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Episode 66 – Tom Morris Day

#TomMorrisDay marks what would have been Tom Morris’ 194th birthday and celebrated on episode 66 of the Scottish Golf Podcast. Morris single-handedly help transport the game of golf around the world and in the process help create some of the world’s most renowned links golf courses.

Our regular co-host and friend Graylyn Loomis in detail shares Morris’ upbringing on his website GraylynLoomis.com,

 “At age fourteen he began his apprenticeship in Allan Robertson’s golf shop, and his involvement with the game escalated from that point. He quickly made a name for himself as one of the best golfers in St Andrews and became famous for winning money matches across the links.”

– Four-time Open Champion (1861, 1862, 1864, 1867)
– Oldest Open Champion (46)
– Golf club & ball maker
– Course Architect  (including Old Course, Murifield, Carnousite, Royal Dornoch, Cruden Bay, Prestwick)
– Greenkeeper ‘Keeper of the greens’
– Golf Ambassador
– Golf Consultant
– Golf Instructor

Summed up by another Morris fanatic Melvyn Morrow,

“Old Tom loved Golf, he love to see people enjoying themselves on the links playing golf and to that end he spent his whole life promoting the game. What’s more important he offered his services to the development and expansion of the game through his very generous Fee basis of just £1 per day, be it for a survey, design or redesign, in fact many times he advised clubs without taking a fee. Then there is his contribution to the worldwide expansion of the Game (little known by the many) in which he recommended and supplied applicants/Professionals (generally from his employment) to positions of influence all around the world.”

Our thanks goes to ‘Tom Morris’ for joining us on the podcast. More information on David Joy’s services can be found on his website: http://www.golfhistorian.co.uk.


 

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