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100th anniversary of the Vardon / Ray / Cumming / Barrett match
Lambton Golf and Country Club September 28, 2013

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Lambton Golf & Country Club Re-enactment of an Important Historical Event

Golf Historical Society of Canada members took part in celebrating with members from the Lambton Golf & Country Club in Toronto in the Club's 100th anniversary of a VERY INTERESTING EVENT.

One week after the amateur Francis Ouimet defeated Harry Vardon and Ted Ray (goliaths of golf at the turn of the century) in the 1913 US Open, Vardon and Ray travelled to Lambton Golf & Country Club for two exhibition matches against George Cumming (Head Pro at the Toronto Golf Club and winner of the Canadian Open in 1905) and Percy Barrett (Head Pro of Lambton Golf & Country Club and winner of the Canadian Open in 1907). The event took place at the Lambton Golf & Country Club on September 28th, 1913. Vardon and Ray won one match and tied the other.

An idea surfaced as a result of an inquiry at the GHSC booth during the Toronto Golf & Travel Show at the Metro Convention Centre in March of this year. The idea was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this historic event on September 28th, 2013 at the Lambton GCC. Golf Historical Society of Canada members were paired with members of Lambton - all in period attire - and were placed on either the Vardon/Ray team or the Cumming/Barrett team for an afternoon of best ball match play. Based on skill level (and mostly trial and error!!) group pairings were also arranged.

Prior to golf we were invited to enjoy a lovely lunch served in the clubhouse. Following lunch the entire group was photographed on the front steps of the impressive Lambton Clubhouse.

GHSC members Bob Sly and Jeff Pineo assumed the roles of Ted Ray and Harry Vardon in their match with Matthew Yustin (Director of Golf at Lambton) and Steve Manock (Assistant Pro - Lambton) aka Percy Barrett and George Cumming in the lead group. After a century of analysis, practice and perseverance the Cumming/Barrett team were able to redeem themselves by a small margin to win the event. Their knowledge of the putting surfaces seemed to be the deciding factor for the home professionals. Good on them for adapting to the old hickories in a short period of time.

In the team competition, the Cumming / Barrett team defeated the Vardon / Ray team also by a slim margin. The weather was great and the golf was "periodically" spectacular. Congratulations to all of the Lambton Members who participated, many of whom were introduced to their hickory clubs on the golf course for the first time.

Immediately after the golf competition, all participants were invited for cocktails and snacks in the George S. Lyon Lounge to celebrate and socialize.

It was a great way to make HISTORY - once again.
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1913 photo with Harry Vardon, Ted Ray, George Cumming Lambton Website photo
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2013 Re-enactment of 1913 photo - Frank Collis photo
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GHSC Member David Burgess Presenting Photo to Lambton Club Captain Steve Scrimshaw
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Bobby Sly out of the sand at Lambton while Norm rakes the bunker - Frank Collis Photo
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GHSC Member Jack Kalbfleisch putting at Lambton - photo by Jeff Forgrave
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Lambton 2013 Match Participants Jeff Pineo, Caddies Norm Moreau, Bobby Sly
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Lambton 2013 Match Participants Matthew Yustin (Director of Golf), Steve Manock (Assistant Pro), Jeff Pineo (GHSC), Bobby Sly (GHSC) - Frank Collis photo
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Lambton Match Anniversary Participants - Frank Collis photo
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Lambton Match Scorecard 1913 Rules
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Lambton Match Scorecard 1913