Adam James Hunter was born in Glasgow on the 26th September 1963, Adam showed a keen interest as a child in golf and was a member of Sandyhills Golf Club, it wasn’t long before he played boys and youth international level.
In 1981 Adam travelled to the USA where he completed a two and a half years scholarship at Virginia Tech. In 1884 he turned professional and joined the European Tour the following year after coming through qualifying school. He failed to hold his Tour card in his rookie year, but after another successful visit to qualifying school he returned to the tour.
Again Hunter would lose his tour card after he made only one cut in the tour season. He would win the non tour events, the 1985 Granite City Classic, the following year the Carnoustie Challenge and the 1987 Northern Open.
The 1990’s would fair much better for Adam, he earned enough money to retain his European Tour card. In 1995 he would beat Darren Clarke to win The Portuguese Open, this would be his only tour win as in 1998 he would lose his tour card again.
This time in 1998 Adam would turn his hand to coaching gaining a great reputation working with the likes of Paul Lawrie, Catriona Matthew as well as Stephen Gallagher, Alastair Forsyth and Gary Orr. He was also appointed Scottish Golf Academy coach and part time of the Scotland Under 16s.
At the 1999 Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie Adam was coaching Paul Lawrie, Going into the final round Paul was 10 shots behind the leader. Paul went out and played away finally finishing with a 6 over par for the tournament. He was joined with Justin Leonard.
At this point Adam sent Paul to the practice green as he was watching Jean Van de Velde play the final holes and dropped shots. Going up the 18 Van de Velde would put his ball in the water and record a triple bogey. This Lawrie Van de Velde and Leonard in a play-off for the Championship. Paul would win after playing 4 holes.
Adam Hunter died on the 14th October 2011 at the Beatson Oncology Center from Leukaemia, 2 years after being diagnosed with the disease.
A year after his death Well-known Scottish golf professionals, Stephen McAllister and Alan Tait, along with Scottish PGA Secretary, Michael MacDougall, and former sports broadcaster, Brian Donald, organised a Pro-am tournament in his memory. All the proceeds went to Friends of the Beatson.
Adam James Hunter, Master Mason, Lodge Tollcross No.1194
Initiated 10th April 1986
Passed 26th September 1986
Raised 22nd December 1986
Mark Ceremonial 30th May 1987