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Charles Fleming
Charles Robertson Fleming was born in Monikie in 1879 but seems to have grown up with his grandparents in Carnoustie.

He was a good player in the Carnoustie club and turned professional early, winning £1 for finishing 3rd in the caddies’ competition in 1900. He played for Carnoustie in the town matches against the likes of Monifieth, Montrose and St Andrews and defeated in the 1901 Dalhousie Cuo before losing in the semi-final. The same year he was involved in playing foursomes with James Hepburnand Alec Smith> when they were home on holiday.

He lost to Sam White> in the semi-final of the Dalhousie club’s professional tournament in 1904 and set the pace in the Carnoustie professional tournament that year with a 72 in the first round, well ahead of Sandy Herd and J H Taylor. An 87 in the afternoon ended his chances of getting into the matchplay part of the competition. Despite his obituary saying, ‘he competed in a number of big events’, these are the only mentions of him I have found.

Obviously he had plenty contact with the professionals who had gone to America but he remained in Carnoustie. In 1915 he enlisted with the Royal Scots.

I find no mention of him in golfing competition after the war and, indeed, his obituary says, ‘he had not played serious golf since then’, but states, ‘he gained great renown as a teacher and was for many years in great demand as a tutor amongst visitors to the burgh’. I have not come across a club bearing his name.

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