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1878 Oxford defeat Cambridge in the first Varsity golf match, played over Wimbledon Common, courtesy of the London Scottish Golf Club. Playing the (now unusual) 'holes up' format, Oxford - led by Horace Hutchinson - won by a margin of 24 holes over the four 36-hole singles matches played. In the 121 matches played through 2010, Cambridge lead by 65 matches to 49, with 7 tied.
The Oxford v. Cambridge match is the oldest amateur event in golf, and also the oldest team event.
1457 The Parliament of King James II of Scotland passes Act Number 338, which includes the passage "It is ordanyt and decreyt… (th)at ye fut bawe and ye golf be Utterly.... cryt done and not usyt" (It is ordained and decreed… that football and golf be utterly condemned and stopped). Although the 'golf' referred to most likely bore no resemblance to today's game, it appears that a form of stick and ball game had become so popular that it was interfering with regular archery practice, considered essential for the safety of Scotland against the English and the Welsh.

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