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Aubrey Boomer
Aubrey Boomer

The founder of La Moye Golf Club was George Boomer, who in 1901 was appointed the first master of the new La Moye School.

Denied access to the prestigious Royal Jersey Golf Club Boomer resolved to make his own course close to his school, using empty tinned fruit cans, biscuit boxes and a second-hand mower. His rudimentary course layout among the sand dunes attracted other golfers and his club developed, although always in the shadow of the Royal Jersey.

He turned professional himself at the unlikely age of 60, by which time he had already taught two future open champions, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, as well as his own sons. Aubrey Boomer came second to Bobby Jones in the Open Championship and twice played in the Ryder Cup.

French Open

Aubrey's greatest successes came in the French Open, which he won a record five times. Only the great Spanish golfer of the late 20th century, Seve Ballesteros, has come close to that, winning on four occasions.

Boomer first won in 1921 at Le Touquet, with a 72-hole score of 284, followed by another victory the following year at La Boulie, with a score of 286. After this victory he was described in the New York Times report as a 'French golfing star'.

Boomer was to win again at Saint-Cloud in 1929 with a score of 280; Fourqueux in 1929 with a score of 283; and Deauville in 1931 with a score of 291.

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