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Lot # 39: TCA2 published c. 1880 Jack Morris Grassed Driver.

Starting Bid: $750.00

Bids: 4 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Fall Golf Auction 2019",
which ran from 11/6/2019 12:00 PM to
11/23/2019 8:00 PM

Born in St. Andrews, John "Jack" Morris was the son of George Morris, Old Tom's older brother.  In 1869, when Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake) was formed, Jack was hired as their first professional. He remained at his post until 1929, when he retired from Hoylake. 

Jack Morris did not make all that many clubs, but he did make some. His work was not as stylistic or as shapely as his more famed and prolific uncle, but this c. 1880 club represents some of his better work. It is honest in all respects. The shaft is 46 inches long. The head measures  5 3/4" in length, 1 7/8" in width, and 1 1/8" in depth.  Everything is original except the grip, which has lost most of its sheepskin, though all the underlisting remains. There is a slight bit of grain separation/cracks in three ribbons of grain low on the toe of the face. It is discrete in the overall presentation of the club, and is a minor thing when considering all that is right with this club and the scarcity of Jack Morris long nose clubs. 

In addition to being marked "J. Morris", the crown is also stamped "J.W. MacFie". The auctioneer does not know if J.W MacFie was related to A.F. MacFie, the winner of the first British Amateur (held in 1885) and formerly a member of Hoylake. But its possible.

This is the very club pictured and discussed in The Clubmakers Art, Second Edition, vol 1 page 101. A signed copy of that page will be included with this club. As a side note, this club was one of the first long nose clubs I obtained back in the mid 1980s. Across the years, I would watch for a better J Morris long nose to come along, but never saw one I liked more.




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