East Lothian’s William Anderson was one of six new inductees into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame recently.
Born in North Berwick in 1879, William emigrated to the United States in 1896, aged 16, with his father and brothers, and went on to experience unrivalled success in golf.
His initial interest in the sport developed through being brought up on the links of North Berwick and a year after emigrating to the states he played in the third US Open and finished in second place, one stroke off the winner Joe Lloyd.
Fondly known as Willie, he went on to experience great success by becoming the first golfer to win four US opens (1901, 1903, 1904 and 1905) and is still the only man to win three consecutive titles. His strong, flat, full-sweeping action – known as the “St Andrews swing” – netted him his first significant win in 1899 at the Southern California Open, prior to his run of majors.
As well as winning countless other golf titles, Willie also worked as a golf professional at 10 different clubs in 14 years, teaching and inspiring many amateurs. Sadly he died aged 31.
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