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North America wins Cranmer Cup

By David Meginniss | July 31, 2012


ROXBURGHE, SCOTLAND — A golf team made up of 15 priests and bishops from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada has once again defeated the clergy team from the Church of England and the Church of Ireland in the bi-annual Cranmer Cup Golf Tournament.

Bishop Tom Ely of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, one of the co-founders of the tournament, served as the winning team captain. The tournament, loosely based on the Ryder Cup played by golf professionals, consists of five matches over a three-day period. The venue for the tournament alternates between the United States and Great Britain.

“While it’s fun to win, the greatest blessings come from the relationships we form with our Anglican colleagues,” said the Rev. Shawn Griffith of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. “The folks I met through this tournament I now consider among my closest friends.”

The Rev. Canon Mike Malone of South Carolina agreed. “The friendships are cherished, the spirit of the game is serious but not nit-picky, and occasional wretched shots are expected and smiled upon.”

The next Cranmer Cup tournament will be in North Carolina in 2014.

– The Rev. David Meginniss is rector of Christ Church, Tuscaloosa, in the Diocese of Alabama.


Masters week sees American vicars bid to beat GB&I golfing counterparts in ‘Ryder Cup style’ Cranmer Cup

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Masters week sees American vicars bid to beat GB&I golfing counterparts in ‘Ryder Cup style’ Cranmer Cup

Masters week will not only see the top players in the world battle for the season’s first major golfing title. The Ryder Cup has an ecclesiastical rival known as the Cranmer Cup!

This month, golfing vicars from Great Britain and Ireland will battle it out against their American colleagues in a Ryder Cup style tournament at Meadow Links in Georgia.

This Ryder Cup church-style team event, named after the great reformer Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, was first held in the UK in 2000 at Frilford Heath (just a few miles from where Cranmer was burned at the stake!). On that occasion the home team was narrowly defeated by the Americans.

This year a GB&I team of 12 (7 from England, 2 from Wales, 2 from Scotland and one from Ireland) is preparing to line up against their US counterparts. The match is mixed and the GB&I team includes the Rev’d Anne MacLaurin from Sheffield, who plays off 9.

The GB&I team captain, the Rev’d David Sceats, said “We might be playing away, but we will put up a strong fight to back the Cup for GB&I”.

USA team captain, the Rev’d Raynor Andersen said “We eagerly await hosting the GB&I team for the Cranmer Cup, in Georgia which, as you may have heard, is simultaneously hosting a fairly well known event. While the skill level and media coverage in these two events may differ, the intensity of the competition should prove to be much the same.”,19393,