Barclay HOWARD

Date of Birth - 27 January 1953

Died - 19 May 2008

Place of Birth - Glasgow

Barclay Howard was a Scottish amateur golfer. He was regarded as one

 of the finest golfers of his time and considered a folk-hero. He has had a

 lifetime relationship with Cochrane Castle Golf Club in Johnstone,


Howard can probably be best described as a true amateur. Working a

 regular work week and playing golf in his spare time. He might have

 been a top professional. He was a leading figure in Scottish and British

 amateur golf. Over the years he has won more than a hundred

 amateur tournaments.Howard played in the Walker Cup twice, winning

 in 1995 at Royal Portcawl. He has also played in the Eisenhower Trophy

 for Scotland.

In 1997 he won the silver medal for leading amateur in the Open at

 Royal TroonIn his latter years, Howard was a leading figure in the Scottish

 Golf Union.


    Walker Cup  1995, 1997

Howard Barclay’s autobiography

‘Out of The Rough - Booze, Birdies and Driving Ambition’

‘Barclay Howard could hardly see for the tears of pride in his eyes as he

 lined up his putt on the final green of the Open at Troon. The jovial Scot

 had won the coveted Silver Medal for the championship's leading

amateur - but it was the extraordinary story behind his triumph which

 gained him worldwide fame.

 Barclay Howard overcame years of alcoholism and a ban from the game

 he loved to reach the pinnacle of his career. "It was the greatest

 moment of my life", he admitted. Finally, after years of battling his

 demons, he was on top of the world - but that world was about to be

 cruelly torn apart yet again. Just six weeks after those incredible four

 days at Troon he was diagnosed with leukaemia. In the months that

 followed, the pain from his chemotherapy treatment became so great

 he even begged his sister to help him die. With the love and help of his

 wife and young daughter though, he has now beaten

 a second killer illness and has his eyes set on another crack at Open

 glory. In "Out of the Rough", Barclay describes with humour and honesty,

 the highs and lows of his life on and off the course - as well as in and out

 of the bar. His story is both terrifying and heart warming, but first and

 foremost it is a tale of human courage’

Official Postage Stamp from Tadjikstan featuring Barclay Howard