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  • 1894 Irish Open medal realises $17,500 in Edinburgh
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    Paul Fraser
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1894 Irish Open medal realises $17,500 in Edinburgh

A silver 1894 Irish Open competition medal has sold for £11,250 ($17,562) at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh.

It was among the highlights of a July 15 sale of golf memorabilia.

Golf club medal
Golfer Andrew Kirkaldy was awarded the medal in 1894

The lot was awarded to Scottish golfer Andrew Kirkaldy (1860-1934), who was among the top players of his era.

It's inscribed: "Open Championship Awarded by the Royal Dublin Golf Club, 1894, for Amateurs and Professionals, Medal Play, 36 holes, First Prize, Won by Andra Kirkaldy".

An 1830 feather-filled golf ball by William Gourlay was another highlight, achieving £6,250 ($9,764).

The auction house explains: "The Gourlay family are synonymous with early golf ball making.

"In the 19th century the family achieved an unrivalled reputation as feathery ball makers. They also moved down to Musselburgh in the 1840s when McEwans the club makers set up there."

Musselburgh remains the site of one of the best golf courses in Scotland. Balls by the Gourlay family are highly sought after and regularly achieve thousands of dollars at auction.

We have this glove signed by Tiger Woods and Steve Williams for sale.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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