On Wednesday 31 October 1906, in the relaxed atmosphere of the Edinburgh University Union, a convivial group of Edwardian golfing gentlemen representing the four Scottish universities, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews congregated for the purpose of establishing Scottish Universities Golfing Society (“SUGS”).
To date, the society has played more than 600 matches (the results of nearly all of which are recorded), and has a ‘spiritual home’ at Gullane, East Lothian. A number of fixtures are played there annually, and we are privileged to play other fixtures at some of the finest courses in the British Isles, including Muirfield, Prestwick, Portmarnock, Royal St Georges, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Royal Aberdeen, and other great venues.
The first President was Dr. William Tweddell. He was followed by Reid Jack, 1957 Amateur Champion, and Archie Baird, a well known golf historian and champion of foursomes golf. The current President is Dr Duncan Lawrie, whose golfing exploits on the course are matched by service off the course on several golfing committees in St Andrews.
Much has happened since those early day – not least the celebration of our centenary in 2006. To mark the occasion a history of the Society was written by a member and former Honorary Secretary of SUGS, Gordon Simmonds. Gordon is an established golf writer, having written and published a comprehensive history of the Walker Cup in 1999. “The Pleasure of Golf in Familiar and Congenial Company” is our heritage and legacy.
Copies of the book can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary, Tim Pakenham, via the “Contact us” menu option. Copies are limited to 250, and have been numbered and signed by the author. There are 136 pages, including 8 colour, and the book contains a large selection of photographs. It is a worthy addition to any golfing library; the history of society that our founding fathers would be proud of that continues to florish in the modern era.