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Making the Cut: the golf photography of Lawrence Levy

Jay Haas and his caddie crossing the Swilcan Bridge, Open Championship in St Andrews 1984.

Jay Haas and his caddie crossing the Swilcan Bridge, Open Championship in St Andrews 1984.

The first ever exhibition of the work of celebrated golf photographer Lawrence Levy will open in the University of St Andrews Main Library this weekend, as part of the University’s ongoing 600th Anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition, Making the Cut, will showcase the work of the late Lawrence Levy, who documented the Majors, European/PGA Tour and the Ryder Cup throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

The exhibition includes previously unseen images alongside some of the most recognisable images in golfing history; among them the iconic shot of Seve Ballesteros after sinking a 15-foot putt to win the 1984 Open at St Andrews.

The collection was entrusted to the University of St Andrews’ Special Collections by the Joseph Levy Foundation – continuing St Andrews’ reputation as the ‘Birthplace of Modern Golf’ and the University’s long running relationship with the game. For example, Charles Blair MacDonald (1855-1939), a University student from 1872, learned the game under the tutelage of old Tom Morris before returning to the United States, upon completing his degree, where he was hugely influential in the creation of America’s first 18-hole course – the Chicago Golf Club.

Nearly 200 of Levy’s finest photographs will be on display from Sunday (23 June) until 5 August 2013 – offering a fascinating glimpse into golfing history for any fans who might be visiting Scotland for The Open Championship in July or the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August. From Sunday (23 June) the exhibition will be open to the public 10am – 10pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.

As part of its £100 million 600th Anniversary Campaign, Scotland’s first university is currently fundraising to make these and other treasures in its Special Collections more accessible with the creation of museum-quality display space, secure storage facilities, and dedicated teaching rooms in St Andrews.

The exhibition opening is timed to coincide with University’s 600th Anniversary Golf Tournament – the St Andrews 600. The friendly competition will incorporate rounds of golf on The Duke’s, Kingsbarns Golf Links and the Old Course from 21 – 23 June 2013. Competitors will include St Andrews alumni, donors, friends and corporate supporters and the event is designed to raise funds for the 600th Campaign.

NOTES TO NEWS EDITORS

Photos from the exhibition are available on request – phone 01334 462 530 or email proffice@st-andrews.ac.uk

Curator of Golf Collections Anthony Parker is available for interview on 07729 319 162

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