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Sport: Golf


An early photograph of golfers on Grouville links


A lady golfer in the 1930s

Jersey, and in particular the Grouville links, have produced a number of truly great golfers. Ted Ray won the British and US Opens and was the first Ryder Cup Captain in 1927. He was born in Grouville and are commemorated on the Royal Jersey course, but even his achievements are eclipsed by fellow Grouville native Harry Vardon, who won the British Open six times, a total which still stands as the all-time record.

Together with Vardon's elder brother Tom, Phillippe Gaudin and his brothers, the Boomer brothers (winners of many Open titles in continental Europe), the Renoufs and many others who turned professional, were collectively known from the 1890s to the 1920s as the Jersey School.

Harry Vardon, Jersey and Britain's most successful golfer of all time, won the Open Championship on a record six occasions, and also the US Open. He had a long career, first winning the Open in 1896, and again in 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911 and 1914. His US Open win came in 1900, and he was still considered good enough to represent the United Kingdom against the USA in 1921. This picture is believed to show him teeing off in the Open Championship in 1903

Jersey golfers

Island residents

  • Ian Woosnam
  • Tony Jacklin

The two main courses

1900 ladies' tournament



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