Name:Reginald Arthur Whitcombe
Also known as:Reggie
Lived:[1898-1957]. Born on April 10, 1898 in Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. Died on Jan 11, 1957 in Hambledon, Surrey (aged 58).
Original/Home Club:Came Down GC, Dorset.
MAJORS (1): The Open (1938). Ryder Cup player (1929, 1931, 1935).
Reg Whitcombe was the youngest of the three Whitcombe brothers who successfully strode the English professional golfing stage in the 1920s and 1930s. All three played together in the 1935 Ryder Cup. In 1938 at a windy Royal St George's, Reg won the Open Championship title by two shots from Scotland's Jimmy Adams.
"Reggie" as he was often called, was the long-time professional at Parkstone GC in Poole, Dorset, from 1928 until his untimely death in 1957. He was succeeded at Parkstone by the Alliss brothers, Peter and Alec.
Played as the Penfold Tournament. The competiton ended in a three-way tie between Dai Rees (Wales), Reg Whitcombe (Eng) and Norman Von Nida (Aus), who were all declared winners. [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
Played as the inaugural Lotus £1,500 Tournament (Aug 8-10). Second-placed Tom Haliburton (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Reg Whitcombe (Eng). [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
Whitcombe (Eng) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1939 Order of Merit winner. Award based on a points system for finishes in the season's top professional events. In previous and subsequent years, the Trophy was awarded for the lowest scoring average. If this method had been used in 1939, Sam King (Eng), with an average of 72.87, would have prevailed over Whitcombe (73.00).
The Open Championship (73rd) (July 6-8). Second-placed James "Jimmy" Adams (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Whitcombe (Eng). [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
Played as the Irish Open. Second-placed William H. "Bill" Davies (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Whitcombe (Eng), the third of the three Whitcombe brothers to win the Irish Open. [Royal Dublin GC, Dollymount, Dublin].
Played as the Penfold-Fairhaven Tournament. Whitcombe (Eng) beat Mark Seymour (Eng) after both players shot 142 in a 36-hole playoff. Another nine holes was needed, in which Whitcombe's 34 beat Seymour's 36. [Fairhaven GC, Lytham, Lancs].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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