Mungo Park

Mungo Park was the brother of Willie Park Snr, who won The Open four times, and David Park, who played in The Open several times.
  • Learned golf at the age of 4 but spent 20 years as a seaman

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  • 159

    Winning Open total

  • He was the first club pro at Alnmouth Golf Club

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Mungo Park was the brother of Willie Park Snr, who won The Open four times, and David Park, who played in The Open several times.

He was also the uncle of Wille Park Jnr, a two-time Champion. Mungo was a sailor who spent much of his early life at sea although on his return he soon showed that he had many of the family’s golfing genes.

He had a strong swing and, like his older brother and nephew, was a fine, bold putter. The family lived by the motto, “never up, never in”. He won The Open in 1874 on his debut, something only his brother, in the inaugural Open in 1860, and Tom Kidd, the year before at St Andrews, had achieved.

Musselburgh was hosting The Open for the first time and it was appropriate that a member of a prominent golfing family from the town should be the Champion, even if his brother was the sentimental favourite.

An opening 75 was eight strokes better than Willie Park or Young Tom Morris could manage. Although Young Tom rallied in the second 18 holes, Mungo hung on for a two-stroke victory over the four-time Champion, and he finished 11 strokes ahead of Willie.

A year later, however, at Prestwick, Willie won for a fourth time, with Mungo finishing third. He was also fourth in 1876 but did not threaten to win again after that. He played in many challenge matches alongside his brother, often very great success even against the Morrises.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Musselburgh 1886
33
86
90
-
-
176
M/C
St Andrews 1885
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Musselburgh 1883
27
93
89
-
-
182
M/C
Prestwick 1881
9
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Musselburgh 1880
20
95
92
-
-
187
M/C
Prestwick 1878
17
60
58
62
-
180
-
Musselburgh 1877
7
-
-
-
-
167
M/C
St Andrews 1876
4
95
90
-
-
185
M/C
Prestwick 1875
3
59
57
55
-
171
-
Musselburgh 1874
1
75
84
-
-
159
M/C

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