Leith Rules Golf Society
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March 7th 2014 

Members and friends gathered once again to celebrate the signing of the rules on 7th March 1744, 270 years ago to the day. This year our venue was "A room in Leith".

Our guest speaker was Paul Miller. His topic was "The Rules of Golf - a Historic and Personal Perspective".

 

In modern times, some bemoan the aggression that surrounds some sporting events. Paul started by described how sporting rivalry hundreds of years ago caused deaths and riots, so maybe some things have not changed as much as we imagine they have?

 

He quoted from American sportswriter, Warren Wind - "golf started with a great advantage over many other sports; you did not have to be young, fast, beautifully coordinated athlete to play it acceptably".

 

Paul took us through the history of the formation of the R&A Rules Committee and how the relationship between the R&A and the USPGA evolved.

 

A fascinating talk highly relevant to the purpose of the evening, thanks Paul.