The first-ever ‘St Andrews v Rest of the World’ Golf Match, staged as part of the town’s St Andrew’s Day Celebrations, was held over the New Course on Sunday 30 November.
The event proved to be an outstanding success – so much so, with 112 players, that several tee times had to be used on the adjacent Jubilee Course to accommodate the demand.
Players from local clubs made up the “St Andrews” team, with those from elsewhere forming the ‘Rest of the World’ team. Entrants came from across Scotland, Southern England, USA and even China, making this a truly international occasion.
St Andrew’s Day dawned mild, sunny and windless, and all the golfers enjoyed playing in the glorious benign conditions. When all 28 fourball games were completed, the final score proved to be St Andrews 19, Rest of the World 9.
he competitors then enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Links Clubhouse Restaurant, where prizes were presented to Alan Morgan, Scotscraig GC(Nearest the Pin-Men-New Course Hole 13); David Terroni, St Andrews GC (Longest Drive-Men-New Course Hole 3); Davina Lavery, Milngavie GC (Nearest the Pin-Ladies-New Course Hole 13); Lauren McArthur, St Regulus Ladies GC (Longest Drive-Ladies-New Course Hole 3); John McBride, St Andrews GC (Nearest the Pin – Jubilee Hole 5) and Mark George-Briant, St Michaels GC (Longest Drive – Jubilee Hole 12).
The presentations were made by Jim McArthur, Match Director and Chairman of local charity St Andrews Partnership, the organisers of the event.
Mr McArthur expressed his warm thanks to St Andrews Links Trust, whose golfing, administrative and clubhouse staff had helped the day run smoothly and enjoyably for all. He also announced that the event had raised around £500 for worthwhile local projects administered by St Andrews Partnership, and thanked everyone for their generosity.
He added “This Celebration Match, held on our patron saint’s day in the town which bears his name, has genuinely brought together our small corner of Scotland and the rest of the world. We hope that this event will become a fixture in the St Andrews golfing calendar on or around St Andrew’s Day each year in future.”
Photo, by Peter Adamson, shows St Andrews Partnership Chairman Jim McArthur (centre) with prizewinners (from l-r) David Terroni, Davina Lavery, Lauren McArthur and Mark George-Briant.