The first “72” ever shot in competition

The first “72” ever shot in competition

At Montrose, Scotland in 1886 at the age of 20 Alexander H. FIndlay shot the first 72 on record in competition. This was accomplished with an amazing 19 putts on 18 greens. His best score to that date was a 73 in competition, but his heart was inclined on a 72. It was the magical '59' of today's golf. Imagine the game of golf and the level of par being set at 59? The score of 72 became the standard for 18 holes of golf since that date and heralded young Alex into the elite company of golf. A picture of the original scorecard and announcement in the newspaper will folow on this site. Alex was the "Tiger" the "Bear" the "King" of his day. Acclaimed as one of the best players of the late 1800's, reknown throughout the golfing world. He was so well know that the Duke of York wrote a letter to Alex, who was now living in Boston, MA with only the name on the envelope, Alex Findlay. No address, no country! It was mailed from England, we have that letter in our portfolio. Probably nothing else elevated young Alex into the elite of the world then did that '72' scored in competition on the links of the Royal Montrose Golf Course in 1886. The book with his handwritten score will shortly appear in this site and on this page.