Leading Scottish Golfer’s Replica Ryder Cup at Bonhams Edinburgh Sporting Sale
Story published at 16:47, Friday, September 5th, 2014
A replica silver-gilt Ryder Cup given to leading Scottish golfer Harry Bannerman to mark his participation in the 1971 competition is to be sold at Bonhams Sporting Sale in Edinburgh on 5 November.
The replica was made by Asprey’s and is 12 inches high. It is estimated at £5,000-8,000.
Playing in his first and only Ryder Cup, Harry Bannerman was one of three Scottish players in the Great Britain and Ireland 1971 team, the others being Bernard Gallagher and Eric Brown who was also the caption.
Writing about the match afterwards, Bannerman said, “The Ryder Cup is the greatest team contest that was ever devised. Pride is at stake not money! As a rookie I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by playing against the really famous players of their time…”
Bannerman played five matches, winning two, losing two and halving one and golfing legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were among his opponents. The American team won the match by 18½ to 13½.
The Ryder Cup itself, which is contested every two years between teams from America and – since 1979 – Europe, was made in 1927 by Mappin and Webb. It is 17 inches high and made from solid gold.
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