Alex Marling's own clubs pre-date his involvement in Marling & Smith . Born in Lossiemouth 1884 he spent most of his early golfing career in the North East (assistant at Moray, 1904; professional at Forres 1904-1906; Deeside 1908-1911 and Royal Aberdeen 1911-1920). The one exception was his year on the Clyde at Erskine (1906-1907).
He was Scottish Professional Champion in 1913.
He laid out local courses at Rhynie (the Aberdeen Journal report of its opening in June 1913 is straight out of Scotland the What? 'as a health resort ....Rhynie is coming into prominence' and the Quarry Hill course 'is within easy reach of Lumsden'), at Insch, I think, and improved Banchory in 1913.
He enlisted with his fellow golf professional, and business partner, George E Smith, in the 4th Gordon Highlanders in December 1914. Both were injured by shrapnel, Smith losing his hearing, Marling his left eye.
After the war he returned to his post as professional at Royal Aberdeen and also sold his clubs through the sports shop of Peter Craigmyle at 166 King Street, Craigmyle was a footballer who broke both his legs and went on to become perhaps the most famous referee of his era.
Marling emigrated to Canada in 1921 where he was professional at Regina and then at Royal Colwood from 1923 until his death in 1934.
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