George Sayers was the third professional employed by the club. He was retained for part of 1891 only (probably little more than a month) being paid £2 14s 3d for his trouble. George was a Scotsman, the younger brother of Ben (a.k.a. Bernard) Sayers who started the famous golf equipment company that still bears his name. The Sayers family were based in North Berwick and the family business ran there for 124 years. For a full history of Ben’s life and work, there is a most interesting article to be found at this Northberwick Golfers web site.
George was born in Leith, Edinburgh in 1863; Ben was 8 years older. Ben had a son also called George who emigrated to the USA and started a golf business over there.
In late 1891, Ben and George played in a match between the two and two other professionals. This was a match organised as part of the celebrations for the opening of the new club house in the Cricket Mill. In the year of the club’s formation, Ben was 3rd in the Open Golf championship held at the Musselbrugh Links near Edinburgh.
Ben Sayers scored 78 and 74 for the two rounds on the first day, 21 shots less than his younger brother. Maybe that was why George didn’t last very long as a professional here. On the second day Bernard increased his lead over his brother by four shots.
George died suddenly in 1913. The news report of his death reports that he taught and played golf with the present King and various other dignitaries including Arthur Balfour and Lord Cadogan.