Ace superintendent honoured by Links

CARNOUSTIE Golf Links have marked the retiral of one of the sport’s leading lights by naming a hole in his honour.

Today (Friday), John Philp MBE, Links superintendent, had the 11th hole named after him, marking 27 years of dedicated service to the course.

The 383 yard, par four hole was chosen because it was close to the greenkeepers’ sheds, the nerve centre of his operation.

Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee chairman Gordon Wilson said: “I think everybody knows how important John has been for Carnoustie and bringing The Open back here.

“There was a lot of talk about hotels, access and improved facilities, but the most important thing was the condition of the golf course.

“He is the man who secured that.”

Greenkeepers, caddies, the Golf Links Management Committee, friends and family joined chairman Gordon Wilson to express the great depth of appreciation felt for Mr Philp and his contribution to golf.

Colin McLeod, golf services manager at Carnoustie Golf Links, said: “This is a rare thing in golf and even rarer on an Open Championship course.

“The last renaming of a hole on the course was in 2003, which marked 50 years since Ben Hogan won The Open Championship at Carnoustie.”

Our video shows Mr Philp teeing off for the first time at the newly renamed hole, with a driver presented to him by Colin Sinclair, Carnoustie Golf Links professional.

For the full story pick up a copy of the Guide & Gazette next Friday (July 6).