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ROBERT DUNLOP (from our readers)
 
  
  From Bill Anderson (10/06/2001). In Pete Georgiady's book, Compendium of British Club Makers a Robert Dunlop is listed as being at Clacton-on-Sea in 1902. Interestingly Alan Jackson's book on British golf professionals has no listing for him.
  
 
  From Douglas Seaton (30/09/2009) - Two cuttings from news papers:

GOLFER'S BODY FOUND.
Scotchman employed near Van Cortlandt Park died in the lake.

The cronies who are in Winter quarters at O'Connell's Hotel, near Van Cortlandt Park, have not yet determined how Robert Dunlop died. His body was found yesterday in the water at the north end of the lake in the park, where the ice had broken. He had been missing seven weeks, and the Coroner of Kingsbridge says he believes that the body was in the lake all of that time.
Robert Dunlop came to this country from Scotland last Spring. Hardly more than 30 years old, he was unusually gloomy. He left the city and asked for employment on the Van Cortlandt Park links. He was a skillful golfer, and was immediately appointed an assistant.
When Winter, the unprofitable season, came, Dunlop sat around O'Connell's and sulked. Then he began to drink heavily. Finally, he asked for work, and did odd jobs here and there, but he seemed to be able to do nothing but wield a golf stick. At last the O'Connells took him in for the Winter.
It was said last night that two inquiries for Dunlop had been made from Scotland. A woman in O'Connell's said that Dunlop never talked about his people and never told any one that he wanted to end his life.

And in "Golf Magazine", February 1907.

The Eastern Professional Golfers' Association very recently gave a convincing proof of its usefulness. A young professional, Robert Dunlop, who came over to this country from Scotland, was accidentally drowned in the lake at Van Cortlandt Park, and his body was recovered after lying there some weeks. Being without intimate friends or relatives in this country, there was no one to look after the funeral. Alex. Finlay immediately became interested and brought the matter to the notice of the secretary of the association, Charles Kirchner, and action was immediately taken. The association took charge of the funeral, purchased a plot in Mount Hope cemetery, and Messrs. Kirchner, Finlay, Stewart Gardner, and also J. P. O'Connell, of the hotel in Van Cortlandt Park, attended the funeral. This is only one of many good things the association is doing and can do, and every eastern professional should give it his hearty support.

  
 
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