The story of Young Tom Morris, the world’s first young golf prodigy, is set to inspire a new generation of children to take up the game.
A new book, written by acclaimed St Andrews golf historian Roger McStravick and illustrated by St Andrews artist Maria Amelia Randall, charts the childhood and subsequent meteoric rise to fame of Young Tom Morris, who was a four-time consecutive Open Champion before his untimely death aged just 24 in 1875.
We believe the story of Little Tommy Morris is a classic tale of a young sporting hero.Gillian Gamble, Cartographie Press
However, as well as the colourful ‘Little Tommy Morris’ picture book, there is a ‘story bag’ for schools, with games, classroom activities and even a puppet of Little Tommy, all designed to encourage a love of the game.
And to get the book and story bag out to schools around the world, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to attract sponsors.
“We believe the story of Little Tommy Morris is a classic tale of a young sporting hero,” said Gillian Gamble, of local publishers Cartographie Press.
“The story has the ability to inspire lots of different children with confidence to try a new skill, not just those who take an interest in golf.
“It’s also a beautiful story about a father and son, which we are sure parents will love.”
She hopes that golf lovers will chip in and help with the crowdfunding.
“Primary schools often have tight budgetary constraints when it comes to purchasing resources” said Gillian, explaining why the crowdfunding initiative had been started to raise £26,000,
“We are aiming to raise enough to give the pack to at least 200 schools, and our supporters can choose from treats that range from first editions of the book, all the way to a golfing holiday in St Andrews.”
The story book is due to be released this spring, with the full ‘Little Tommy Morris’ pack making its debut at a special event during The Open at St Andrews in July.
Anyone wishing to get involved can find out more at www.littletommymorris.com or by contacting the publishers at firstname.lastname@example.org. The campaign can be found igg.me/at/littletommymorris/x/8480627