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Encyclopedia > Ben Sayers
Ben Sayers playing at North Berwick
Ben Sayers playing at North Berwick

Bernard "Ben" Sayers (b. 23 June 1856 in Leith, Edinburgh, d. 9 March 1924 at North Berwick, East Lothian) was one of the most successful early professional golfers. He became a distinguished golf teacher, designer of golf courses and manufacturer of golf clubs & equipment. Former Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently moored at Leith harbour. ... Edinburgh (pronounced ), Dùn Èideann () in Scottish Gaelic, is the second-largest city in Scotland and its capital city. ... North Berwick is a small Scottish seaside town in East Lothian, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, about 25 miles east of Edinburgh. ... East Lothian (Lodainn an Ear in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council areas in Scotland, and a Lieutenancy Area. ...


Playing Career

After moving to Haddington with his family at the age of 12, Sayers began to play golf after being given a club by his uncle. He was short at 5ft 3in but strong and on the verge of becoming a professional acrobat when he began to take golf seriously. He moved to North Berwick and after enjoying success in competitions at Dunbar, Hoylake and other courses he took up ballmaking, and also began to enter The Open Championship. He came second in The Open on two occasions, but although he won 24 top level tournaments he never lifted the "Old Claret Jug". Haddington is a burgh in East Lothian, Scotland. ... View towards Belhaven Bay (John Muir Country Park) with North Berwick Law and the Bass Rock in the distance. ... Error creating thumbnail: convert: Corrupt image `/mnt/upload3/wikipedia/en/7/71/Hoylake_-_Wirral_dot. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ...

Non-playing Career

Sayers was a golf instructor to royalty, nobility and fellow professionals. In his day he taught Her Majesty Queen Alexandra, the Prince of Wales, Princess Victoria, Duchess of Connaught and Princess Patricia of Connaught. He also instructed US Ladies Champion Dorothy Campbell and Frenchman Arnaud Massy who became the first overseas player to win the British Open.

His course designing credits include Moffat, Rothesay, Craigielaw Links, Adare Manor, West Monmouthshire and the Spey Bay Golf Club in Banffshire.

Ben Sayers & Son

The Ben Sayers & Son factory has been responsible for creating several revolutionary pieces of golfing equipment, from gutta-percha balls and the "Benny" putter (the first to have a square-edged handgrip) to, in later years, the first set of carbon-shafted clubs and a specially commissioned putter for Jack Nicklaus. Ben Sayers jnr. also designed the first "oversized" driver. After operating from the Ben Sayers factory in North Berwick for 126 years production was moved to China in 2003. Nicklaus celebrates his victory in the 1980 U.S. Open Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio), also known as The Golden Bear, was a major force in professional golf, first on the PGA Tour from the 1960s to the mid to late 1980s, and then on...

External links

  • Ben Sayers career profile at north-berwick.co.uk



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