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David T Millar
Carnoustie/Michigan
I can forgive the American press their Carnoustie fetish, ‘born only a mashie shot from the famed Scottish seaside course’ wrote the Detroit Free Press in July 1937 (seven and a half miles is a pretty impressive shot) but even the Dundee Courier in its obituary writes about a ‘Carnoustie-trained golf pro’ yet David Taylor Millar was a ‘reid lichtie’, born in Arbroath in 1890.

He was seriously injured serving in the First World War and gassed.

His father, William Millar, did later live in Carnoustie and serve as a councillor and both sons, David and his brother, Jimmy turned professional in 1921 to take up posts in the USA. Davie began as professional at the Riverview club in St Clemens (later Gowanie Golf Club) before moving on to St Clair, where his brother had been previously.

In 1924 he became professional at the Clinton Valley club near Utica, NY, and stayed there for 20 years. Despite this, he is best remembered in Michigan where he layed out Huron Shores at Port Sanilac, Rammler, and T. F. MacManus's private course in Bloomfield Hills. He ended his career in this state at the Meadowbrook Club in Northville. Still in service here, he died in 1946. He was well known as an instructor of golf having classes of up to 100.

He was survived by a wife and three daughters

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