The 150th "Open" and the Gorilla's Champion of Champions Contest

In true British fashion, just the name, “The Open”, elucidates the exclusive and singular nature this Championship of Championships engenders. Normally, the Gorilla would be a little wary of the self-importance that “The Open” organizers put on their tournament – after all, golfing has become a worldwide sport since the Society of St Andrews Golfers starting making the rules back in  1754. That said, having played the Old Course last October, one is indeed awestruck and quite reverential about”The Auld Grey Toon”.

The seaside town of St Andrews is nothing short of mystical. The mist from the breakers is melancholic and uplifting at the same time. The ruins of the old castle,  must have inspired wee Scot lads to play knights and dragons for centuries.  The ruins of the ancient atchedral overlooking the church’s graveyard on one side and the sea on the other is a precursor of today’s skyscrapers and can be seen from miles around. When the mist lifts, that is.

View from the 6th Hole

But it is the Old Course that passionate players from around the world flock to visit before their final round. The pligrimage to the Old Course is ritual, to play it is divine. There are more beautiful and more challenging courses in the area (play Kingsbarns if you make the trip). But golfers from every corner of the globe come to St Andrews and  enter the lottery to try for a starting time to play the Old Course. (Are there any who come and don’t get to play?)

This year is the 150th anniversary of “The Open”! The field is shaping up.

Make sure to enter the July Gorilla’s Champion of Champions contest on our Facebook Page to be eligible to win great prizes. Simply post your prediction for the winner of this year’s”Open” before midnight on Wednesday July 14th!

Take a look at the entry list and make your choice.

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