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Centenary Celebrations Mark a Hugely Special Edition of the Eden Tournament

August 22 2019

Sporting success and social pursuits honoured another historic milestone at the Home of Golf, the Centenary of the Eden Tournament.

Since its inception, the Eden Tournament has been perennially popular with this year proving no different as we welcomed 240 men and 122 women, who competed in the Strathtyrum Tournament, for five days of stroke play and match play competition, culminating in the finals on 16th August.

With an opening qualifying round of 65 across the New Course, Kingfield’s Allyn Dick put himself in a good starting position for the week, which would end with him lifting the Eden Trophy, first presented in 1919 as the ‘Challenge Cup’.

Facing Englishman Jack Hawksby in the final, Allyn added his name to the record books winning 3 & 2 across the Eden Course on Friday.  

The Eden Tournament marked the culmination of a two week period referred to as the August Tournaments, which includes the Strathtyrum Tournament, celebrating 30 years of play itself this year.

Such an occasion couldn’t have been more suitably noted than by the success of devoted competitor and record winner, Baberton’s Karen Marshall.

Sitting 20th after opening qualifying rounds, Karen fought off competition from Heswall’s Barbara E. Jamieson and then Louise Fraser from Kingsknowe winning 3 & 1 to lift the Strathtyrum Trophy for the seventh time, more than any other competitor in the event’s history.

There were a host of additional social pursuits throughout the week, including a gala dinner on the Saturday evening which welcomed 225 guests to the Old Course Hotel and raised more than £3000 for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in memory of much-loved Links’ colleague Paul Kirkcaldy, winner of the Eden Tankard in 1991 and pivotal part of the Tournament team for many years.

Congratulations to all the competitors who took part in a memorable week of competition at the Home of Golf and a huge thank you to everyone across the Links for helping to make the Eden Tournament and its Centenary celebrations a tremendous success. To find out more about the tournaments and entry for the 2020 Eden and Strathtyrum Tournaments click here.

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