J W Gaudin
Born in 1897, one of five brothers from Grouville, Jersey, to make a living from professional golf, John William “Jack” Gaudin first came to England to be a plasterer in Liverpool in 1897. He played golf with his brother Philip at weekends and soon turned professional himself, earning himself a job as instructor at Withington.
His first full professional post was at the Failsworth club in New Moston in 1898. He had the vague affiliation “London” in the Trafford Cup in Manchester in 1904 and Rossendale the following two years. In 1907 he became professional at Disley where he remained for a couple of years before his departure for the Hexham club was announced in April 1909.
He played two home and away matches against J D Edgar from here at £25 a side and won both times.
In 1913 he became professional at Alwoodley in Yorkshire and remained there until retiring in March 1947. During his time here he reached the final of the News of the World tournament, losing at the 40th hole to Bert Seymour. He won the Yorkshire Open championship in 1927, the Yorkshire Professional Championship in 1921, 1922, 1924, 1930 and 1931 and the Yorkshire Professional Foursome in 1926. Gaudin was a committee member of the PGA for many years.
He died in Leeds on 10 December 1947.
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