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Tales from the tournament


 

Tom Chilton, Pike Hills Golf Club (son of Russell Chilton)

I have fond memories of the Eden Tournament starting fourteen years ago back in 2005 when I was at the tender age of four. My dad, Russell Chilton, played in the tournament every year bar a few right up until he sadly passed away in 2016 at just 50 years of age.

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Gordon Cree, long standing competitor

I have played in the event for several years and have loved every minute of what is undoubtedly the finest week’s golf for amateurs not only in Scotland but perhaps worldwide.​

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Gus Lamond, 1994 and 1995 Champion from Haggs Castle

I remember as a youngster regularly coming to St Andrews for our family summer holidays and instantly fell in love with the town. In particular I remember fondly our holiday in July 1969 for taking up the game of golf and being allowed to stay up to see Neil Armstrong take his famous first steps on the Moon. 

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James Corfield, Bearwood Lakes – 2003 Champion

I first played in the Eden Tournament in 2000 together with my cousin Alex and his friend. Our fathers came too and were our caddies for the week. I qualified for the handicap matchplay winning a couple of rounds, however I improved my performance in 2001 with a third round exit in the Eden Trophy. 

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Story about Simon Whitehall, Tewkesbury Park, Eden Tankard Champion, 2009

The story starts with his hole-in-one at the 5th hole in the qualifying rounds in 2010 on the New Course. After completing his round, word got around pretty quickly of his exploits. Simon went back to the house to get changed to meet the rest of us in a pub in town later that day, but hours passed and there was no sign of Simon.

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Gary Watt, Cathcart Castle

Over the years, starting with the Boys’ Tournament way back in 1990 both myself and my brother Mark have made it a focal point of our golfing calendar to play in the Eden Tournament. It was perhaps 1993 that I first played. Certainly it has been almost a quarter century.

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Stephen Foster, Chester

I first played in the Eden Tournament in 1993 and I have many fond memories.  I never had any expectations of winning; just to have two good rounds, hopefully make the cut and see how far I got. Over the years I surprisingly managed to make the cut more times than failing, though only reaching as far as the 3rd round early in my career.

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Gerard Higgins, Seacroft GC

My first year of entry was in 2001 when Steve Shore and I travelled to St Andrews for the first time having been tipped off about the event from a fellow golf club member during a conversation one afternoon in the clubhouse at Rushcliffe GC.

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Pat Norris, Royal Troon (formerly Dungarvan, Republic of Ireland)

My first Eden Tournament was 1993, when my then girlfriend Fiona McKay won the Strathtyrum Tournament that year.

It started off as me from my home club, Dungarvan in Ireland and it quickly expanded to McGrath, Harty, Flynn, Clancy and Cusack – we knew it was a great thing and decided not to expand it any further lest it spoil matters for all.

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Lee Ramsay, West Lothian

I first visited St Andrews and played in the Eden Tournament in 1989 having only been playing golf for barely 2 years. Within a few hours from getting off the bus from Edinburgh, I knew St Andrews would be an important place for me forever.

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Dave Southern, Fleetwood

I first played in the Eden Tournament in 2005 when I was a member of Hindley Hall Golf Club and this tournament has created so many happy memories for me.
 
The first year I came in 2005 I met Russell Chiltern from Pike Hills GC in York and we played every year until Russ passed away suddenly a couple of years ago.

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Steve Dawes, Puckrup Hall: Welcome to the Kingdom of Fife

The only sign I want to see
Every year for the last 16 must be
My favourite week of the year
The New, the Eden and plenty of beer...

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A very fond memory of Harry Sayers, Eden Tankard winner in 2007 – submitted by Chris Lee

It was a warm evening when Harry Sayers stepped out of his flat in St Andrews town. The remains of that beautiful Scottish sun tickling his weary face, which was still contorted by the memory of that ‘thin on 15’ earlier in the day.  

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Felix Zamudio, Argentina: Custodians of a wonderful tradition ​

I have been playing golf for over 30 years and, as most should, I had on my bucket list to play at the Home of Golf. As a member of San Andres Golf Club in Argentina, playing St Andrews has always been a dream of mine. 
 
The idea was there, but it wasn’t that simple. Time, money and other like-minded people were required to make it happen. 

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John Johnston, Lanark Golf Club

I have been competing in the Eden Tournament, subject to Scottish school term time, since 1976 until my last visit in 2014. My first foray as a relatively cocky county champion, had an enjoyable first round despite a shuddering 15 at the 4th hole on the New Course.

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Brian Marshall, Baberton Golf Club

This will be my 41st Eden Tournament, the first being in 1976. I have missed only two, the first when I was recovering from a knee replacement operation and the second when my broadband, and probably my fingers, did not work quickly enough to get me into the first 120 entries!

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The Eden Tournament - the ‘Brigadoon Effect’. Steve Collins, Helsby Golf Club

Brigadoon - a place that is idyllic, unaffected by time, or remote from reality. 
 
I’ve been playing in the Eden Tournament since 2005 when Stewart Rennie, a former winner of the Eden Tankard, introduced me to the competition. From the moment I arrived at the tournament office on that first Sunday I realised how special this was going to be. A gift, an invitation to a barbecue and my name on a giant scoreboard, what more could any man ask for!

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