Bert Way

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Bert Way
Bert Way, c. 1950
Personal information
Full name William Herbert Way
Nickname Bertie
Born (1873-08-23)23 August 1873
Bideford, Devon, England
Died 11 August 1963(1963-08-11) (aged 89)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Nationality  England
 United States
Spouse Caroline Amelia Symons
Children 2
Status Professional
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T2: 1899
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Greater Cleveland
Sports Hall of Fame

William Herbert "Bert" Way (23 August 1873 – 11 August 1963) was an English professional golfer and golf course designer. Way tied for second place in the 1899 U.S. Open, held 14–15 September 1899, at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

Way designed a number of golf courses, the best known being the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Early life

Way was born in Bideford, Devon, England, to Richard Way (1839–1923) and Frances Mary Way née Henderson (1844–1926). He had four brothers and two sisters. Way was Willie Dunn, Jr.'s apprentice at North Devon and when Dunn left Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Dunn recommended Way as his replacement.[2] Way and his wife Caroline emigrated to the United States in 1896 and both became naturalized American citizens.[3]

Golf career

1899 U.S. Open

In the 1899 U.S. Open, held 14–15 September 1899 at Baltimore Country Club, Way played excellent golf, carding rounds of 80-85-80-81=326. He finished in a tie for second place with George Low and Val Fitzjohn and took home $125 as his share of the purse.[1][4]

Euclid Golf Club

Way designed the Euclid Golf Club in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in 1901,[5][6] and would go on to design many more in his career. The Euclid Golf Allotment, also known as the Euclid Golf Historic District, is a historic district. Roughly bounded by Cedar Road, Coventry Road, West Street, James Parkway, and Ardleigh Drive, the 142-acre (0.57 km2) site contains primarily residential homes built between 1913 and 1929. The historic district is built on land formerly owned by John D. Rockefeller and at one time leased to the Euclid Golf Club for its back nine holes.

Golf courses designed by Way

Note: This list may be incomplete.

Death and legacy

Way died on 11 August 1963 in Miami, Florida. In 1978, he was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.[9]


  1. ^ a b Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5.
  2. ^ "Timeline for Willie Dunn, Jr". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ "1940 U.S. Census". United States Census Bureau. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "The Golf Championship". North Adams Transcript. Massachusetts. 16 September 1899.
  5. ^ a b Bremer & Fisher 2004, p. 9.
  6. ^ a b "Euclid Golf". Cleveland Heights Historical Society. 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Courses Built". Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Firestone Country Club (South)". Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Hall of Famers". Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
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