Harry Vardon born Grouuville England 5/9/1870 Died London, England 3/20/1937
Considered 1st touring professional, and the 1st golf superstar playing exhibitions around the world and endorsing products for golf balls to cigarettes.
Winner of a record 6 British Opens,1 US open, creator of the Vardon grip used by most golfers today, namesake of the Vardon Trophy award to PGA Tour player with lowest scoring average for a year.
During his 1900 tour of the US (The Vardon Invasion) he did not play The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts ( home of the 1913 US Open) although he had passed through the Boston area many times during that tour. Nor did he play a round or match with John Shippen the 1st native born American golf professional who just happened to be African-American.
to Harry Vardon in 1900, Waumbek was the first 18 hole golf course in New
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