|Full name||Charles Ross Somerville|
May 4, 1903|
London, Ontario, Canada
|Died||May 17, 1991(aged 88)|
|College||University of Toronto|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T36: 1938|
|U.S. Open||CUT: 1929|
|The Open Championship||T28: 1933|
|U.S. Amateur||Won: 1932|
|British Amateur||T3: 1938|
Somerville was born in London, Ontario. He won six Canadian Amateur Championship golf titles between 1926 and 1937, and in 1932 became the first Canadian to win the U.S. Amateur. He was selected by the Canadian Press as Canada's athlete of the year for 1932, and in 1950 was picked as Canada's top golfer of the first half of the 20th Century.
While at the University of Toronto, Somerville played for three years for the Varsity Blues football team and Varsity Blues men's ice hockey team (1921–24). He was also one of Canada's top cricket players.
Later, Somerville won three Canadian senior golf titles. and served as president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association in 1957.
Somerville was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1955), the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1985), the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (1971), the U of T Sports Hall of Fame (1987) and the London (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame (2002). He died at age 88 in 1991.
The London Hunt Club, Somerville's home course for most of his life, has a room in its clubhouse honouring Somerville's golf achievements.
- 1926 Canadian Amateur
- 1926 Manitoba Amateur
- 1928 Canadian Amateur
- 1930 Canadian Amateur
- 1931 Canadian Amateur
- 1932 U.S. Amateur
- 1935 Canadian Amateur
- 1937 Canadian Amateur
- 1960 Canadian Senior Championship
- 1961 Canadian Senior Championship
- 1965 Canadian Senior Championship
- 1966 Canadian Senior Championship
Professional and amateur majors shown in bold.
Amateur wins (1)
|1932||U.S. Amateur||2 & 1||Johnny Goodman|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T28||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Amateur Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||R16||DNP||R256||DNP||DNP||SF||DNP|
Note: As an amateur, Somerville could not play in the PGA Championship.
LA = Low amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
Source for U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database
Source for 1933 British Open: www.opengolf.com
Source for 1933 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 23, 1933, pg. 20.
Source for 1934 & 1938 Masters: www.masters.com
Source for 1935 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 21, 1935, pg. 3.
Source for 1938 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 28, 1938, pg. 11.