H. J. Whigham
|H. J. Whigham|
Whigham, c. 1897
|Full name||Henry James Whigham|
24 December 1869|
|Died||17 March 1954
Southampton, New York
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T5: 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 and 1897. Following his first win in the U.S. Amateur, he wrote a golf instruction book. In 1896 he finished fifth in the U.S. Open held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York.
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.
Whigham died in Southampton, New York, at the age of 84.
Amateur wins (2)
|1896||U.S. Amateur||8 & 7||Joseph G. Thorp|
|1897||U.S. Amateur||8 & 6||W. Rossiter Betts|
|U.S. Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||T5||T8 LA||DNP|
|U.S. Amateur||DNP||DNP||DNP||1 M||1||DNQ|
|The Open Championship||49||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
M = Medalist
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
- 1896 U.S. Amateur
- 1897 U.S. Amateur
- "Great Golf By Foulis". The New York Sun. 18 July 1896. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "Golf — United States Golf Association". books.Google.com. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Library Tales Publishing will be releasing the 2011 edition of How To Play Golf written by Henry James (sic) in 1897