A new book has been published on the life and achievements of Dr Frank Stableford – the 19th century golfing pioneer from Penarth who changed the way the game of golf is played around the world.
The book – written by former Glamorganshire Golf Club captain and author Robert Edwards – is called ‘Stableford – A Life in Golf, Medicine and War’ .
It was Dr Stableford who, in 1898 – at the Glamorganshire Golf Club in Penarth – invented a totally new points-scoring system for the game which has since been adopted globally.
Such was the success of the Stableford scoring system – devised on the links in Penarth – that the late Dr Stableford is now referred to as the “patron saint of golfers”.
Robert Edwards’s biography of Dr Stapleford was released last month and is to be launched in Penarth at a special event at the Glamorganshire Golf Club, on Friday August 25th at 19:30.
After creating his now famous scoring system in Penarth, Dr. Stableford volunteered as an army surgeon in the Boer War and then served in Royal Army Medical Corps in WW1 and was promoted to the rank of Major.
The new biography was commissioned by an Australian publisher who head-hunted the former captain of ‘The Glamorganshire’ Robert Edwards to write the work – which has just been published.
Dr. Stableford’s sole surviving grandchild, Clare Stableford, who helped with research on the project travelled from Cape Town for the inaugural launch of the book last month at Wallasey Golf Club – where her grandfather played golf in the latter years of his life.
The book has a preface written by James Corrigan, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph golf correspondent [son of renowned Penarth journalist, the late Peter Corrigan] . James Corrigan writes “Bob Edwards has applied the diligence acquired from a life as a leading solicitor to compile this study of Dr Frank, which answers so many questions.”