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Jess Sweetser wins 1926 British Open...



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May 29, 1926

TAUNTON DAILY GAZETTE, Massachusetts, May 29, 1926 

* Jess Sweetser 
* PGA Golf 
* British Amateur Championship - 1st American born winner
 

This 14 page newspaper has two column headlines on the front page: "JESS SWEETSER WINS BRITISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP" "Takes Coveted Golf Crown From Simpson by Imposing Score of 6 Up and 5 to Play"

Other news of the day. Light browning with little margin wear and chipping, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: Jesse W. "Jess" Sweetser (April 18, 1902 – May 27, 1989) was an amateur golfer, best known as the first American-born player to win the British Amateur Championship (the first U.S. citizen to win it was the Australian-born naturalized-American Walter Travis).

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Sweetser later attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University.[1] In 1920, Sweetser won the individual title at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships.

Sweetser won the 1922 U.S. Amateur Championship at the age of 20, defeating Bobby Jones 8 & 7 in the semifinal and then Chick Evans 3 & 2 in the final match. The following year, he again made the finals but lost on the second playoff hole to Max Marston.

In 1926, Sweetser won the British Amateur Championship at Muirfield, defeating A.F. Simpson 6 & 5 in the final match. The 1904 winner, Walter Travis, was a naturalized American citizen born in Australia, but Sweetser's victory was the first time an American-born golfer had won the tournament.

Sweetster won the Metropolitan Amateur in 1922 and 1925.

Sweetser was a member of the original Walker Cup team in 1922, and also played in 1923, 1924, 1926, 1928, and 1932. Later, he was non-playing captain for the 1967 and 1973 teams. He was also captain for the 1966 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team.

In his professional life, Sweetser started as a stockbroker in the 1920s, and later went to work for Curtiss-Wright. He retired in 1967 as a vice-president with Martin Marietta.[1]

Sweetser also served as treasurer and on the executive committee of the United States Golf Association.[2] In 1986, he was named the Bob Jones Award winner, given in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

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