Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

4,000 Miles for a Round? No Problem: For Bankers Who Golf, a Tale to Make You a Wee Bit Envious

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

4,000 Miles for a Round? No Problem: For Bankers Who Golf, a Tale to Make You a Wee Bit Envious

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Most golfers dream of making the pilgrimage to Scotland to play the Old Course at St. Andrews where golf was first played. While there, they hope to have a look inside the 257-year-old Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

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Many in fact have made the trip and filled out the daily ballot (drawing) or waited at the starter's box to have a chance to play the Old Course. Jim Brown, however, does the trip every year and doesn't need to fill out a ballot. As a member of the "R&A," he can make a tee time at the Old Course.

The CEO of 142-year-old Hardin County Savings Bank in Eldora, Iowa, has been living this golfer's dream since 2003. A lifelong golfer, Brown became a member of the "R&A" that year, and has traveled to Scotland each year since to play in the famous club's Fall Meeting, a three-week tournament.

Every golfer reading this is wondering, "How do you become a member of the R&A? Do you have to know someone?" Yes, you need a connection.

It probably doesn't hurt to have Scottish blood, either, although it's not required. Brown's paternal grandfather came from the Orkney Islands in the far north of Scotland, and he still has family there. But it was a high- school classmate from Eldora that proved to be the key. She married a Scot and emigrated to Scotland. Brown and his wife and the other couple have remained friends and visit each other regularly. The husband is a member of the R&A, and would invite Brown to play the Old Course when he came over. One year Brown asked if he could become an R&A member. …

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