Golf: David Hayes win centenary Leith event

GREAT DAY: Lochend captain Brian Ross is flanked by tournament finalists Iain McCallum, left, and David Hayes. Picture: Contributed
GREAT DAY: Lochend captain Brian Ross is flanked by tournament finalists Iain McCallum, left, and David Hayes. Picture: Contributed
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THE centenary staging of the Leith Customs Excise & Revenue Golf Club championship was played at Craigentinny – 100 years to the day it was first contested.

The honour of winning the historic event went to David Hayes, a five-handicapper at West Lothian, who beat Murrayfield’s Iain McCallum, a six-handicapper, by 2 and 1 in the final.

“Sport is part of the glue that holds our great Department of HM Revenue & Customs together,” said Anthony Inglese of the HMRC Board and chairman of the Revenue and Customs Sports Club.

“The staging of this event reminds us that what we are enjoying is the result of a proud, century-old tradition, and we are grateful to all who, through their vision and labours, have made this possible.”

Leith Customs Golf Club was founded in 1905. When the Customs Department joined with the Excise in 1909 to form HM Customs & Excise, membership was opened to the Excisemen and the club changed its name to Leith Customs & Excise Golf Club. In 2006, the club changed its name once again to recognise the merger between HM Customs & Excise and the Inland Revenue and followed the precedent of 1909 to Form Leith Customs Excise & Revenue Golf Club. Membership numbers have held steady around the 30 mark and the annual subscription of £7 has not changed in many years!