16 April 2012

 Keepers Members Honoured at St Andrews Golf Festival Awards

Keepers of the Green featured prominently at the inaugural St Andrews Golf Festival Awards, held in the Younger Hall on 31st March. The Awards Ceremony, presented by Golf Illustrated, honoured individuals who have made significant contributions to golf in literature, photography, art, humour, women's golf and many more. (A full listing of all Award Winners is provided at the end of this post).
The major award of the evening was the Golf Illustrated Readers' Vote Award for the Spirit of St Andrews which went to Seve Ballesteros, who polled almost three times more votes than the other nominees of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones and Babe Zaharias.
The first winner of the inaugural Old Tom Morris sculpture was Keepers Patron, David Joy, who had just completed An Audience with Tom Morris for Festival attendees in the form of an interview by Pat Norton, former Director of Communications for the LPGA – the first time Old Tom has shared a stage with a lady!

Pictured right is David Joy with his Award


During the presentation ceremony for David, notes of congratulations were relayed from golf commentator, Peter Alliss, and Major winner, Tony Jacklin as well as First Minister, Alec Salmond. Describing David as "one of Scotland's finest inspirational Scot's", Mr Salmond said that the Award was "richly deserved." He added "Your work as Old Tom Morris has really brought one of our national sporting heroes to life and you continue to inspire and educate people all over the world about Scotland's rich golfing heritage. It is fitting that you have been awarded the very first "Old Tom" and I know that the town of St Andrews, which is deeply indebted to you to for all your hard work over the years, will join me in congratulating you."
The Award for Courage, appropriately presented in the name of Keepers of the Green went to Mike Reeder, the Vietnam amputee and first ever person to complete a round of golf on the Old Course in a wheelchair. (A full article on Mike's incredible achievement appears elsewhere on this Blog page).
Other Keepers Founder Members' to feature in the Awards included Jack and Sheena Willoughby of the Dunvegan Hotel who were also delighted to receive the Best 19th Hole in the World and Peter Crabtree who, along with the late St Andrews golf historian, scientist and teacher, Dr David Malcolm, won the Literati of the Links Award for Golf Literature for their seminal book on Old Tom Morris.

Babe Zaharias Award for Outstanding Contibution to Ladies Golf: Laura Davies
Golf Illustrated Spirit of St Andrews: Seve Ballesteros
Planet Golf Award for Excellence in Golf Architecture: Kyle Phillips
Golf Surveys Ltd Award for Lifetime Achievement in Golf Course Architecture: Martin Hawtree
Lawrence Levy Award for Golf Photography: Kevin Murray
Keepers of the Green Award for Courage: Mike Reeder
St Andrews Golf Festival Award for Honour and Integrity: Brian Davis
St Andrews Golf Art Award: Walt Spitzmiller
Literati of the Links Award for Golf Literature: Peter Crabtree and Dr David Martin
St Andrews Golf Festival for Golf Humour: Clive Agran
St Andrews Golf Festival Award for Golf Innovation: SNAG Golf