Stoney Baloney details local club

From left: Frank Budd (Stonehaven Rotary), Roberta Duncan (RNLI), Alex Russon, Karen Smith (RNLI), Ian Hastie (Stonehaven Golf Club manager), Brenda Gowens (Stonehaven Golf Club front of house manager) and Keith Douglas
From left: Frank Budd (Stonehaven Rotary), Roberta Duncan (RNLI), Alex Russon, Karen Smith (RNLI), Ian Hastie (Stonehaven Golf Club manager), Brenda Gowens (Stonehaven Golf Club front of house manager) and Keith Douglas

A golfer in the Mearns area is preparing to release a book based around a local golf club and surrounding area to raise money for charity.

Alex Russon will be launching his newest book, Stoney Baloney, on Saturday, August 20 at the Stonehaven Golf Club - where much of the narrative takes place.

Proceeds raised by the sale of the book will go towards Stonehaven RNLI and the Stonehaven Rotary Club.

It is Alex’s fourth book, but the first to be set in the Mearns area as he moved to Auchenblae last summer.

The 46-year-old previously lived in the north-east having resided in Stonehaven from 1982 to 1986, before moving to England to live and work for 30 years.

In his time south of the border he published three books: two about football and one about opening and running a sweet shop in Walsall, near Birmingham.

Upon his return to Aberdeenshire, Alex picked up golf again - something that he fondly remembered from his youth. He was even the 1986 Junior Champion at Stonehaven Golf Club.

He convinced his old friend from the club, Keith Douglas, to join him for the Winter League Doubles.

Alex kept a blog of the pair’s progress in the competition at stoneygolf.blogspot.com, and the book grew from there.

It has been described as a mix of fact and fiction: Alex confesses to not being as good a golfer as Keith, but in the book the tables are turned and Alex is the better player.

The book is not all for all for laughs though, Alex uses it to address some serious issues in his life too.

He lived as an alcoholic for many years - which he blames for not being as good a golfer as he could be - and reveals in the book how becoming a Christian helped him overcome his addiction. “It’s not all dark though,” he said. “But there is a bit of how Christianity helped me beat being an alcoholic.”

Stoney Baloney will be available at the golf club, shops in the town, his blog and online stores like Amazon, as well as an audiobook version, narrated by Alex.