championship, being hosted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland at Belvoir Park Golf Club, Belfast, can also download an entry form from this site.
The 2006 Police Sport UK Championship will be hosted by Lancashire Constabulary at Fairhaven Golf CLub in June 2006.
Ther has been little progress so far in the establishment of a National Handicap Championship or Ladies Championship, both matters still being investigated.
The Secretary also reported that the anual match between the British POlice and the Civil Service resulted in a convincing win for the Civil Service by 10.5 - 4.5.