A D Lees
Arthur Lees began his golfing career in Sheffield, where he was born in 1908, as a caddy to a prominent amateur and developed his skills by returning balls to his employer by striking them with a club. At 15 he became an assistant at the Lees Hall club.
In 1929 he went to the famous spa at Marienbad to be the ‘playing professional’, fellow Yorkshireman, Harry Brown, remaining in charge of the course. The winters he spent as a professional in the south of France.
He came back to England in 1935, once again to Sheffield, and became professional to the Dore and Totley club. That year he played in the first Czechoslovakian Open at his old course of Marienbad, finishing runner-up to Mark Seymour, the Crow Wood, Glasgow, player and had another attempt there in 1937 this time finishing second to Henry Cotton. In 1939 he won the Irish Open.
He remained in Sheffield until becming professional at Sunningdale in 1949, retired from there in 1975 and died in 1992.
Lees played in four Ryder Cups.
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