David Huish

David Huish
Personal information
Full name David Huish
Born (1944-04-23) 23 April 1944
North Berwick, Scotland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence North Berwick, Scotland
Turned professional 1959
Retired 2009
Former tour(s) European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 16
Number of wins by tour
European Senior Tour 5
Other 11
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T21: 1976
PGA Championship DNP

David Huish (born 23 April 1944) is a Scottish professional golfer, perhaps best known for being the halfway leader of The Open Championship in 1975.

Personal life

Huish (pronounced "hush") was born in North Berwick, Scotland. He married his second wife Diane in 1989 with whom he had a son, Oliver, in 1990. He also has two children from a previous marriage, Susan (b. 1967) and Martyn (1969).


Huish turned professional in 1959, with his first job being as an assistant at Gullane. He took up his first head professional position at Hamilton Golf Club in 1965. Two years later he returned to his home town to take up the same role at North Berwick Golf Club, where he remained until his retirement in 2009.[1] He was succeeded by his son, Martyn.

As a club professional, Huish never followed a full-time tournament career. Although he was regarded as a competent tournament player, it was not until The Open Championship in 1975 that he came to the attention of a wider audience. After qualifying for the championship in a seven-man play-off, he shot rounds of 67 and 69 at Carnoustie to lead by two strokes over Tom Watson, Peter Oosterhuis and Bernard Gallacher at the halfway mark. However, he fell away over the weekend and ultimately finished 13 shots off the pace, in a tie for 32nd place.[2] His best finish in the Open came the following year at Birkdale, when he tied for 21st place.

While Huish never won a top flight tour event, he did win many other tournaments, including the Scottish Uniroyal in 1971, and the Northern Open on four occasions. After turning 50, he joined the European Seniors Tour, where he enjoyed some success, claiming five victories, four of them in play-offs, with the last coming in 2001 when he won, again in a play-off, at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.

Huish later become a very significant and respected figure on the inside of professional golf, serving as the PGA Captain, a PGA Board Member and Ryder Cup Committee Member, a position he held longer than anyone else. In recognition of his achievements in the game, Huish received the Special Award at the Seniors Tour annual awards dinner in 2004 for services to golf.

Professional wins (16)

Regular wins (11)

European Seniors Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 30 Jun 1996 Ryder Collingtree Seniors Classic +3 (73-73-73=219) Playoff England Malcolm Gregson, Australia Noel Ratcliffe
2 6 Sep 1998 Golden Charter PGA Scottish Seniors Open −15 (70-65-70-68=208) Playoff Republic of Ireland David Jones
3 24 Jun 2000 Lawrence Batley Seniors −1 (71-72-69=212) Playoff England Neil Coles, South Africa John Fourie
4 13 Aug 2000 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open −12 (73-62-65=200) 4 strokes England Jim Rhodes
5 12 Aug 2001 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open (2) −12 (70-64-64=198) Playoff Australia David Good

Results in major championships

Tournament 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
The Open Championship T31 CUT DNP DNP CUT T56 DNP T32 T21 CUT

Note: The Open Championship was the only major Huish played in.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969)
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances


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