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									A History of Golf since 1497


The Birth Of Golf


         Golf as we know it nowadays originated from a game played on the eastern
coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife throughout the 15th century. Players would
slap a small rock around a natural choice of sand dunes, rabbit runs and tracks using a
stick or primitive disco. Some historians believe with the intention of Kolven from
Holland and Chole from Belgium influenced the game. The latter was introduced into
Scotland in 1421. However while these games and countless others are stick and globe
games, they are missing with the intention of of the essence ingredient with the
intention of is unique to golf - the den. Whatever the argument, here can be thumbs
down dispute with the intention of Scotland gave birth to the game we know as golf
nowadays.


         During the mid-15th century, Scotland was preparing to defend itself beside an
English invasion. The population's enthusiastic pursuit of golf and soccer to the neglect
of martial training (archery primarily) caused the Scottish parliament of sovereign
James II to disallow both sports in 1457. The disallow was reaffirmed in 1470 and 1491
although populace largely unseen it. Only in 1502 with the Treaty of Glasgow was the
disallow lifted with sovereign James IV (James 1 of England) himself taking up the
sport.


         Golf's status and popularity quickly swell right through the 16th century due to
it's royal endorsement. Sovereign Charles I popularised the game in England and Mary
Queen of Scots, who was French, introduced the game to France while she considered
here. Indeed the idiom 'caddie stems from the appellation particular to her helpers who
were the French Military, identified in french as cadets.
      The head of state golf choice of the age was Leith like Edinburgh. Indeed
sovereign Charles I was on the choice once particular the news of the Irish rebellion of
1641. Leith was moreover the sight of the pioneer international golf match in 1682 once
the Duke of York and George Patterson before a live audience on behalf of Scotland
beat two English noblemen.


A Game Becomes a Sport
      The Gentlemen Golfers of Leith (1744) was the pioneer disco and was formed to
promote an once a year competition with a silver golf disco as the prize. Duncan Forbes
drafted the club's rules, which were


        You should tee your globe surrounded by lone club's extent of the den.


                           Your tee should be on the ground.


          You are not to substitute the globe which you clobber rancid the tee


      You are not to remove stones, bones or several break disco on behalf of the sake
of before a live audience your globe, aside from on the traveling fair grassy, and with
the intention of individual surrounded by a club's extent of your globe.


      If your globe comes in the middle of wet, or several watery soil, you are by
liberty to take comatose your globe and bringing it behind the hazard and teeing it, you
may perhaps tragedy it with several disco and allow your opposition a stroke on behalf
of so getting comatose your globe.


      If your balls be found anywhere affecting lone an added you are to buzz the
pioneer globe cultivate you tragedy the endure.
      At holeing you are to tragedy your globe honestly on behalf of the den, and not
to tragedy in the lead your adversary's globe, not deceitful in your way to the den.


      If you must lose your globe, by its being taken up, or several other way, you are
to pass away back to the speck everywhere you struck endure and droplet an added
globe and allow your opposition a stroke on behalf of the misfortune.


      No man by holeing his globe is to be permitted to mark his way to the have with
his disco or whatever thing moreover.


      If a globe be stopp'd by several person, horse or dog, or whatever thing
moreover, the globe so stopp'd should be played everywhere it lyes.


      If you withdraw your disco in order to clobber and proceed so far in the stroke as
to be bringing down your disco; if so therefore your disco shall break in several way, it
is to be accounted a stroke.


He who whose globe lyes furthest from the den is obliged to tragedy pioneer.


      Neither trench, ditch or dyke made on behalf of the defense of the associations,
nor the Scholar's Holes or the soldier's shape shall be accounted a hazard but the globe
is to be taken comatose, teed and play'd with several iron disco.




      The disco was in a while renamed the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers
with a clubhouse erected in 1768 (moved to Musselburgh, Lothian in 1836).


      The pioneer reference to golf by the historic town of St Andrews was in 1552.
The clergy permitted open access to the associations a time in a while. Concerning
1754 the St Andrews Society of Golfers was formed to compete in it's own once a year
competition using Leith's rules. Stroke tragedy was introduced in 1759 and in 1764, the
18-hole choice was constructed which has of choice befit a de-facto standard. The
pioneer women's golf disco in the planet was formed here in 1895. Sovereign William
honoured the disco with the title 'Royal & Ancient' in 1834 and the innovative famous
clubhouse was erected in 1854. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A)
became the head of state golf disco since of it's fine choice, the periodical of rules, it's
royal aid and it's promotion of the game as a proper sport.


       Of choice, by this age golfers were using proper clubs and balls. Club heads were
made from beech or the wood of fruit trees such as apple. Some disco heads on behalf
of were made from hand-forged iron. Shafts were ordinarily ash or hazel. Balls were
made from tightly compressed feathers wrapped in a stitched horse hold back sphere.
The sport was somewhat exclusive due to the expense of the handcrafted equipment.
After 1826, perimmon and hickory were imported from the USA to render disco heads
and shafts correspondingly. Today these antiques are highly prized by collectors.
Golf Goes International


       The British Empire was by it's pinnacle throughout the 19th century. Indeed the
phrase 'the sun by no means sets on the empire' was coined to mirror Britain's world-
wide influence. Most of the ahead of time golf clubs outside the British Isles and
America were formed right through the Commonwealth.


       The pioneer golf disco formed outside Scotland was Royal Blackheath (near
London) in 1766. However golf is thought to encompass been played here since 1608.
The pioneer golf disco outside Britain was the Bangalore, India (1820). Others were the
Royal Calcutta (1829), Royal Bombay (1842), Royal Curragh, Ireland (1856), the Pau,
France (1856), the Adelaide (1870), Royal Montreal (1873), Cape Town (1885), St
Andrew's of New York (1888) and Royal Hong Kong (1889). Some say with the
intention of the South Carolina Golf Club, Charlestown of 1786 precedes all of these.
      The Victorian Industrial Revolution brought with it many social and cost-effective
changes. The growth of the railways gave birth to the bulk visiting the attractions
industry. For the pioneer age, ordinary populace may possibly explore the countryside
as day-trippers or weekend visitors. Golf clubs popped up all more the countryside and
populace may possibly take pleasure in the challenge of before a live audience a several
lone each weekend.


      Hitherto golf equipment was handcrafted and therefore expensive. Golf was
therefore the preserve of the affluent. Once metal disco heads and shafts and gutta
percha balls (1848) began rolling rancid the production shape, the normal person was
able to afford to tragedy golf. Both of these factors immediately contributed to the
exceptional growth of golf.


Golf Becomes a Professional Sport


      The Prestwick Golf Club was formed in 1851. The precursor to the British Open,
the pioneer major citizen championship, was played here on behalf of the pioneer age
in 1860 with Willie Park as winner. The legend of Old Tom Morris was born once he
won the event in 1862, 1864 and 1867. However his son, Young Tom Morris, was the
pioneer grand champion winning the event a keep details four consecutive era from
1869. Other illustrious winners were JH Taylor in 1894 and annoy Vardon in 1896.
Together with James Braid, these three men were identified as the Great Triumvirate.


      Besides the not many sponsored actions such as the British Open, generally golf
professionals made a living from competitions by laying a bet beside their opponent.
Professionals moreover earned a living from tuition, globe and disco making and
caddying.


      The growth of golf as an organised competitive sport in the United Kingdom was
paralleled abroad in India and the USA. Gate take were used as prize money on behalf
of the pioneer age in 1892 in Cambridge, England. The pioneer international golf game
was the Amateur Golf Championship of India and the East in 1893.


       Concerning 1894, the United States Golf Association (USGA) was established to
normalize the game in the United States and Mexico. Besides rules it manages the
handicapping coordination and conducts do research into grass. The US Open US Ladies
Amateur Open were inaugurated in 1895.


       By 1900 here were more than 1000 golf clubs in the USA. Chicago was the
pioneer to encompass 18 holes. Significantly American golf courses were ordinarily
specifically landscaped parklands unlike persons in the United Kingdom, which were
typically associations courses.


       The game attracted the attention of the media and partnership aid which raised
it's profile enormously. Concerning 1897 the pioneer monthly magazine, Golf, was in
print in the USA. The USA became the centre of the skilled game due to the
proliferation of commercially sponsored competitions. However the prestigious actions
were still persons hosted in the United Kingdom. Interestingly, it was the amateurs
significantly than professionals, which were exalted by the open.


Golf was definite as a universal sport once it was made an Olympic sport in 1900.


Birth Of the Modern Game


       The dawn of the 20th century brought with it several technological innovations.
The pioneer was the Haskell lone slice rubber cored globe of 1900, which nearly
guaranteed an trimming 20 yards. Grooved-faced irons were introduced in 1902.
Concerning 1905 William Taylor made-up the pioneer dimpled globe. Arthur Knight
introduced steel-shafted clubs in 1910 though hickory was widely used on behalf of an
added 25 years. Within the liberty of a decade, golfers may possibly slap extend and
more accurately than perpetually prior to using equipment which was relatively cheaply
mass-produced.


       The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America was formed in 1916 and in
the beginning consisted of a winter calendar. However by 1944 the tour was played
right through the time and consisted of 22 actions.


       Concerning 1921, the R&A forced a limit on the size and power of the golf globe
which began a 30 time split sandwiched between the European and Commonwealth
game and the US game (regulated by the USGA). Most of the differences were resolved
in 1951 once both parties agreed to a customary adjust of rules. However the golf
globe originate was not complete until 1988 !. Today golf worldwide is regulated jointly
by the R&A and the USGA. They have a summit each four years everywhere they get
along with alterations to the in print spokesperson rules of golf.


       The split was accompanied by the introduction of the Ryder Cup matches in
1927. Initially the Europeans were represented by golfers from Britain and Ireland. The
Americans with their wealth of talent won each event sandwiched between 1935 and
1985 with the exception of 1957. Only since 1979, encompass players outside the
British Isles been permitted to tragedy on behalf of the European Ryder Cup team and
the competition befit in all honesty competitive.


       Perhaps the most player of the pre-war spot was the American born Bobby
Jones. Amongst his many successes was the initial Grand Slam; he won US and British
Amateurs and the US and British Opens in 1931. Other luminaries were Sir Henry
Cotton who won a third consecutive British Open in 1936 and Walter Hagen who won
four British Opens. Hagen was renowned on behalf of his flamboyant behaviour which
built-in hiring a Rolls Royce as a changing opportunity and giving his prize money as
winner of the British Open to his caddie.
      Great women golfers of the age were Joyce Wethered who won her fifth
consecutive English Ladies Championship in 1924 and Glenna Collett Vare who won her
sixth US Women's Amateur in 1935.


      Concerning 1933, Augusta opened. The pioneer US Masters was played here in
1934 and won by Horton Smith. Gary Player from South Africa broke the American
monopoly of the event in 1961. Several British players encompass won since the 1980s.


      When World War II broke comatose in 1939, competition in England was largely
poised. The War Ministry diverted all rubber and metal possessions into the war effort
and drafted men of fighting age into the services. The Americans followed suite once
they entered the war in 1942.


A Time Of Living Memory


      The Ladies PGA was formed in 1951 (European version in 1988) and replaced
the Women's Professional Golf Association. The pioneer Women's Open was held in
1946 and won by pie Berg.


      Perhaps the most woman golfer of the age was Mildred 'Babe' Didrikson
Zaharias. She won the US Women's Amateur in 1946, the Women's British Amateur in
1947 and the US Women's Open in 1948, 1950 and 1954. If with the intention of wasn't
as much as necessary, she individual took up golf considering retiring from an training
career which built-in three Olympic gold medals and planet records.


      After the war, generally professionals, with the exception of the grand Ben
Hogan, chose to compete exclusively in America since of the sizeable prize money on
offer. Concerning recognition of this verity, the R&A increased the prize money on
behalf of the British Open which helped to bring the top players back to Europe.
       The 1960s brought with it something special in the dress of Arnold Palmer, Jack
Nicklaus and Gary Player - the Modern Triumvirate . They dominated the game into
1970s winning practically each major event around the planet and competing in the
prestigious international matches. Nicklaus on behalf of case in point, can demand an
victorious keep details of four US Open, six US Masters titles and five US PGA
Championships.


       While the pre-war spot might be considered as the age of women's liberation
both socially and golf wise, the 1960s brought with it the struggle beside bigatory.
Concerning 1961, the PGA withdrew it's 'whites-only' management from it's
constitution. Charlie Sifford became the pioneer black golfer to contest a PGA event and
Lee Elder the pioneer to contest the Masters in 1975. However even in 1990, once the
PGA introduced extend measures to objective racial discrimination, more clubs notably,
Cypress Point, withdrew from the Tour. Perhaps Tiger Woods' outstanding victory in the
1997 US Master has as a final point altered attitudes.


       The generally famous golf shot perpetually should surely be Alan Shephard
hitting a globe on the moon in 1971, watched by an audience of millions around the
planet. Does this render golf the pioneer sport in liberty? The disco he used can be
viewed in USGA museum.


       The Americans and South African Gary Player dominated planet golf throughout
the 1970s. Only once Severiano Ballesteros won the British Open in 1979 and the US
Masters in 1980, did the pendulum swing back in favour of the Europeans. Dirty Lyle,
notch Faldo and Colin Montgomerie re-established Britain's competitive presence in
planet golf.


       Individual triumph was matched with team triumph once the Europeans,
captained by Tony Jacklin, won the Ryder Cup in 1985 - finish a 28 time American
dominance. The Solheim Cup, the women's version of the Ryder Cup, was launched in
1990. By 1991, Europeans were by the top of the Sony World Rankings with Ian
Woosnam hitting the top speck.

								
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