Barrels made from a fallen branch off a famous tree at Dalmeny Golf Club are now in the hands of opposing Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson.
The barrels were hand-crafted from weather debris from a tree planted at the private South Queensferry club by former US President Dwight Eisenhower during a visit to Edinburgh to receive the freedom of the city in 1946.
Received on behalf of Watson and McGinley by Gleneagles head pro Andrew Jowett, they were presented during Europe’s 16.5-11.5 win at Gleneagles by Dalmeny club secretary Wullie Ruffle. Two years ago, he presented a similar gift to Medinah officials when it hosted the biennial bout to commemorate both clubs sharing an Eisenhower connection.
“I was delighted to receive this generous gift on behalf of The Gleneagles Hotel,” said Jowett of the barrel also presented to this year’s host venue.
“We are grateful to our friends at Dalmeny Estate Golf Club for this wonderful reminder of a memorable week and of our enduring links with Medinah.”