C. Ross (Sandy) Somerville




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C. Ross (Sandy) Somerville

Born: 1903
Place of Birth: London, Ontario
Died: May 17, 1991
Inducted: 1971
Golf Club Affiliations: London Hunt Club

Sandy Somerville's victory in the 1932 U.S. Amateur, a first for a foreign golfer, served notice that Canada was indeed a force on the international golf scene. Between 1926 and 1937, Somerville captured six Canadian Amateurs and was a finalist on four other occasions, a record of excellence that may never be equaled. A gentleman golfer throughout his lifetime, Somerville served as president of the RCGA in 1957.

Sandy Somerville's Record:

  • United States Amateur Champion: 1932
  • Canadian Amateur Champion: 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1937
  • Manitoba Amateur Champion in 1926. 
  • Runner-up in the North and South Championship in 1930. 
  • Semi-finalist in British Amateur in 1938.  six times; runner-up 4 times.. 
  • Winner of Canadian Senior's Championship in 1960 and 1965; co-winner in 1961 and 1966.

Other Items of Note:

  • In 1950 Sandy Somerville was rated by Canadian Press as Canada's top golfer of the half century.
  • Impressive record in other sports, (hockey, football and cricket), marks him as one of Canada’s best all-round athletes.
  • In 1953 he served as President of London Hunt & Country Club

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