George WILL


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.


ACHIEVEMENTS


Ryder Cup   1963, 1965, 1967


1957  Northern Open

1965   Esso Golden Tournament