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Tom Morris Courses come together to celebrate the Grand Old Man of Golf

June 24 2021

St Andrews Links hosted the Old Tom 200 Invitational on Sunday 20th June signalling the culmination of a week of celebrations for the bicentenary of Tom Morris’s birth.

Over 40 teams from clubs and courses associated with Tom Morris took part in this special Sunday play held over the Old Course. This unique event recognised the remarkable impact Old Tom had on the courses he designed or remodelled with golfers making the journey from across the UK and Ireland, including Royal County Down, Royal North Devon, Askernish, Machrihanish, Royal Dornoch, Carnoustie and many more to St Andrews.

Neil Steven and Robbie Steven of The XIXth Hole Golf Club of St Andrews won the stableford betterball event with a score of 46. A notable mention also goes to Rory Ferguson and Hannah Robinson representing Carnoustie Golf Links. The pair, who are members of the Carnoustie Craw’s junior group, were the youngest to take part on the day and finished joint second with a score of 44.

For many of the competitors the opportunity to play the Old Course on a Sunday and the memories they made were the priority of the day. Father and son duo Stephen and Matt Howard from Royal Cromer Golf Club relished the opportunity to play together on Father’s Day, whilst Kevan and Jennifer Gilchrist from Machrihanish couldn’t think of a more incredible way to spend their 35th wedding anniversary.

Before and after their rounds, competitors were treated to some great Scottish hospitality and a bespoke menu created for the occasion in the new Tom Morris Bar & Grill located within the heart of the Links Clubhouse.

Welcoming golfers as they entered the Tom Morris Bar & Grill was a framed one of one print of Old Tom Morris, created and signed by artist Joe McDonnell in collaboration with our official licensee Evalu18. This striking image transforms Old Tom from the familiar black and white vista to a character infused with colour and vibrancy, and has been the centrepiece of our Old Tom 200 celebrations. To commemorate this special event, the print will be displayed in our new headquarters where it can be appreciated for many years to come.

Reflecting on the day’s events, Euan Loudon, Chief Executive St Andrews Links Trust, said it was an honour to host the specially commissioned competition and raise awareness of Tom Morris’s contribution to the game of golf and so many incredible courses.

He said: “We feel a close association and affinity with these clubs and we are delighted so many of them and their guests joined in our celebrations.

“One of the many remarkable Old Tom feats is the footprint he left across the country. His story originates and is deeply embedded here in St Andrews, but his work travelled far and wide throughout the British Isles, in fact it is his work here at the Links and across our coastline that continues to inspire generations of golf course architects, designers and greenkeepers around the world.

“We are honoured by the commitment shown by so many golf courses and clubs across the UK and Ireland who retraced the steps of Old Tom and travelled to St Andrews to take part in what was truly a very special day for the Links and all involved.”

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