Antique Vintage Rare Pro Leslie Brownlee Hickory Shaft Golf Club Cleek Putter

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Seller: jkljkl890 (1,236) 100%, Location: Pomona, California, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 173709496150 Rare Leslie Brownlee Special Hand Forged Putting Cleek with Hickory shaft. 37 inches long. Appears original without repair or modification. LESLIE BROWNLEE (1885-1970) Fort Smith Country Club, Arkansas, USA Leslie George Alexander Brownlee born 9th May 1885, at 4 Brighton Place, Stirling, son of George Brownlee, a bank accountant and his wife Margaret Glass. George was born in North Berwick in 1857 and Margaret was the daughter of James Glass, a well known North Berwick fisherman and caddie. Leslie's father moved to America and his parents divorced. From 1890, he was living with his mother and grandmother at 38 (now 46) High Street, while his mother had the stationers shop at 44 High Street. In 1903, Margaret Glass married Donald M Jackson, a famous amateur golfer from North Berwick and they lived in Edinburgh. At the age of eleven years, Leslie Brownlee was granted a licensed as a 1st class caddie on the West Links on 20th July 1896 and on leaving North Berwick Public School he worked for the Civil Service in Edinburgh prior to joining the professional ranks in the USA. He emigrated in March 1905 and joined Jamie Campbell from North Berwick, the pro at Mount Airy Golf Club, Philadelphia. In 1906 Brownlee was employed by C.D. Mowen of the Kelley Trust Company who appointed Brownlee pro at Fort Smith Country Club, one of only two golf clubs in Arkansas. Brownlee laid out the 2,700 yards nine-hole course with skinned greens. In April 1907 the American Golfer magazine reported that Fred McLeod who has been wintering at San Antonio and James Simpson who has been at Dallas, played with Leslie Brownlee, the Fort Scott professional. McLeod was on his way to the Midlothian Country Club of Chicago and Simpson of the Riverside Country Club. David Melville, the professional at Little Rock was also on hand for the event. Brownlee laid out the course at Lakeview Country Club in 1907, the forerunner to the present Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, where he was joined by his step-brother Art Jackson a clubmaker from North Berwick in October 1909. Brownlee shared the record score of 31 for the nine-hole courses across America. He laid out the nine-hole-course at Muskogee C.C, Oklahoma with sand greens in 1908 and recommended Bill Nichols from North Berwick as their first pro. In 1909, Brownlee recommended Arthur Kendall from North Berwick as the next pro at Fort Smith. As teenagers, Leslie, Arthur and Jim Campbell lived next to each other in the High Street, North Berwick. The first Oklahoma Open Championship was played in 1910 at Tulsa Country Club. The two players in contention were Leslie Brownlee of Lakeview Country Club in Oklahoma City and Bill Nichols pro at Muskogee Town and Country Club. By the second nine holes Nichols had an eight stoke advantage and Brownlee retired. In 1910, Leslie Brownlee gave up his career in golf and became a medical student in Oklahoma City. He qualified as an Oculist specialising in treating diseases of the eye and he moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he practiced at 926 Woodward Buildings. Brownlee was reinstated as an amateur. In 1912 the Southern Golf Association amateur championship was played at Belle Meade Country Club, Nashville where the local pro was George Livingstone from North Berwick. Representing Birmingham, Alabama was Leslie Brownlee who had not seen Livingstone for four years. In 1921 Brownlee was runner-up in the Alabama State (Amateur) Championship was played at Roebuck. Leslie lived with his wife Ruth and son Leslie at 1017 Elm Street, Birmingham. Brownlee retired to Miami, Florida where he died 17th July 1970, aged 85 years. Clubs marked with Leslie Brownlee's name are occasionally offered for sale. Most recently a 42" wooden shafted club with brass and wooden head was sold at auction. Brand: Leslie Brownlee Special, Gender: Men, Shaft Material: Wood, Dexterity: Right-Handed, Club Type: Cleek Or Putter

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