Robert MacAndrew and Mary Lamond Murray
were married in 1892 in Old Machar, Aberdeen and lived in St.Andrews on
Crail's Lane. Their first four children were born in St. Andrews. Robert
was a master blacksmith, forging horseshoes and golf clubs. In 1897
Robert was hired by A.G.Spalding Co. and brought to Chiopee, Ma., where
he supervised manufacture of golf clubs, construction of golf courses
and taught golf, all the while, saving the money needed to get his wife
and four children over from Scotland. They arrived in early 1900 at
which time, they all moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Robert had been hired
by Crawford, McGregor and Canby. In early 1901 Robert was sent to
Nashville, Tenn. to design and supervise construction of a nine-hole
golf course for the Nashville Golf and Country Club. This club headed by
founder John Gray had planned to build a golf course at Cumberland Park.
But Robert advised against the site. Instead Gray and his
associates purchased ten acres and leased an additional thirty-six which
is now the Richland Country Club. On May 12, 1901, the Nashville
American newspaper described Robert as "Master of the Golf
Links". After the course was completed in June, Robert returned to
Dayton. He and wife Agnes had their fifth child nine months later. In
1902, Robert moved back to Nashville where he became a golf professional
and greens keeper at the Nashville Country Club. A sixth child arrived
to them while in Nashville.
Robert went on to Milton, Ma. and
Wollaston Golf Course, where the last two of their eight children were
born. He remained active in the golf world in many areas. All of
Robert's sons became golf pro's : Jim in Nashville, and Fall River, Ma.;
Bob at Manchester, NH; Jock at Nashua, NH and Chas at Burlington, Vt.
(There is still a tournament named in honor of Charles at this course.)
Jock Mac Andrew married Charlotte Fox and
had one son, Donald Jock, who went on to be a well-known thoroughbred
horse jockey and was aboard the horse Saggy when he beat the unbeaten
Citation in 1948.
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