History of CAAGS

In the years BC (Before CAAGS) when we were employed by the MTCA/MCA/BOT and finally the Dept of Trade & Industry, the National Air Traffic Control Services(NATCS) staff at Prestwick Tower, Gailes Radar and ScATCC Redbrae played under the auspices of the Prestwick Airport Golf Club. The Airport Golf Club involved Air Canada, BOAC, Airport Services, Customs etc as well as NATCS and was organised by Jimmy Daubney and Chris Christianson from AIS at the terminal building. Regular competitions were held over the municipal courses with special events, such as the Four Club competition, held occasionally over Prestwick, Barassie, Old Troon etc. Sadly, the only trophy from that time which has survived seems to be the Redbrae Cup, originally a matchplay event!

 On April 1st 1972, NATCS staff were seconded to the newly established Civil Aviation Authority and, as the Airport Golf Club was in terminal decline by then, a nucleus of NATCS golfers met to discuss how best to further their interest and participation in the game. It was decided to set up our own, separate golf society. The prime mover was Bill Brownlee, a Communications Officer from Oceanic who became the first Secretary and Treasurer of what was named the Civil Aviation Authority Golf Society with the suffix (Prestwick) to differentiate it from the National Society that it was anticipated would be formed in the future. This duly happened a few months later when Bill Brownlee and Doug Hollingworth attended a meeting in London of golfing representatives from all NATCS areas.

 Jim Wheatley was elected as CAAGS (Prestwick) Founder President (the position of President was changed to Captain a couple of years later) and a Committee was elected to draw up a Constitution, organise affiliation to the Scottish Golf Union, arrange fixture lists and generally establish the Society as a going concern. Trophies were purchased, the most important being the Club Championship which was first contested in 1973, the winner being Tom Currie, also from Oceanic Comms. First and Second Class Matchplay competitions were started a year later. 

 Other trophies were donated in memory of deceased members, notably the Alex Burnett (ATCO, who died in 1974), Bruce Bonwick (Tels, who died in 1977) and of course Bill Brownlee who died in 1987. The Jack Latimer Trophy (Winter Knockout Shield) was presented to the Club by Jack’s widow after his death in 1996. The Ballygirreen Plate, played for at the Spring and Autumn outings, was presented to Prestwick OACC by the Shannon Aeradio Golf Society in 1987 to commemorate 25 years of joint Shanwick operations. The Captain’s Cup was presented by Doug Hollingworth to mark the Silver Jubilee of CAAGS (Prestwick) in 1998.

When NATS was separated from the CAA in 2000 the club required to be renamed and thus became The Civil Aviation Amateur Golf Society (Prestwick).

 

PAST PRESIDENTS/CAPTAINS

1973 JIM WHEATLEY

1974 DOUG HOLLINGWORTH

1975 TOM CURRIE

Your assistance is required to name the Presidents/Captains prior to 1979

1979  BILL BROWNLEE

1980  TOM LYNCH

1981 ANDY MARTIN

1982  GEORGE HUTTON

1983  IAN JESS

1984  BILL MURDOCH

1985  BEV MASSIE

1986  DAVE BAILLIE

1987  JOHN HOLDEN

1988  DUNCAN MacFARLANE

1989  STUART MURPHY

1990  DON MacLEOD

1991 - 1992 DAVE HILTON

1993 - 1994 IAIN MacKENZIE

1995 - 1996 BILLY WHITTEN

1997 - 1998 DOUG HOLLINGWORTH

1999 - 2000 MIKE NORTHAM

2001 - 2002 MARK FLISHER

2003 - 2004 ANDY HUXTABLE

2005  GEORGE HUTTON

2006 - 2007 GEORGE BALLANTYNE

2008 - 2009 DAVE BRASH

2010 - 2011 JACK WATT

2012 - 2013 DAVE BOYD

2014 - 2015 ROB BROWN

2016 - 2017 JAMES ROSS

2018 - 2019 ANDREW CHAPMAN

 

thanks to Doug Hollingworth for his assistance,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, any other contributions gratefully received, APOLOGIES FOR ANY ERRORS!

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