July

The Royal Medal

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Great Britain
1836
gold, enamel, glass, ribbon
(h)100mm x (w)60mm
  British Golf Museum, St Andrews, UK
EMu user since 2014

The Royal MedalThe Society of St Andrews Golfers received the patronage of King William IV in 1834, becoming The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Three years later, Club Captain John Murray Belshes used his influence at court to successfully acquire a medal from the King. Written confirmation was sent in January 1837 from Sir Henry Wheatley, Keeper of His Majesty’s Privy Purse. Wheatley wrote:

“I have the honour to transmit by the King’s command, a Gold Medal, with green ribbon, which his Majesty desires you will present in his name to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and which his Majesty wishes should be challenged and played for annually by the Society.”

The Royal MedalThe Royal Medal replaced the Gold Medal as the Club’s most important prize. It remains the principal scratch medal during the Club’s Autumn Meeting.

Engraved: TO THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLPH CLUB OF ST ANDREW 1836 (Obverse) PRESENTED BY KING WILLIAM THE FOURTH (Reverse).

Acknowledgements: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews