David Huish

David Huish (born 23 April 1944) is a Scottish professional golfer, perhaps best known for being the halfway leader of The Open Championship in 1975.

David Huish
Personal information
Full nameDavid Huish
Born (1944-04-23) 23 April 1944 (age 76)
North Berwick, Scotland
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality Scotland
ResidenceNorth Berwick, Scotland
Turned professional1959
Former tour(s)European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins16
Number of wins by tour
European Senior Tour5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT21: 1976

Personal lifeEdit

Huish (pronounced "hush") was born in North Berwick, Scotland. He married his second wife Diane in 1989 with whom he had a son, Oliver, in 1990. He also has two children from a previous marriage, Susan (b. 1967) and Martyn (1969).


Huish turned professional in 1959, with his first job being as an assistant at Gullane. He took up his first head professional position at Hamilton Golf Club in 1965. Two years later he returned to his home town to take up the same role at North Berwick Golf Club, where he remained until his retirement in 2009.[1] He was succeeded by his son, Martyn.

As a club professional, Huish never followed a full-time tournament career. Although he was regarded as a competent tournament player, it was not until The Open Championship in 1975 that he came to the attention of a wider audience. After qualifying for the championship in a seven-man play-off, he shot rounds of 67 and 69 at Carnoustie to lead by two strokes over Tom Watson, Peter Oosterhuis and Bernard Gallacher at the halfway mark. However, he fell away over the weekend and ultimately finished 13 shots off the pace, in a tie for 32nd place.[2] His best finish in the Open came the following year at Birkdale, when he tied for 21st place.

While Huish never won a top flight tour event, he did win many other tournaments, including the Scottish Uniroyal in 1971, and the Northern Open on four occasions. After turning 50, he joined the European Seniors Tour, where he enjoyed some success, claiming five victories, four of them in play-offs, with the last coming in 2001 when he won, again in a play-off, at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.

Huish later become a very significant and respected figure on the inside of professional golf, serving as the PGA Captain, a PGA Board Member and Ryder Cup Committee Member, a position he held longer than anyone else. In recognition of his achievements in the game, Huish received the Special Award at the Seniors Tour annual awards dinner in 2004 for services to golf.

Professional wins (16)Edit

Regular wins (11)Edit

European Senior Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 30 Jun 1996 Ryder Collingtree Seniors Classic +3 (73-73-73=219) Playoff   Malcolm Gregson,   Noel Ratcliffe
2 6 Sep 1998 Golden Charter PGA Scottish Seniors Open −15 (70-65-70-68=208) Playoff   David Jones
3 24 Jun 2000 Lawrence Batley Seniors −1 (71-72-69=212) Playoff   Neil Coles,   John Fourie
4 13 Aug 2000 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open −12 (73-62-65=200) 4 strokes   Jim Rhodes
5 12 Aug 2001 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open (2) −12 (70-64-64=198) Playoff   David Good

European Senior Tour playoff record (4–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 Ryder Collingtree Seniors Classic   Malcolm Gregson,   Noel Ratcliffe
2 1998 Golden Charter PGA Scottish Seniors Open   David Jones Won with par on second extra hole
3 2000 Lawrence Batley Seniors   Neil Coles,   John Fourie Won with par on first extra hole
4 2001 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open   David Good Won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
The Open Championship T31 CUT CUT T56 T32 T21 CUT

Note: Huish only played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969 Open Championship)
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

  • World Cup (representing Scotland): 1973
  • Double Diamond International (representing Scotland): 1975, 1976
  • PGA Cup/Diamondhead Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1974, 1975, 1977 (tie), 1978 (winners), 1979 (winners), 1980, 1984 (winners), 1986


  1. ^ "Retirement beckons for Huish, club pro who led in '75". The Scotsman. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  2. ^ "1975 Open became hell, but I've got no regrets, recounts David Huish". The Scotsman. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.

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