Roger McStravick from St Andrews has just won his second literary award this year for his book, St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris.

Designed by Chic Harper, the book that sets out the golf history of St Andrews, set to the backdrop of the life of Old Tom Morris, has just been awarded the Murdoch Medal  by The British Golf Collectors Society.

The Murdoch Medal is awarded annually by the Society to its member who has done most in the previous year, to contribute to the history and heritage of golf.

BGCS Captain Chris Walker said ‘Roger’s tremendous book extends our understanding of Tom Morris and other historical golfing personalities of St Andrews. It is based on much original research and represents outstanding design and production values’.

Speaking today, Roger said, ‘I am absolutely delighted to win the prestigious Murdoch Medal. To win this and USGA’s Herbert Warren Wind Award this year is far more than I could ever have hoped for when I was writing the book. I would like to thank HRH Prince Andrew for kindly providing a foreword for the book and organisations such as The R&A, University of St Andrews and St Andrews Preservation Trust for their support. Angela Howe, Peter Crabtree, Chic Harper, David Hamilton, David Joy and Dr Eve Soulsby amongst many others helped me get the book over the line and I am hugely grateful to them all. The Murdoch Medal means so much as it has been awarded by historians, collectors and authors - this truly is a wonderful honour.’

The book’s success has taken Roger over to United States to The Masters and is now being developed into a feature film about the life of Tom Morris.

‘It is very early days but my hope with the film is that we show the world why Old Tom is so revered to this day – he was an incredible four times Open Champion, who also laid out or re-designed close to 100 golf courses. He had a remarkable life and I hope we can show that on film. In St Andrews David Joy, Peter Crabtree and the late Dr David Malcolm have done so much to celebrate Old Tom and hopefully this movie will add to that library of work’.

St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris is available at or in St Andrews bookshops and golf shops.  


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The Murdoch Medal commemorates the contribution of Joe Murdoch to the heritage of golf. Joe was co-founder of the American Golf Collectors Society in 1972 and was the very first honorary member of BGCS. He was a regular visitor to this country, and attended BGCS events before his passing in 2000. Joe is also commemorated on a bench at one of his favourite places on the Scores at St Andrews, overlooking the B





The book, St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris, which recently won the United States Golf Association’s Herbert Warren Wind Book Award has just been shortlisted in the prestigious Cross Sports Book Awards.

Speaking today author Roger McStravick from St Andrews said, “This is unbelievable. It has been an incredible year - first the Herbert Warren Wind Award and now this. To be shortlisted is a great honour.”

The critically acclaimed book that details the golfing history of St Andrews, set to the backdrop of the life of four-times Open Champion Old Tom Morris, has been called ‘a golfing masterpiece’ and ‘the best St Andrews book in 160 years’ by the press. Designed by Chic Harper, the book is as artistic as it is informative.

Scotland’s Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, today added, “I am delighted that St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris by Roger McStravick has been shortlisted at the Cross Sports Book Awards. The story of how St Andrews became the Home of Golf is a fascinating chapter in the history of Scottish sport, and Old Tom Morris is one of our greatest sporting icons. I wish Roger well at the awards night at Lords in June.”

David Willis, Chairman of Cross Sports Book Awards said, “Congratulations to Roger for this remarkable book. It is a wonderful piece of work and fully deserves to be shortlisted for Cross Sports Book Awards 2016 in the Illustrated Book of the Year category. In addition to the unprecedented amount of research put into the book, the stunning rare 19th century photographs and paintings are a visual delight for golfers and non-golfers alike.”

The Cross Sports Book Awards event takes place on 1 June 2016 at Lord’s Cricket Ground and is broadcast on Sky Sports.

Roger concluded, “When I was researching Footsteps, it never dawned on me that the book might take me to Augusta or Lords. This is a huge surprise and is largely due to the support and counsel of organisations such as The R&A, the St Andrews Preservation Trust, University of St Andrews  and people like David Joy, Angela Howe, Peter Crabtree, David Hamilton, Dr Eve Soulsby and of course designer Chic Harper. I sincerely hope my story will encourage other would-be writers.”