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Former Press & Journal golf writer Colin Farquarson dies aged 86 – Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage

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A sports journalist who covered golf for a regional daily for most of his career has died aged 86.

Colin Farquharson originally joined his hometown paper the Press & Journal as a copy boy in 1953, before returning as a sports sub-editor after a break for national service.

He covered his first Open Championship at Royal Troon in 1973 and soon afterwards became the golf writer at the P&J.

He also had a spell as a sports editor at the Aberdeen daily before going back to full-time writing.

After retiring from the P&J in 1997, Colin went freelance, writing for sports news agencies and also launching the website Scottish Golf View.

Paul Lawrie, who won the Open in 1999 and also played in two Ryder Cups, was among those who paid tribute to Colin.

He said: “Colin did an amazing job, firstly with the P&J and, latterly, with Scottish Golf View of keeping Scottish golfers up to date with what was happening in the world of golf.

“He had a long and successful career in golf journalism. which is sadly not the norm any more.”

Colin joined the Association of Golf Writers in 1974 and was given Honorary Life Membership during the 2018 Open at Carnoustie.

He is pictured below with, from left, daughter Elaine, wife Ethel and then AGW chairman Iain Carter after receiving the honour.


Elaine herself became a golfer, winning the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship in 1990, playing in two Curtis Cups and captaining GB & Ireland to a win over the Americans in 2016.

David Law, who knew Colin well after coming through the amateur ranks in North-East Scotland said he was saddened to hear of his passing.

He said: “Scottish Golf View seemed to be a website that was constantly on our computer or spoken about in my household growing up. Before the age of social media and live scoring, SGV was the go to site to see results from anything in Scotland really.

“Colin’s enthusiasm for golf was very evident as well as the pride he took in Scottish players doing well, especially those from the North East! As golfers, we received a lot of coverage from Colin but even more support.”

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