Bobby Cruickshank

About Bobby Cruickshank

Known as the “Wee Scot” or “Wee Bobby” because of his small stature (5-foot-2 to 5-4), Bobby Cruickshank was an adopted son of Virginia. He was born in Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland, in 1894. He was a World War I hero and POW who escaped from the Germans two days before the armistice that ended the war.

Cruickshank turned professional in 1921 and moved to the United States. He was the PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 1927 after winning the Los Angeles Open and Texas Open that year. He served as head professional at The Country Club of Virginia from 1932-48 then moved to a club in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he retired in 1969. He died in 1975 at age 80.

Crowning Moment…

In 1927, Cruickshank won five times and finished as the leading money winner for the year on the PGA Tour.


State Open of Virginia titles won by Cruickshank, including five in a row from 1933-37


Top-10 finishes in U.S. Open, The Masters and The Open Championship. He also reached the semifinals of the PGA Championship, then a match-play event, twice


Title won as an amateur (1921 St. Joseph Open)


Consecutive appearances in the PGA Championship semifinals (1922 and 1923)

Achievements & Media

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Date of birth: Nov. 16, 1894; died Aug. 27, 1975 (age 80)
Year turned professional: 1921
Tournaments won
(*-denotes PGA Tour win)
1921 – St. Joseph’s Open*, New York State Open*
1924 – Colorado Open*
1925 – Miami International Four-Ball (with Johnny Farrell)
1926 – North and South Open*, Mid-South Pro-Am Bestball*
1927 – Los Angeles Open*, Texas Open*, South Central Open*, North and South Open*, Westchester Open*, Miami International Four-Ball (with Tommy Armour)
1928 – Maryland Open*
1929 – Westchester Open*
1933 – State Open of Virginia
1934 – National Capital Open*, British Colonial Open Nassau*, Pinehurst Fall Pro-Pro (with Tommy Armour)*, State Open of Virginia
1935 – Orlando Open*, State Open of Virginia
1936 – State Open of Virginia
1937 – State Open of Virginia
1938 – Mid South Pro/Pro (with Tommy Armour)
1939 – State Open of Virginia
1943 – North and South Open
1945 – Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
1949 – Tri-State PGA Championship
1950 – Tri-State PGA Championship

Runner-up in the 1923 and 1932 U.S. Opens. He finished behind Bobby Jones in ’23 and Gene Sarazen in ’32
Semifinalist at the 1922 and 1923 PGA Championships, losing to Sarazen in both years
Club professional at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond from 1932-48
Retired in 1969 after teaching at a club in Pittsburgh, Pa., following his stint at CCV
Won three Four-Ball titles with Tommy Armour—The 1934 Pinehurst Fall Pro-Pro, the 1938 Mid-South Pro-Pro and the 1927 Miami International Four-Ball