In honour of young Tom's memory, a memorial was erected at his grave, subscribed for by 60 golf clubs. It bears the inscription:
"Deeply regretted by numerous friends and all golfers, he thrice in succession won the Championship belt and held it without envy,
his many amiable qualities being no less acknowledged than his golfing achievements."
Tom Morris Junior was born in St.Andrews in 1851 and died in 1875. Young Tommy only lived to the age of 24,
unlike his father, Old Tom Morris, who lived to the grand old age of 86.
Tom Jnr is remembered today as golf's first great champion. He was brought up with the game from an early age and competed professionally from the age of 13.
He won his first Open Championship in 1868, aged 17 and to this day is the youngest ever winner of the event. His win in 1868 was to be
the first of a string of four wins, and after he won his third consecutive Open Championship, The Challenge Belt was his to keep.
There was no Championship in 1871, as the main organiser and sponsor of The Belt had died. Prestwick decided to invite Musselburgh and
St Andrews to help provide a new trophy (The Claret Jug) and to host the event. In the following year Young Tom made it four wins in a row.