Reproduction rights on the world famous H.M. Bateman golfing cartoon ‘The Man Who Missed he Ball on the First Tee at St Andrews’ have been bought for the first time by a Fife firm.
The image shows a hapless hacker taking an air-shot on the first tee on the Old Course. The Man Who company bought the rights to the picture for its quality card and gift company with a percentage of sales will going towards funding the first ever Open Championship for disabled golfers to be held at St Andrews.
Scheduled to take place in the summer of 2015, the inaugural event is expected to attract competitors from around the globe.
Founder of The Man Who, Drew McKenzie says, “I’m delighted to launch my company with this H.M. Bateman classic, which I’m sure will appeal to the golfing world globally.
“The important aspect of this whole venture is to give a little back to the sport that has given me so much over the years.
“As I have an absolute passion for golf, nothing would give me greater pleasure than seeing the world’s first Disabled Open at St Andrews, especially as my brother Rob is himself disabled.”
Initially the cards will be available online but it is hoped the cards will soon be available in golf clubs and retail outlets throughout the UK.
Mckenzie concludes, “It would be fantastic to be able to hold the very first Disabled Open at the home of golf in 2015 and I hope that the world of golf supports this dream through this venture.”