Horace Rawlins


Horace Rawlins (1874-1940) was an English professional golfer who won the first U.S. Open Championship at Newport Rhode Island Golf Club in 1895. Rawlins was 21 and he had arrived at the Newport Club as an assistant that January to teach and care for the greens. The first U.S. Open was a one day event played immediately after the three day U.S. Amateur Championship, which received much more attention at the time. Rawlins won $150 plus a $50 golf medal and the Open Championship Cup, which went to his club.

Rawlins didn't win any other major tournaments. He was involved in golf course design.