North America wins Cranmer Cup

By David Meginniss
Posted Jul 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.