With the start of the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Course at Hoylake today, here’s a short post about golfing star Walter Pursey.
Born 1894 in Sidmouth, Devon, (the son of George Horn Pursey and Adamina Camp), Walter was a dab hand with a golf club and graduated from being 19-year club pro at Westward Ho! to making it on to the leader board at the Open in 1920, 1921, and 1922. His best finish was thirteenth in 1921.
He won the Devon County Open Championship in 1924 before going to America in search of fame and fortune.
Walter’s brother George was also no mean golfer, joining his brother in the States in 1925.
The Purseys seem to have a natural talent for golf. My own great-grand-father William James Pursey (b 1867 in Angus, Scotland) was a keen golfer and, I believe, founder member of the Northam Artisan Golf Club (located in the grounds of the famous Westward Ho! course).
My cousin Dale is also pretty handy – and still plays the Westward Ho! links.