Ahead of the historic 150th Open at St Andrews, Callaway has revealed its unique Staff Bag that was designed by a local student and will be used by 34 players at this monumental championship.
Budding artists from two St Andrews schools – Madras College and St Leonards – were commissioned by Callaway and St Andrews Links to design a St Andrews inspired golf bag, and 17-year-old Iona Turner had her winning design chosen by Callaway executives and a team of Staff Professionals, from a shortlist of 10.
The Tour pro judging panel included Danny Willett, the 2021 Alfred Dunhill Links champion, and Min Woo Lee, who played The Old Course in reverse last year to commemorate the 200th birthday of four-time Open winner, Old Tom Morris.
As an extension of the design challenge, larger than life sculptures of the final 10, celebrating the creative excellence of pupils from each school, have been positioned in various locations around St Andrews running up to The Open.
These specially-commissioned sculptures formed a new attraction, The Big Bag Trail, a route from which locals and visitors can explore the town. It remains open until Sunday 17th July.
Iona’s winning design takes inspiration from many of St Andrews’ iconic and recognisable landmarks, including the famous Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of The Old Course, the colourful houses by the harbour, the historic cathedral (where Old Tom Morris is buried), and the town’s beautiful seafront location.
Following the conclusion of The Open, the 10 larger-than-life sculptures from The Big Bag Trail will be auctioned at a special evening event at the Tom Morris Bar & Grill in the St Andrews Links
This special auction, that will celebrate the community acheivements of the bag design competition and The Big Bag Trail, is also accessible to the public, via bidder registration, from a virtual link HERE
The auction will be chaired by television personality and auctioneer, Charles Hanson.
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