A golf writer from St. Andrews – the home of golf – is the latest recipient of the annual Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for the best golf book of 2015. “St. Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris,” by Roger McStravick, is an in depth examination of the game that chronicles life in St. Andrews, Scotland, during the era of Old Tom Morris.
Considered the best golfer of his time, Morris won The Open Championship four times between 1861 and 1867. He was a prolific designer, credited with work on approximately 70 golf courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews, Muirfield, Prestwick, Carnoustie, Royal County Down, and Cruden Bay.
“Roger McStravick’s “St. Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris,” is an outstanding achievement and a major contribution to the literature of the game,” said Michael Trostel, director of the USGA Museum. “The level of research undertaken to breathe new life into this subject is extraordinary. McStravick’s writing, along with the previously unseen photos of St. Andrews, Old Tom and others from that era, make this a magnificent, one-of-a-kind book.”
“Living in St. Andrews, there is so much history here, but much of it is invisible,” said McStravick. “People know St. Andrews is the ‘home of golf,’ but you wouldn’t know it as you walk through town. I wanted to bring some of these stories to life and help people understand why it’s so prestigious. This is like winning the Oscar for golf writers. It really is the ultimate, and I’m extremely delighted.”
McStravick has written for the British Golf Collectors’ Society magazine Through The Green, as well as Golf Illustrated, HK Golfer, and organizations like the Ladies Golf Union and the St. Andrews Links Trust. It took McStravick three years to research, write, and collate the images for the book. Many assisted in the effort, including descendants of the great golf families and landowners of St. Andrews. The majority of the images came from The R&A, the St. Andrews Preservation Trust, Master Works of Golf, and the University of St. Andrews. The book’s foreword was provided by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
The Herbert Warren Wind Book Award was established in 1987 to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to golf literature while attempting to broaden public interest in, and knowledge of, the game of golf.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.