Alan Tait first picked up a club at 5 years old. His love for the game was evident from this very early age and it was always his dream to pursue a career in golf. By the time he was 17 he was playing off plus 2 and in 1986 he won The Scottish Boys Championship, before going on to win The Doug Sanders European and World Junior Championships in the same year. During his amateur career he represented Scotland and Great Britain and Ireland and became only the 5th player in Scottish Golf history to be capped at boys, youths and senior levels in the same year.
Alan turned professional in 1990 and is probably best known for being the first player ever to shoot 64 (8 under par) at the Championship Course at Carnoustie in 1994 at The Daily Express 72-Hole Pro Am Championship. This record stood for 23 years until none other than Englishman and Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood went one better shooting a 63 in The 2017 Dunhill Links.
In this episode Alan shares a marvelous story about being pair with 15-time major champion Tiger Woods and 2-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw for a practice round at Carnoustie in 1995, a memorable round of golf that gave him the opportunity to teach Tiger and Ben about how to play Carnoustie to help them prepare for playing the 1995 Scottish Open being held at the course.
Although success was hard to find on the European Tour Alan looks back at his experience with fond memories. He enjoys working for BBC Radio Scotland, commentating at events such as The Open, Scottish Open, Ryder and Solheim Cups.
Currently Alan is Director of Operations for the UK working for GolPhin. GolPhin is a company focused on growing the game from grass roots through their education programme, MyPathway2Golf coaching initiative and also their award winning equipment, designed for 3-14 year olds.
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