Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf - The Inches Trophy Article

Famous old Bruntsfield Links trophy date Inches closer

ONE of the most historic events on the Capital golfing fixture list, the Inches Trophy, is just around the corner.

The event is played over the 36 short hole course at Bruntsfield Links and is taking place this year from August 3rd to 11th.

"Over 100 years old, the short hole course covers part of the oldest golfing links in the world where golf has been played continuously since the early 1400s," said Jimmy Robertson, secretary of Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club.

"The short hole course is maintained by the City of Edinburgh Council, whose part-time greenkeeper is aided by one or two volunteer members of the Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club who are keen to preserve this historic course in the best possible condition for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors."

The Inches Trophy was first presented for play in 1904 by Sir Robert Kirk Inches, one of the co-founders of the well-known Edinburgh family business, Hamilton & Inches, jewellers and silversmiths.

"Since 1904, it has been a tradition for Hamilton & Inches to present specially-struck gold, silver and bronze medals each year to the champion, runner-up and beaten semi-finalists," said Robertson.

He added: "The club is indebted to the current owners of the company for continuing this long-standing tradition."

Play is by matchplay and the event is open to all amateurs over 14 years of age.

William R Duncan has enjoyed most success in the event.

He recorded the first of ten title triumphs in 1972 - the last was in 1990 - and he showed he's still pretty useful around the short course by reaching the semi-final last year.

James Morton, a member of Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club, claimed the crown 12 months ago, beating Paul Middleton, of Edinburgh Thistle, by 3 & 2 in the final. (2005 Finalists)

Source: Edinburgh Evening News , Wednesday 19th July 2006