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George Cumming (20 May 1879 – 26 March 1950) was a Scottish-Canadian professional golfer and club maker. Cumming was often referred to as the "Dean of Canadian Professional Golfers" and his teachings as proprietor of the Toronto Golf Club launched the career of many of Canada’s best known professional golfers. He won the Canadian Open in 1905 and three of his assistants won the championship in the following years: Charles Murray, Albert Murray and Karl Keffer,[1] each winning the championship twice.

George Cumming
George Cumming, golfer - c. 1905.PNG
Cumming, c. 1905
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Cumming
Born(1879-05-20)20 May 1879
Bridge of Weir, Scotland
Died26 March 1950(1950-03-26) (aged 70)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Scotland
 Canada
Career
StatusProfessional
Professional wins3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. Open9th: 1905
The Open ChampionshipDNP
Achievements and awards
Canadian Golf
Hall of Fame
1971

Cumming finished in ninth place in the 1905 U.S. Open. He carded rounds of 85-82-75-81=323 and won $30. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in 1971.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Cumming was born in Bridge of Weir, Scotland, on 20 May 1879.[1] He was a championship player and a superb teacher of golf mechanics. At age ten, he worked as a caddie at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club where he often caddied for Willie Campbell, one of the best players in Scotland. He was apprenticed at age 14 to the Forgan Golf Co. in Glasgow as a club maker.[3]

Golf careerEdit

He moved to Dumfies and Galloway at age 16 and eventually became head professional.[1] In 1900, he moved to Toronto[3] and made the acquaintance of Stewart Gordon, the Honorary Secretary of Toronto Golf Club.[4] Cumming was hired at age 21 as professional at the Toronto Golf Club and remained there for 50 years.[3]

As a player, Cumming won the Canadian Open in 1905 (score 148) and was runner-up four times. He was ninth at the U.S. Open at Myopia Hunt Club in 1905 and the next week won a 36-hole event at The Country Club, near Boston. He had great success in four-ball matches with George Lyon. In 1913 he partnered with Percy Barrett in a well-publicized match versus Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. He was described as a shorter hitter with a pleasant-looking swing. He had strong hands and was a solid performer in all aspects of the game.[4]

Golf course architectureEdit

Cumming expanded the Mississauga Golf & Country Club – originally designed by Percy Barrett – to 18 holes in 1909. The course started as 9 holes. In 1919 Donald Ross made several revisions.[5] Cumming is also responsible for the first 9 holes at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club in Sudbury, Ontario,[6] as well as Scarboro Golf and Country Club and Sarnia Golf and Curling Club.[6] He partnered with Melville Millar and designed the front nine of Port Colborne Golf Course in 1929.

Death and legacyEdit

Cumming died on 26 March 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At the time of his death, he was Vice-President of the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association.[1] He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in 1971.[2]

Tournament wins (3)Edit

 
George Cumming (left), Harry Vardon (middle), and Ted Ray (right) walking across a bridge at Lambton Golf and Country Club, Toronto, Ontario, in a 1913 exhibition golf match. Percy Barrett (not pictured) partnered with Cumming.

Note: This list may be incomplete.

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914
U.S. Open 22 28 9 T18 ? 32 ? T14 T20 T23 47 T39

Note: Cumming played only in the U.S. Open.

T = Tied for a place
Yellow background for top-10
? = Unknown

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Golf Canada: George Cumming". rcga.org. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Hall of Fame Members". rcga.org. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Clubmakers: George Cumming (Dumfries/Toronto)". AntiqueGolfScotland.com. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b Marshall, Doug. "George Cumming: Toronto Golf Club (1900-1950)". ghsc.ca. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ "History of the Club". MississaugaGolf.com. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b "George Cumming (Architect Idylwylde first nine)". Idylwylde.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015.

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