Frederick Guthrie Tait

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Frederick Guthrie Tait
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Frederick Guthrie Tait
Born (1870-01-11)11 January 1870
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 7 February 1900(1900-02-07) (aged 30)
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12.4 st)
Nationality  Scotland
Career
Status Amateur
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T3: 1896, 1897
U.S. Amateur DNP
British Amateur Won: 1896, 1898

Frederick Guthrie Tait (11 January 1870 – 7 February 1900) was a Scottish soldier and amateur golfer.

Born in Edinburgh, the third son of eminent physicist and fanatical amateur golfer Peter Guthrie Tait, the young Tait was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Sedbergh School. He was admitted to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, at his second attempt, and is credited with introducing golf there. Tait was commissioned into the 2nd battalion the Leinster regiment (109th foot) and then transferred to the 2nd battalion the Black Watch.

Tait was an extremely powerful and long hitter of the ball. At The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews on 11 January 1893, he hit the ball 250 yards, the ball then rolling on frozen ground and coming to rest 341 yards from the tee, thereby refuting his father's calculation that 190 yards was the maximum possible flight. Tait won The Amateur Championship twice (1896 and 1898), finished third in The Open Championship twice (1896 and 1897) and was leading amateur in the same competition on six occasions.

Tait was killed in action at Koodoosberg during the Second Boer War.

Tournament wins (27)[edit]

this list may be incomplete
  • 1893 Royal and Ancient Golf Club Spring Club Gold Medal
  • 1894 Royal and Ancient Golf Club Royal Medal
  • 1895 Royal and Ancient Golf Club Autumn Bombay Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Jubilee Vase, New Luffness Leconfield Medal, New Luffness Silver Quaich, New Luffness Hope Medal
  • 1896 The Amateur Championship, St. George's Challenge Cup, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Silver Cross Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Royal Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Glennie Aggregate Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Calcutta Cup
  • 1897 Royal and Ancient Golf Club Silver Cross Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Spring Club Gold Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Glennie Aggregate Medal, New Luffness Leconfield Medal
  • 1898 The Amateur Championship, St. George's Challenge Cup, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Spring Club Gold Medal, New Luffness Hope Medal, New Luffness East Lothian County Cup
  • 1899 St. George's Challenge Cup, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Silver Cross Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Calcutta Cup, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Royal Medal, Royal and Ancient Golf Club Glennie Aggregate Medal

Major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1896 The Amateur Championship 8 & 7 England Harold Hilton
1898 The Amateur Championship 7 & 5 Scotland S. Mure Fergusson

Results timeline[edit]

Note: Tait played in only The Open Championship and The Amateur Championship.

Tournament 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
The Open Championship T30 T21 DNP 9 LA T15 T3 LA T3 5 T7 LA
The Amateur Championship DNP R32 SF SF SF 1 R32 1 2

LA = Low Amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
"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 British Open: www.opengolf.com

Source for 1892 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, 12 May 1892, pg. 11.

Source for 1893 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, 12 May 1893, pg. 11.

Source for 1894 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, 28 April 1894, pg. 11.

Source for 1895 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, 10 May 1895, pg. 11.

Source for 1897 British Amateur: The Scotsman, 29 April 1897, pg. 4.

Honours[edit]

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