Ryder Cup star won five European events

One of Sheffield's greatest golfers, Arthur Lees
One of Sheffield's greatest golfers, Arthur Lees
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He may not be a household name today but former Dore and Totley Golf Club professional Arthur Lees is undoubtedly one of the greatest golfers ever to come from Sheffield.

He won five major European tournaments and represented Great Britain against America at the Ryder Cup on four occasions.

Among his haul of trophies were the Irish Open in 1939, the British Masters in 1947 and two Penfold Tournaments, in 1951 and 1953. He also won the 1959 PGA Seniors Championship. In total he played in 16 open championships.

Lees was born in Sheffield on February 21, 1908. He first took up golf while a child, serving as a caddy at Lees Hall Club in Norton.

He was made an assistant professional there at the age of 15 but left to play in Europe. He returned to Sheffield in 1933 when he was appointed professional at Dore and Totley.

He remained there until 1949, slowly making a name for himself By the time he left to join Sunningdale Golf Club, in Berkshire, he had already won two tournaments and appeared in the Ryder Cup.

He passed away in 1992 at the age of 84. He remains the club’s most successful golfer.