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1897: The Year in Golf


President William McKinley

In 1897, William McKinley becomes the first United States President to try golf.

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Yale University wins the first collegiate golf tournament played in the U.S.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club's Rules of Golf Committee is formed.

U.S. President William McKinley takes a crack at golf during a vacation, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to play the game.

MacGregor Golf markets its first clubs in the United States.

Men's Major Championship Winners:

U.S. Open: Joe Lloyd
British Open: Harold Hilton

Amateur Champions:

U.S.: H.J. Whigham
British: Jack Allen
U.S. Women's: Beatrix Hoyt
British Women's: Edith Orr

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