H. J. Whigham

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H. J. Whigham
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Henry James Whigham
Born (1869-12-24) 24 December 1869 (age 145)
Tarbolton, Scotland
Died 17 March 1954(1954-03-17) (aged 84)
Southampton, New York
Nationality  Scotland
Career
Status Amateur
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
U.S. Open T6: 1896
The Open Championship 49th: 1893
U.S. Amateur Won: 1896, 1897

Henry James Whigham (24 December 1869 – 17 March 1954) was a Scottish writer and amateur golfer. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1896[1] and 1897.[2] Following his first win in the U.S. amateur, he wrote a golf instruction book.

Whigham was born in Tarbolton, Scotland, one of six brothers and four sisters. He went to America in 1893 for the Chicago World's Fair to demonstrate golf. This was arranged by Charles B. Macdonald, who was acquainted with Whigham's father, David Dundas, while they were students at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Whigham would go on to become Macdonald's son-in-law, marrying his daughter Frances. They had a daughter, Sybil.

Whigham returned to Chicago as an instructor at Lake Forest College in English and also as a lecturer at other universities in the Midwest. Later he went on to become a drama critic for the Chicago Tribune, until leaving to work as a war correspondent.

Whigham became editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine in 1910, a position he held until 1935.

Whigham was the author of How to Play Golf, a self-help book designed to teach the reader the basic rules of the game. A second edition of the book was republished and released in March 2011 by Library Tales Publishing.[3]

Whigham died in Southampton, New York, at the age of 84.

Tournaments won[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1896 U.S. Amateur 8 & 7 United States Joseph G. Thorp
1897 U.S. Amateur 8 & 6 United States W. Rossiter Betts

Results timeline[edit]

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

Tournament 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP T6 T8 LA DNP
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP DNP 1 1 DNQ
The Open Championship 49 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

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

Source for British Open: www.opengolf.com

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