Talking with Taity....
Alan has had the privilege of working for BBC Radio Scotland at The Open, Scottish Open, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup as an on course commentator.. He describes the experience inside the ropes as "the next best thing to competing yourself". He was lucky enough to be reporting on the last group at St Andrews in 2010 when Luis Oosthuizen won The Open Championship.
His highlight though was a bitter sweet moment when the previous year Tom Watson had a 6 foot putt to win The Open at Turnberry at aged 59. Sadly he missed and eventually lost out in a 4 hole play off to fellow American Stewart Cink. Being one of his all time heroes, Alan was understandably emotional but described it as an absolute honour to be there on the possible brink of history being made. He believes if Watson had won, it would have been the greatest ever “sporting” moment of all time.
Alan also co-hosted "The Golf Show". A live 30 minute programme that was aired on BBC Radio Scotland for 5 years on a Sunday morning. The programme was hugely popular with interviews and chat from some of the biggest names in golf. Initially he hosted The Golf Show with TV sports pundit Rob Maclean and then latterly, journalist and broadcaster Graham Spiers. The show averaged 15,000 listeners per week and it's hoped it will make a comeback at some point in the future.