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Archie Edward Wones Compston Golfer

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Hagen v Compston  See photograph 1


Of course not even Hagen won every match, and he took some fearful drubbings - but even his drubbings served to show why he was such a great player. One of his most famous was in a 72 hole challenge match against Archie Compston at Moor Park in 1928. He lost a 72 hole challenge match 17 & 16! Hagen of course was as graceful in defeat as he was in victory, and of course he never stopped trying. His manager - Bob Harlow was distraught, he saw the whole of the tour going up in smoke. Hagen however was quite unconcerned. In the car afterwards, in a thoughtful mode, he lit a cigarette, exhaled the smoke and opined "You know I can beat that Son-of-a-Bitch any day of the week." What resilience! ... and two weeks later the Haig won the British Open at Sandwich, edging out Gene Sarazen and Archie Compston!


© Society of Hickory Golfers 2005-2008

'Convincing proof that this is the way in which the more or less mature player must approach the problem of temporary loss of form is provided by an experience of my old neighbour Archie Compston, one of the truly great golfers of the pre-1939 era, a personality with an extensive knowledge of the game.


Archie confessed that he went so stale towards the end of a trip to America that, making his way through the crowd on to the first tee at the start of a match against the celebrated American, Macdonald Smith, he didn't know whether he would hit the ball or miss it.


He decided then and there to devote all his attention to "delivering a firm wallop through the ball and let the rest take care of itself". It did. He hit the stick three times in the round and trimmed Mac. Smith.


Compston, you see, kept faith in the shape of his swing, a shape which had matured with years of training and experience. "Watch the delivery" was his answer to the challenge.'

Country Living Magazine 10 Jun 2009 See photograph 2 opposite


Items that once filled clubhouses and stocked sporting-goods stores may now be quite rare. For example, hickory-shafted clubs, mass produced by MacGregor and Spalding, were often cut down to fit young people learning the game. Says Levine, "It's all about how many survived. You might see one Osmond Patent golf bag at a Golf Collectors Society show. Or you might not see a single one." Many Society events (the organization has 2,300 members) are open to the public and remain a prime source of collectibles.


Achieving par is a constant challenge, but there is an abundance of golf memorabilia on the market to make collecting a winning game.


Early-20th-century golf bags were usually slimmer and more pared down than those used today. The diminutive bag (far left) is a 1930s Archie Compston model made in England and used as a sales promotion. The open-style Osmond golf bag (center) was patented in 1893 and features legs. The extra-slim tartan-motif c. 1914 Sunday bag (right) was scaled for juveniles.


Birth update!

Exciting news 4th February 2010.   Edna appearsto have solved the problem of where Archie was born.  

Cumpston and Wones page 2


'Let us go back to the early pages of this book for a reminder of Archie Compston's mental approach when he walked on to the first tee for an important round in America feeling stale and jaded.  He simply kept faith in his swing, the shape of which had matured with his years of training and experience, and concentrated on the delivery of the club head at and through the ball.   You can do no more than Archie Compston did that day.  '

October 12, 1959

The Question: What Do You Dislike Most About Your Golf Game? (asked in Bermuda)


'ARCHIE COMPSTON Pro at Mid-Ocean Golf Club

That I've never really been able to play the game — although Harry Payne of Englewood, N.J. autographed one of my pictures: "To a great golf doctor—from a hopeless patient." I can remember only six good shots in a lifetime of golf'


For Sale 1999

LOT 423 A VERY SCARCE FLICKER BOOK. John Cotton, Ltd, Edinburgh, 1936 A & B of Archie Compston "Iron Shot" and "Full Drive". Average condition. 50 cards. $190-350



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Image Title:  Archie Compston.

Standard Reference: Cartophilic reference books C82-47-A Source: [Cigarette cards.] / Famous golfers .  Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / George Arents Collection Catalog Call Number: Arents Cigarette Cards 778 Digital ID: 1554947

Record ID: 819038 .  Digital Item Published: 2-15-2007; updated 12-6-2008

ARCHIE COMPSTON, GOLFER, DIES AT 69 London August 8th 1962; Top British Professional Beat Walter Hagen in '28


August 9, 1962, Thursday New York Times Page 25,



Love on the Fairway. A Romance of the Open Championship

T.Werner Laurie, 1936. First Edition. A very good copy of this scarce book in the original emerald green pictorial cloth, spine faded and slightly rubbed, text foxed.


Offered for US$ 275.00 by: Collectors Treasury - Book number: 15562



[EDWARD VIII (1894-1972, King of Great Britain,  Later the Duke of Windsor)]


Fine press photo of the Duke playing Golf taken in the riviera with Archie Compston, famous golfer and coach to the duke, standing on small boat ferrying between holes, 8”

x 6”, 6th January 1939 [SD24960]£100

Golfer Archie Compston

Stays in United States

Archie Compston, the greatest golfer Europe has produced In years, has

decided to remain in America as a

playing professional in a club in the

East. The British champion has tentatively accepted terms for a summer position In New York, with the provision that he be permitted to return to England to compete for the British open Championship.  Compston Is assured of a place in Florida next winter. He Is here with Arnaud Massy, French open title holder, for a series of International matches


Cranford Citizen and Chronicle

March 1926

The Courier Mail Wednesday 21 February 1934  




LONDON, February 20.

Although the "Yorkshire Observer" expects that Mitchell and Compston will be invited to visit Melbourne for

the centenial celebrations, the secretary of the Professional Golfers Association has informed The Courier Mail representative that the association has not yet been approached on the subject.

How ovaltine helped Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Wednesday 28 August 1929


George Duncan and his men. Back row (left to right): T. H, Cotton, JF. Robson, A. Compston, E. R. Whitcombe and S. Burns. Front row A. Boomer, Abe Mitchell, George Duncan and C. A. Whitcombe.



"As 'Ovaltine' is a regular item of our diet, we take this opportunity of sending you a round robin of appreciation of your splendid food beverage. We find it is a first-class 'pick-me-up' after the long hours we spend on the golf course, and as a genuine help to steady the nerves under exacting match-playing conditions it is unbeatable."


The great encounter between the best golfers of Britain and America for the Ryder Cup was a supreme test of physical and mental fitness. The British team, in the opinion of their captain,

George Duncan, had never trained quite so thoroughly as they did on this occasion. "Ovaltine" was, of course, selected as the special food beverage. The wonderful nerve and body building elements it so abundantly supplies were relied upon to ensure physical and mental efficiency.

TRIAL SAMPLE-sufficient to make four cupsful-will be sent on receipt of 3d. in stamps to cover cost of packing and postage. OVALTINE Price: 2'6,


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Ruth and Edward L COMPSTON in Canada and the UK

Jan Harrison and Edward L COMPSTON in the UK