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 Horace Thomas Rawlins

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Horace Thomas Rawlins

Birth
Shanklin, Isle of Wight Unitary Authority, Isle of Wight, England
Death 22 Jan 1935 (aged 60)
Reading, Reading Borough, Berkshire, England
Burial Wokingham Borough, Berkshire, England
Memorial ID 40612182 View Source

English professional golfer who won the first U.S. Open Championship in 1895, so was the first winner of a "major" outside the UK.

Rawlins was born at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, England, and was the club professional at the Mid-Herts Golf Club when it opened in 1893. After immigrating to the United States, Rawlins accepted a position as the assistant pro at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. When his club hosted the inaugural U.S. Open on October 4, 1895, he was one of 11 players to participate. Playing in just his third tournament, Rawlins shocked the more established Willie Dunn, winning the title by two strokes over 36 holes. The first U.S. Open was a one day event played immediately after the three day U.S. Amateur Championship, which received much more attention at the time. Rawlins won $150 plus a $50 golf medal and the Open Championship Cup, which went to his club. Rawlins finished second at the U.S. Open in 1896.

Rawlins did not win any other major tournaments. He was involved in golf course design.
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Died at the Greenlands Nursing Home, Redlands Road, Reading.
Horace was buried on 26 January 1835 at St James, Barkham, Berkshire. (Contributor: Jon Baker 48395325)

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