Lot # 47: Tom Morris Play Club c 1880's

Starting Bid: $400.00

Bids: 4 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/7/2021 12:00 PM to
7/24/2021 8:00 PM

This club might have some aches and pains, (repaired crack in the shaft, wear on surface of the face, small crack in the top of the head), but they pale in contrast to what is right about this club: the greatest of which is the fact that it was made by the “The High Priest of the Hierarchy of Golf,” “The Father of Golf,” “The Nestor of Golf,” and The Grand Old Man of Golf" Tom Morris. His craftsmanship is indicated by the "T. Morris" stamp on the head, complete with original finish, grip, and approximately 44" original hickory shaft.

Because of his personal character, Tom Morris changed the public perception of a professional golfer from that of a rogue without a real occupation to someone worthy of society’s respect.  He did this while working in the world of golf during the feather ball era, through the gutty ball era, and into the rubber core era.  When Tom Morris died in 1908 at 87 years of age, the entire town of St. Andrews shut down on the day of his funeral. 

For more on Tom Morris, see TCA2 volume 1 pages 62-65 & volume 2 pages 564-565)

This putter is third from the right in the group shot.

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