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Amateur Golf Final: Jenkins (Troon) Beats Hezlett (Portrush) By 3 up and 2 to Play.
Golfers seen competing in Royal St George's Golf Club, Sandwich.
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The match was a close contest between two men of contrasting styles and statures. The winner, JLC Jenkins, was the only Ordinary Member of Royal Troon Golf Club to have won the Amateur Championship. He was a small man, whilst his opponent, Hezlet, was tall and bulky. This newsreel shows both Hezlet and Jenkins putting on the same green. An expectant crowd of men and women spectators look on.
This may be the earliest film of a (Northern) Irish golfer. Hezlet played for the Royal Portrush Golf Club. In 1920 he won the Irish Close title and in 1926 and 1929 he won the Irish Open Amateur title. He played thirteen international matches for Ireland between 1923 and 1931 and was Ireland's first player to win Walker Cup honours. In 1927 he also played for Ireland against South Africa and in 1952 captained a British team to Africa. He was Irish team captain ten times before 1932 and six times after 1948. From 1947 to 1953 he was a selector for Ireland.