On Thursday 8th September at approximately 08.15 I witnessed Patricia waving farewell to the courier of choice of the R&A. The van sped Fifewards containing archive material acquired over the working lifetimes of two golf writers, its destination the Heritage Department of the Royal & Ancient aka The British Golf Museum.
Patricia, who numbered The Times, The Glasgow Herald and Golf World magazine amongst her clients, and her late husband, Dai, who was the golf correspondent of The Guardian and, before that, of The Birmingham Post, had acquired mountains – and I mean MOUNTAINS – of, well, STUFF. We dispatched over 100 boxes northwards – research notes, articles, photographs, posters, tournament paraphernalia, scorecards, yearbooks, letters, travel documents – all told the story of writers who criss-crossed the globe over a forty year span – and, wait for it, got words (and lots of them) into the newspapers. That barely happens now.
Take last week’s European Senior Women’s Amateur Team Championships. Not a word in any of the papers that I saw. So, thank goodness for kirkwoodgolf.co.uk – the go-to website for all female golf results, be they professional, amateur, home or abroad. That’s where’ll you find the photo above – enough to gladden the heart of any Irish golfer waiting on tenterhooks for news.Well played guys!
Last month madillgolf.com chatted with Gillian Kirkwood, the founder of the website that bears her name. We hope you enjoy it.
And well done, too, to Patricia for the physical and emotional effort involved in the cataloguing and organising of so much material. Of course, we did come across some hilarious reminders of good times in the past. As an indulgence, one of my favourites is reproduced below, written by our late and very great friend Bill Johnson.