Findlay S. Douglas

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Findlay S. Douglas
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1874-11-17)17 November 1874
St Andrews, Scotland
Died 29 March 1959(1959-03-29) (aged 84)
Nationality  Scotland
Career
College University of St Andrews
Status Amateur
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
U.S. Open 8th: 1903
The Open Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur Won: 1898
British Amateur R256: 1913, 1920
Achievements and awards
Bob Jones Award 1959

Findlay S. Douglas (17 November 1874 – 29 March 1959) was a Scottish amateur golfer who won the U.S. Amateur in 1898, and later became President of the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Born in St Andrews, Scotland, Douglas learned to play golf as a boy. He attended the University of St Andrews from 1892 to 1896, and played on the golf team. After graduation, he followed his oldest brother Robert and emigrated to the United States in 1897.[1]

Douglas qualified for the U.S. Amateur in 1897, but lost in the semifinal. In 1898 he won the event, defeating Walter B. Smith 5 & 3 in the final match. He was the last Scot to win the tournament until 2006, when Richie Ramsay won. Douglas made it to the final match in 1899 and again in 1900, but lost to H.M. Harriman and Walter Travis respectively. In his only U.S. Open appearance in 1903, Douglas finished 8th, winning low amateur. He won the Metropolitan Amateur in 1901 and 1903.

Douglas joined several golf clubs in the New York area, and helped start others. In 1908, he was one of the 70 founders of the National Golf Links of America.[2] Eventually, Douglas got involved in administrative roles, and served in various capacities at the Metropolitan Golf Association for 17 years, including president from 1922-24.[3]

In 1926, Douglas became vice-president of the United States Golf Association, and then from 1929-30 served as president. He presented Bobby Jones with the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur trophies during Jones' Grand Slam in 1930.

Douglas later got involved with senior golf, winning the championship of the United States Senior's Golf Association (not affiliated with the USGA) in 1932, and later served as the organization's president from 1937-1941.[3] This was the forerunner to the USGA's U.S. Senior Amateur, which was started in 1955.

Douglas was the USGA's Bob Jones Award winner in 1959, given in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. He died on Easter Sunday in 1959 with no surviving family, and his ashes were buried in a family plot in St Andrews. In the late 1990s, the R&A restored the headstone, which had deteriorated, and added an inscription with Douglas' name, which had not been there.[4]

Tournament wins (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1898 U.S. Amateur 5 & 3 United States Walter B. Smith

Results timeline[edit]

Note: Douglas played in only the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, and The Amateur Championship.

Tournament 1897 1898 1899
U.S. Open 19 DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur SF 1 2
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP 8 LA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T23
U.S. Amateur 2 SF DNP R128 DNP DNP DNP DNP R32 DNP
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP NT NT DNP
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP NT NT DNP
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP R256 DNP NT NT NT NT NT
Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP DNP DNP DNQ
The Amateur Championship R256 DNP DNP DNP DNP

LA = Low Amateur
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for 1913 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July 1913, pg. 222.

Source for 1920 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, 8 June 1920, pg. 12.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas, Findlay S. (August 1948). "50 Years Ago in the Amateur" (PDF). USGA Journal. USGA. pp. 4–7. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  2. ^ The National club did not hold a club championship until 1934, and when they finally did, Douglas won — at age 60.
  3. ^ a b English, John P. (September 1957). "Findlay S. Douglas – A Record in Service" (PDF). USGA Journal and Turf Management. USGA. pp. 5–8. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Nicer Final Resting Place". USGA Golf Journal. June 1997. Archived from the original on 2003-05-19. 

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