Extracted from the original commentary document by: David Morgan-Mar
The author writes:
The golfing apparatus is powered by steam, like most of Preston's inventions. It gives the golfer using it a significant advantage. Especially if they tee off first and the following players need to avoid the caterpillar track ruts.
Previously Preston used a half-tracked version with a ski at the front, but this raised the ire of some of the older members at St Andrews, particularly in the summer when there was no snow on the ground. However, it was pointed out that there wasn't any specific rule banning the use of such a device without skis in the Rules of Golf, so Preston used this loophole to full advantage in the Open Championship in the next year, after suitably modifying the apparatus.
He would have won too, if not for those meddling kids.