Report on Keepers Spring Meeting

15 April 2011

The 15th annual Auld Tom Morris World Memorial Championship was played over the Jubilee Bronze Course on April 15, 2011.

The stableford competition attracted 14 members and guests from both home and overseas on a sunny and very pleasant afternoon over the world-famous links.

The participants had the opportunity to sample a nip of Scotland’s national tipple prior to play getting underway, courtesy of Scottish member Hamish Macleod and his trusty hip flask – and the majority accepted his generous offer.

The tournament itself proved to be a close run affair with the leading six players separated by only five points.

However, when the dust had settled and the totals added, guest Neil Robertson was the overall winner on 28 points, two ahead of joint runners-up Jamie Gardner and David Finlay.

Three players tied for third place on 25 points – Donald Stewart, Scott Thomson and Texan Tom Hughes – with Hamish Macleod next a further point in arrears.

The golfers joined more than a dozen other members and their guests later in the day for a very tasty supper and presentation of prizes in St Andrews Golf Club.

They were welcomed by KOTG secretary Dougie Miller, who invited the charity’s honorary member, Emil Pacholek, to present the winner’s trophy in the absence of Patron, David Joy, who was playing Auld Tom Morris at the Annual Dinner of the St Andrews Golf Week. Emil delighted all with a humorous address before handing over the trophy to Neil Robertson, who replied suitably and professed to having “greatly enjoyed” his first ever outing with hickory clubs.

In addition to the trophy – it is on permanent show in the Best Western Scores Hotel in St Andrews along with other memorabilia owned by the charity - Neil was presented with a small bust of Old Tom Morris to retain as a memento.