Harry Vardon,Walter J. Travis

Walter Travis (right) and Vardon at Oakland

Photo shows (left to right) Harry Vardon and Walter J. Travis at the Oakland Golf Club, Bayside, N.Y., 1900. Newsprint attached to photo reads: “When Harry Vardon, England’s great professional golfer, came to America in 1900 to the U.S. Open, it was only natural that he should seek a jousting act with Walter J. Travis, who took up golf at 36 and then won three U.S. and British championships from 1900 to 1904. His 1904 triumph at Sandwich was the first American victory in this famous British pageant. Vardon is shown here putting, his one weakness, as Travis looks on from behind the sable beard he wore in those days. This picture was taken at the Oakland Golf Club, Long Island, just 34 years ago. Copyright 1934 by Grantland Rice.” (Negative offsite # is same as file name.) Copyright Unknown/Courtesy USGA Archives.