James Douglas, golfer

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James 'Jimmie' Douglas born 4th October 1865 was the illegitimate son of James and Catherine Douglas living at 13, Harbour Terrace, North Berwick.

On leaving the public school Jimmie trained as an apprentice plumber. His school friend Willie Cuthbert living at 2, Viewforth, North Berwick was also an apprentice plumber and later a Hydraulic Engineer. He moved to Glasgow in 1890 and was joined by Jimmie Douglas boarding together at 18 Vermont Street, Govan. James Douglas was appointed green keeper at Pollok Golf Club in 1892, and that year he was joined by his younger brother George Douglas (above). The following year he supervised the laying out of the nine-hole course for Kelvinside Golf Club over Beaconsfield Hill.

In March 1892 James Douglas was appointed greenkeeper at Eastwood Golf Club near Giffnock. At the opening of the course in May 1892 a foursome match was played involving Ben Sayers (North Berwick) and David Armstrong (St Andrews) against George Douglas (North Berwick) and James Douglas (Eastwood). They played two rounds of the nine-hole-course and the brothers won on the eighteenth green. The members of Eastwood Club transferred to Pollock Golf Club and Jimmie followed as their professional. The Eastwood Golf Club was reformed in 1894.

In 1897, James emigrated to America and was appointed golf professional at Kebo Valley Golf Club, Bar Harbor, Maine. In 1901 he was installed as professional at the Oakland Club at Bayside, Long Island. He resided at The Oaks, Queens, New York before moving to Chevy Chase Golf Club (1904-07) and then to Philmont Country Club in 1909 before settling at Ashbourne Country Club, Elkins Park. PA (1922-28).

In 1912 Jimmie Douglas representing Philmore Country Club played in the Philadelphia Golf Association championship at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. It was also attended by a number of former North Berwick caddies including James Thomson (Philadelphia Country Club), Jack Campbell, (Old York Road Golf Club), Fred McLeod (St Louis Golf Club). This was the first time they had been together since the death of Willie Anderson. Throughout Jimmie's career he had an outstanding reputation as a green keeper and club maker.

Note:
•  Brothers: George and Hugh.


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