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Cameron Whytock


When he was 15, Cameron Whytock pushed a Co-op trolley from the Tay Bridge to the Forth Bridge to help to raise funds for the school trip to Tanzania next summer. The aim of the visit to that country is to do charity work, with the hope of climbing Kilimanjaro as an extra. The trip will cost £3,600. Cameron reached £500 thanks partly to the fact that local businesses bought advertising space on the sides of the trolley.

Claire Wightman

Claire Wightman (1987), who graduated the year before, was guiding a group of tourists in 1998 under the auspices of Worldwide Adventures Abroad, when she found herself sailing down the Nile towards Luxor just as the horrific slaughter of tourists was taking place. Claire and her party were confined to their hotel when they arrived. It proved very difficult to make contact with her parents because all the telephone lines were jammed. She says that the Egyptians were devastated by the events at Luxor. She returned home to Giffordtown in December after a final stop in Athens.

James Wilkie

Tribute has been paid to a Bell Baxter High School teacher and former pupil who died on Saturday 29 May 2010. The body of Jim Wilkie, from Tayport, was found in Tentsmuir Forest. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Expressing his sympathy to Mr Wilkie's family, Bell Baxter rector Philip Black said: "Mr Wilkie was a very able and highly respected member of staff who had dedicated most of his career to Bell Baxter. The school community was devastated to hear of his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family."

Robert Wilkie


Robert Wilkie (1927) died in April 2001 in Ninewells Hospital, aged 86. Robert was a native of Kingskettle. He graduated BSc from St Andrews University, attended Dundee Teacher Training College (as it then was) and taught Science in several schools in Fife. During the war, he served in the Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopton and later at Ranskill, Lincolnshire. He returned to teaching after the war and became Head Teacher of Balmullo Primary School in 1954, remaining there until he retired in 1976. He was an Elder of Logie Parish Church and later of Leuchars Church, and he was also a member of the St Andrews Probus Club. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Paul J Wilkinson

FP Paul Wilkinson returned to school duringSession 2009-10 after graduating from Canbridge with a double first in Computing and Mathematics. He came to share his experiences at Cambidge and to show appreciation for the opportunities Bell Baxter provided for him.

George Will


BBS 1950-55

George Will (1950) died in February 2011. George became a very distinguished golfer - the best of a number of excellent golfers who are FPs, for he played in three Ryder Cup tournaments in the 1960s. In 1963 he played in four matches, beating Palmer and Pott with Brian Huggett on the first morning, but was beaten (again with Huggett) in the afternoon.  On the second day he played with Harry Weetman and was beaten by Casper and Maxwell.  In the singles on the afternoon of the third day he was beaten by Palmer. In 1965 he played in six matches, beating Marr and Palmer with Dave Thomas on the first morning, but lost to the same pair in the afternoon.  On the second day the same partnership was beaten by January and Jacobs by one hole both in the morning and the afternoon.  On day three he halved with January in the morning, but lost to Littler in the afternoon. In 1967he played in five matches, halving with Casper and Boros while again playing with Brian Huggett.  They lost in the afternoon match.  On day two the pair lost to Dickinson and Saunders and paired with Hugh Boyle lost to Palmer and Boros by one holein the afternoon.  On day three he only played in the afternoon and lost to Pott. His Ryder Cup record was therefore played 15, won 2, lost 11 and halved 2.

George had won the Scottish Boys' Championship in 1955 and then the British Youths' Championship in 1957. During his National Service he twice won the Army championship. The first occasion was in 1959 at St Andrews, when he was a lance-corporal in the East Surrey Regiment. George, now a full corporal, won again the following year at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent. He turned professional in 1957 and was attached to Walton Heath. He won the Northern Open in 1958, while he was Assistant at Cruden Bay, and again in 1963. As a Tour Professional his best result was in 1965 when he won the Esso Golden Round at Moor Park and the following year he was pipped at the post for the Singapore Open title, being beaten in the play-off. He became Club Professional at Sundridge Park in Bromley, Kent.

He is survived by his wife and son.

The following obituary was downloaded from the European Tour website:

George Will, who has died, aged 73, made three appearances in The Ryder Cup and was regarded as one of the most stylish professionals of his time.

Indeed in his first Ryder Cup for Great Britain he partnered his good friend Brian Huggett to a superb 3 and 2 win over Arnold Palmer and Johnny Pott in the opening foursomes match on the first morning at East Lake Country Club, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1963.
George Duncan Will was born in Ladybank, Fife, on April 16, 1937, and he survived a serious illness as a boy to take his place in the history of golf initially as the winner of the Scottish Boys’ Championship in 1955 then the British Youths Championship two years later during an excellent amateur career. He also won the Army Championship twice during National Service.

Will turned professional in 1957 and won the Northern Open the next year. He became a full time tournament golfer in 1960 and won the Smart Weston tournament in 1964. His biggest success came in the Esso Golden Round Robin in 1965 when at Moor Park, Hertfordshire, he accumulated 24 points – a total that was only once surpassed in the six year history of that highly acclaimed tournament. From 1964 to 1971 he finished in the top 20 of the Order of Merit no fewer than six times and of those three were top ten finishes.

He was also an international player as he competed on the Asian circuit in 1966 when he tied for the Singapore Open only to lose in a play-off, and for many years he coached the National Team of Belgium.

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  George Will (Back row - fourth from the left) in the 1965 Great Britain Ryder Cup Team

 (Getty Images)

His consistency earned him three Ryder Cup appearances – in 1963, 1965 and 1967 – and following his outstanding start in 1963 he again won in 1965 his opening foursomes match – this time with Dave Thomas – against Arnold Palmer and Dave Marr at Royal Birkdale, Southport.  A halved match in partnership again with Brian Huggett against Billy Casper and Julius Boros in 1967 at the Champions Golf Club, Houston,  Texas, ensured that Will would have an unbeaten record in the opening matches of each of his three Ryder Cups. He also represented Scotland three times in The World Cup of Golf.
Following his tournament career, Will became the club professional at Sundridge Park in Bromley, Kent, where he would link with a young Roger Chapman and together they targeted the 1981 Walker Cup. Chapman successfully made the team before turning professional and Will remained his coach.

Will was a keen footballer and he trained at Charlton Athletic. His other love outside of golf was as a grower of prize roses. He leaves a wife, Jeannie, and their son, Kenneth.
Neil Coles, Chairman of The PGA European Tour Board of Directors, said: “George Will was an outstanding golfer who arrived as a professional at a similar time to myself. I recall that in his first Ryder Cup match he struck his opening shot a country mile down the middle watched by among others Arnold Palmer, one of his opponents that day. That shot said a lot about George’s character. He was a player who relished a challenge and rose to the occasion with a stylish game that entertained the spectators. He will be missed by his many friends in the game and on behalf of George O’Grady, myself and everyone at The European Tour I send our condolences to his family.”

Roger Chapman, who won the Sunningdale Open Foursomes in 1979 in partnership with George Will, said: “George coached me from the age of 13 until very recently. He was my coach, my second father, my mentor and inspiration. He always had time for me when I came to him in-between tournaments to look over my swing. He made me as a player, he inspired everything I ever achieved in golf and he was so happy to know that I had just won my card on the Champions Tour in America. The man was a true great – irreplaceable and he will be sadly missed.”

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