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Jack White Golf Co

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of 4 New Oxford Street, London, WC1. Telephone: Holborn 8316. Cables: "Evoluclub"

  • Golf Professional.
  • 1873 John White was born at Pefferside, situated between Scoughall and Lochouses, four miles east of North Berwick, on 15th August.
  • Jack or Jock White, as he was known, was educated at Dirleton School and from the age of 10 caddied at North Berwick, where he apprenticed as a club-maker with Tom Dunn.
  • 1891 When Dunn left, Jack White reverted to caddying and was granted a professional license on the West Links on 12th May.
  • 1902 Jack White was appointed professional at the new Sunningdale course, where he remained for over 25 years.
  • 1911 Jack White returned to Dirleton to marry his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Millar.
  • 1914 Jack White took part in a week long indoor exhibition at Harrod's in London with Ted Ray, George Duncan and Harry Vardon. This was the first of numerous department stores using demonstrations and free lessons to sell their sports merchandise.
  • WWI. At the start of the war, Jack White enlisted as a private in the London Scottish regiment. His wife continued the business with two young lads helping. Jack had eight club makers: six were conscripted into the army and two went to Woolwich Arsenal.
  • 1926 Jack White was sacked for "drinking and womanising" and almost immediately afterwards formed the Jack White Golf Co and returned to Gullane were he started a club making business in a two storey building (now demolished) in Goose Green Mews.
  • White opened a successful golf equipment shop at 2 Rosebery Place and for many years gave evening class lessons on the art of club making which were very popular.
  • 1928 Jack White asked the Honourable Company for permission to open a professional shop at Muirfield. This was granted, but to avoid conflict with the club-master who had previously sold golf balls to the members, White did not pursue the matter.
  • 1929 Listed Exhibitor. Sole Manufacturers of Jack White Autographed Wood and Iron golf Clubs, also Finished Wood and Iron Golf Clubs and Heads to customers own models where required. "The Golf Club Specialists." (Stand No.B.1) [1]
  • 1949 Jack White died at Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Famous North Berwick Golfers.