Everyone at Langlands was shocked and saddened by the passing of immediate Past Captain Alan McTurk on the 11th of February 2018.
A hugely popular character at Langlands, Alan was very competitive off his handicap and represented the club at many events including being part of the Gents Senior team. Alan was a sports fanatic, and before golf had an impressive career as a footballer.
Alan started his football career at EK Dynamo as a youngster before a move to East Kilbride Thistle as a teenager in 1974. In August 1976, he signed for Rangers on a provisional form at the age of 19 before being farmed back out to East Kilbride Thistle. He made a handful of appearances for the Ibrox youth side but did not break into the first team. He went on to play for Baillieston Juniors but he returned to the EK Jags in 1984 as assistant manager to his great friend David Thomson, also a Langlands member.
In addition to his football playing days, Alan also had a long career in the Scottish Ambulance Service before retiring in his late fifties. He wasn't done with working altogether though, taking on a further career as barman both at Langlands as well as his local pub The C'Mon Inn.
Golf played a big role in Alan's life after retiring from playing football and he joined Langlands where he became a great supporter of the club as a member of the committee, working hard to raise funds for the club. He was responsible for introducing the Jackpot Joker initiative that has raised significant sums to keep the club running in recent years.
Alan was very proud to be asked by Stan Rodgers to become Vice-Captain of the club in 2016, and he took on the role of Captain for 2017.
More than anything, Alan loved his family. He is survived by his wife Janice, daughter Alaine and son-in-law Scott, and his grandsons Ben and Adam.
Alan was a great friend to many at Langlands, and he will be sadly missed by everyone at the Club.