In a year where the tale of St Andrews golf legend Tom Morris has been top of the A list agenda, the subject has also brought St Andrews author Roger McStravick a second literary award for his book, St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris.
Designed by Chic Harper, the book that sets out the golf history of St Andrews, set to the backdrop of the life of Old Tom Morris, has just been awarded the Murdoch Medal by The British Golf Collectors Society (BGCS).
The Murdoch Medal is awarded annually by the Society to its member who has done most in the previous year to contribute to the history and heritage of golf.
Chris Walker, BGCS captain said: “Roger’s tremendous book extends our understanding of Tom Morris and other historical golfing personalities of St Andrews.
“It is based on much original research and represents outstanding design and production values.”
Roger said: “I am absolutely delighted to win the prestigious Murdoch Medal. To win this and USGA’s Herbert Warren Wind Award this year is far more than I could ever have hoped for when I was writing the book.
“I would like to thank HRH Prince Andrew for kindly providing a foreword for the book and organisations such as The R&A, University of St Andrews and St Andrews Preservation Trust for their support. Angela Howe, Peter Crabtree, Chic Harper, David Hamilton, David Joy and Dr Eve Soulsby amongst many others helped me get the book over the line and I am hugely grateful to them all. The Murdoch Medal means so much as it has been awarded by historians, collectors and authors – this truly is a wonderful honour.”
St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris is available at www.thegolfbookshop.com or in St Andrews bookshops and golf shops across the country.