Fred Herreshoff

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Fred Herreshoff
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Herreshoff and his wife Mary
(c. 1914)
Personal information
Born (1888-03-07)March 7, 1888
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Died March 23, 1920(1920-03-23) (aged 32)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Nationality  United States
Spouse Mary Faulkner
Status Professional
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T16: 1913
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur 2nd: 1904, 1911
British Amateur R64: 1914

Frederick Herreshoff (March 7, 1888 – March 23, 1920) was an American amateur golfer of the early 20th century. He was a golfing prodigy: at the age of just 16 he reached the final match of the 1904 U.S. Amateur, finishing runner-up to Chandler Egan by the score of 8 and 6.[1]

Early life[edit]

Herreshoff was born on March 7, 1888 to John B. F. Herreshoff and Emaline Duval Lee in Brooklyn, New York. In 1904 he played on the high school golf team at The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1909.[2]

His father was a metallurgical chemist[3] affiliated with Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island, which specialized in the construction of high speed torpedo boats and yachts.[4] The elder Herreshoff was also the president of The General Chemical Company.[5]

Marriage and career[edit]

He married Mary Faulkner, an actress, in 1909 when she was playing in a musical comedy at the Casino Theatre in New York City.[5] At that time the Edwardian musical Havana was playing. Mary's name does not appear in the official credits so she must have had an uncredited bit part. Soon after his marriage Herreshoff was engaged as a partner in the banking and brokerage firm of Frenaye & Herreshoff with an office in New York City.[6]

Golf career[edit]

1904 U.S. Amateur[edit]

Herreshoff, who in 1904 was playing out of Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vermont, finished runner-up in the 1904 U.S. Amateur, held at Baltusrol Golf Club, Far Hills, New Jersey, losing to Chandler Egan by the score of 8 and 6.[7][8] He got himself into trouble by falling nine holes down after the first 18 holes of play. Herreshoff played better in the second round but it wasn't enough to overcome the large deficit.[8]

1905 four-ball tournament at Fox Hills[edit]

Herreshoff, who partnered with George Low in a four-ball tournament held on 16 September 1905 at Fox Hills Golf Club on Staten Island, tied for first place with Alex Smith and C. A. Dunning with a score of 71. A playoff wasn't held due to the fact that Smith was also competing in the individual medal competition which he won from Willie Anderson.[9]

1911 U.S. Amateur[edit]

Herreshoff and his wife
(c. 1919)

In the 1911 U.S. Amateur—contested at the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York—Herreshoff had won several matches, including the semi-final against Chick Evans. In the final match against Harold Hilton he was at one point trailing by six holes but managed to mount a stunning comeback to tie the match and send it to a playoff. On the 37th hole of the match, Hilton sliced his approach shot badly but instead of finding the deep rough right of the green his ball ricocheted off a flat rock and luckily landed on the green.[10]

Herreshoff, meanwhile, mishit his approach shot to a position short of the green. His pitch shot to the par 4 hole went 20 feet past the pin. Hilton two-putted for par while Herreshoff was unable to make his 20-foot putt to save par. Hilton was declared the winner by the score of 1 up.[10][11][12]

Military service[edit]

Herreshoff served in the U.S. Army during World War I in France.[5] He received an honorable discharge on June 2, 1919.


Herreshoff died suddenly of pneumonia on March 23, 1920 in Manhattan, New York.[5] Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Results in major championships[edit]

Herreshoff in his swing follow through, c. 1915
Tournament 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916
U.S. Amateur 2 QF R32 R16 SF R32 QF M 2 DNP SF R32 DNP DNQ
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP R128 DNP R64 NT NT

M = Medalist
LA = Low amateur
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
Yellow background for top-10

Sources: U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur,[13] British Amateur (1912[14] and 1914[15])


  1. ^ "Passing of Fred Herreshoff" (PDF). The American Golfer. April 3, 1920. p. 44. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Yale University Alumni List +". Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dr. J. B. Herreshoff, Chemist, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The New International Encyclopaedia". Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Died". The Sun and the New York Herald. March 24, 1920. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial". Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ 1904 U.S. Amateur
  8. ^ a b "Egan is New Golf Champion". The Evening World. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Four Ball Match". New York Tribune. September 17, 1905. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Hilton Is Golf Champion; Match Goes Extra Holes". The Washington Post. September 17, 1911. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ 1911 U.S. Amateur
  12. ^ "Harold H. Hilton, Noted Golfer, Dies". The New York Times. May 7, 1942. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ USGA Championship Database Archived December 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "The British Amateur Championship" (PDF). The American Golfer. July 1912. pp. 195–200. 
  15. ^ Darwin, Bernard (July 1914). "The British Amateur Championship" (PDF). Golf Illustrated. pp. 22–34.