A G Kirby
Alfred George Kirby was born in St Albans in 1897 and, according to press reports, lived in Canada before the First World War. He was, however, back in Britain and enlisted with the Niblick Brigade serving on the Western Front where he was wounded, requiring the insertion of a silver plate in his leg.
He became professional at Ashford in 1919 and came to public attention when runner up to James Braid on Braid’s home course of Walton Heath in the Victory Tournament of Southern Section of PGA.
In 1923 he became professional at Stoneham, Southampton where he remained until at least 1938, qualifying from the Southern section at that course for the finals of the £1250 matchplay tournament at Walton Heath.
He qualified for and played in, the Open Championships at Deal in 1920 and Hoylake in 1924.
At the time of his death on 31 March 1950 he held the world record for the longest hole-in-one, 370 yards at the 9th at Stoneham.
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