Archie Fossey
One Armed English Golf International

Captains Day Winner - 1957 - Archie Fossey

"A most successful and enjoyable day was spent at Dunstable Downs on the occasion of the captain’s day on Saturday. The weather was perfect with brilliant sunshine and sufficient breeze to make the playing of 36 holes a not too strenuous occupation.

A special feature of the day was the remarkable performance of Archie Fossey (24 handicap) with two rounds of 68 and 67 nett. Mr Fossey has only one arm, his left, and has only been playing for 18 months. He has a fine steady swing and although he naturally is not as long as the average two-armed player his deadly accurate approaching and putting carried him through with honours. Mr Fossey earned a wide reputation as a table tennis player, almost teaching international standard, and his games experience stood him in good stead for, when he knew he had to record two bogeys to tie for first place, he didn’t falter. In fact, he almost holed his putt for a birdie 2 at the 18th to make him a clear winner. B Thomas (11) with a similar score was unlucky to lose first prize but Fossey had the better nine holes”

Four years later and Archie Fossey, from Dunstable Downs, went on to represent The English One-Armed Golf Team.

Our thanks to Pat Lucas who has shared with us this 'slo-mo' picture of Archie's swing that was filmed on the Dunstable links in 1963