John Frederick “Jack” Seager was born on 30 December 1895 in Clapham, Bedfordshire to John Seager and wife, Rhoda. John snr was greenkeeper at the Bedford Golf Club and Jack is listed as living at the club with his parents and two siblings on the 1911 census and employed as an assistant greenkeeper.
He was assistant at South Staffordshire in 1914 and there is mention of him playing with W R Hamlet , of Atherstone in the Midland Professional Foursomes in February. Later that year he travelled to London and was one of the original members enlisting in
the Niblick Brigade. During his war service he was awarded the Military Medal.
After demob in 1918 he accepted his first full professional post at St Neots, playing in the Midlands professional championship in 1920. In 1921 he returned to Bedford as professional and played in Open Qualifying at St Andrews from here that year.
The following April he was appointed professional to the Rothley Park club in Leicestershire and three years later won the Leicestershire and Rutland championship. He qualified for the Open Championship in 1928 and 1929 but missed the cut at the second round on both occasions.
He married Gladys Green in February 1930 and this coincided with some tournament success, with an apparent fondness for the Penfold championships, winning at Copt Heath in 1933, and in 1931 he was picked for the Ryder Cup trials. The same year he played in the Open at Carnoustie, making the cut, but finishing 60th. He missed the cut in the 1936 Open then finished 47th when the Open returned to Carnoustie in 1937.
He died on 5 October 1959 in Leicester while still in post at Rothley Park where they continue to hold an invitation amateur tournament bearing his name.
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