Who's who: Mungo Park

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  • Photo of Mungo Park
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Who's who: Mungo Park

  • Name:

    Mungo Park
  • Country:

    Scotland
  • Lived:

    [1835-1904]. Born on Oct 22, 1836 in Quarry Houses, Musselburgh, East Lothian. Died on June 19, 1904 in the Poorhouse, Inveresk, nr Musselbourgh (age 67).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Musselburgh Links (Old course)
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, seaman, golf club maker, course designer.
  • Turned Pro:

    c.1852

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open Championship (1874).

Golf course design

Mungo Park laid out several golf courses during this time, including Alnmouth GC in Northumberland.

Did you know?

Mungo Park was a member of a famous Scottish golfing family. His brother Willie Park Sr was a four-time winner of the Open Championship, and his nephew Willie Park Jr won the Open Championship twice. Mungo lifted the Claret Jug himself in 1874.

Mungo learned golf at an early age with his older brother Willie, and three other brothers. He abandoned the game for a period of 20 years while he was worked as a seafarer. Returning to Musselburgh in the early 1870s he found his golfing skills came back relatively quickly, and he went on to win the 1874 Open Championship at Musselburgh Links, his home course.

In 1869 Mungo married Margaret Plumstead (née Johnstone) in Edinburgh. After his Open Championship win, Mungo spent the rest of his life serving as clubmaker and instructor at various golf clubs in Britain. He laid out several golf courses during this time, including Alnmouth, where he remained as its first professional.

Top tournaments won by Mungo Park

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Mungo

Score

159

Prize money

£8

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (14th) (April 10). Second-placed Young Tom Morris (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Mungo Park (Scot). Mungo's brother Willie won the Open four times. Played for the first time at Musselburgh. [The Old Course, Musselburgh Links, nr Edinburgh].

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