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1876 Bernard Richard Meirion Darwin, the first truly great writer on golf, is born. Grandson of Charles Darwin, the naturalist and author of On The Orgin Of Species, Bernard was brought up in his grandparents' house after his mother died of a fever four days after giving birth. He trained and began his career as a lawyer but did not enjoy it, and, a fine amateur golfer himself, moved into journalism, becoming golf correspondent of The Times from 1907 to 1953, and the first journalist to cover golf systematically. He also wrote on golf for the magazine Country Life from 1907 to 1961, and was the author of many books.
Darwin played in 26 Amateur Championships spanning five decades from 1898 to 1935, twice making the semi-finals in 1909 and 1921. He also had the odd distinction in 1922 of playing as an unpicked substitute in the first Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America where, although he had been designated non-playing Captain of the GB&I team, he was officially present to cover the event for The Times. When GB&I Playing Captain Robert Harris fell ill, Darwin was called in as replacement, and won his singles match against the US Captain and 1910 US Amateur champion William C. Fownes by 3&1. It was not enough, however, to prevent the US from claiming the Cup 8-4.
He was Captain of the R&A in 1934 and inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 for his Lifetime Achievement. Darwin died in 1961.

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