Thomas Henry Cotton was born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire on the 26th January 1907. At the age of 17, he took on the role of Assistant Professional at Fulwell for a year before moving to the South of France at the age of 19 to take up a similar role at Cannes. Within a year, he was appointed as the Professional for the Langley Park Golf Club in Beckenham where he stayed until 1933. He then moved to the Waterloo Club in Brussels where he stayed until 1936.
His next appointment as Head Professional was at Ashridge Golf Club in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
In his last major domestic competition event in April 1939, Henry Cotton reached the final of the Daily Mail Tournament held at Queens Park, Bournemouth where he beat Archie Compston, Head Professional at Coombe Hill to win prize money equivalent to £33,000 in today’s money.