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Bobby Locke

AKA Arthur D'Arcy Locke

Born: 20-Nov-1917
Birthplace: Germiston, South Africa
Died: 9-Mar-1987
Location of death: Johannesburg, South Africa
Cause of death: Illness [1]

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Golf

Nationality: South Africa
Executive summary: Won the British Open four times

Military service: South African Air Force (WWII)

Locke was struck by a train on the day of his daughter's birth, 1960. After this he suffered psychological problems, his golf career essentially over. An argument in 1979 ended with Locke shooting the other man, for which he received a fine and suspended prison sentence. After Locke's death in 1987, the family's finances reached the point of despair. What little wealth remained was tied up in a deteriorating apartment building in Yeoville, a suburb of Johannesburg in heavy decline. In 2001 his wife and daughter entered a suicide pact, ending their days with poisoned champagne.[2]


[1] Spinal meningitis.

Wife: Mary Fenton (m. 1958, d. 2000 suicide pact, one daughter)
Daughter: Carolyn (b. 1960, d. 2000 suicide pact)

    Winner, British Open 1949
    Winner, British Open 1950
    Winner, British Open 1952
    Winner, British Open 1957
    World Golf Hall of Fame 1977



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