(March 1984) I’ll never forget

In response to the suggestion that readers might have some tales to tell, Frank Rollett has bravely set the ball rolling. Further contributions gratefully received.

“In the 1890s professional golf was in embryo, being gradually brought to public notice by three Scotsmen, historically known as the great triumvirate, James Braid, J.H.Taylor, and Harry Vardon.

In 1930, to celebrate the opening of a new men’s shop in Birmingham city centre, the elderly Vardon was employed to give short lessons in the basement. Having just taken up the game, I indulged, feeling embarrassed at my own rawness and that such an old and great sportsman had need to do this. I wonder how many are left who ever enjoyed a Vardon lesson?”