Oswald Kirkby (1886-1934)
Oswald Kirkby (1886-1934), of Englewood, was among the earliest amateur greats to hail from New Jersey. Over 100 years ago, Kirkby won his first New Jersey Amateur at Atlantic City Country Club. He went on to win a total of three New Jersey Amateur Championships and three Met Amateur Championships throughout his career. Kirkby was well known for his head-to-head match ups with Jerry Travers, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 1912, when the USGA released its first-ever annual handicap report, Kirby was one of six golfers to be listed as a ‘scratch’ handicap. He was also the 1911 Nassau Invitational and 1921 Garden City Golf Club Invitational Champion.