- Willie Smith (golfer)
While working as a professional at the Midlothian Country Club, near
Chicagohe won the fifth staging of the U.S. Open in 1899, which was played at the Baltimore Country Club, Roland Park Course. He won by a margin of eleven shots, which wasn't bettered until Tiger Woodswon the 2000 championship by fifteen shots. Smith's prize was $150. He played in nine U.S. Opens in total, and made the top ten in eight of them, but he didn't win again.
In 1899, Smith won the first
Western Openin a playoff against Laurie Auchterlonie.
In 1904, Smith moved to
Mexico Cityto become the golf pro at the Mexico City Country Club. He died there of pneumoniain 1916.
* [http://heritage.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=1335&id=645892005 Article on early Scottish golfers in the U.S.] (including the Smith brothers)
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