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Name: - Harry Cooper
Country: - England / USA
Lived : - [1904-2000]. Born 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; golf instructor.
Turned Pro: - 1923

Roll of Honour

Total professional wins (40+), of which US PGA Tr (31). PGA Tour leading money winner (1937). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1992).


Did you know?

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.


Top tournaments won by Harry Cooper

1938Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicCity Park GC285 (-3)$1,200
Played as the inaugural Crescent City Open. Second-placed Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 4 shots behind Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (Eng/USA). [East course, City Park, New Orleans, LA. Also known as the No.1 or Wisner course].
1937Men AmericaCanadian OpenSt Andrews, Ont.285 (-3)$1,000
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Ralph Guldahl (USA) finished 2 shots behind Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (Eng/USA). [St Andrews GC, North York, Toronto, Ont. This course no longer exists].
1937Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenGriffith Park274 (-10)$2,500
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].
1937Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am500 ptsn/a
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
1937Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$14,138see Score
Cooper (USA) was the PGA Tour 1937 leading money winner, with earnings of $14,138 on the Tour.
1935Men AmericaMedinah OpenMedinah CCxx
Played as the second Medinah Open, won by Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (USA).
1934Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Peoria CC274x
Played as the Western Open. Cooper (USA) beat Ky Laffoon (USA) in a playoff. [CC of Peoria, Peoria Heights, Peoria, Illinois].
1933Men AmericaIllinois OpenMedinah CCxx
Played as the Illinois Open, won by Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (USA).
1933Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ281 (-3)$400
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].
1932Men AmericaCanadian OpenOttawa Hunt Club290 (+2)$500
Played as the Canadian Open (25th). Second-placed Al Watrous (USA) finished 3 shots behind Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (Eng/USA). [Ottawa H&GC, Ottawa, Ontario].
1930Men AmericaMedinah OpenMedinah CCxx
Played as the inaugural Medinah Open, won by Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (USA).
1926Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenLos Angeles CC279 (-7)$3,500
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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