Excitement mounts for 60th anniversary Waterford Senior Scratch Cup

Excitement mounts for 60th anniversary Waterford Senior Scratch Cup
 Waterford Golf Club

Waterford Golf Club

It’s the biggest Waterford Crystal Trophy in the world — so big it’s on permanent display in the clubhouse. Little wonder then that a select, high quality field is assembling for the 60th anniversary edition of the prestigious Waterford Scratch Cup.

Sponsored by House of Waterford, the 54-hole event takes place on Saturday and Sunday September 10-11 with World Amateur Golf Ranking points up for grabs as well as a place in history alongside such prestigious former winners as Joe Carr, Philip Walton and John McHenry (three times).

The event, which was once played in a pro-am format, was the inspiration for Waterford's association with producing trophies for golf.

 The famous Waterford Scratch Cup

The famous Waterford Scratch Cup

It all goes back to 1956 when Waterford was establishing a worldwide name and workers in the factory wanted to showcase the craft on a new trophy for the Waterford Scratch Cup.

The trophy they created remains the largest ever made. It stands four feet high and is far too heavy to be lifted, remaining on permanent display in the club.

Waterford's association with golf trophies began at Waterford Golf Club

It was to be a couple of decades later before Waterford really broke into the American golf trophy market, and the input of singer Bing Crosby was a significant one. Playing in a Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament organised by the BBC, Crosby was so taken with the prizes that he commissioned the company to create a trophy for the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach Pro-Am

While there is an upper handicap limit of four, the event has already attracted a strong entry from the likes of local hope Eanna Griffin, the in form Pierse brother Jack and Robbie as well as interprovincials Geoff Lenehan and Gary Collins.