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Armour, Tommy (24 September 1895–11 September 1968), professional golfer, was born Thomas Dickson Armour in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of George Armour, a confectioner. His mother’s name is unknown. His father died when Armour was four. Armour’s older brother, Sandy, took the young child to a golf course adjacent to their house and introduced him to the game of golf. As an adolescent, Armour caddied for Sandy as he won the Scottish Amateur championship. After entering Stewart’s College in Edinburgh, Armour graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1914....

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Didrikson, Babe (26 June 1914?–27 September 1956), athlete, was born Mildred Ella Didriksen in Port Arthur, Texas, the daughter of Ole Nickolene Didriksen, a ship’s carpenter and cabinetmaker, and Hannah Marie Olsen, an accomplished skater and skier. Didrikson herself was later to change the last syllable of the surname from - ...

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Evans, Chick (18 July 1890–06 November 1979), golfer, was born Charles Evans, Jr., in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Charles Evans, a librarian, and Mary (maiden name unknown). When Evans was three, the family moved to Chicago. After attending public schools there, he entered Northwestern University in 1909, completing two years of study before leaving because of financial problems....

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Hagen, Walter Charles (21 December 1892–05 October 1969), professional golfer, was born in Rochester, New York, the son of William Hagen, a blacksmith, and Louise Balko. Hagen grew up less than a mile from the Country Club of Rochester, in the Corbett’s Glen neighborhood of suburban Brighton. The proximity to a golf course was instrumental to Hagen’s early development. He began playing golf at age five; by the age of seven he was caddying for 10 cents an hour. Hagan quit attending school regularly at the age of 12, as he jumped out of a schoolroom window, headed for the golf course....

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Hogan, Ben (13 August 1912–25 July 1997), professional golfer, was born William Ben Hogan in Stephenville, Texas, the son of Chester Hogan, a blacksmith, and Clara Williams Hogan, a seamstress. When Hogan was nine, his father shot himself, a trauma that may have contributed to his subsequent reputation as a loner. His mother moved the family to Fort Worth after his father's death, and he and his two siblings worked to help her make ends meet. At age twelve he began caddying and developing his skills as a golfer. Three times—in 1930, 1931, and 1934—he tried to make it as a professional golfer and failed. In 1935 he married Valerie Fox, though his mother did not attend the wedding and never got along with his wife. They had no children....

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Jones, Bobby (17 March 1902–18 December 1971), amateur golfer, was born Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Robert P. Jones, an attorney, and Clara Thomas. Jones received degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology in 1922 and from Harvard University in English literature in 1924. Within a month of his Harvard graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Malone; they had three children. After two years spent selling Florida real estate, he attended Emory University Law School in 1926–1927. He passed the state bar exams in 1927, and the following year he joined his father’s law firm....

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McDermott, John J., Jr. (10 August 1891–02 August 1971), professional golfer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John J. McDermott, a postal employee. (His mother’s name is unknown.) As a youth the quiet, unobtrusive McDermott was devoted to his family, did not drink alcohol or smoke, and rarely missed Sunday Mass. He performed well academically at West Philadelphia High School but dropped out to pursue a golf career. His first job was at the Merchantville Field Club in southern New Jersey, but he soon moved to the Atlantic City Country Club....

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Travers, Jerome Dunstan (19 May 1887–29 March 1951), amateur and professional golfer, was born in New York City, the son of Vincent P. Travers, a stockbroker, and Katherine Lantry. He grew up in affluent Oyster Bay, Long Island, where he began playing golf at the age of nine. In 1902 his father joined the Nassau Country Club, where Travers came under the tutelage of the club’s well-known professional, ...

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Travis, Walter John (10 January 1862–31 July 1927), golfer, golf course architect, and golfing magazine editor, was born in Malden, Victoria, Australia, the oldest child of John Travis and Susan Eyelet. He was educated in Melbourne, Australia, attending a public school and Trinity College. Depending on what source one reads, he came to New York City as a boy or around 1886 as a representative of an Australian importing firm. In 1890 he married Anne Bent, and the couple would have two children....