|Full name||David Huish|
23 April 1944 |
North Berwick, Scotland
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Residence||North Berwick, Scotland|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour
European Seniors Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|European Senior Tour||5|
|Best results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T21: 1976|
Huish (pronounced "hush") was born in North Berwick, Scotland. He married his second wife Diane in 1989 with whom he had a son, Oliver, in 1990. He also has two children from a previous marriage, Susan (b. 1967) and Martyn (1969).
Huish turned professional in 1959, with his first job being as an assistant at Gullane. He took up his first head professional position at Hamilton Golf Club in 1965. Two years later he returned to his home town to take up the same role at North Berwick Golf Club, where he remained until his retirement in 2009. He was succeeded by his son, Martyn.
As a club professional, Huish never followed a full-time tournament career. Although he was regarded as a competent tournament player, it was not until The Open Championship in 1975 that he came to the attention of a wider audience. After qualifying for the championship in a seven-man play-off, he shot rounds of 67 and 69 at Carnoustie to lead by two strokes over Tom Watson, Peter Oosterhuis and Bernard Gallacher at the halfway mark. However, he fell away over the weekend and ultimately finished 13 shots off the pace, in a tie for 32nd place. His best finish in the Open came the following year at Birkdale, when he tied for 21st place.
While Huish never won a top flight tour event, he did win many other tournaments, including the Scottish Uniroyal in 1971, and the Northern Open on four occasions. After turning 50, he joined the European Seniors Tour, where he enjoyed some success, claiming five victories, four of them in play-offs, with the last coming in 2001 when he won, again in a play-off, at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.
Huish later become a very significant and respected figure on the inside of professional golf, serving as the PGA Captain, a PGA Board Member and Ryder Cup Committee Member, a position he held longer than anyone else. In recognition of his achievements in the game, Huish received the Special Award at the Seniors Tour annual awards dinner in 2004 for services to golf.
Professional wins (16)
Regular wins (11)
- 1965 Scottish Assistants Championship
- 1971 Scottish Uniroyal
- 1973 Northern Open
- 1975 PGA Club Professionals Championship, Scottish Professional Championship
- 1977 PGA Club Professionals Championship
- 1980 Northern Open
- 1984 Northern Open
- 1985 Sunderland of Scotland Masters
- 1986 PGA Club Professionals Championship
- 1988 Northern Open
European Seniors Tour wins (5)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||30 Jun 1996||Ryder Collingtree Seniors Classic||+3 (73-73-73=219)||Playoff||Malcolm Gregson, Noel Ratcliffe|
|2||6 Sep 1998||Golden Charter PGA Scottish Seniors Open||−15 (70-65-70-68=208)||Playoff||David Jones|
|3||24 Jun 2000||Lawrence Batley Seniors||−1 (71-72-69=212)||Playoff||Neil Coles, John Fourie|
|4||13 Aug 2000||Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open||−12 (73-62-65=200)||4 strokes||Jim Rhodes|
|5||12 Aug 2001||Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open (2)||−12 (70-64-64=198)||Playoff||David Good|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T31||CUT||DNP||DNP||CUT||T56||DNP||T32||T21||CUT|
Note: The Open Championship was the only major Huish played in.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969)
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- World Cup (representing Scotland): 1973
- Double Diamond International (representing Scotland): 1975, 1976
- PGA Cup/Diamondhead Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1974, 1975, 1977 (tie), 1978 (winners), 1979 (winners), 1980, 1984 (winners), 1986
- "Retirement beckons for Huish, club pro who led in '75". The Scotsman. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "1975 Open became hell, but I've got no regrets, recounts David Huish". The Scotsman. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.