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BRAMBLE PATTERN GOLF BALL AUTOGRAPHED BY THE WORLD FAMOUS PIONEER GOLFER HARRY VARDON by St Mungo Manufacturing Co. marked to the poles 'The Colonel', ink signed 'Harry Vardon' with date inscribed as 'March 3rd 1909' and with inscribed scores of three rounds at believed Radyr Golf Club, Cardiff, '1st 67, 2nd 6, 3rd 67'
Provenance: presented to Mrs Franklin Thomas, Lady Captain of Radyr, Cardiff in 1909 and by descent, two newspaper cuttings
Auctioneer's Note: Harry Vardon (1870-1937) played at Radyr in mid-Summer of 1903 with the other two most famous golfers of the time, James Braid and John Henry Taylor, who made up the 'Great Triumvirate'. Harry Vardon, originally from Jersey, was Open Champion six times between 1896 and 1914, and also US Open Champion in 1900. Vardon was responsible for popularising the grip which is now almost universally used by golfers of all standards and was the first professional golfer to play in knickerbockers - discarding the proper' dress of an Englishman in an uncomfortable shirt and tie with a buttoned jacket. Later he became a golf course architect, designing several courses in Britain including Llandrindod Wells, Woodhall Spa and Radcliffe-on-Trent. The PGA of America created the Vardon Trophy, now awarded annually to the player on the PGA Tour with the year's lowest adjusted scoring average and the British PGA created the Harry Vardon Trophy which now serves as the award for the winner of the European Tour's Race to Dubai. Vardon's 1903 visit to Radyr is well described in 'Playing Through Time - 100 Years of Golf at Radyr 1902-2002' by Ron Jones (2002). The other recorded visit from Vardon was in 1908 when he and James Braid played a second exhibition match at the Club. But the date of March 3rd 1909 on the ball is somewhat of a mystery, but it is not inconceivable that Vardon revisited the course in 1909 or came for a social visit and recalled his score from the previous year.
Comments: ball in good condition, wear to ink marks
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