St Andrews, Scotland: On what would have been the 183rd birthday of Willie Park Snr, first Champion Golfer of the Year, The Open unveiled the 1st Prestwick Collection, a new line of clothing and accessories within its official heritage merchandise range.
The 1st Prestwick Collection celebrates the history and tradition of The Open since the Championship was first played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club.
The Open will return to its birthplace in Ayrshire this summer when it is played at Royal Troon from July 14-17, a short distance up the coastline from Prestwick.
A unique selection of men’s and women’s clothing features in the 1st Prestwick Collection, including stylish polo shirts, knitwear and outerwear from Polo Ralph Lauren, a Patron and Official Outfitter of The Open. A variety of headwear, leather goods and golf accessories are also available.
Willie Park Snr, born on June 30 in 1833, was the first winner of The Open with a score of 174 when it was first staged at Prestwick in 1860. He would go on to win The Open four times in his golfing career.
Two short films featuring Mungo Park, the great grandson of Willie Park Snr, and Sheila Walker, the great-great granddaughter of Old Tom Morris have been produced to tell the story of the first Open Championship at Prestwick and highlight the legacy that both Willie Park Snr and Old Tom Morris created for The Open.
The films can be viewed at the links below:
1st Prestwick – Willie Park Snr, the first Champion Golfer of the Year
1st Prestwick – Old Tom Morris and the first tee shot at The Open
Mike Tate, Executive Director – Business Affairs, The R&A, said: “We are delighted to launch the 1st Prestwick Collection, a heritage range of merchandise which represents the rich history of The Open and celebrates the staging of golf’s first championship at Prestwick in 1860. It’s a legacy that continues to inspire fans of The Open around the world.
“The revenue generated from sales of the 1st Prestwick Collection will be channelled into golf projects worldwide, including developing the game in emerging golf nations, and encouraging sustainability in the management of the golf course environment.”
The 1st Prestwick Collection is available to buy at the newly launched online shop for The Open at www.TheOpen.com/1stPrestwick as well as The Open’s official retail store at Glasgow Airport, and Prestwick Golf Club Professional Shop.
Spectators attending The 145th Open at Royal Troon can also purchase merchandise from the 1st Prestwick Collection.
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