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].
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.
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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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