Bobby Cruickshank (1894-1975) was an outstanding player and club professional for three decades before leaving Virginia to accept the position at Chartiers Country Club in 1949 at age 55. He promptly won the Tri-State PGA Section Championship in 1949 and 1950. He set the course record in 1952 at Chartiers with 63. Cruickshank also excelled as a senior and won the PGA of America’s 70-75 age group national title in 1964. He was a highly regarded teacher whose pupils included Phyllis Semple and her daughter Carol Semple Thompson.
A native Scot, Cruickshank was runner-up in the U.S. Open Championship in 1923, where he lost to Bob Jones in a playoff, and also in 1932. He tied for 3rd in 1934 U.S. Open at Merion and finished in a tie for 14th at Oakmont Country Club in the 1935 U.S. Open when Sam Parks won. Cruickshank reached the semi-finals in two PGA Championships in 1922 and 1923 when the championship was match play (1916-1959) and finished tied for sixth in the 1929 British Open Championship. He was the PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 1927. Nationwide he won more than 25 tournaments, including state open championships in New York, Colorado, Texas, and Virginia. Cruickshank retired from Chartiers in 1967.