Thanks for the kind words.
I know that Locke was filmed when he was a child prodigy, but really don't know exactly when or by what organization.
The Shell Wonderful World of Golf series
, unfortunately didn't crank up until the 1960s after Locke's career had peaked (1957) and after his train accident. The new series is produced for ESPN
. Maybe, just maybe, they have something archived.
The World Golf Village inducted Locke into the Hall of Fame
, and perhaps they have some sort of historical archive that includes footage.
Since Locke won four British Opens (1949, 1950, 1952, and 1957), and since the BBC
, has a keen interest in this event, perhaps the BBC has some footage, or perhaps the event's sponsor the Royal & Ancient
, has some. Peter Allis is a BBC commentator who played matches with Locke in the 1950s.
British Open history and event footage is another possible source, but the standard event coverage only starts in 1967. The one with Peter Allis looks promising. However, there are a few "historical" videos that say they have rare vintage footage included. I haven't seen these, but here's a list from British sources. (I think the British videos have a technical standard that is different and perhaps incompatible with US video players.) Quadrant Videos
, and Amazon.com (UK), sell these videos, and maybe Amazon.com (US) also:
Century of Golf
Golden Greats of Golf with Peter Allis
Legend of the Open
Another possible source is the Golf Hall of Fame in Foxborough, Massachussets, if it is still there. Locke was inducted in 1972. Perhaps the Foxborough CC
In South Africa, these sources come to mind as possibilities:
South African Broadcasting Corp.
the South African PGA & Tour
and the South African Open
(won by Locke nine times, second only to Player - who won it 13 times).
, the SA phone giant, has a longtime interest in SA golf, and maybe they have something.
Locke was from the Johannesburg area, so maybe a library or newspaper
there can help.
There is a SA Sports Illustrated
and a SA Golf Digest
, which has not yet gotten going. Perhaps the US Golf Digest
Another lead is Dunlop Sports
. Dunlop Golf Balls signed Locke to an endorsement contract, and perhaps they have something. Thay also produced a small book on Locke in the 1950s.
One possibility is the Farnham Golf Club, England
, where Locke hung out. He played some exhibition matches there, one with Peter Allis and one with Gary Player.
Finally, perhaps the Golf Channel
, has something in their video archive.
(And of course there is my modest animation from Locke's book on my website, the PuttingZone.com
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