Davie Grant

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Davie Grant
Grant is stymied on the 17th green at North Berwick, Scotland, and is attempting to chip his own ball over the ball that is blocking the hole (c. 1888).
Personal information
Full name David Grant, Sr.
Born (1860-07-16)16 July 1860
Leith, Scotland
Died 24 June 1903(1903-06-24) (aged 42)
North Berwick, Scotland
Nationality  Scotland
Spouse Isabella Thomson
Children 10
Turned professional c. 1877
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T6: 1888
PGA Championship DNP

Davie Grant, Sr. (16 July 1860 – 24 June 1903) was a Scottish professional golfer who played in the late 19th century. Grant was a frequent competitor in the Open Championship in the 1880s and 1890s and was very consistent with his results. His best effort came in the 1888 Open Championship where he finished tied for sixth place. In total, he had six top-10 performances.[1]

Early life[edit]

Davie Grant was born 16 July 1860 in Wilson Court, Elbe Street, Leith, Scotland. He was the illegitimate son of Jane Grant, daughter of Daniel Grant, a blacksmith. David was raised by his aunt, Cecilia Grant, in Lochend Road, Leith. His mother Jane married Lawrence Hay and they lived in Earlston.[2]

On leaving school Grant was employed cleaning train engines at St Margaret's Works, Edinburgh, and at the age of 18 years he moved to North Berwick and was living at 11 Forth Street. He married Isabella Thomson from North Berwick, part of the Thomson golfing dynasty. Her sister Catherine married Ben Sayers and their brother was Wilfred Thomson. The eldest sister, Emily Thomson, married James White and their son Jack White won the 1904 Open Championship.[2]

Grant was a man of small stature with fair hair and a moustache. In 1892, he was engaged by Lord Tweeddale—chairman of the North British Railway Company and former captain of North Berwick Golf Club (1890)—to design the course at Silloth in Cumbria. Grant was assisted by Mungo Park who became the first professional at Silloth. During his playing career Grant formed a formidable partnership with his brother-in-law Ben Sayers in fourball matches. On one occasion they defeated the brother duo of Andrew Kirkaldy and Hugh Kirkaldy in a well publicized money match.[2]

1888 Open Championship[edit]

The 1888 Open Championship was held 6 October at the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Jack Burns won the Championship by a stroke from David Anderson, Jr. and Ben Sayers. Grant played solid golf and finished in a tie for sixth place. He carded rounds of 88-88=176 and won 10 shillings.[1]


Grant died on 24 June 1903 of tuberculosis at age 42. He left behind a wife and 10 children.[2]

Results in The Open Championship[edit]

Grant (standing 4th from left), on 11 October 1894 at the New Luffness Competition. There are a number of famous golfers in the photo, chief among them is the legendary Old Tom Morris seated far left. Ben Sayers is seated on the right.
Tournament 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894
The Open Championship ? DNP T8 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T8 T7 T6 T7 T7 T15 T31 T17 T20

Note: Grant played only in The Open Championship.

DNP = Did not play
? = played, finish unknown
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


  1. ^ a b Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d "North Berwick -- Club Makers, Professionals and Course Designers". northberwick.org.uk. Retrieved 26 May 2015.