Kenny Niven, the greenskeeper at St. Andrews and a member of the Scottish contingent competing in southern Utah this week, chips onto a green at Sand Hollow in Hurricane, Washington County.

Randy Dodson, Fairways Media

HURRICANE, Washington County — While the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was lying-in-state in Edinburgh, Scotland, before being taken to London, a dozen amateur golfers from Scotland, many of whom live near Edinburgh’s Palace of Holy Roodhouse, were at Sand Hollow Resort in Utah to compete in the Friendship Cup, a Ryder Cup-type competition with players from Utah.

The Scots spoke in hallowed tones of the legendary monarch, but they also had golf to play in Utah and had planned on this trip for months, some for years. These players were actually in the air flying to America when word came that she died and her casket was viewed at St. Giles Cathedral in The Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Team Sand Hollow defeated Team St. Andrews 25.5 to 15.5 after singles finished on Tuesday. Most of the participants were involved in a Charity Cup match on Wednesday. The first part of this match was played in Scotland in June.

This is the second time the Scots have made the trip to Utah as Utahns reciprocated earlier by playing in Scotland in June. The biggest part of the event, dreamed up and created by Utah natives Mark Leavitt and Dave Wilkey, is organic natural diplomacy and brotherhood created between the group of Americans and Scots.  

To witness it firsthand is amazing. It’s like strangers becoming brothers over a love of golf. It has become binding, remarkably natural, and a very deep connection.

“This trip has been fantastic, just like our trip here before,” said Rod Sturrock, captain of the Scottish contingent, currently the official starter at St. Andrews Golf Club, the birthplace of golf.

Kenny Niven, the greenskeeper at St. Andrews, said he was blown away by the friendliness and welcoming of the people of Utah — everywhere they went — from Ogden Country Club to Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon national parks and Sand Hollow.

After 18-hole Singles matches today on the Championship Course at …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


Friendship Cup: Utah’s beauty, culture exposed to golfers from Scotland

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