Button # 377
Image submitted by Yvo Melis
Button # 377a
20mm 'FIRMEN & SONS 'Made in England' (one piece convex).
St. Andrews Golfing Association - The Links House, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Number 694, an early
and extremely fine quality copper gilt players' jacket button. 22mm, narrow burnished rim lined 'dead-gilt'
ground and burnished St. Andrew/Cross and OE 'GC'.
HISTORY - The St Andrews Golf Club was formed 29 September 1843. Its eleven founder members were
mostly tradesmen, but included a Dancing Master and a Butler (George Morris, brother of Tom). Nowadays the club's
members cover a broad economic spectrum, but in 1843 golf was not a poor man's game and the first members were all
men of some substance. Soon they were joined by Alan Robertson and Tom Morris. Alan was the foremost golfer of his
day and employed Tom in the family business making feather golf balls, later he became Captain of the club. Both he
and Tom are recorded as having organised the members 'odds' or handicaps. The club also had the rare distinction of
having a member, Mackenzie Turpie, who competed in the first Golf Olympics in Paris in 1900. He was a postman in the
town and paid his own entry fee and travelling expenses 'purely for the honour of competing'. In the first 60 years
of its history, the club played regular competitions and met thereafter in various hotels and inns in the town for
many happy evenings of "toast, song and sentiment".
The foundations of the present day club were laid when the first clubhouse was bought in 1905. This was the property
in Golf Place, now occupied by Auchterlonie golf shop. In 1933 the club moved to its present clubhouse to overlook
the 18th green of the Old Course. This splendid Victorian mansion provides an ideal grandstand for members during
the Open Championship and other major tournaments held on the famous links.
Club information submitted by Martin Moseling.
St. Andrews Golfing Association - 1
Button # 377
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