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Cecil Leitch was a four-time Ladies Amateur Champion

Cecil Leitch was a four-time Ladies Amateur Champion

Cecil Leitch shares a record with Joyce Wethered for winning four British Ladies Amateur titles. A self-taught golfer, she was one of the dominant players of the 1910s and 20s. Unlike her contemporaries, she preferred to play in the wind. She changed the way women golf by hitting hard, rather than daintily, as most women

First PGA Champion – Jim Barnes

On October 10, 1916, the newly-formed Professional Golfers Association of America hosted the inaugural PGA Championship at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY. Striving for a purse of $3,000 among a group of 32 contenders, naturalized U.S. citizens Jim Barnes and Jock Hutchison drove, chipped and birdied their way to the finals. With a massive

Three-time Open Champion Henry Cotton served in the Royal Air Force during World War II

Unlike many professionals of his day who came from humble origins, three-time Open Champion Henry Cotton was born into an upper middle-class English family. He found his way to golf at the age of 13 after abandoning cricket. At 17, Cotton turned professional. After tying for 7th at St Andrews in 1933 and several other