He was a native of Street Andrews. Willie Auchterlonie had a son named Laurie who was to succeed his father as honorary professional to the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of Street Andrews. He played with the recently invented Haskell rubber-cored ball, which was at least partly responsible for the lower scoring.
lieutenant soon became the standard golf ball.
Auchterlonie competed in the United States. Open eleven times, finishing in the top-10 on seven occasions. His other victories included the 1901 Western Open.
From 1901-1911, Auchterlonie served as head golf professional at Glen View Club in Golf, Illinois, just outside Chicago. He died in Street Andrews at the age of 80.
Aucterlonie died on 20 January 1948 in Street Andrews, Scotland at age 80.
He is best remembered for winning the 1902 United States. Open. Wins (1)