The first ever St Andrews versus the rest of the world golf match held recently has been declared a resounding success by its organisers.
The match was staged as part of the town’s St Andrew’s Day Celebrations and held over the New Course at the weekend.
The event gathered so much interest that 112 players took part, meaning 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.
When all 28 fourball games were completed, the final score proved to be St Andrews 19, rest of the world 9.
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); David Terroni, 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.
He also announced that the event had raised around £500 for local projects.
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 golfing calendar.”