Harold Hilton

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Harold Hilton
— Golfer —
Harold Hilton at Apawamis 1911.jpg
Hilton at the 1911 U.S. Amateur.
Personal information
Full name Harold Horsfall Hilton
Born (1869-01-12)12 January 1869
West Kirby, Merseyside, England
Died 5 March 1942(1942-03-05) (aged 73)
Westcote, Gloucestershire, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality  England
Career
Status Amateur
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 7)
Masters Tournament NYF
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1892, 1897
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur Won: 1911
British Amateur Won: 1900, 1901, 1911, 1913
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1978 (member page)
Silas H. Strawn, president of the United States Golf Association, presents the 1911 United States Amateur Championship to Hilton at Apawamis Golf Club.
"Hoylake". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1903.

Harold Horsfall Hilton (12 January 1869 – 5 March 1942) was an English amateur golfer.

Biography[edit]

Hilton was born in West Kirby and attended West Buckland School in Devon. In 1892, he won The Open Championship at Muirfield,[1] becoming the second amateur to do so. He won again in 1897 at his home club, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. The only other amateurs who have won the Open Championship are John Ball and Bobby Jones.

Hilton also won The Amateur Championship on four occasions, including 1911, when he became the only British player to win the British and U.S. Amateurs in the same year. Hilton retired with a 99-29 record (77.3%) at The Amateur Championship.

From 1905 to 1915, Hilton was a member at Ashford Manor Golf Club in Middlesex (now Surrey), the club having been incorporated in 1902.[2] In 1912, he played a major part in designing Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset which became an Open Championship qualifying course and one of the top 100 courses in the UK.

He died in 1942.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Hilton was also a golf writer. He was the first editor of Golf Monthly, and also the editor of Golf Illustrated. He also designed many courses. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.

Tournament wins (22)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1892 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit 78-81-72-74=305 3 strokes England John Ball, Scotland Sandy Herd, Scotland Hugh Kirkaldy
1897 The Open Championship (2) 3 shot deficit 80-75-84-75=314 1 stroke Scotland James Braid

Amateur wins (5)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1900 The Amateur Championship 8 & 7 Scotland James Robb
1901 The Amateur Championship 1 up Scotland John L. Low
1911 The Amateur Championship 4 & 3 England E. A. Lassen
1911 U.S. Amateur 37 holes United States Fred Herreshoff
1913 The Amateur Championship 6 & 5 Scotland Robert Harris

Results timeline[edit]

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

Tournament 1887 1888 1889
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship R16 DNP R16
U.S. Amateur NYF NYF NYF
Tournament 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
The Open Championship DNP T8 1 LA T8 WD WD 23 1 LA 3 LA T12
The Amateur Championship QF 2 2 R32 QF R32 2 R32 R16 QF
U.S. Amateur NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
The Open Championship T16 4 LA T6 T25 WD CUT DNP DNP DNP WD
The Amateur Championship 1 1 QF R64 QF R64 R128 R16 R64 R32
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
The Open Championship DNP T3 LA DNP WD WD NT NT NT NT NT
The Amateur Championship SF 1 R16 1 R32 NT NT NT NT NT
U.S. Amateur DNP 1 R32 DNP DNP DNP DNP NT NT DNP
Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship R32 R64 QF DNP R128 R256 DNP R256
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
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 1887 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, August 4, 1887, pg. 6.

Source for 1889 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 9, 1889, pg. 10.

Source for 1890 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 2, 1890, pg. 8.

Source for 1893 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 10, 1893, pg. 11.

Source for 1894 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, April 27, 1894, pg. 11.

Source for 1895 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 9, 1895, pg. 3.

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

Source for 1898 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 26, 1898, pg. 11.

Source for 1899 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 26, 1899, pg. 11.

Source for 1902 British Amateur: Golf, June, 1902, pg. 397.

Source for 1903 British Amateur: Golf, July, 1903, pg. 8.

Source for 1904 British Amateur: Golf, July, 1904, pg. 9.

Source for 1905 British Amateur: Golf, June, 1905, pg. 341.

Source for 1906 British Amateur: Golf, July, 1906, pg. 29.

Source for 1907 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 30, 1907, pg. 14.

Source for 1908 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1908, pg. 14.

Source for 1909 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1909, pg. 12.

Source for 1910 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 3, 1910, pg. 10.

Source for 1912 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1912, pg. 199.

Source for 1914 British Amateur: Golf Illustrated, July, 1914, pg. 28.

Source for 1920 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 10, 1920, pg. 9.

Source for 1921 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 25, 1921, pg. 6.

Source for 1922 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July 1, 1922, pg. 31.

Source for 1924 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 28, 1924, pg. 8.

Source for 1925 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 26, 1925, pg. 15.

Source for 1927 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 24, 1927, pg. 10.

Source for U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muirfield — 1892". opengolf.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Ashford Manor Golf Club
  3. ^ "Harold H. Hilton, Noted Golfer, Dies. Englishman Once Won U. S. Amateur Title. Winner of 6 Contests in Britain. Editor of Golf Magazine. American Victory at Rye, N. Y., in 1911. First Championship in 1892, Last in 1913". The New York Times. 7 May 1942. Retrieved 23 September 2010. "Hilton, who had been [editor] of Golf Illustrated since 1913, won the United States amateur title in 1911, defeating Fred Herreshoff, one-up, in 37 holes in the ..."