Smythe David: Golfing Diaries
1910-1934 in 13 uniformly bound in ¼ chestnut pigskin plus further diaries 1935 to 1960 in 8 different-coloured cloth-backed boards together with a leather covered 1939 diary complied by David's golfing brother, Patrick.
These diaries form a notable and intriguing record of a now vanished social era when some were lucky enough, in Smythe's case
he was a schoolmaster, to have the leisure time and enthusiasm to indulge in their favourite sport, day after day over a fifty year period.
Starting with his days at Cambridge these David Smythe hand written diaries record a long and interesting amateur golfing career;
he was a low handicap player for many years and played in the 1920 Amateur Championship. In 1935 he was elected as a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and in 1960 he was elected to the House Committee.
The diaries cover often in minute detail golf courses that he played in Scotland and England and the changes made to them; the many matches played; the players that he met and competitions that he played in or watched with many tipped in black and white photographs, postcards, an Order of Starting sheet (1920 Amateur Golf Championship), programmes, score cards and contemporary newspaper cuttings.
1912: He helped form The Niblick Golf Club at Cambridge; this diary contains 9 photographs of the Old and New courses St Andrews including one of the 'R. Forgan & Sons Timber Sheds'...
1913: 'St Andrews, The King of Golf Courses...this is the first time I have ever played on a sea side course and I hope it will not be the last...my caddy had carried for James Braid, all through last year's Championship, which he won...'
1914-1915: 9 sepia postcards of St. Andrews...'Forgan's Sheds have cost me several 2/6 balls and has been known to take my temper...'
1916: 'Having become a private in the 11th Black Watch and having a few days leave I hope to spend it as well as possible...'
1920: A signed letter-invitation form the Hon. O. Scott to the author; the author played Sir A. Conan Doyle who beat him but 'told me some wonderful spiritualistic adventures...'
1924-25: Mono photograph of M. and O. Scott; Royal Perth Golfing Society Centenary Dinner menu.
1927-30: 1920s Muirfield score card; 3 mono postcards at St. Andrews...
1946: P. M. Smythe (winner) score card for Muirfield Gold Medal...