Source: VT Golf Magazine | Issue: Summer 1998 | Author: Bob Labbance

Synopsis: This article is about the success and career of Bobby Locke as a golfer. 


Arthur D’Arcy Locke was born in Transvaal, South Africa in 1917, and went on to become one of the greatest golfers in history, winning the British Open four times- in addition to nearly 80 other events around the world. In 1959, he made one appearance at the New Hampshire Open and added that title to his long list.

Locke first came to the United States in 1947 at the urging of Sam snead, who he had defeated in 12 of 16 matches played in South Africa. Locke found instant success on the PGA Tour, winning seven times in his first season. 

But scheduling conflicts, unfulfilled commitments, and some say jealousy from American pros led to his banning from the United States for two years. When he returned in the 1950s, he continued to win tournaments, but he shunned away from the press and hid from the limelight. By 1959, Locke was known to seek refuge in Vermont where he met Mary Fenton of Rutland.

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