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Golf History(1)

hers-cream.com The Prestwick Golf Club was established in 1851. In 1860, The Open Championship, the forerunner of The British Open, was held for the first time at the Prestwick Links. The winner was Willie Park. Old Tom Morris won the event in 1861, 1862, 1864 and 1867. His son, Young Tom Morris won the event a record four consecutive times 1868, 1869, 1870 and 1872. Other famous winners were JH Taylor (1894), Harry Vardon (1896) and James Braid (1901). Together, these three men were known as The Great Triumvirate. Besides the few sponsored events, most golf professionals made a living from competitions by betting against their opponents. Others earned a living from teaching, ball and club making and caddying. Gate receipts were also used as prize money in 1892.
Across, in India and the United States, golf also grew as an organized competitive sport. The first international golf tournament was the Amateur Golf Championship of India and the East held in 1893. In 1894, the United States Golf Association (USGA) was formed to supervise games in the United States and Mexico. By 1900, there were more than 100 golf clubs in the United States.
The game of golf attracted the attention of media and commercial sponsorships of events increased raising golffs stature immensely. The United States became the center of professional golf because of the proliferation of commercially sponsored competitions. However, the prominent events were still held in Great Britain. In 1900, golf was made an Olympic sport.

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