James Ockenden

James Ockenden
Personal information
Full name James Ockenden
Born July 1885
Epsom, Surrey, England
Died 30 November 1949 (aged 64)
Finchley, London, England
Nationality  England
Turned professional 1905
Professional wins 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship 7th: 1914
PGA Championship DNP

James Ockenden (July 1885[1] – 30 November 1949[2]) was an English professional golfer. His best finish in a men's major golf championship was seventh place in the 1914 Open Championship.

Golf career

He was first employed at Epsom Golf Club near his home, before moving to Wembley Golf Club. In 1914 he moved to West Drayton Golf Club but in 1916 he joined up and served in France during World War One. After the war West Drayton was redeveloped and Ockenden moved again to Raynes Park Golf Club.[1]

Prior to the war his best performance was to finish seventh in the 1914 Open Championship. He had some success in the 1920 News of the World Match Play tournament and the following year he was selected for the British team in the International Match at Gleneagles. He won the 1922 Roehampton Tournament and the 1923 Open de France. Following this success he toured America with Arthur Havers from December 1923 to April 1924 during which he was runner-up in the 1924 Texas Open.[1]

In 1925 Raynes Park was also sold for housing and he moved to Hanger Hill Golf Club and then to his final club, North Middlesex Golf Club, in 1928. At North Middlesex he was assisted by his two sons, James and Frederick. His first wife Beatrice died in 1930 and he remarried to Annie in 1933. His son James moved to South Africa in 1934 and was the runner-up at the South African PGA Championship in 1947 and 1948.

Death and legacy

In December James travelled to South Africa to join his son but while there had his leg amputated. He returned to England in November 1949 but died three weeks later.[1][3] On 3 September 1949 a four-ball match was played at North Middlesex to raise money for Ockenden. Bobby Locke went round in 60, 9-under-par. The match raised about £450.[4]

Tournament wins


  1. 1 2 3 4 Tanner, Nicholas (2014). "James Ockenden 1885-1949 - Professional Golfer".
  2. https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/
  3. "Death of J. Ockenden". The Times. 2 December 1949. p. 2.
  4. "Locke's brilliant round". The Times. 5 September 1949. p. 6.
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