Eight of East Lothian’s best young golfers are heading to the USA to compete against the cream of the South Carolina Golf Association’s talent in the inaugural Watson Cup. The boys representing ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ will play over the Ocean Course at Kiawah and the Cassique Course which was designed by the five times Open Champion Tom Watson.
The Watson Cup consists of 4 fourball matches on Sunday 14th October and 8 single matches the following day, when Tom Watson will be in attendance to watch play and present the trophy which is named after him.
Tom Watson sent this message to the Team:- "I am looking forward to meeting you and the playing of The Watson Cup and the start of what I hope will be a long history of spirited competition and goodwill for all the participants, organisers, friends, families and golf fans on both sides of the Atlantic. I am certain that the best thing that will derive from The Watson Cup will be the life long friendships forged by this event."
David Warren, Junior League Secretary, “Our Team is being hosted by the South Carolina Golf Association (SCGA) with whom we have jointly organised this prestigious bi-annual event. Their Junior Team will be very strong, and we hope the matches over their classic venues will be close and exciting”.
In addition to The Watson Cup the boys will play over a number of other courses in South Carolina including Pinehurst venue for the 1951 Ryder Cup, US Open Championship in 1999, 2005 & 2014 and the US Women’s Open Championship also in 2014.
Another highlight of the trip will be a Putting Clinic given by Dave Stockton, twice a PGA Champion and Captain of the US Ryder Cup Team at Kiawah Island in 1991. Dave is recognised as one of the leading putting coaches in golf and he will also be the guest speaker at Watson Cup banquet.
In 2020 The Watson Cup will be played on Scotland’s Golf Coast with the match being decided over Muirfield and Edinburgh’s Royal Burgess when former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher sent this message to the teams, "I am very pleased to support the Watson Cup and happy to accept your kind invitation to be Honorary President of the Team from the Junior Golf Leagues in the Lothians and Edinburgh areas. Good luck to both Teams at Kiawah Island when they play the inaugural match and I look forward to attending the matches back in Scotland in 2020.”
East Lothian Players & Officials L-R; Cameron Spencer - West Links & Glen North Berwick, Arron Hall - Kilspindie, Cammy Gallacher - Longniddry, Jamie Duguid - Dunbar, Jack Rogan, Captain - Longniddry, David Rudd - Longniddry, Andrew Scott - Dunbar, Gareth Jack, Coach, Connor Wilson - Castle Park & Dunbar and David Wilson, League Secretary.
Historical Note; There is evidence in a Trader’s day book in the National Archives of Scotland, that golf clubs and golf balls were shipped to Charleston in the Colony of Carolina in June 1739, on a vessel departing from the Port of Leith. It is claimed that these documents are evidence of the date and place of the birth of golf in North America. South Carolina are very proud of this heritage, hence the name of the PGA Tour event played annually at Harbour Town, SC - “The RBC Heritage.” So these historic links between Scotland and South Carolina are to be cherished.
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