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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.

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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!'"

October 1925. Article on 'Fashioning the Golf Swing - Temperament and Physique by Archie Compston.

[Archie is Britain's new 'star' and unless all evidence is untrustworth, destined in the next few years to become a world's champion. He is 6 ft 3 inches in height, very powerful and magnificently proprtioned physically. If he had not been a golfer Compston would have made an ideal boxer, for he has the heart and courage of a lion. ]
From Golf Illunstrated.

Walter Hagen, 1922 and 1928
Hagen won four Opens, two at Royal St George's. In 1922 he became the first American-born winner of the Open and the Guardian observed of him: "He has a style entirely his own and one that would be dangerous to copy ... in spite of that he sends the ball great distances and on the green he is a master." The week before the 1928 Open Hagen played a scheduled 36-hole exhibition match against Archie Compston at Moor Park and was thrashed 18 & 17. "When you're laid out good and flat," he said afterwards, "you mustn't squawk." But he determined on revenge, not just on Compston but on the entire nation. His next bit of business was the Open, which, of course, he won. Compston finished third, three shots behind.

Compston Rates Bobby Jones As Foremost Golfer in America; British Star Ranks Armour Next, Followed by Cruickshank, Hagen and Farrell -- 140 Prizes, Valued at $30,000, Put Up by Westchester Biltmore Club --
April 30, 1926, Friday

Golf's Most Wanted by Floyd Connor.

Archie Compston was an outstanding English golfer in the 1920s. He had the eccentric habit of having three caddies accompany him during a round. One caddie performed the normal duties of carrying his clubs. A second caddie's only job was to carry Compston's apparel. And the third caddie brought along cigarettes, cigars and pipes for the chainsmoking golfer.


The Professional Golfers' Association has chosen a very distinctive Christmas Card for 2007 in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Ryder Cup matches which began in June 1927 at the Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts. The Americans, captained by Walter Hagen, won by 9 1/2 to 2 1/2 points. The cover picture of the card shows the British team of 1927 preparing for departure from Waterloo Station in London on "The Boat Train" to join the SS Aquitania at Southampton.
Pictured is the back cover illustration of the PGA's Christmas Card. It shows the team departing on the SS Aquitania for New York, posing with its captain Abe Mitchell for a photograph on deck. Mr Mitchell was unable to travel, having been diagnosed with a grumbling appendix. His role as team captain was taken by Ted Ray.
Caption for the above picture reads: Left to right: George Philpott (team manager), Sam Ryder (the donor of the trophy), George Gadd, Arthur Havers, George Duncan, Ted Ray, Fred Robson, Archie Compston, Charles Whitcombe and Abe Mitchell.

Many of the members and guests who've played at Coombe Hill could equally be described as flamboyant characters. None more so than Edward VIII who knew how to live the 'the good life'. Golf was one of his passions and he forged a long friendship with another Coombe Hill Pro, Archie Compston. While on a Mediterranean crusie together, the pair of them drove 3,000 balls into the sea. History does not recall whether or not royalty 'ruled the waves' in that particular driving contest.

Archie Compston figured in a case in the law courts when the judge decided he was not liable to pay income tax on his winnings from golfing bets. Counsel for the Revenue department said Compston in the past ten years had derived substantial sums from this source, sometimes amounting to approximately £1000 a year after deductions of losses. His wagers sometimes amounted to £50 and £100. Counsel admitted that an ordinary person's winnings were not taxable, but he argued that Compston's were made in the course of his vocation.

and a link with his family here

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