Henry Abraham Mitchell (18 January 1887 – 11 June 1947) was an English professional golfer. Mitchell had eight top-10 finishes out of 17 appearances in the Open Championship, his best performance being fourth in 1920. He was runner-up in the 1912 Amateur Championship and won the 1924 Miami Open.
Mitchell, c. 1919
|Full name||Henry Abraham Mitchell|
18 January 1887|
East Grinstead, Sussex, England
|Died||11 June 1947
St Albans, England
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T17: 1922|
|The Open Championship||4th/T4: 1914, 1920, 1929|
|British Amateur||2nd: 1912|
Mitchell was born in East Grinstead, Sussex on 18 January 1887. He was the illegitimate son of Mary Mitchell. Mary married a Mark Seymour in 1890 and Abe was brought up by his grandparents, George and Sophia Mitchell. Mark and Mary had a son Mark, Abe's half-brother, who also became a successful professional golfer. Mitchell was a fine amateur, and played for England against the Scots in 1910 and won. He won the Golf Illustrated Gold Vase twice in 1910 and 1913, and played in two Open Championships before turning professional in late 1913, attached to Sonning Golf Club in Berkshire.
Mitchell won many golf tournaments in Great Britain and toured the United States frequently, winning the 1924 Miami Open, and entered three U.S. Opens. He led at the halfway stage in the 1920 Open Championship before collapsing in the third round, when he shot 84 and finished four shots behind winner George Duncan, who had been 13 shots off the lead after two rounds. In a match held on 26 July 1921, Mitchell and George Duncan were paired in a foursomes match and won against Chick Evans and Charles Mayo at Edgewater Golf Club in Chicago, Illinois where Mayo was serving as the head professional.
The Open ChampionshipEdit
Mitchell had eight top-10 finishes out of 17 appearances in the Open Championship. In the 1920 Open Championship he had rounds of 74-73-84-76=307 and finished in fourth place. He was leading the tournament on 147 after the first 2 rounds of play, but a third round 84 knocked him out of contention.
The Amateur ChampionshipEdit
Mitchell was supposed to be the player-captain of Great Britain's first Ryder Cup team in 1927, but was unable to make the voyage to the United States due to appendicitis. He did play on the next three teams in 1929, 1931, and 1933. Mitchell was Samuel Ryder's personal golf instructor from 1925 at Verulam Golf Club, St Albans.
Tooting Bec CupEdit
Mitchell had the lowest round at the 1933 Open Championship at St Andrews, carding a fine 68, and won the Tooting Bec Cup.
Death and legacyEdit
- 1919 St Andrews Tournament ("Victory Open") (joint winner with George Duncan), News of the World Match Play
- 1920 McVitie & Price Tournament (joint winner with James Braid) News of the World Match Play, Kent Professional Championship
- 1921 McVitie & Price Tournament, Glasgow Herald Tournament
- 1922 Glasgow Herald Tournament, Southern Open (United States, tie with Leo Diegel)
- 1924 Miami Open (United States)
- 1925 Daily Dispatch Northern Professional Championship, Evening Standard Tournament
- 1926 Evening Standard Target Tournament, Roehampton Invitation
- 1927 Roehampton Invitation, Daily Mail Tournament, Hertfordshire Open Championship
- 1928 Roehampton Invitation, Ryder Tournament (joint winner with Bill Davies)
- 1929 Leeds Cup, News of the World Match Play, Irish Open, Selsdon Park Tournament, Hertfordshire Open Championship
- 1932 Bristol Evening World Tournament, Hertfordshire Open Championship
- 1934 Dunlop-Southern Tournament, Addington Foursomes (with Rex Hartley), Hertfordshire Open Championship
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||WD||T4||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT|
|The Amateur Championship||SF||QF||2||R128||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|The Open Championship||4||T13||19||T8||WD||5||T5||T21||T4|
|The Open Championship||T13||T12||T10||T7||WD||CUT||CUT|
Note: Mitchell only played in The Open Championship, U.S. Open, and The Amateur Championship.
NT = No tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- England–Scotland Amateur Match (representing England): 1910 (winners), 1911, 1912
- Great Britain vs USA (representing Great Britain): 1921 (winners), 1926 (winners)
- Seniors vs Juniors (representing the Seniors): 1928 (winners)
- Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain): 1929 (winners), 1931, 1933 (winners)
- England–Scotland Professional Match (representing England): 1932 (winners), 1933 (winners), 1934 (winners)
- Elliott, Len; Barbara Kelly (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 134–5. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
- "Abe Mitchell, 60, British Golf Star (Obituary)". The New York Times. 12 Jun 1947.
- "Through the Green – Abe Mitchell - The man of the Ryder Cup" (PDF). September 2008. pp. 10–17. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "British Golfers Defeat Evans and Mayo". Norwich Bulletin. Norwich, Connecticut. 27 July 1921. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- Ryder Cup History
- USGA Championship Database Archived 2010-12-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Foreign Notes" (PDF). The American Golfer. July 1910. pp. 152–8.
- "Golf – The Amateur Championship". The Glasgow Herald. 2 June 1911. p. 9.
- "The British Amateur Championship" (PDF). The American Golfer. July 1912. pp. 195–200.
- "The British Amateur Championship" (PDF). The American Golfer. July 1913. pp. 220–9.