Public invited to show support for golf book

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The community of St Andrews is being asked to help boost votes which could see a new book on Old Tom Morris win a national competition.

Roger McStravick’s ‘ St Andrews - In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris’ has become the first golf book to be entered into the People’s Book Prize, a competition where the public can vote for their favourite.

Roger, a golf history writer who has written for The British Golf Collectors’ Society, St Andrews Links Trust and Peter Alliss as well as being called upon as a golf history advisor for media and publications worldwide, launched the book during The Open.

In the same week he also launched his first children’s picture book, ‘ Little Tommy Morris’ based on the tale of how golfing prodigy Young Tom Morris got into golf.

The book was written to inspire children, including Roger’s son, to develop an interest in golf and golfing history.

Roger said: “Little Tommy has gone down a storm selling over 500 copies in four weeks and is now into its second print run. ”

Roger added: “St Andrews - In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris is selling well too.

Roger explained: “The book is about why and how St Andrews became the Home of Golf. More Open championship winners came from here than from any other town and it’s only right that we celebrate that.

“North Street in particular, was at the heart of this golden age.

“We also have many magnificient golf courses here and, of course, the R&A, the home of the rules of golf.”

Roger said the inspiration for his book was David Joy, who often dresses as Old Tom.

Roger added: “I was just fascinated and wanted to find out more about the man behind the legend.”

To vote for Roger’s book visit the web link www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1319