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Saturday, January 24, 2004

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St. Davids Golf Club Corkscrew

Wirtz, Virginia - Here's a corkscrew with Sterling sheath awarded July 4, 1940 to the Runnerup in the Mixed Scotch Foursome. There must be an interesting story about the four participants, but, unfortunately, the quest for the story met with a dead end.

We started with Royal St. Davids Golf Club in Harlech, Gwynedd, U. K. Our inquire brought a very quick response from David Morkill:

Thank you for the pictures of the corkscrew. I can tell you that it is not a Royal St David's Golf Club prize. However I recognize the crest as that of St David's Golf Club, 845 Radnor Street, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087. This Club was presented with a St David's Golf Club plate upon the occasion of our Centenary in 1984 with the same crest. One of their members is also an International Member here, Mr. Robert Tiffany, 1141 Lafayette Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 ( he may well be able to help you with the names of the winners.

We dashed off a note to Mr. Robert Tiffany, but, sadly, there was no response. Perhaps, one of our readers in Southeast Pennsylvania can follow up on this?

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We did learn that St. Davids Golf Club was founded in 1897 on the estate of Francis Fenimore who allowed cricket matches on his property in the early 1890s. Cricketers Louis D. Peterson, William H. Brooks, Dr. G. L. S. Jameson, Herman Wendell, and George W. Schultz took up golfing and through the generosity of Fenimore the club was formed.

In 1899 parts of the estate were sold and the club leased land along Lancaster Pike between St. Davids and Radnor.

Around 1900 a clubhouse occupied the Chew farmhouse where the Hotel Radnor stands today. Later the club bought land along Radnor and Gulph Roads to the north of Wayne where the course opened in 1927.

A 1903 photo of a player driving from the 10th tee at St. Davids.

With special thank to Charles Aycock.

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