Fotheringham was born in Carnoustie, Scotland, on 9 July 1883. He spend his youth in Carnoustie, where he began his career as a golf caddy, club maker, and golf Professional.
He won the Carnoustie Golf Championship in 1903. Later that year he went to Durban, South Africa, and was a pro at the professional at the now the Royal Durban Golf Club until 1914.
He won the South African Open five times, in 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1914. He finished tied for 13th place in the 1912 Open Championship held at Muirfield.
He then went to the United States in 1915 and was a pro at the Indian Hill Golf Club, Chicago. He later was a pro for many years at the Norwood Country Club, West Long Branch.
Fotheringham was the first test pro for the United States Rubber Co. when it entered the golf Business. He was an honorary life member of the New Jersey Professional Golfers Association and was the sole surviving founding member of the United States Professional Golfers Association.
Fotheringham’s playing career
was on the wane by the time he moved to the United States, but he did
have some success.