|Full name||Samuel Leonard King|
|Born||27 March 1911|
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
|Died||24 February 2003(aged 91)|
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||T3: 1939|
King was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, a short distance from the Knole Golf Club, and lived there most of his life. His father was a charcoal burner at the Knole House Estate. King became a caddy at the club as a boy, and learned to play. By 1929, he was the assistant club professional, and began playing in local and national tournaments. In his career, King had nine top-10 finishes at The Open Championship between 1939 and 1959.
King was a member of Great Britain's 1937, 1947, and 1949 Ryder Cup teams, including scoring his team's only point in 1947. He had qualified for the 1939 team, but the event was cancelled after the outbreak of World War II. During the war, he served in the Home Guard before returning to professional golf in 1946.
Professional wins (13)
- This list may be incomplete
- 1932 Kent Professional Championship
- 1933 Daily Mirror Assistants' Tournament, Kent Professional Championship
- 1934 Kent Professional Championship
- 1935 Kent Professional Championship
- 1936 Dunlop-Southern Tournament, Kent Professional Championship
- 1937 Daily Mail Tournament, Dunlop-Southern Tournament, Kent Professional Championship
- 1944 Yorkshire Evening News Tournament
- 1949 Yorkshire Evening News Tournament
- 1961 PGA Seniors Championship
- 1962 PGA Seniors Championship
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T23||T28||T29||T23||T3|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||T6||T7||T4|
|The Open Championship||T9||T35||T5||7||T8||CUT||T24||T30||T5|
|The Open Championship||T35||CUT|
Note: King only played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain): 1937, 1947, 1949
- England–Scotland Professional Match (representing England): 1934 (winners), 1936 (winners), 1937 (winners), 1938 (winners)
- Llandudno International Golf Trophy (representing England): 1938 (winners)
- "Lives in Brief - Sam King, golfer" The Times, 18 March 2003; pg. 34; Issue 67713.
- Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. pp. 261–262. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
- "Sam King". The Daily Telegraph. 25 February 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- Nersessian, Mary (1 March 2003). "So Farewell Sam King 1911-2003". The Independent (London). Retrieved 24 March 2007.
- Knole Park Golf Club. "Sam King (1911-2003)". Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- PGA.com news services (24 February 2003). "Ryder Cup player King dead at 91". Archived from the original on 9 April 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2007.
- "Peter & St Paul, Seal. Graveyard - NW Plot" (PDF).
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