Henry Cotton’s MBE

On display in: The Open Championship

Date: 1945

Acquisition: Donated by the Henry Cotton Collection Trust

Golfer, teacher, writer and course architect, Henry Cotton worked tirelessly to promote the status of professional golf, while also encouraging junior golf. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force, organising exhibition matches in aid of the Red Cross. For this he was awarded the MBE. Cotton won The Open Championship three times; his final victory at Muirfield in 1948 was watched by King George VI. He also played in the Ryder Cup and was Captain in 1953. Both flamboyant and caring, Cotton was the first golfer to be knighted for services to the game, although sadly he died shortly before the official announcement was made.