KEEPERS NORTH AMERICA . . .. .

Keepers of the Green is an international golfing fellowship with a number of Chapters or "Clans"  in the USA and Canada founded on similar philosophies and principles as operated by the St Andrews HQ.  These include Hurdzon Golf in Ohio, the Maryland Clan, and KOTG Chapters in Texas and London, Ontario .

Update from Kevin A  Reilly, Secretary of the Green, Canada.  June 2014

On behalf of Keepers of the Green Canada, I wish to say thank you to all the participants in our recent challenge match at Taranowah Golfers Club. A windy afternoon on a fine links style course was the perfect setting for the hickory golf. Overall Keepers of the Green prevailed over the GHSC by the narrowest of margins, winning by 8 points to 7. Congratulations Keepers!

In keeping with the traditions of our home group in St Andrews, Scotland, Keepers of the Green, Canada have made a donation to the War Amps of Canada in the amount of $175.00. Thank you for your interest and participation in this event. Here's hoping that it is the first of many more excting challenges between our two groups.

News from Maryland Clan - September 2012

 We had our annual Maryland Clan golf tourney and wheelchair presentation on Sunday 2 September at the Sherwood Forest golf course. The wheelchair was again arranged for by ARC Baltimore and KIPPY, the recipient, was absolutely thrilled. Twenty of the 34 members competed for the Dougie Cree memorial trophy which has a claret cup Open replica on top. A dinner social followed at a members home. All the best.

Del Ritchie

 

Letter from Canada - September 2011

Greetings from Canada on a lovely autumn day and I hope this missive finds you all in great spirits. I would like to update you and your fellow Keepers of the Green in Scotland on the events we have been enjoying and on the progress we are making here in our Canadian chapter. 

Earlier this September, the London Ontario based members of Keepers of the Green had a pilgrimage to the beautiful town of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Our visit coincided with the Golf Historical Society of Canada's fall tournament of which all the present Keepers are members. In conjunction with the C B MacDonald Hickory Championship of Eastern Canada, we arranged and played a 9 hole challenge match with Dr John Bennett, Dr Tom Miller, Bill Truppe and Kevin Reilly participating. Also present with us in Niagara were Mr Peter Downs, our newly confirmed member and Doug R, a (very) possible Keeper candidate. In addition to these fine gentlemen, I was very pleased that four of our wives joined us in playing at the Historical Society's event. Both the new players and the ladies were very impressed with the golf, camaraderie and fun we all shared. (also mentioned was the great weather, fine wine and superb food). We are happy to report that as a result of our challenge match a contribution of $ 300 was made to the War Amps of Canada CHAMP program on behalf of Keepers of the Green and our winning player, Bill Truppe. The War Amps is a Canadian nation-wide registered charitable organization operated under the direction of war amputees. Since its inception, The War Amps has had as its hallmark the unique philosophy of “amputees helping amputees.” The charity was launched in 1946 as a sheltered workshop where war amputees could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the organization. Over the years, it has evolved into an organization helping children and adults amputees alike thrive in their community. This charity was chosen by our Canadian membership as it actively assists amputees in Canada and thus follows in the worldwide Keepers of the Green philosophy of assisting mobility in the community. Please follow the link below to read an article by Joe McLean, one of the contestants in the Niagara event, which recently appeared in Flagstick Magazine www.flagstick.com
 

Keeper of the Green Canada continues to attract new members to share with us the traditions of the great game of golf.. Our newest member, Peter Downs is a fine gentleman who enjoys the spirit of friendship found in a game of hickory golf. I believe in the coming years there are many more like Peter out there that will join us. For example, I had the opportunity to meet recently with a prominent member of the Canadian banking industry that has expressed a strong interest in our group. We are currently discussing ways in which he can assist our group in moving forward in the coming years. He is a natural leader for the KOTG group and we are determining just what his level of involvement can be. I am very excited about the potential exposure he can bring to our efforts here in Canada as his organization is a major sponsor of golf related events at the professional level (i.e. The Canadian Open Championship). More information on the individual and his involvement will follow shortly. 


The Keepers group has also been featured in a few media related presentations over the past year. I was interviewed for a radio program on local events and we were mentioned in a print article in Flagstick magazine. (see attached) We are also expected to be the focus of an article presently being written for the Ontario Golf Association periodical which I believe will be in print early next year. KOTG Canada have also been approached by an editor of another prominent golf publication, Score Magazine, but we have been playing telephone tag for a few weeks now. All told, we are spreading the word in print, by word of mouth and by our participation in local hickory golf events. 

Up next for the Keepers is a visit to the Mid Pines Hickory event in North Carolina in November, 2011. I'm told this is a premier hickory event at a wonderful old Donald Ross layout. We plan to contact some of our American Keepers to possibly arrange a challenge match during this event. Perhaps some of your Scottish membership plan on being there. If so, please contact me and we can arrange an international match. 

That is about all I can relate to you at this time. We are fast approaching the end of our golf-able weather and look forward with some despair to yet another long winter off season. I hope you join me in welcoming our new member(s) and wish all our fellow Keepers a warm greeting and best wishes from Canada.


Yours in friendship, 


Kevin Reilly 
Secretary, KOTG Canada