Name:Henry Edward "Harry" Cooper
Also known as:Lighthorse
Lived:[1904-2000]. Born on July 26, 1904 in Leatherhead, Surrey, England. Died on Oct 17, 2000 in White Plains, New York, aged 96.
Original/Home Club:Cedar Crest, Dallas
Occupation:Professional golfer and teaching professional.
Total professional wins (40+), including PGA Tour (31). PGA Tour leading money winner (1937). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1992).
Cooper was born in the market town of Leatherhead, just south of London, the son of two professional golfers, Syd and Alice Cooper. The family emigrated to the United States, where Cooper developed his golfing skills at Cedar Crest Country Club in Dallas, turning professional in 1923, aged 18. During an excellent professional career, in which he finished second in four major championships, he was nicknamed 'Lighthorse' Harry Cooper based on his speed of play.
Played as the inaugural Crescent City Open (Feb 19-21). Second-placed Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 4 shots behind "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA). [Bayou Oaks at City Park, New Orleans, LA. Played on what was known as City Park's No.1 (East) course; now part of the South course).
Played as the Oakland Open (Jan 28-30). Second-placed Jimmy Hines (USA) and Charlie Sheppard (USA) finished shots behind "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA), who snatched victory with an eagle-3 at the last hole. [Sequoyah CC, Oakland, California].
PGA of America
Cooper (Eng/USA) won the inaugural Vardon Trophy, based on a season-long points accumulation. Trophy named after Harry Vardon, a member of golf's legendary Great Triumverate, who died in March 1937
PGA of America
Cooper (USA) was the PGA Tour 1937 leading money winner, with earnings of $14,138 on the Tour.
Played as the Canadian Open (Sept 9-11). Second-placed Ralph Guldahl (USA) finished 2 shots behind "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA). [St Andrews GC, North York, Toronto, Ont. This course no longer exists].
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 8-11). Second-placed Ralph Guldahl (USA) and Horton Smith (USA) finished 5 shots behind Cooper (Eng/USA). [Wilson course, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA].
Played as the second Medinah Open, won by Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (USA).
Played as the Western Open (June 15-18). "Light Horse" Harry Cooper (USA) beat Ky Laffoon (USA) in an 18-hole Monday afternoon playoff, after they tied the 18-hole Monday morning playoff. Playoff scores: Cooper 67, 66; Laffoon 67, 69. [CC of Peoria, Peoria Heights, Peoria, Illinois].
Played as the Illinois Open, won by Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (USA).
Played as the Arizona Open (Jan 19-22). Second-placed Ray Mangrum (USA) and Horton Smith (USA) finished 2 shots behind "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
Played as the Canadian Open (25th) (July 7-9). Second-placed Al Watrous (USA) finished 3 shots behind "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA). [Ottawa H&GC, Ottawa, Ontario].
Played as the inaugural Medinah Open, won by Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (USA).
Played as the Shawnee Open (June 18/19). Second-placed Billy Burke (USA) finished 4 shots behind "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA). [Shawnee CC & Inn, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania; at the time the Inn was known as the Buckwood Inn].
Played as the inaugural Los Angeles Open (Jan 7-10). Second-placed George Von Elm (USA) finished 3 shots behind "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA). [Los Angeles CC, Los Angeles, CA].
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