Aubrey Basil Boomer (1 November 1897 – 2 October 1989) was a professional golfer who played in the early 20th century. Boomer had three top-10 finishes in the Open Championship. He was a frequent competitor in the French Open and won the event five times.
Boomer, c. 1915
|Full name||Aubrey Basil Boomer|
|Born||1 November 1897|
|Died||2 October 1989 (aged 91)|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||T31: 1927|
|The Open Championship||T2: 1927|
Boomer was born on 1 November 1897 and grew up in Jersey. His father George was a school teacher in Grouville and had, in 1902, designed the La Moye Golf Club. Aubrey's brother Percy (1885–1949) was also a professional golfer.
Boomer played in the first two Ryder Cup matches. In the 1927 Ryder Cup contested at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts the British team was defeated 9½–2½. At his death he was the last surviving member of the 1927 British team, although he was out-lived by Gene Sarazen.
Boomer won the French Open five times—in 1921, 1922, 1926, 1929, and 1931. In the 1921 French Open, Boomer won in a playoff against Arnaud Massy, his former golf teacher. Massy picked up his ball on the 34th hole after being 8 shots behind after 33 holes. Massy had been 3 shots up after 9 holes. In his 1929 victory he beat the St Cloud course record with a score of 61. Horton Smith was second with Gene Sarazen third.
Boomer twice finished second in the Belgian Open, in 1920 and 1924. In the 1924 tournament he came second on 146. Walter Hagen won with a score of 143. In 1926, one of his best years, he finally broke through and won the event.
1924 Open ChampionshipEdit
The 1924 Open Championship was held 26–27 June at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Walter Hagen won the second of his four Open Championships, one stroke ahead of runner-up Ernest Whitcombe. Boomer finished tied for sixth place in the event.
1927 Open ChampionshipEdit
The 1927 Open Championship was held 13–15 July at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Amateur Bobby Jones successfully defended the title with a six-stroke victory, the second of his three victories at the Open Championship. Boomer and Fred Robson tied for second place, six shots back.
Tournament wins (19)Edit
- 1921 Open de France
- 1922 Open de France, Belgian Open
- 1923 Letchworth Tournament
- 1924 Dutch Open
- 1925 Dutch Open, Roehampton Tournament
- 1926 Dutch Open, Open de France, Belgian Open, Daily Mail Tournament, Glasgow Herald Tournament
- 1927 Dutch Open, South Open (Argentina)
- 1928 Grand Prix PGA France
- 1929 Open de France
- 1931 Open de France
- 1932 Italian Open
- 1938 Grand Prix PGA France
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||T26||T17||T6||T26||CUT||T2||T6||T15||T21||T18||CUT||T12||T15||T32||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- "Aubrey Boomer - British member of the first Ryder Cup team". The Times. 14 October 1989. p. 12.
- "Deaths - Boomer, Aubrey". The Times. 10 October 1989. p. 19.
- "French Open golf championship - Victory of Boomer". The Times. 2 July 1921. p. 7.
- "Golf - Boomer's wonderful score". The Times. 29 June 1922. p. 13.
- Prew, Robert J. (28 June 1924). "Hagen scores 301 to win British Open golf title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 9. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Hagen wins British title by one stroke". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 28 June 1924. p. 6. Retrieved 17 May 2013.