Mungo Park (golfer)

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Mungo Park
— Golfer —
Park, c. 1874
Personal information
Full name Mungo Park, Sr.
Born (1836-10-22)22 October 1836
Inveresk, Scotland
Died 19 June 1904(1904-06-19) (aged 67)
Inveresk, Scotland
Nationality  Scotland
Spouse Margaret Johnston
Status Professional
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
The Open Championship Won: 1874

Mungo Park (22 October 1836 – 19 June 1904) was a member of a famous family of Scottish golfers. He won the 1874 Open Championship held at Musselburgh Links.[1]

Early life

He was born 22 October 1836 to James Park (1797–1873) and his wife Euphemia Park née Kerr (1806–1860) at Quarry Houses in Musselburgh, which was to become one of the three towns that shared hosting responsibilities for The Open Championship through the 1870s and 1880s. He learned golf as a boy, but then spent 20 years as a seaman.

Golf career

After his career as a seaman concluded he returned to his home town in the early 1870s and won the 1874 Open Championship on the Musselburgh Links.[1] His winning score was 159 for 36 holes.[2] He spent his later life working as a teacher, golf course designer and clubmaker. Park would go on to post four more top-10 finishes in The Open Championship between 1875 and 1881.[2]

He traveled to the United States in the late 1890s and worked at Dyker Meadow Golf Club in Brooklyn, New York, circa 1898.[3] Park was replaced at Dyker Meadow by Samuel Tucker and at some time thereafter returned to Scotland.

Golf course design

Park was the first club professional at Alnmouth Golf Club and it is believed by those associated with the club that he was also responsible for the design of the course.[4]


Park's brother Willie and his nephew Willie Park, Jr. both won The Open Championship.[2]


Park died of pernicious anemia in the Inveresk poorhouse.[5]

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 18 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1874 The Open Championship 4 shot lead 75-84=159 2 strokes Scotland Tom Morris, Jr.

Results timeline

Tournament 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886
The Open Championship 1 3 T4 7 17 DNP 20 T9 DNP 27 DNP WD T33

Note: Park played only in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


  1. 1.0 1.1 "1874 Mungo Park". The Open. Retrieved 16 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Golf in the South". books.Googlecom. Retrieved 15 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Deaths in the District of Inveresk and Musselburgh in the County of Edinburgh". Statutory Deaths 689/00 0124. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 15 February 2015. Unknown parameter |subscription= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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