Robert W. White (golfer)
White, c. 1920
|Full name||Robert W. White|
|Born||June 2, 1876|
St Andrews, Scotland
|Died||July 15, 1959, aged 83|
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.
|College||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Turned professional||c. 1892|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||28th: 1897|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
|PGA Hall of Fame||1994|
Robert W. "Bob" White (June 2, 1876 – July 15, 1959) was born in St Andrews, Scotland, and was a school teacher there before emigrating in 1894 to the United States to study agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked as a professional and greenkeeper at several clubs and was an excellent clubmaker. He first took up a post as professional at the Myopia Hunt Club in 1895 and served at a number of other clubs, including Shawnee Country Club in 1914. White helped many young men from the British Isles find work in the United States as golf professionals and greenkeepers. White, who was best known as a golf course architect and golf administrator, was an accomplished golfer but didn't post many notable results. He entered and played in a few U.S. Open tournaments around the turn of the century, in 1897 and again in 1901. In the 1897 U.S. Open, White carded rounds of 89-97=186 and finished well back in the field.
White served as president of the Western Professional Golfers' Association in 1908 and became the first president of the Professional Golfers' Association of America in 1916. He held the office through 1919. During his career he also designed a number of golf courses, many located in eastern Pennsylvania. White also was one of the founders of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame in 1994.
Note: This list may be incomplete.
- Berkleigh Country Club, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
- Blue at East Potomac Public Golf Course - Public, Washington, D.C.
- Blue/Red at Buck Hill Falls Golf Club, Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania
- Cincinnati Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Glen Brook Country Club, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
- Green Brook Country Club North Caldwell, New Jersey
- Green Hills Golf Course, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
- Harkers Hollow Golf Club, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
- Longue Vue Club, Verona, Pennsylvania
- Manasquan River Golf Club, Brielle, New Jersey
- Ocean Forest Country Club, also known as Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
- Red at East Potomac Public Golf Course, Washington, D.C.
- Red/White at Buck Hill Falls Golf Club, Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania
- Richmond County Country Club, Staten Island, New York
- Rockland Country Club, Sparkill, New York
- Shorehaven Golf Club, East Norwalk, Connecticut
- Silver Spring Country Club, Ridgefield, Connecticut
- Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pennsylvania
- Swamp Fox Golf Club, Greeleyville, South Carolina
- Water Gap Country Club, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
- White at East Potomac Public Golf Course, Washington, D.C.
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- "Robert W. White: Myopia/Cincinnati/Chicago". DMCSoft.com. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
- "1897 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores". Golf.About.com. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
- "A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and its Members: The Leaders and The Legends, 1895 to 1915," By Peter C. Trenham Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Society of Hickory Golfers; Results and Recent accounts Golf with Hickory Golf Clubs
- Robert White: Courses Built, Worldgolf.com
- National Park Service (March 13, 2009). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.