Nobody knows more about Royal Portrush than author Roger Anderson. Here he explains how the club got its patronage

Our Tales of Royal Portrush series features Roger Anderson, the author of History Made, History in the Making: The story of Royal Portrush Golf Club, due for release on October 21.

Here he sits down at the Bushmills Inn to talk about Portrush’s patronage came about.

More in the Tales of Portrush series

The early years

Famous visitors

Rory’s 61

The North

The Troubles

Fred Daly

The 1951 Open

Rathmore Golf Club

When the men took on the women

The seeds of the Curtis Cup

About Roger Anderson

Rather than being a succession of facts and figures, the book is an attempt to chronicle the club’s history through narrative, telling the stories behind the events and people. Contributors include Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Peter Alliss, Rich Beem, Maureen Madill and Stephanie Meadow. The book will be available through the Royal Portrush website and pro shop, with pre-orders taken from Open week onwards.

Roger has written three other books, including the autobiography of former Manchester United goalkeeper and hero of the Munich Air Crash, Harry Gregg; a ghost-written autobiography of former footballer Jackie Fullerton; and The Fighting Irish, a book chronicling Irish and Irish-American professional boxing from the bare-knuckle era to modern times. Roger is a former British Weekly Sports Writer of the Year, Northern Ireland Sports Journalist of the Year, and was a Sports Producer with BBC Northern Ireland for 10 years. He is a member of Castlerock.

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