George Sargent


George Sargent (1882-1962) was an English born professional golfer. He was born in Dorking in Surrey, and began his golf career at age twelve at Epsom Downs Golf Club in his home county. In 1900 he came fourth at The Open Championship. Soon afterwards he moved to Canada, where he served as a professional at Royal Ottawa Golf Club and finished second in the 1908 Canadian Open.

Sargent won the 1909 U.S. Open at Englewood Golf Club in New Jersey. He set a new 72 hole scoring record for the tournament of 290. He played in sixteen U.S. Opens in total, and finished in the top ten six times. He also won the 1912 Canadian Open.

Sargent became a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America at its inception in 1916, and served as president for five years. He is credited with introducing the use of motion pictures to study the golf swing. He was head professional at Ohio's Scioto Country Club from 1912 to 1924, at Minneapolis' Interlachen Golf Club from 1924 to 1928, at the Chevy Chase Club from 1928 to 1932, and at East Lake Country Club, from 1932 until his retirement fifteen years later. He is a member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, as are his sons Harold and Jack.