MacVicar collects Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary golf writer Jock MacVicar has been presented with a Scottish PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a career spanning more than 50 years.

MacVicar covered his first Open for The Scottish Daily Express in 1962 and has been at virtually every Championship since for the same newspaper.

He has also been present for many of the biggest moments in golf over the past half century, having covered numerous Masters, US PGA Championships and a host of Ryder Cups.

A well-known figure throughout the world of golf, MacVicar’s career highlights include seeing Sandy Lyle win The Open at Royal St George’s in 1985, witnessing the Duel in the Sun between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson at Turnberry in 1977, and Paul Lawrie’s incredible play-off victory over Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie in 1999.

A good golfer himself, the Glasgow-based journalist ranks Dunaverty in Kintyre as his favourite course.

Asked about his long and successful career, the 74-year-old said: “I don't know about the secret to good golf writing, but it is essential that you have a great love of the game and a pretty good constitution to keep going. 

“Although, working for what might be called a tabloid, you have to try to be fair without your copy becoming deadly dull. 

“An ability to quickly spot the main line of a story or situation is very important, even if it doesn't always please a player or an official body!”

MacVicar received his award from Scottish PGA captain Andrew Crerar at the Association’s annual lunch at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel.

Hosted by the BBC’s Dougie Donnelly, the guests of honour where Lawrie and Van de Velde who reminisced about their careers and the 1999 Open.

The lunch also saw former Gleneagles Hotel head professional, Ian Marchbank, receive the John Panton award for his achievements in golf.

The PGA top trainee award went to Alan Gibson (Troon Municipal), who was presented with the Stewart Thom Trophy.