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Willie Hunter
Born in Perth in 1878, his father was a brother of Ramsay Hunter and worked for him as a clubmaker at Sandwich. In due course, William served his apprenticeship as a clubmaker with his Uncle Ramsay also.

His first job as a professional was at the Glamorganshire club in 1896 where he was responsible for the lengthening of the course to 18 holes. He spent his summers in the United States, at Shelter Island GC in New York in 1896 and in Maine, at North East Harbour, the following year.

In 1899 he sailed to Australia to take up the professional’s post at The Australian in New South Wales and played the first professional match in the state the following year against A H Scott’s brother, James, over 72 holes at Botany and Bondi.

He returned to Shelter Island in New York in 1901 and, from here, entered the US Open of that year and the next. 1903 brought a return to Britain and a long stint at the Richmond club in London. From here he represented Scotland against England in 1906, 1907, 1909 and 1910. After twelve years in Richmond he went once again to the United States in 1915 to become professional at the St Louis Country Club in Missouri and from 1919-30 was the professional at Onwentsia in Chicago. He remained at the club in the capacity of greenkeeper. During his time in America he was president of both the Missouri and Illinois PGA.

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