Where did Old Tom Morris, the world's first golf pro, give lessons in the 1860s?
#63220. Asked by piscesgoddess. (Mar 08 06 1:51 AM)
In 1851, Morris moved to Prestwick as greenkeeper; the same year, his son, the great Young Tom Morris, was born. He helped to set up the Open and finished second to Willie Park in the inaugural event of 1860. Indeed Morris competed in every Open until 1896 and was a 4 times winner. He returned to St Andrews in 1865 as greenkeeper and later professional. |
Morris was associated with St Andrews until his death in 1908. In fact, he died a few months after sustaining injuries from falling down the stairs at the clubhouse. A measure of his popularity is that his funeral was attended by hundreds of admirers. In recognition of his service, the R&A has hung his portrait on permanent display in it's clubhouse.
Some consider Allan Robertson the first golf pro.
He began his career as an apprentice feather ball maker with Allan Robertson with whom he worked for 12 years until 1849, when the new gutta ball took away their livelihood.
Not only did Morris work with Robertson (himself dubbed the "World's First Golf Professional"), but the two men also played in foursomes together (the main game at that time) and were never beaten from 1842 till Robertson's untimely death in 1859.
Allan Robertson (1815 - 1859) was a golf player, considered one of the first professional golfers. He was born in Saint Andrews, Scotland, the "home of golf".
In the mid 19th century golf was played by well off gentlemen as hand-crafted clubs and balls were expensive. Professionals made a living from playing for bets, caddying, ball and club making and tuition. Robertson was the most famous of these pros.
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