The District Post can reveal that golfer Adam Scott, who won the prestigious US Masters Tournament in Atlanta in the early hours of Monday, has connections with Horsham going back to the early 20th century.
Adam’s grandparents, Derek and Gillian Scott, emigrated to Australia in 1953. Derek was the younger son of Rupert Scott, of Felled Oaks, Brighton Road.
The family had moved to Horsham from Newbury in Berkshire in 1926 when Rupert entered into partnership in an ironmongery business in East Street – Scott and Sargeant.
Scott and Sargeant traded in Horsham for many years, and became a well-known and popular shop in the town centre. In 2004 the shop became part of Steamer Trading, which is still operating on East Street.
The Australian branch of the family live on the Gold Coast in Queensland and have made several visits to Horsham. There are three generations of the family all descended from Derek’s sister Phyllis still living in Horsham.
His dad Phil was a golf pro but had to give up following a motorcycle accident when he damaged a knee so it was natural that Adam would take up the game.
Adam attended Kooralbyn International School on the Gold Coast.
He turned pro at the age of 20 and won his first tournament on the PGA European Tour in 2001.
He then based himself in the USA from 2003, staying much of the time with Greg Norman, and won the Players’ Championship in 2005 when we went up to World no.3.
His career took a bit of a dip in 2009 but picked up again a couple of years later, partly due to the help of his caddie, Steve Williams, who’d been with Tiger Woods for many years.
Following his Masters win he’s now back as World no.3.