V. Rare Walter Hagen Brass Back Hickory Putter "one Of A Kind" / Pga Pres Estate
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V. Rare Walter Hagen Brass Back Hickory Putter "one Of A Kind" / Pga Pres Estate:
A VERY RARE WALTER HAGEN PUTTER "Made For" "ANGEL DE LA TORRE".
This Putter is a One of a Kind Club Made for Spain's FIRST GOLF PROFESSIONAL and FIVE TIME SPANISH OPEN CHAMPION (1916-1925) having a very unique design incorporating a Raised Brass Pyramid on the back of the head. The Hickory Shaft is straight, measures 34" long and is slightly loose in the hosel.
An entry from WIKIPEDIA tells the Story of this Famous Hickory Era Golf Professional below.
A Very Rare and Significant Hickory Putter from the Estate of Past PGA President WARREN ORLICK. Buyer pays $9.00 to ship. I have sold my items at $9.99 with since 1997. I Will ship to the Continental USA only.
Angel de la Torre (30 November 1896 - 28 August 1983) was a Spanish professional golfer and golf instructor. He was Spain's first golf professional and his five victories in the Spanish Open between 1916 and 1925 still stands as an unequalled record.
Playing in international events, he made the acquaintance of Ernest Jones who had a major impact on the principles used in de la Torre's teaching. Having taught himself French and English, he was able to teach in three languages.
Introduction to golf His uncle, Pedro de la Torre was the greenskeeper at Club de las Cuarenta Fanegas which was the first golf course in Spain. His father, Ricardo de la Torre y Torres worked on the grounds. At the age of 7 or 8, Angel began his golf journey as a caddy at the Club de las Cuarenta Fanegas. At age 13, the caddy tournament in 1910 was his first tournament victory.
Career as golf professional In the summer of 1913 the Conde de la Cimera (a principal in developing Puerta de Hierro) sent Angel to St. Jean de Luz in southern France to be assistant to Arnold Massy at the Le Nivelle Golf Club. While there, Massy was called for military service and the Golf Committee gave Angel the job of head professional. He was 17 years old.
Returning to Madrid in 1914, he accepted the position of golf professional at the Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro in Madrid. He subsequently set the course record of 65. It was above the pro shop that his wife Juana gave birth to their two sons Luis and Manuel. In 1920 the Conde de la Cimera sponsored Angel so he could play tournaments in France, Belgium, and England. This sponsorship continued until 1925.
In 1925, he agreed to travel to the United States to play in the U.S. Open. In that same year, upon the recommendations of Captain Allison (a premier architect who he had met in England) he was offered and accepted the position of golf professional at the outstanding new course called Timber Point Country Club in Great River Long Island, New York. He remained in that position until 1932 when he was offered the golf professional position at the new Cub de Campo in Madrid Spain where he remained until 1936, just prior to the war.
In May 1936 he traveled to London to take delivery on a set of golf clubs that he had designed. From London, he telephoned his wife and advised that he would travel to the United States to visit his long-time friend Ernest Jones. Shortly thereafter the Spanish Civil War occurred in Spain prompting his wife and two children to flee the country in October and meet with Angel in the U.S. In December 1936, he was in California where he became a golf instructor at Brookside Municipal Golf Course in Pasadena. Through an introduction from Bill Hickey (golf professional at Brookside), he met Eddie Loos who then offered de la Torre a position as assistant professional at Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois. De la Torre subsequently became the head professional at that club and served in that capacity for 37 years. Thereafter he would continue teaching. He would teach at Tamarisk Country Club in Palm Springs in the winter months and at Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois in the summer.
Please watch my items for more Golf Antiques from the collection of WARREN ORLICK and DON SOPER, both of whom were past PGA Presidents. Warren was National PGA President in 1971 and served as a Rules official in 44 consecutive Masters Tournaments, working hand in hand with Augusta National’s CLIFFORD ROBERTS starting in 1958. Warren also served as Ryder Cup Rules Umpire at the Matches from the 1950’s through the 1990’s and was Head official at Oak Hill in 1995. Warren is a Member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame and the PGA of America Golf Professional Hall of Fame. Warren’s extensive collection includes Clubs, Books, Documents, Trophies, Badges and numerous other items.
Warren’s good friend DON SOPER who served as the Michigan Section PGA President from 1961-1963, left much of his collection to Warren and these items will also be offered in upcoming sales.
Don Sopers items include Enameled Tournament Badges / Money Clips, Antique Golf Books, Antique clubs and a large Collection of Bobby Jones Items. Don Soper is also a Member of the PGA Professional Hall of Fame. Please feel free to ask questions about any of the items, I will respond ASAP