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1754 The first 'Challenge for the Silver Club' is played over the 22 holes of the links at St Andrews, marking the beginnings of the 'Society of St Andrew Golfers', which in 1836 would become the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, under the patronage of King William IV. The silver club was provided by twenty-two 'Noblemen and Gentlemen of Fife', and the winner was local merchant and town councillor William Landale who, under the rules, became Captain for the year. The rules also stipulated that he provide a silver ball to be attached to the club, a tradition which continues to the present day.

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