George Sargent (1 US Open)

1882 - 1962

George Sargent (2 August 1882 – 18 June 1962)[1] was an English professional golfer.

Sargent was born in Dorking, Surrey, England to William Henry Sargent and Amelia Jane Harkett,[1] and began his golf career at age twelve at Epsom Downs Golf Club in his home county. In 1900 he finished fourth at The Open Championship. Soon afterwards he moved to Canada, where he served as a professional at Royal Ottawa Golf Club and finished second in the 1908 Canadian Open. He married Beatrice Margaret Pearse (1886–1968) in 1907 and fathered eleven children.[1]

Sargent won the 1909 U.S. Open at Englewood Golf Club in New Jersey. He set a new 72-hole scoring record for the tournament of 290. He played in sixteen U.S. Opens in total, and finished in the top-10 six times. He also won the 1912 Canadian Open and the 1918 Minnesota State Open.

Sargent became a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America at its inception in 1916, and served as president for five years. He is credited with introducing the use of motion pictures to study the golf swing. He was head professional at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio from 1912 to 1924, at Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1924 to 1928, at the Chevy Chase Club from 1928 to 1932, and at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1932 until his retirement fifteen years later. He is a member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, as are his sons Harold and Jack.