Whenever you met Alan at the club, he looked as if he had just won the Lottery – he always had a cheery smile and a warm greeting for whoever he met. And this carried on to the course, he loved the game - and played it with an infectious enthusiasm – like the rest of us, Alan liked to win - and tasted success – but he knew it didn’t happen every week.
Living adjacent to the 4th. Tee on the Darley, Alan had a grandstand view from his upstairs window, and enjoyed many a laugh at our expense, watching the feeble efforts of grown men trying to hit the green a mere 125 yards away! You would often meet Alan and his pet Labrador around the 4th. green - and fail to impress him with a duffed chip to an impossible flag position – “Nearly” he would smile –“ next time keep your heid doon!”
I am sure there will be a fund of humerous anecdotes involving Alan that we can all recall and enjoy, but the real and lasting contribution Alan made to our Golf Club was as a hard –working member of the Committee. Here he gave unselfishly of his time and talents, assisting Junior Convenor Joe Carson, in running an enthusiastic, highly talented and incredibly successful Junior Section which produced a Scottish Boys Champion and a Scottish Amateur Champion in the same year-a rare feat -and much to the envy of our near neighbours! On Joe’s promotion to Captain, Alan took over as Junior Convenor, introducing his own brand of leadership, with continued success. Of all the posts on the Golf Club Committee, none is more challenging and responsible than that of the Junior Convenor, and Alan took this on. Can you imagine looking after, upwards of 30 boys aged from 9 to 17, all convinced they are the next Rory McIlroy, gathering to play twice and sometimes 3 times a week, plus Team Matches. It is a major commitment and responsibility which requires a combination of tact, encouragement, discipline and fun. It is also very rewarding, as you watch those under your charge, improve their game to a level, where they find themselves playing for their Club, their County, their Country, perhaps an American University, or in some cases, Professionally for their living. Each having learned along the way how to conduct themselves on the course and in the Clubhouse, good manners, respect for others, the joy of winning, and to be gracious in defeat. Before passing the baton to his successor, and taking up a starring role with the Seniors Team, Alan Archibald did all that, and his legacy must be, that today there are a large number of young men who are grateful for his friendship, his character-forming leadership and guidance.
Heidi – be proud of your husband, David, Lauren and Michael – be proud of your Dad – he was a good friend to us all, he was a good servant to the Club, and has left his mark on Troon Welbeck, and will be sorely missed.
David McMahon, Captain