Thomas Renouf

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Thomas Renouf

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Renouf, c.1907
Personal information
Full name Thomas George Renouf
Born c. 1878
Grouville, Jersey
Died 14 July 1955 (aged 77)
Marple, Cheshire, England
NationalityFlag of Jersey.svg  Jersey
Turned professionalc.1895
Professional wins 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship 5th: 1909
PGA Championship DNP

Thomas George Renouf (c.1878 – 14 July 1955) was an English professional golfer from Jersey who played in the late 19th and early 20th century. He had multiple top-10 finishes in the Open Championship. His best result was fifth in the 1909 Open Championship. Renouf caddied in his youth at Royal Jersey Golf Club and became a skilled club maker as well as a manufacturer of golf balls.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot not play in amateur tournaments

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Jersey British Crown Dependency in the Channel Islands

Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey, is a Crown dependency located near the coast of Normandy, France. Jersey was part of the Duchy of Normandy, whose dukes went on to become kings of England from 1066. After Normandy was lost by the kings of England in the 13th century, and the ducal title surrendered to France, Jersey and the other Channel Islands remained attached to the English crown.

1909 Open Championship golf tournament held in 1909

The 1909 Open Championship was the 49th Open Championship, held 10–11 June at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal, Kent, England. J.H. Taylor won the Championship for the fourth time, six strokes ahead of runners-up Tom Ball and James Braid. Royal Cinque Ports had been added as the sixth course on the Open rota at a meeting in November 1907 at which meeting it was decided it would host in 1909. The meeting also agreed that the Championship was to be played in England and Scotland alternately.


Early life

Thomas Renouf was born in Grouville, Jersey. He learned the game by starting out as a caddie and also developed skills as a club and ball maker. [1] Thomas's younger brother, Francis (Frank) George Renouf, was also a professional golfer. Frank was killed in France in 1915 in World War I. [2]

Grouville Jersey parish

Grouville is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey in the Channel Islands. The parish is in the south east of the island and is dominated by the broad sweep of the Royal Bay of Grouville. The parish covers a surface area of 4,354 vergées (7.8 km²). It borders Saint Clement, Saint Saviour and Saint Martin.

Caddie person who carries a players bag and clubs

In golf, a caddie is the person who carries a player's bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice and moral support, almost like a coach. A good caddie is aware of the challenges and obstacles of the golf course being played, along with the best strategy in playing it. This includes knowing overall yardage, pin placements and club selection. A caddie is not usually an employee of a private club or resort. They are classified as an "independent contractor", meaning that he or she is basically self-employed and does not receive any benefits or perks from his association with the club. Some clubs and resorts do have caddie programs, although benefits are rarely offered. Particularly in Europe, the vast majority of clubs do not offer caddies, and amateur players will commonly carry or pull their own bags.

World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

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Golf career

Renouf (left) watches Harry Vardon putt in a match at Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club in 1898. Thomas Renouf at Silloth vs. Harry Vardon (1898).JPG
Renouf (left) watches Harry Vardon putt in a match at Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club in 1898.

By the age of 17, and barely speaking any English, he had turned professional and traveled to the north of England taking a job at the Roundhay Golf Club in Leeds. After a few intermediate stops at different clubs he was posted at Silloth in 1898 where he remained for 8 years. At Silloth he was a teacher and mentor of the great lady golfer Cecil Leitch. [3] When the British PGA was formed in 1901, Renouf was a founding member. [3]

Leeds City in England

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Silloth port town in Cumbria, England

Silloth is a port town and civil parish in Cumbria, England. It sits on the shoreline of the Solway Firth,18.8 miles (30.3 km) north of Workington and 22 miles (35 km) west of Carlisle. The town of Maryport lies 12 miles (19 km) to the south, down the B5300 coast road which also passes through the villages of Blitterlees, Beckfoot, Mawbray, and Allonby. Wigton is 12 miles (19 km) to the east, along the B5302 road, which also passes through the village of Abbeytown, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) to the south-east. Silloth had a population of 2,932 at the 2001 Census, reducing slightly to 2,906 at the 2011 Census.

Cecil Leitch Amateur golfer

Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch was a British amateur golfer. She was born in Silloth, Cumberland, England, the daughter of a local physician and one of three sisters who excelled at the game of golf. Leitch won 12 national titles as well as five French Ladies Amateurs and one Canadian Women's Amateur.

Renouf left Silloth for Trafford Park, Manchester in 1906, and remained there until 1929. During his tenure at Trafford Park he began designing golf courses—particularly in the north of England—and added the layout of the Alderley Edge course to his resumé. [3]

Trafford Park area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England

Trafford Park is an area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, opposite Salford Quays on the southern side of the Manchester Ship Canal, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) southwest of Manchester city centre and 1.3 miles (2.1 km) north of Stretford. Until the late 19th century, it was the ancestral home of the Trafford family, who sold it to financier Ernest Terah Hooley in 1896. Occupying an area of 4.7 square miles (12 km2), it was the first planned industrial estate in the world, and remains the largest in Europe.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous built-up area, with a population of 2.7 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.

Alderley Edge village in Cheshire, UK

Alderley Edge is a village and civil parish in Cheshire, England. In 2011, it had a population of 4,780.

Renouf had a number of regional tournament successes while he was posted at Trafford Park; wins included the Manchester Courier Cup in 1910 and 1930 and the Manchester Despatch Trophy in 1924. [1]

His abilities on the golf course as a successful and highly competent professional were clear after he had six caps for England between 1903 and 1912. He had an excellent record in matches against Scotland, scoring wins in 7 of 10 matches played. [3]

Cap (sport) sports game

In sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player's appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.

The England–Scotland Professional Match was an annual men's professional golf competition between teams representing England and Scotland. It was played from 1903 to the start of World War I and was then revived in 1932 and played until the start of World War II. The match was played on a single day, generally a few days before the Open Championship. Except on one occasion, there were 12 players in each team who played 12 singles matches and 6 foursomes. Scotland won the inaugural match in 1903 but didn't win another match, although three matches were tied. The event was organised by the PGA and only members of the PGA were eligible to play.

1909 Open Championship

In the 1909 Open Championship, held 10–11 June at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal, Kent, England, Renouf carded rounds of 76-78-76-73=302 [4] finishing in fifth place and won £7 10s. J.H. Taylor won the tournament with scores of 74-73-74-74=295. [4]

News of the World Tournament

At the age of 45—by which time he had moved to Stockport Golf Club [1] —he reached the final of the important News of the World Tournament in 1923 at Walton Heath having beaten Arthur Havers on his way to the final match which, unfortunately, he lost to Reg Wilson. [3]

Leeds Cup

Renouf finished second in the 1911 Leeds Cup Tournament at Roundhay Golf Club, losing by one stroke to Ted Ray. His tenacity paid off in 1914 when he won the event by two strokes from three runners-up at Northumberland Golf Club.

Northern Professional Championship

He won the 1920 Northern Professional Championship and repeated the feat in 1929 at Pleasington Golf Club in Blackburn. [5]

Death and legacy

In 1929, Renouf was posted at Stockport Golf Club at Torkington where, just before his retirement in 1938, he played a 36-hole exhibition match against Henry Cotton. [3] He was named captain of the British PGA in 1931–32. He is perhaps best remembered for his consistent, steady performances in the Open Championship which included numerous top-10 finishes.

Renouf died at Marple, Cheshire, England, on 14 July 1955 at the age of 77. [3] [6]

Results in major championships

The Open Championship T149T12
The Open Championship T12T20WD23T16T8T17T285
The Open Championship T8T1319T5NTNTNTNTNT
The Open Championship T43CUTCUT

Note: Renouf only played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = No tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances

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