Oscar F. Willing

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Oscar Frederick "Doc" Willing (October 16, 1889 – March 2, 1962) was an American amateur golfer of the 20th century.

Early life[edit]

Willing was born in Sellwood, Oregon (now a part of Portland), and caddied and learned to play golf at the nearby Waverley Country Club.[1] He became a dentist, earning his DDS at North Pacific Dental College (later incorporated into Oregon Health Sciences University).[2] Soon afterwards, he was drafted in the United States Navy for World War I where he became a military dentist.[3] He married Helen Wadsworth and they had three children.

Golf career[edit]

Following the war, Willing returned to Portland to set up a dental practice. His interest in golf was still strong, as he had been able to play golf while stationed on the east coast during the war.[2] He began to compete in Northwest amateur tournaments, and his first win came in 1919 at the Oregon Coast Invitational in Gearhart, Oregon. He followed that up with back-to-back Portland City Amateur tournaments at Eastmoreland Golf Course in 1920 and 1921. Willing also played in the U.S. Amateur in 1921, losing in the second round to a young Bobby Jones. That same year, he returned to Oregon to win the Oregon Men's Amateur for the first of five times.[1]

In 1928, Willing won two major Northwest tournaments, the Oregon Open and the Northwest Open, and also took his second Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur title. A year later, he had his biggest national finish at the U.S. Amateur played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, where he defeated two-time champion and fellow Portlander Chandler Egan in the semifinals before losing to Harrison R. Johnston in the finals.[1]

Willing was the first Pacific Northwesterner to be selected to the prestigious United States Walker Cup team in 1923, and was also chosen in 1924 and 1930. He was undefeated in all his matches and his victory in 1923 clinched the tournament for the Americans.[1][4]

Legacy[edit]

Willing continued to golf competitively into his 60s. He died in Orange County, California in 1962.[5] He was named to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1993,[1] and was an inaugural inductee of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.[6]

Tournament wins[edit]

Tournament runner-up finishes[edit]

  • 1923 Oregon Men's Amateur
  • 1926 Oregon Men's Amateur, Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur
  • 1929 U.S. Amateur
  • 1931 Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur

Results timeline[edit]

As an amateur, Willing could not play in the PGA Championship.

Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur DNP R16 DNP DNP DNQ DNP DNP R32 QF 2
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP R16 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur R32 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP R32 DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship R256 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

LA = Low Amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
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
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

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

Source for 1923 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1923, pg. 48.

Source for 1930 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 28, 1930, pg. 4.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup: 1923 (winners), 1924 (winners), 1930 (winners)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Oscar F. Willing". Pacific Northwest Golf Association. Archived from the original on September 30, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b Lawrence, Edward (September 7, 1929). "War improved Willing's golf". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "World War I Draft Registration Index". Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Retrieved 2007-10-26. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Walker Cup Records". WalkerCup.org. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  5. ^ "California Death Records". Rootsweb.com. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2010.