Many in Ayrshire and beyond will be shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Bob Grassom on Sunday 17th July 2016.
Robert F Grassom was a fine golfer and golf administrator, and his jovial manner made him many friends both on and off the golf course.
Bob was a Stirlingshire county player in his youth and as well as wining the Club Championship at Polmont prior to moving to Ayrshire, he played on a number of occasions in the Scottish Amateur Championship.
A member of Royal Troon and Turnberry golf clubs and an Honorary member of Ayr Belleisle GC, where he was Captain in 1972, Bob devoted many years of service to golf administration at both club and county level.
Whilst serving as junior convener at Ayr Belleisle Bob also took on the role of Ayrshire Junior Golf League Secretary in the 1980's, being elected an Honorary member of the AJGL after retiring from that post in 1984.
During his many years as a member of Turnberry Golf Club, Bob served as convener of all sub committees as well as taking on the post of Staff Recruitment Officer during the 1986 Open Championship there.
Bob also took on senior roles on behalf of the club when the Open Championship was held at Royal Troon in recent years.
In addition to his involvement in the administration of the clubs to which he was attached, Bob also found time to serve on the Ayrshire Golf Association Executive for a five year period during the 1980's and 1990's.
Until his untimely passing, Bob retained a keen interest in the clubs and associations with which he was associated, and was still a regular attender at the Ayrshire Junior Golf league annual dinners as well as those of his golf clubs, as well as also indulging his interest in curling at the local ice rink and beyond and also building his collection of golf clubs and memorabilia, which he collected with enthusiasm and expertise.
Outwith sporting circles, Bob also found time in recent years to add his business acumen to the campaign to revive the fortunes of the local Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, serving on the group of volunteers who have brought the theatre back from the brink of closure.
Bob was a fine friend to have and lived a full and enjoyable life which, to the deep regret of all his friends, fellow club members and acquaintances, came to an end far too soon.
The thoughts and deepest sympathy of all in the Ayrshire Golf Association, and no doubt of many golfing friends and acquaintances throughout Ayrshire and beyond, are with Bob's wife and family at this very sad time.
Funeral arrangements will be intimated when known.