Harry Diamond Memorial Quaich

The Harry Diamond Memorial Quaich was played over The Belleisle Golf Course, Ayr, on Sunday, July 14.

The tournament was inaugurated last July as a memorial to Harry. His wife, Jessie, and his close family, Ann, Linda and Rosemary, have been deeply involved in the organisation, together with members of the Belleisle Golf Club.

The format is a Stableford Competition of foursomes with the two best scores counting at each hole. The shotgun start enhances the whole day and enables the participants to finish at the same time thereby allowing everyone to be at the presentation.

The family, together with sponsors, put up the prizes for the day. The Quaich which was purchased by the family is large Scottish drinking vessel presented to the winners whereon they have their names engraved. Seven greenkeepers were invited to take part in this unique competition, three from the West Section and four from the Ayrshire Section. Unfortunately, none of us got our name on the Quaich!

The Harry Diamond Memorial Quaich is a reminder of the esteem and high regard the Club and his friends still hold to the memory of Harry. I know of no other Club who have respected the memory of their Greenkeeper in the setting up of an annual competition such as this. The attendance alone of some 130 golfers speaks for itself.

The Course was in excellent condition and the presentation was second to none. The Head Greenkeeper and his staff were greatly praised for the amount of effort they put in getting the course up to scratch for the Competition. The greens, in particular, were excellent and taking into consideration the weather we in the West of Scotland have suffered this summer, it is no less than a miracle that regular golf has been played. The seven greenkeepers who took part were invited back to the Market Inn to a buffet and to meet the Diamond family, from the very young to the more mature. The whole day was a pleasant affair and, as we said to Jessie and the girls, we greenkeepers would consider it an honour to be invited back next year.

Cecil George