Lived:[1874-1930]. Born on Jan 28, 1874 in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. Died on April 21, 1930 in Baltimore, Maryland (aged 56).
Occupation:Professional golfer and club pro.
MAJORS (2): US Open (1906, 1910)
After the death of his Mexico-based brother Willie Smith, Alex took over responsibility for the design of the renowned Chapultepec GC in Mexico.
"Alex" Smith (b.1874) and his five younger brothers, were part of a large golfing family from Barry, a small village next to Carnoustie. Alex, and younger brothers Willie (b.1876) and "Mac" (b.1890) all migrated to the USA as young men, eager to pursue the more lucrative golfing opportunities that lay "across the pond".
Alex won the US Open in 1906 and 1910, while brother Willie claimed that title in 1899. Brothers John, George, Jim and Macdonald "Mac" Smith were also excellent golfers. The youngest of the "clan", "Mac" Smith, missed out on major championship honours, but he eventually recorded many more American professional circuit wins than his brothers.
Played as the Metropolitan Open (Aug 13/14). Second-placed Tom McNamara (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alex Smith (Scot), who recorded the last of his four wins in this event. [Salisbury GC, Westbury, Long Island, NY. Although Salisbury GC no longer exists, the Championship course is largely preserved as the Red course, Eisenhower Park GC].
The US Open (16th) (June 17-20). Alex Smith (Scot) beat Johnny McDermott (USA) and Macdonald "Mac" Smith (Scot) in an 18-hole playoff (A. Smith 71, McDermott 75, M. Smith 77). Alex and Macdonald were brothers, originally from Carnoustie, Scotland. [St Martin's course, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia, PA. Original 18-hole course now reduced to 9-holes].
Played as the Metropolitan Open (Aug 25/26). Second-placed Johnny McDermott (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Alex Smith (Scot/USA). [Deal G&CC, Deal, New Jersey].
Played as the Metropolitan Open (Sept 16/17). Second-placed Gilbert Nicholls (Eng/USA) finished 2 shots behind Wykagyl's home professional Alex Smith (Scot/USA). [Wykagyl CC, New Rochelle, New York].
Played as the Western Open (June 21/22). Second-placed Jack Hobens (Scot/USA) finished 3 shots behind Alex Smith (Scot/USA). [Homewood CC, Flossmoor, IL. Now called Flossmoor CC].
The US Open (12th) (June 28/29). Second-placed Willie Smith (Scot) finished 7 shots behind his older brother Alex Smith (Scot). [Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Illinois].
Played as the inaugural Metropolitan Open (Sept 14-16). Alex Smith (Scot/USA) beat Willie Anderson (Scot) in an 18-hole Saturday playoff (Smith 74, Anderson 76). [Fox Hills GC, Clifton, Staten Island, NYC; club and course closed in 1935]. Note: organised by the Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA), the "Met Open" was considered a "major" championship in its early years. It is the USA's third oldest "Open" championship, behind the US Open (1895) and Western Open (1899). The MGA covered New York City and surrounding districts including northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut.
Played as the Western Open (July 16/17). Second-placed Laurie Auchterlonie (Scot) and David Brown (Scot) finished 2 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Alex Smith (Scot). [Milwaukee CC, River Hills, nr Milwaukee, Wisconsin].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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