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Royal Dornoch 100th Carnegie Shield

August 23, 2013

The Carnegie Shield is Royal Dornoch Golf Club's most prestigious open golf competition, celebrated its 100th outing with 7 enthralling days of golf.  The Shield itself, one of the oldest trophies in golf, was donated to the club by the world renowned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.  It is a large silver shield that boasts beautiful engravings of the Dornoch Cathedral, Skibo Castle and the Bishops Palace, (now the Castle Hotel) in Dornoch.  The competitions is a true test of golfing prowess open to all gentlemen golfers, seniors and club golfers with a handicap less than 21 and juniors with a handicap of 4 or less. 

This centenary competition was celebrated with a number of specials for all players, with each receiving a special competition Carnegie Shield money clip.  Past winners all received personally engraved quaichs, with their name and year of their win, at a special Winners Dinner after the first day of play.  In total 14 past winners took part, including Jim Millar (70) who holds the present record of 10 wins, helping make up the field of 270 competitors, from as far afield as the US, Germany and Sweden, the centenary competition proved to be as dramatic as many events with local golfer and past winner Christopher (Chippie) Mailley, winning ahead of American golfer Trey Wilkinson of Champions Club, Texas.


The Carnegie Shield is one of the oldest open amateur competitions, starting in 1901 with only the two world wars preventing play.  The competition also includes the Silver Medal which is the oldest club prize dating back to 1878 and this is presented to the Royal Dornoch club member with the lowest scratch score total in qualifying rounds.  The EC Fraser Cup and The Davidson Trophy are also available for the Higher and Lower handicap golfers respectively.

Neil Hampton, General Manager remarked "The Carnegie Shield is an important week for the club, every year, but we have had a truly enthralling competition for our centenary match.  The weather was kind with only a few light showers and with the greens in excellent condition it has allowed everyone the opportunity to really raise their game on our world class links course."

Winning this year Mr Christopher Mailley of Royal Dornoch, was presented with the Carnegie Shield by Miss Margaret Thomson, the great granddaughter of Andrew Carnegie.  She commented "It is such a pleasure to be asked to present all the winners with their medals and trophies.  The Carnegie Shield is such a renowned trophy and I am sure my Grandfather who was a very keen golfer and past member of the club, would be pleased that it has continued to be such a competitive and sought after prize."

"Royal Dornoch is more than a club, and I've so enjoyed my involvement with them all this week and over the years.  I spent so much of my early life here and with that continuing connection as a farmer in the area it is wonderful to be asked because of the deep rooted family connections to Royal Dornoch."

This year's winner Christopher Mailley added to the occasion by summing up his win as "Very, very special". He went on to add  "The start of the week was not great with an 81 in the first qualifying round but I was off to a good start today, a bit up and down, my putting was crucial and I managed to hold my nerve.  Winning the 11 th and 12 th hole, then birdieing the 15 th certainly helped secure the win.  It is extremely special to win the 100 th playing competition of the Carnegie Shield." 

I am exhausted but happy, 7 days of competitive golf is tiring and I'm delighted after the medal in 96 and winning back in 2009, that I'm back playing so well and what better place to do that than the Carnegie Shield."

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