Old Tom Morris
Old Tom Morris, without question is the Godfather of modern golf. Four time British Open Champion winning his first Open Championship at age 40 and winning his last at age 46. Old Tom continued to play in the Open Championship until age 75. On top of being a dominate tournament golfer in his day he was "keeper of the green" at Prestwick and later at St. Andrews where he ran a golf shop that still operates in 2015. During his tenure as green keeper he developed the process of topdressing, reputedly installed the first cup liners and flag sticks. He also introduced horse drawn mowers to fairway maintenance and push mowers to green care. His general maintenance practices of clearing the grouse and making the course more playable set in motion the terrific playing conditions most golfers enjoy today. Old Tom was a teacher of the game and considered one of golf's most prolific golf course architects laying out over 60 courses including Prestwick, Carnoustie and Westward Ho! His mentoring such "Golden Age" notables as CB MacDonald, Donald Ross, AW Tillinghast and Dr. Allister MacKenzie left a golf course architectural legacy that golfers through out the world simply are thankful. Old Tom was also first to use railroad ties as bunker lining ( many years before Peter Dye was born). Built the first teeing grounds, prior to that, the next tee was next to the last cup.
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