07 September 2012


 The 13th Auld Tom Morris Grand Challenge Match (commonly known as the Autumn Meeting of Keepers of the Green) was held on the Jubilee Bronze Course, St Andrews on Friday 7th September 2012.
A total of 15 golfers participated in the event which was played in the traditional format of Individual and Pairs stableford competition with hickory clubs – of course!

One very welcome feature of this year's event was the high proportion of younger generation (and very low handicap!) golfers, including Iain Finlay, James White and Max Baillie from the St Andrews Golf Club and Grant Payne from Panmure Golf Club.

However, there is no substitute for experience and the competition winners came from a slightly more mature age-group!
The winner of the Individual event was Ken Pritchard of Bruntsfield Links Golf Club with an excellent total of 28 points by virtue of a better inward half from Stuart Gatherum of the St Andrews Golf Club. Third place was shared, equally, by Jamie Gardner, New Golf Club, St Andrews and James White with 24 points.

There was immediate consolation for Stuart Gatherum who, along with his partner, Richard Yarham of Leven Golfing Society,  won the Pairs competition with a very creditable total of 35 points. Ken Pritchard's excellent form enabled him, with very occasional (!) support from his partner, Jack Munro of the St Andrews Golf Club, to secure runners up place with 32 points, closely followed by Iain Finlay and James White with 31 points.

The "Long Driving Competition"! was won by John Woodman of Bamburgh Castle GC in Northumberland, who completed a 300-mile round day trip from Easthouses to play in the tournament and return in time for his Club's Annual Dinner.
Special mention should also be made of new Keepers member, Eric Brown, of the Scores Hotel and New Club, whose challenge of playing in his first ever hickory tournament was made even more difficult by the late withdrawal of his playing partner. Eric, as ever, made light of the circumstances!