W R Reith
Originally from Edinburgh (born 1864) William Robertson Reith began his career at the Eton club in 1882. He was then pro at Eltham from 1893-1926 the last three years of this being as professional of the famous Royal Blackheath club into which Eltham was incorporated. He served with the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1916 after being turned away from the Niblick Brigade in 1914 on the grounds that he was married.
He was both a founder member and, later, an honorary member of the PGA and elected Captain in 1922 with Vardon, Braid, Massy, Ray, Willie Park, Sandy Herd and Willie Fernie as vice-captains during his tenure of the post.
He emigrated to Winnipeg in 1927, two years after retiring, but was soon back golfing as professional at Pine Ridge and then Sandy Hook.
Two of his sons, Charlie and Arthur were professional golfers and Charles's son, Bobby, had a sparkling amateur career in Manitoba before turning professional. The dynasty extends one generation further back, on Reith's wife side, as her father was Thomas Carruthers the short socketed, through-hoselled iron inventor.
Billy Reith died in 1943.
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