Harry BANNERMAN



Date of Birth -

Place of Birth - Aberdeen

 Turned Pro - 1965


Harry was interested in all sports, especially soccer, but began playing

 golf at the relatively late age of 14 but with natural talent he was

 playing off Scratch by his 17th birthday. He played for the Scottish Boys’

 International Team 1959. After a very successful amateur career,

 culminating with winning the Scottish Alliance Championship, a group of

 Aberdeen businessmen in 1965 offered to sponsor him on the Pro Tour

 and he grabbed the chance. He was Scottish Pro Champion in 1967

and won once again in 1972 by 10 strokes from a very strong field

 including Bernard Gallacher, Brian Barnes and Sam Torrance.

Having won the Northern Open three times and the Coca Cola Scottish

 Open twice there were various successes in Scotland, too numerous to

 mention. He reached the last day 5 times in The British Open, his best

 result being tied 11th at Royal Birkdale in 1971. That year he played so

 well that he qualified, automatically, to play in the Ryder Cup against

 U.S.A at Old Warson Country Club, St. Louis Missouri. Although the team

 lost, as a rookie member of the team had a creditable performance

 having played 5 times, winning twice, losing twice and a halved match

 .The halved match was against the legendary Arnold Palmer and one

 of the defeats, playing alongside Peter Townsend against none other

 than Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Jack having holed a long raking

 putt on the last hole to win 1up.

Loved by the Press as very colourful and always ready with a quip and

 always described as the "Cigar Smoking Bannerman"; especially in

 America. Other major highlight at this time was an invitation to play in US

 Masters Tournament where he finished tied 33rd. He was also lucky

 enough to have partnered such luminaries as Henry Cotton, PW

 Thomson, Gary Player, Sam Snead, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf and Tony

 Jacklin to name just a few. His playing career however was cut short

 with a severe back injury. Fortunately he discovered a talent for

 coaching and has gained an enviable reputation in this field, specialising

 in junior golf. He spent 16 years in Germany where he coached mainly

 beginners and has returned to the north-east and now lives in Banchory.

 But a Golf Pro never really retires and he is still available for teaching at

 Aspire Golf Centre at Blairs, writes periodically for the local press, and

 with his unique sense of humour is much sought after as an after dinner

 speaker. He was the first golfer to have reached such high international

 level north of Dundee and since then likes to think he has encouraged

 many more to follow suit.

He has many golfing honours but is very proud to have been made an

 honorary member at various clubs in Scotland, including Cruden Bay,

 Banchory, Murcar, Letham Grange, the Sportsmen’s Club in Aberdeen

 and the Bon Accord Golf Club.


ACHIEVEMENTS


Ryder Cup  1971


Glove worn and signed by Harry Bannerman

Golf Ball played and signed by Harry Bannerman

Golf Monthly May 1973 featuring Harry Bannerman on cover