|Full name||William Henry Horne|
Dover, Kent, England
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||7th: 1909|
William Henry Horne (born 1880) was an English professional golfer. He finished in the top 10 in the Open Championship in 1909 and 1920 and was South African Open champion in 1919. He was a well-travelled professional and was also renowned for his long hitting.
Horne was first professional at Royal Guernsey Golf Club in 1905.  He then became the first professional at Carlsbad Golf Club in 1906. Carlsbad is a spa town that was then part of Austria but is now in the Czech Republic.  He was then at Beckenham Golf Club in 1907 and 1908 and at Chertsey Golf Club from 1909 to early 1912, when he resigned.  He then moved to Greatstone Golf Club at Littlestone-on-Sea  which he was representing when finishing third in the 1912 Baden-Baden Open Championship of Germany. 
Later in 1912 he travelled to New York and worked for a stunt as a "masked golfer" at the public golf course in Van Cortlandt Park, New York.    In early 1914, he became professional at Durban Golf Club in South Africa. In 1919, he won the South African Open by 9 strokes. 
He returned to England in late 1919 and played in a few tournaments in 1919 and 1920. In 1922, he became professional at Rye Country Club in New York.
At the North Berwick Tournament in 1909, Horne set a record for the longest drive in a competition at 388 yards. At the 13th hole, played to a temporary green, Horne reached the green on the downhill sloping hole 12 yards short of the pin. There were initial reports that the drive was as much as 469 yards, but this seems to have been due to confusion about the tee used or the use of the temporary green. The distance was later measured.  
|The Open Championship||T25||7||WD||T35||T20||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||T9|
Note: Horne only played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Horne was married to Hilda Barker, who was born on Guernsey. She left England in 1923 to join her husband. William and Hilda are both recorded in the 1940 US census living in Harrison, New York. 
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