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Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland
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W D More
Chester/Johannesburg
Willie More was fifth in the 1891 Open Championship at St Andrews and was a name I had never come across until reading Harold Hilton’s My Golfing Reminiscences. Even in 1913, Hilton was writing 'To the present generation his name may not even be known'. Hilton clearly thought highly of him, ‘He treated the game as a science, and although he probably slightly overdid the subject in respect that he was too experimentally theoretic, still he achieved wonderful results I always consider that I learnt more (with him) in those five months than I have ever learnt in any two other years of my golfing career.’. Hilton points out that More had a genuine chance of winning the 1891 Championship, until playing behind the eventual winner, Hugh Kirkaldy, he tried too hard to gain an advantage on a short hole and 'his temper, never of the most reliable quality, gave way'.

An amateur who performed well as a seventeen year old in the amateur championship at Hoylake, losing to the eventual winner, Horace Hutchinson, in the 5th round, he turned professional on medical advice to pursue an outdoor life as a result of a weakness in his lungs. He was professional at Chester from 1891 to 1895 then emigrated to become professional at Johannesburg in 1896, South Africa’s third professional golfer. Ever in search of weather to suit his lungs he came professional at Royal Melbourne in Australia (1900-1901). Sadly, he died in 1902.

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