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One more day to go…

The number of people who have heard about the Trust has impressed us. We’ve stopped in past a number of Old Tom Morris-designed courses and Clubs along the way and the message is certainly getting out there. Even meeting people on the Fife Coastal Path who have heard about what we are beginning.

Above is the beautiful village of Crail, close to the most easterly point of Fife and reputedly having the driest climate in the UK… and the sunniest… thankfully William and Reece managed to enjoy both as they brought Day 4 to an end (picture www.visitscotland.com).

Day five beckons, and the final push towards St Andrews to end up where Young Tommy and Margaret did all those years ago. There’s no record of how long it took them, or what route they chose, but it’s fair to say that William and Reece have made as much commitment to get there as they did. The initial plan of around three days has had to grow, but the commitment shown by the team who have overcome much to achieve this walk has been well worth the effort. Well done!

For how the day ended, see the images and stories which form the rest of the website and the amazing donation which awaited the team at St Andrews.

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It looks flat on a map…

There’s plenty of parts on this coastline which are just not flat. In fact, you need to have your wits about you when the rain is coming down as it was this morning, as some of the paths can be quite muddy, and therefore slippy. At times like this, and with a good few miles ahead of them as they left Kinghorn this morning in typically Scottish autumnal weather, that they remember the qualities and attributes of a certain young man back in the 1800s.

His character, determination and integrity which were nurtured by his astute father are some of the reasons we’re doing this walk. Raising awareness for the Charity and the differences it can make when taught to children as part of the Curriculum is this week’s target: when children are taught about famous Scots, they hear nothing of Tom Morris and the fact that he inspired thousands of golfers to play the game of golf. Over 60 million worldwide now play thanks to the path which pioneers like Tom and his son Tommy followed.

It’s time to bring the history of golf alive for the next generation of champions, so that they can all benefit from the life-skills which the game can teach us. Support William and Reece as they make their way along the path they’ve chosen this week! Tomorrow’s map is above.

(Originally posted September 2018)

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Looking for a shoehorn in Kinghorn…

Our father and son team have now reached Kinghorn in Fife, right on schedule and blessed with some very good weather. Time to ease the boots off, and hopefully get them back on tomorrow for Day 3!

Walking the Fife coastal path to St Andrews you meet many people from many walks of life, some of them locals and some who are embarking upon a similar walking distance to William and his son Reece. All have been really interested to hear about a story they know little of, even as golfers. Yet they can relate to its need immediately because they understand how the like-skills taught through golf and etiquette on the course can stand children in good stead for the path they choose in life. Those donation tins are getting heavy…

(Originally posted September 2018)

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It looks like there’s sunshine over Leith…

Every journey starts with a first step so they say… William’s journey to create his vision started 5 years ago, and today marks a key point in his travels. The Charity is up and running, a business is in place to develop children’s life-skills through golf and his backpack is ready.

And the sun is out. Given September’s weather so far who’d have thought they’d need suntan lotion? Today’s intrepid walkers are Reece (William’s son), David (Chair of the Charity), William and Harry (Vice Chair).

If you happen to see them on the route to St Andrews, please lend them your support. Donations can be made via the website to encourage them and help deliver opportunities to children by developing their life-skills through the game of golf.

(Originally posted September 2018)

 

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The long and winding road…

Practice has begun early for William’s walk from Whitburn to St Andrews via the coastal towns of the East Neuk of Fife. Here he is above the beach near Elie Ness lighthouse. With his son Reece by his side their route will take them from Whitburn to Bathgate and over the old Forth Road Bridge to North Queensferry before striking east. Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour and Burntisland will soon fade behind them as they reach Lower Largo via Dysart, the Weymss towns, Methil and Leven. The final push takes them to Earlsferry, Crail, Kingsbarns and points in between over two days until reaching St Andrews on Thursday 27th September.

Local press are on board to give that much needed boost in awareness. Can you manage to come and say hello? We’d love to see you share some of the journey.

(Originally posted September 2018)

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The Father and Son story, take #2

We are delighted to announce the Charity Walk is confirmed and taking place in a few weeks time!

To launch the Charity officially and pay respect to the legacy of golf’s founding father and son, the Trust’s founder William Lumsden and his son Reece will be recreating the journey made by Tommy Morris and his new bride Margaret Morris (Drinnen).They left the Parish of Whitburn, West Lothian to return to St Andrews after their marriage on the 25th November 1874. William and Reece will be walking it though – no horse and trap like the old days!

Leaving Whitburn on Sunday 23rd September, they will be joined by the Trust’s David Smith (Chairman) and Harry Cartmill (Vice-chairman) on the first leg of the journey to North Queensferry. I think everyone would accept that using the Bridge is a fair compromise, although we must not forget that Tommy and Margaret probably had to go the long way round, given the luggage they may have had. A row boat may not have been a sensible idea!

(Originally posted September 2018)

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I would walk 500 miles…

Whilst it’s not 500 miles, it’s a long way from Whitburn to St Andrews as young Tommy and his wife, Margaret Drinnen, found out in 1874 when they decided to relocate to the golfing centre of the world. With his talent and determination, Tommy knew that there would be a better life for them, and any future family, in his father’s home town.

To mark the launch of the Tommy’s Honour Education Trust and honour the legacy of a very famous father and son in golf, the Trust’s founder William Lumsden and his son plan to recreate the journey which Young Tommy Morris made to St Andrews and Old Tom Morris. They will travel initially from Whitburn to Kirkaldy, along the Fife coast and then strike inland to reach St Andrews after (hopefully) 3 days.

There was talk of carrying a set of clubs to help people connect quickly with the message, but we’re thinking a t-shirt might be easier on the shoulders.

Stay tuned for updates.

(Originally posted June 2018)

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The launch of the Charity falls on Young Tommy’s birthday

Thoughts are things.

When we talk about being on a journey today, it doesn’t really compare with the physically arduous task that Young Tommy Morris and his wife, Margaret Drinnen, embarked upon when deciding to move from Whitburn to St Andrews in 1874.

Young Tommy was at the time the leading golfer in the world, and his decision to return to St Andrews and his family was no doubt linked to the opportunities which would reveal themselves once surrounded by gentlemen golfers. He would play for himself, and also for sponsors, in highly contested wagers as well as representing himself and his father against all-comers.

The move to St Andrews then was by horse and trap, then perhaps onto an early train or connection by small boat to eventually climb into the back of another horse and trap to arrive at the front door of their new house in the town. These were not today’s “journeys” espoused by stardom-seeking light entertainment. These were physical upheavals, with no certain future and geographical displacement. The life that Tommy and Margaret set out for themselves was one that would see them step into history.

We’re delighted that the Tommy’s Honour Education Trust was born at the same time of year as young Tommy himself arrived. We hope that somewhere on a fairway far above that he’s happy to see how the bond between him and his father, and family, is being shown to children today as a means of improving their character and life skills to help them in the years to come.

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