The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club held its annual dinner in the clubhouse at Prestongrange recently.
By tradition the principal guest is the member who wins the Old Club Cup by recording the lowest scratch score in the autumn meeting. The 2012 winner was Craig Johnstone (from Prestonpans but now lives in Tranent) with a score, on a very windy day, of 73.
Craig also won the 2012 club championship and was presented with the Connaught Cup at the dinner.
Made by an Edinburgh silversmith in 1773, the Old Club Cup was first played for in 1774 at the old Links in Musselburgh. It is the oldest cup in golf competed for annually. It is almost certainly the fourth oldest surviving golf trophy.
The Connaught Cup was presented to the club in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, by Her third son, HRH Arthur, Duke of Connaught. He was Honorary President of the Club from 1876 until his death in 1942.