Date of Birth - 16 April 1937
Died - December 2010
Place of Birth - Ladybank, Fife
Turned Pro - 1957
Will survived a serious illness as a youngster to carve out a successful
amateur career, winning the Scottish Boys' Championship in 1955 then the
British Youths' Championship two years later. He also won the Army
Championship twice during National Service.
After turning professional in 1957, he was attached to Walton Heath when
he won the Northern Open as an assistant at Cruden Bay the following
year, his name being sandwiched on the roll of honour by Eric Brown
(1957) and John Panton (1959).
As a Tour professional, his biggest success came in the 1965 Esso Golden
Round Robin at Moor Park, while he was pipped for the Singapore Open
title in a play-off the following year.
His first Ryder Cup appearance came in 1963 at East Lake Country Club in
Atlanta, where the Scot partnered Welshman Brian Huggett, his good
friend, to a 3 and 2 victory over Palmer and Johnny Pott in the opening
foursomes match on the first morning.
He repeated the feat two years later at Royal Birkdale, this time linking up
with Dave Thomas to beat Palmer and Dave Marr. A halved match in
partnership with Huggett against Billy Casper and Julius Boros in 1967 at
the Champions Golf Club in Houston saw Will, who also represented
Scotland three times in the World Cup, finish with an unbeaten record in
the opening matches of each of his three Ryder Cups.
Later in life, he became the club professional at Sundridge Park in
Bromley, Kent, where, as coach to Roger Chapman, he helped him
make the 1981 Walker Cup.
Ryder Cup 1963, 1965, 1967
1957 Northern Open
1965 Esso Golden Tournament