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Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland
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George McIntosh
Montrose/Romford/Preston
According to the 1911 census, George McIntosh was born in Laurencekirk in 1862 or 1863 but I can find no birth certificate for him in either Kincardineshire or Angus. He was undoubtedly active in the Montrose Mercantile club in the early 1890s.

In 1893 he was appointed professional at the Headingley club where, the Yorkshire Post proclaimed, his ‘services and advice should prove of benefit in regard to the preparation of the greens’.

Perhaps the wet weather which caused much trouble to the greens and teeing grounds encouraged him to accept an invitation to become professional to the Romford club at Gidea Links which opened on 18 May 1894. He held the early records for the course until J H Taylor played an exhibition match with Douglas Rolland there in 1895 and took 4 strokes off the record with a 75.

He moved to the Fulwood club in Preston around 1901 and the 1911 census shows him as professional there and his son Christopher (killed in the First World War) as clubmaker. Christopher took over as professional in 1914 and it is not clear (to me at least) what George did after his son’s death. Peter McEwan became Preston professional after the war.

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