Golfer in fresh drive to find lost trophies

Jonathan Davidson from Stow who lost golf trophies in a taxi home from Dalkeith after playing in an annual event in Elgin.
Jonathan Davidson from Stow who lost golf trophies in a taxi home from Dalkeith after playing in an annual event in Elgin.

A STOW golfer has putt out a plea for the return of two trophies he won, but then lost in the back of a taxi – one of which he has described as irreplaceable.

Jonathan Davidson believes he left the winning prizes – valued at approximately £100 – in a Edinburgh cab which dropped him off at his home on August 21. And one of them has particular sentimental value, having been handed to him and his friends by an Elgin guesthouse owner who has since died.

Jonathan Davidson from Stow who lost golf trophies in a taxi home from Dalkeith after playing in an annual event in Elgin. A quaiche similar to the lost one.

Jonathan Davidson from Stow who lost golf trophies in a taxi home from Dalkeith after playing in an annual event in Elgin. A quaiche similar to the lost one.

Recently retired from a Scottish Government post, Mr Davidson and his former work colleagues have been visiting Hopeman Golf Club near Elgin for almost 20 years to compete among themselves for the Autumn Cup. But 13 years ago another competition was added to the pals’ annual golfing weekend in the form of the South Bank Trophy.

This year, Mr Davidson, a member of Torwoodlee Golf Club at Galashiels, won both tournaments before misplacing his prizes.

The 57-year-old said: “We have been playing at Hopeman since 1992 and went to the same South Bank guesthouse each year.

“In 1998 the guesthouse owner – who was named Maureen – gave us the South Bank Trophy for which to compete.

“She has since passed away and it means we cannot ask her where she bought the quaich to track down a replacement. It is not actually a great trophy to look at, but it really is irreplaceable and has a special value.”

Describing the night the trophies went missing, the 11-handicapper told us: “It was around 10pm on the Sunday evening when I was dropped off on Edinburgh’s Old Dalkeith Road to get the X95 bus back to Stow. The bus did not turn up, so I had no option but to get a taxi.

“It cost me £60 and when I got to Stow I had to rush into my house to get more cash. I am sure I took the two trophies out of my holdall in the rush and left them in the taxi.”

Mr Davidson believes the driver would remember him, having phoned his boss to knock down the price of the fare from £80 to £60.

He added: “It was late at night as well, so I do not think he would have had another job. I have phoned every taxi firm in Edinburgh, but they say they have a lot of part-time staff at weekends.

“I have also been in touch with police stations at The Pleasance, Fettes and Hawick in case they have been handed in, but so far I have heard nothing.

“It is a real sickener and I have all but given up hope of finding them now.”

Mr Davidson is offering a reward for return of the trophies - anyone with information can contact TheSouthern.