Lanark Golf Club members at Huddersfield event in tribute to John Fallon

Clubbing together...members of Lanark and Huddersfield Golf Clubs
Clubbing together...members of Lanark and Huddersfield Golf Clubs

MEMBERS of Lanark Golf Club enjoyed the hospitality of their friends in Huddersfield as they played a event paying tribute to golfing legend John Fallon.

Fallon was born in Lanark but left the town as a teenager to become the golf pro at Huddersfield where he remained for more than 40 years. However, he is best remembered for captaining the Great Britain Ryder Cup team in 1963 going up against the legendary American Arnold Palmer who was captaining the US.

Fallon also finished runner-up in the Open Championship in 1955 and many argue that he would have won a Major had it not been for WWII.

George Cuthill, from Lanark Golf Club, said: “Down at Huddersfield they have a John Fallon Lounge with a lot of memorabilia and pictures. As a memento our captain, Mark Darroch, presented Huddersfield captain Paul Green with a picture of Lanark Golf Club.”

Huddersfield captain Paul revealed John’s contribution to the current Ryder Cup set-up.

He said: “Palmer wanted to have what he called ‘Scotch’ foursomes replaced by fourballs but Johnny wasn’t having any of this and so a compromise was reached whereby the match was extended to three days and would include both foursomes and fourballs.”