Cumpston Research

Birth update!
Exciting news 4th February 2010. Edna appears to have solved the problem of where Archie was born.  

I found details of a record which had been for sale on Ebay made by Archie. Sadly it was already sold.

Record. Silver King Golfing Hints, four talks by Archie Compston: "The Drive, The Iron, Approaching, Putting", c. 1930's, two 78rpm records in original decorated sleeves, slightly rubbed. See photograph 4 opposite.

COMPSTON, Archie, LONGHURST, Henry Carpenter, WHITE, Jack


This book includes a full list of Scottish golf courses on the L.M.S. and L.N.E.R. railway lines, plus information and descriptions of selected courses in one hundred Scottish resorts with 22 plans of courses and a fold-out map at the back showing the situation of the principle courses.

Small 8vo. 124pp. 11 plates. 22 plans, fold-out map. Some cracking to internal joints. Turquoise cloth, gilt and black lettering to spine and front. [D&M, 18860]

Publisher Cheltenham/London: Burrows Ed, J & Co. Date [c.1936] Code: 3871 £145.00
See photograph 3 opposite

In the winter of 1925 Massy visited the USA with Archie Compston the British PGA Champion. They played a number of matches in Florida and the Southern States.

There is a wonderful piece of film reel at

Gaumont Sound News Issue 82, released 25/9/1930 which shows Archie Compston and Sandy Herd competing for a £1,000 prize

Leeds Cup winners and Ryder Cup players George Duncan, Archie Compston and Abe Mitchell were part of the historic 1929 team who played at Moortown Golf Club. Bill Davies, Ted Jarman, Jack Busson, John Fallon, Eric Green, Syd Scott, Alec Caygill, Gordon J. Brand and Howard Clark were all Leeds Cup winners and played in the Ryder Cup in later years.

PGA Captains

1925/26 Archie Compston

BBC Television Programme Schedules - October 1936

Archie also made television programmes:

October 5, 1936 11.00 - 12.00
Archie Compston - Golf demonstration
Alexandra Palace Television Society

"I was only a kid and went for interview with the pro Archie Compston," recalled Faulkner. "He sent a letter to my mother agreeing to take me on as an assistant, but on three conditions - 'I didn't associate with the caddies, I had nothing to do with women and I kept my motions regular!'"

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