Ain’t That a Kick in the HEAD!

Ain’t That a Kick in the HEAD!

To borrow a phrase from the Dean Martin Song. Young Alex immigrated to the U.S. in 1886 and he immediately went to Nebraska to work with his friend from Scotland, Millar. While learning the trade of being a cowboy, a horse kicked Alex in the head around the year 1887. This blow nearly killed him and he was not able to do hardly anything for many years including the playing of golf. He went from one of the most elite golfers in the world at the top of his game to struggling for his life. It would be 10 years before he again played golf in competition. In the next 3 years he was back playing at the top again. He played in two U.S. Opens and then in 1901 he won the Mexican Open. He would play Harry Vardon in 1901 a total of nearly 4000 holes together. He was the only player of all the great golfers in the U.S. to actually beat Vardon in match play. Now, Ain't That Something Else! Oh, by the way, he then went on to teach golf to one of his employees at Wright & Ditson Sporting Goods in Boston. You might remember his name, Frances Ouimet.