Thursday, November 06, 2014

MONEY TO BE DIVIDED AMONG HIS THREE CHILDREN

HARRY BANNERMAN'S 1971 RYDER CUP 

REPLICA FETCHES £11,250 AT AUCTION


FROM TODAY'S ABERDEEN PRESS AND JOURNAL
By CHRIS JAFFREY 
with additional words by Colin Farquharson
Colin@scottishgolfview.com

A silver-gilt replica of the Ryder Cup, gifted to Banchory-based golfer Harry Bannerman, was sold for £11,250 at auction in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
It was bought by a Scottish collector, bidding on-line at Bonham's Sporting Sale.]The trophy attracted bids from golf fans on both sides of the Atlantic and exceeded expectations that it would raise betweenm£5,000 and £8,000.
Mr Bannerman, 72, decided to auction the trophy, presented to him followinmg his participation in the Ryder Cup match at Old Warson Country Club, St Louis, Missouri from September 16-18, 1971.
Speaking of the difficult decision before the sale, Harry said: "To be honest, the real reason that this trophy is going under the hammer is that I don't know what else to do with it.
"I can't exactly cut it in three and divide it among my children. I thought the best way was to get the money for it and share it out instead.
"I know some will presume I am doing this because I am skint but that couldn't be further from the truth. "
Bannerman was one of three Scots in the 19th Ryder Cup match 43 years ago. The others were Bernard Gallacher and Brian Barnes. Another Scot, Eric Brown, captained what was then a Great Britain and Ireland team.
On the last day, two sets of singles were played. Bannerman halved with Arnold Palmer, then at the height of his game, and beat Gardner Dickinson.
Bannerman and Gallacher also beat Billy Casper and Miller Barber in the afternoon foursomes on the opening day but skipper Brown did not pair them again..
The United States won 16-11 with five games halved. 
He was 29 and his career was cut short a couple of years later by a recurring back injury.
Bannerman did not turn professional until late in 1965 when he was 23. A short-game wizard, he
 had had a successful amateur career playing out of Murcar Golf Club but was not a full-time amateur - he worked full time at Aberdeen's Rowett Institute.
He became an assistant pro at Royal Aberdeen, then tournament pro at Banchory, then Murcar, and later was Cruden Bay club pro until he finished his career in Germany at Schloss Mainsondheim.
Bannerman won the Scottish professional championship in 1967 at Montrose and by 10 strokes at Strathaven in 1972.
He was Northern Open champion in 1967, 1969 and 1972.
Harry earned his Ryder Cup spurs with an outstanding season on the European Tour in 1971.
He had six top-10 finishes and finished 11th behind winner Lee Trevino in the Open at Royal Birkdale.
At the cut-off point for Ryder Cup selection, Bannerman was fourth in the PGA Order of Merit with earnings of £5,000 (a lot of money in 1971) and an automatic choice. 
Henry Baggott of Bonham's said: "The sale was a great success. This was the highest sale of a golf item this year in Britain."

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