Playing in Diners Classic Pro-Am, Mauritius
Alan is a PGA "Fellow" Professional and is also General Manager at Deer Park Golf & Country Club Livingston, situated between Scotland's 2 biggest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Alan won the Scottish PGA Matchplay Championship in 1996 and also won The Tartan Tour Order of Merit in the same year. In 1996 he also qualified at The European Tour School at the San Roque Club in Spain, securing his playing priviliges on the European Tour for 1997.
As an amateur Alan won the Scottish Boys at Dunbar in 1986 and went on to win the Doug Sanders European and World Junior titles in the same year. He then became only the 5th person in Scottish golf history to be capped at boys, youths and senior level in the same season. In 1989 he lost to his great friend and fellow Ayrshireman, Allan Thomson in the final of the Scottish Amateur Championship at Lossiemouth at the 36th hole. Alan hails from Irvine and is immensely proud to be a "Lifetime Honorary Member" of The Irvine Golf Club ( Bogside ).
Commentating at the 2013 Scottish Open
Alan is a top golf pundit and from April to October he previously co-hosted "The Golf Show" at 10.30am (a 30 minute golf magazine programme) every Sunday morning, alongside media correspondent Graham Spiers on BBC Radio Scotland. He also does "on course" commentary at The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and, The Open Championship, also with the BBC. In 1994 Alan was the first ever player to shoot 64 at the famous Carnoustie Championship Course – regarded as one of the toughest in the world. This is still a joint course record to date (he may mention it once or twice in his after dinner routine)!