Jack Simpson - The First Professional

Jack Simpson the first Professional at Buxton & High Peak.

 

Golf was first played in Buxton on Fairfield common The Club was formed in 1887 , Jack Simpson , The Open champion had be recruited as club maker, and ball maker, the then duties of a golf Professional.

The eldest of six golfing brothers, who grew up in Earlesferry, Fife,learning both golf skills and there trade at the local golf club, Ellie, Robert being the more famous, having been at St Andrews, moved on to Carnoustie, where the golf shop 'Simpsons of Carnoustie' still bears the family name.

Younger brother Archie held a similar position at the famous Scottish links of Nairn, a club also formed in 1887.

Charlie also had a successful golfing career, emigrating to the U.S.A. Becoming a respected course designer.

It has been said by many respected golf historians , that had there been a Ryder cup in the late 1800,s that as many as nine of the team would likely to have come from this small community in Fife, and that four of them would have been brothers. 

 

Paul Longden - April 2016

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