Alex Smith


Alex Smith (1872-1930) was a member of a famous Scottish golfing family. His brother Willie won the U.S. Open in 1899, and Alex won it in both 1906 and 1910. Like many British professionals of his era he spent much of his adult life working as a club professional in the United States.

In 1901 Smith lost to Willie Anderson in a playoff for the U.S. Open title. The U.S. Open Smith's 1906 victory came at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. His 72 hole score of 295 was the lowest at either the U.S. Open or the British Open up to that time, and he won $300. The 1910 U.S. Open was played over the St Martin's course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Smith one a three man playoff against American Johnny McDermott and another of his own brothers, Macdonald Smith. Alex Smith played in eighteen U.S. Opens in total and accumulated eleven top ten placings.

Smith won the Western Open in 1903 and 1906.