Decorated R&A historian wins BGCS President’s Medal

Peter Lewis Medal Peter Lewis, The R&A’s Director of Film Archive, has been awarded the British Golf Collectors Society President’s Medal for the best contribution to Through the Green, the Society’s magazine, during the preceding year. In announcing the award on 27th April, the Society’s President, Philip Truett, said that he was very pleased to be presenting this year’s medal to Lewis for his The Whins of Change: The Great St Andrews Bunker Mystery of 1899 article in the March 2011 edition. This was the revealing story about the adding of new bunkers to the Old course at the turn of the last century.

Truett added that, although the award was made in recognition of an outstanding single article, it was also an opportunity to mention Lewis’ major contribution to Through the Green over the years, particularly his eleven articles about golf on film, radio and television between 1898 and 1967.

“These [articles] have been much appreciated and it is most gratifying to think that future generations of researchers and historians will be able to refer to Peter’s ground-breaking work in Through the Green.

“The standard of contribution to Through the Green was quite outstanding throughout the previous year, and the Society is very lucky to have members who were happy to submit their original work to the magazine for publication. Indeed, this level of support has made Through the Green the leading publication of historical golfing material in the world.”

The President’s Medal was instituted by the Society’s first President, John Behrend, in 1997 and continued by John Beharrell, when he became president in 2000, before Truett succeeded him in 2009. 

Peter Lewis Medal 1Lewis has worked for The R&A since 1988 and has written or co-authored seven books, nine booklets and 42 articles, with a 43rd article due to be published in Through The Green later this month. He has also contributed to five other books and has had four papers published in conference proceedings.

Notably, Lewis was responsible for setting up the British Golf Museum, which he continued to help expand and develop until 2009, before becoming Director of Film Archive.

He was awarded the British Golf Collectors Society’s Murdoch Medal in 1999, which is presented in recognition for contribution to the heritage of golf.  It was given to Lewis for outstanding achievement in the field of golf history, with particular reference to recognition for research and documentation of the history of golf, for co-authoring Challenges & Champions, and for writing The Dawn of Professional Golf.  Lewis becomes the first person to have been awarded both the President’s Medal and the Murdoch Medal.

He was presented with the President’s Medal by the Society’s Vice-Captain, David Kirkwood, on 27th May at Gullane Golf Club. 

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