Bute golf tournament in memory of Jim Ross

Jim Ross received a British Empire Medal in 2012 in recognition of his services to the community on Bute.
Jim Ross received a British Empire Medal in 2012 in recognition of his services to the community on Bute.

A fund-raising golf tournament has been organised in memory of the late Jim Ross by one of his former pupils, Dundee FC midfielder Jim McAlister.

The Bute football coach and Rothesay resident died in March of this year, two years after retiring, having spent nearly 30 years giving hundreds of young people on Bute their introduction to the game, following a professional career in which he played for Ayr United, Partick Thistle and Kilbirnie Ladeside.

Brandane Jim McAlister is the highest-profile player to have come from Jim Ross’ Bute Soccer Club, and upon hearing of plans to erect a memorial for his former coach, Jim chose to arrange a fund-raiser of his own, to be held at Rothesay Golf Club this Sunday, October 13.

“It started off as just a game amongst pals and we got permission to do a four-man team,” Jim told us, “but it’s grown now and with 28 teams, it’s much bigger than we ever anticipated.”

The memorial for Jim Ross will be in the form of two cherry trees and a wall at the football pitch near the town’s Victoria Hospital where he did most of his outdoor coaching.