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Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland
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George Ayton
Kyles/Carlsbad/Ostend etc
George Ayton George Ayton was one of three talented St Andrews golfing brothers who all emigrated from Scotland in 1920. The best known, Laurie, went to the Evanston club in Illinois taking his youngest brother, Alec, as his assistant. George, at that point was headed for the Regina club in Saskatchewan and later, from 1924-7 he was at Biltmore Forest in North Carolina.

Before heading for North America he had a string of appointments in Europe. He began his professional career at Kyles of Bute in 1901 where he remained for ten years before spending a season as an instructor at Carlsbad. Newspaper reports of the time suggest he was also at the Vienna club before taking up the professional’s post at Lombardszyte at Ostend in Belgium in1912 from which he fled rapidly at the outbreak of the First World War leaving his entire stock. On returning to Scotland he enlisted, serving most of the war with the Army Service Corps.

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