Port’s fond memories of former club captain John

Finalists in the 1992 club championships, Robert Turnbull and John Hogarth.
Finalists in the 1992 club championships, Robert Turnbull and John Hogarth.

Port Bannatyne Golf Club was much saddened to hear of the death on July 5 of John Hogarth.

John was club captain in 1981 and again in 1989.

His natural dynamism, ebullience and enthusiasm made him a most popular leader at a time of rapid development at the Port, with a claim to be among the most successful captains in the club’s history. His sense of fun also saw him well able to lead in any 19th hole celebrations.

He was responsible for the planting out of the trees at the third hole to make it play as a proper dog-leg, with his name being forever enshrined when the holes were renamed, with the third becoming “Hogie’s Wood”.

On the playing front he seemed destined to become club champion in 1992, when a birdie blitz towards the end of the morning round saw him go into lunch with a comfortable five hole lead over good friend Robert Turnbull. Another birdie at the third hole of the afternoon round saw him extend his lead to 6 up with 15 to play. But if the morning inward half was significant for John, then the pendulum swung dramatically in the afternoon. Still four up at the turn, nerves seemed to get the better of John and his game went to pieces. Little better than par golf saw Robert one up after 16 and a superb chip into the cup at the 17th saw him the victor by 2 and 1, with his name on the championship trophy for the first time.

Subsequent ill-health, and the prospect of steep climbs on the course, meant that John was eventually restricted to family golf, depriving the Port of not only a steely competitor and good companion, but of one of its most able administrators.

The condolences of the club go out to wife Donella and family John, Stewart and Marjorie.