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Public Links King Is Insatiable: South Rapidly Advancing in Track
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Would Build Another Big
Course Here—Bids for
National Tourney.
PAPA LEOFFLER, unofficial boss
of the municipal golfers of the
town, is getting himself quite
a sports empire down at East
Potomac Park. For a guy who started
his business career with an armful
of box lunches and a wheelbarrow
in front of the old Veterans’ Bureau
building up at Vermont avenue and
H street the rotund emperor of the
public links has done fairly well in
the 15 or 16 years he’s been in the
golf business.
And the funny part of it all is that
he never has hit a golf ball in a serious
way in his life. Golf, to him, is a
business and it has turned out a
big business for the gent who ped
dled box lunches for Government
clerks not so many years back.
Today Leoffler operates three of
the four big municipal golf projects
in Washington; he runs one of the
biggest swimming pools in the town,
his driving ranges and his Tom Thumb
putting courses are crowded all day
long and half the night and the man
has become the Capital's premier golf
Wants National Tourney.
pURTHERMORE, he's a good friend
of the golfers themselves. His
little benefactions for years have in
cluded free trips to the national tour
naments for four public linksmen
who have represented Washington in
the Harding Cup play. Even though
the national this year will be held at
. San Francisco Leoffler again is reach
ing down in his jeans and sending
some of the lads to Frisco.
Recurring award of the concession
for the public courses in Potomac Park
and Rock Creek Park to the Leoffler
organization since 1921 has established
the portly Leoffler as Washington’s
foremost links promoter. He has ex
tended his golf empire to other spots,
too. He has a long-term lease on the
Annapolis Roads Club, he runs a pub
lic course in Richmond, and for a time
he operated a municipal layout in
In many ways Leoffler is the boss
of municipal golf in the entire area
around Washington. He wants very
badly to build another public golf
course in or near Washington for
he realizes there is a growing de
mand for better golf courses than
those at East Potomac and Rock Creek
Parks. He wants something like the
splendid Mount Pleasant-Clifton Park
project in Baltimore, on which the
Federal Government spent consid
erably more than a million bucks;
or like the Bethpage State Park
project on Long Island, one of the
nationally-known links extravagan
May Get Private Club.
'AND he has an "in” at one of the
private clubs near Washington
which eventually may result in* his
acquisition of that club.
Leoffler has retained his public
golf concessions here since the first
nine-hole course was built'by Walter
J. Travis down near Hains Point. A
former officer in charge of Public
Buildings and Grounds (it’s all under
the National Park Service now) told
us that Leoffler was the only man
to put in a business-like bid for the
golf operations.
He has done a good job with the
material at hand, even though the
golf hardly measures up to the best
country club standards. But then
you can’t keep a public course, where
as high as a thousand people play a
day, in the pink of condition. Divots
won’t be replaced, and so on, and
the guy who pays his two bits figures
he has a right to do as much damage
as he pleases.
Leoffler’s latest venture in the golf
promotion field is a bid for the na
tional public links championship j>f
1939. His bid is in, but Baltimore
also is bidding. It’s a cinch that
the 1939 title tourney will come either
to East Potomac Park or to Balti
Rnas Jewelers and the Prince Georges
A. C. will stage a double-header Sun
day at 1:15 at Magruder Park. All
players are requested to report at the
field at noon.
mt TEE
= By Walter McCollum «=*?
ready have been received for
the post of professional at the
Beaver Dam Country Club,
which Cliff Spencer will vacate on
September 1. Martin P. McCarthy,
golf chairman, says he hopes the club
will be able to get a good golfer in
tlie pro berth to take Spencer’s place.
Spencer, according to McCarthy,
wants to play tournament golf and
plans to take in all the big tourna
ments on the pro circuit next Pall
and Winter.
“He's a good golfer who
might go places in the tourna
ment game,” said McCarthy.
“I hope he does.”
Hope so, too, Martin. With Cliff’s
natural edge in the the matter of
length from the tee he should be able
to nudge his way into the higher
brackets of pro golf. Pew men can hit
the ball along with the lanky Beaver
Dam mentor.
'J'HIS putting business isn’t as easy
as you might thiflk. Take Reese
Hair of Washington, for Instance.
Last Winter Reese and Thurston Purr
got to gabbing about putting and how
easy it was and would be when the
greens got right. ’ Why I think 1
can average 30 putts to the round,’1
said Hair. "For how much?” asked
Purr and the battle was on.
Now Reese admits he can’t average
30 putts, even though he 1s one of the
best putters you’ll find anywhere. He
gets down his share of the long ones
and he seldom misses a 4-footer.
‘ Guess I've averaged about 31
putts," says Reese. "I'm getting tired
of paying off that guy Furr, but I'll
give it a fair trial over the season.
“It isn’t costing me much as
the bet now stands, and it has
made me a little more careful on
the greens.
"The trouble is I don’t have so many
chip shots in the ordinary round.
When you’re playing a Nassau match,
and you have to think about putting,
too. it isn’t so easy."
J£ACK from Shawnee, Pa, Roland
MacKentie of Congressional plans
to have a whirl at the Chicago open
tournament next week. Prise money
in the Windy City open tourney totals
$10,000, a tasty piece of dough for the
professional divot fllngers.
But the Chicago open will be topped,
in point of money, by the Belmont
Springs, Mass., open tourney in Sep
tember, with prize money totaling
RMMETT GARY, secretary of the
u Maryland State Golf Association,
doesn't expect more than 25 amateur
aspirants from this sector will play in
the sectional qualifying rounds for the
amateur championship on July 27.
“I don’t know how piany entries there
are.” he said, “because they go direct
to the United States Golf Association,
but my guess would be that there
won’t be more than 25 entrants, which
would mean about four places, if the
usual ratio is followed.”
Billy Shea and Martin F. McCarthy
of Congressional and Columbia have
entered the tourney and will go to
Portland, Oreg., for the champion
ship next month if they qualify.
The sectional rounds will be
played at the Five Farms course
of the Baltimore Country Club.
That new nine-hole layout at the
Army-Navy Club will be opened next
month, under present plans, com
pletely changing the golf course at
the service club.
The golf shop of Danny and A1 Bur
ton will be shifted to a spot near the
new first tee.
Over at the Washington Golf and
Country Club they're planning to fin
ish up their new club house and hold
their opening ceremonies on July 29.
The exterior of the new house is
practically completed and within a
fortnight all work will be finished.
Gates Heads St. Louis Lot Going
to Muny National.
ST. LOUIS, July 15 (*>).—Led by
Ray Gates, the golfing policeman, who
had 151. four St. Louis golfers quali
fied yesterday for the national public
links golf tournament to be held in
San Francisco August 9 to 16.
Those who will accompany Gates
and the scores they made are Frank
Maloney, 152; Jim Spencer, 153, and
BUI Bentley, 156.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, July 15
(fP).—Yale's golf team won the first
victory of its English tour, defeating
a team captained by Lieut. Stark,
St. Andrews’ University coach, 10 to
6, In an unofficial match.
Lacey Knew Lotton s Prowess
Called Him World’s Greatest Golfer Prior to
British Open, Victory Over Shute.
ville, N. J., pro, was among
those who called Henry
Cotton the greatest golfer
in the game today—before the
British open started.
Cotton has proved that he is
pretty close to this high rating.
His medal play victory in the Brit
ish open and his match play speed
against Denny Shute is something
you can’t chuck out the window.
Those who have played with him
in the last year say he is the finest
they have seen from tee to green.
His long iron play especially is of
the highest order. Anyone who
can consistently lay a number one
iron near the pin from 220 or 230
yards away knows how to handle an
His one weak spot at times is
around the greens where his put
ting is on and off. It is the one
feature of his game that isn't al
ways consistent. He rarely has any
lapses with the other club6. OB the
tee he has both length and con
trol—with control featured.
Cotton built up his game through
one of the tough Winter circuits
over here. He came over to learn
all he could. Being highly intelli
ligent, he took his lesson home
and from that point on he has come
along at a dizzy pace with a num
ber of incredible scores in the low
Find Clay Slow at Spring
Lake After Being Used
to Concrete.
By the Associated Press.
SPRING LAKE, N. J., July 15.—
California’s contingent of net
hopefuls, accustomed to the
concrete courts of the West
Coast, is not faring well on the clay
In the Spring Lake Bathing and Ten
nis Club's Invitation tennis tourna
Julius Heldman’s slight fever, It is
granted, hastened the defeat of the
seventh-seeded national Junior sin
gles champion in the third round
yesterday, but the rest of the Cali
fornia entries had another explana
tion for defeat.
“Play on clay courts is a far cry
from the game we play on cement on
the Coast,’’ Paul Newton of Berke
ley, Calif., said after losing to E.
Ramsay Potts of Memphis, Tenn., in
straight sets, 6—3, 6—4.
“The ball doesn’t bounce as fast
or as high on clay, and we have to
revamp our whole tempo of play
when we quit the concrete."
Harman Meets Potts.
CTRENGTH was lent to Newton’s
^ complaint by the fact only two
of the four California entries in the
singles remained in action today.
Robert Harman of Berkeley was
scheduled to face Potts in a quarter
finals match. In another. Owen An
derson of Hollywood, Calif., had for
his opponent J. Gilbert Hall, New
York veteran.
Other matches in the round of
eight pitted Wilmer L. Allison of
Austin. Tex., former national singles
and doubles champion, against Don
McNeill of Oklahoma City, and Er
nest Sutter of New .Orleans, national
intercollegiate champion, against Pe
ter Lauck, the Montclair, N. J., youth
who upset Heldman yesterday, 6—4,
March, Turner Reach Semi-Final
in Junior Doubles After
Singles Defeats.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
QYNWYD, Pa., July 15.—Harry
March and Billy Turner were In
the doubles seml-flnals of the Pennsyl
vania State Junior tennis tournament
today after both were eliminated In the
quarter-flnals of singles yesterday.
They entered the next-to-last round
of doubles by defeating another Wash
ington tern. Bernard Blankin and
Harold Landsman. 6—3, 6—0.
Isadora Beilis, the country’s ranking
No. 1 boy player a year ago, proved
too much for March yesterday, beating
him, 6—1, 6—0. Turner put up a lit
tle better light against Dick McKee,
only non-Philadelphian left In the
running before bowing. 6—3, 6—2.
Morton Kline and Malcolm Wein
stein are the two other seml-flnalists,
Kline defeating Robert Dunn of Lower
Merion, Pa.. 6—0. 6—2. and Weinstein
eliminating Robert Boyer of the Uni
versity of Pennsylvania, fl—2, 6—i.
Mohawk Insects gave the Fenwick
diamonders a 20-9 walloping in a
Boys' Club League game. Delisi starred
for the winners, collecting four hits
and initiating a triple play.
Fairfax Farms unlimited nine wants
a Sunday game. Call Potomac 2321.
Sports Mirror
By the Auocleted Prese.
Today a year ago—New York
Giants, trailing Cards by 10 H
games, started drive that carried
them to top of National League.
U. S. Olympic team sailed, with
Harold Smallwood in ship's infirm
ary with appendicitis attack.
Three years ago—Zell Eaton of
Oklahoma City won Western ama
teur gold title on twenty-first
Donohue, Notre Dame
Frosh, Favorite as Meet
Goes to Quarter-Finals.
B? the Associated Press.
HICAGO, July 15 —Phil Dono
hue of Sioux City, Iowa, a
Notre Dame freshman, and
Bert McDowell of Kansas City,
squared off today in the feature quar
ter-finals match of the twenty-fourth
annual Western junior golf champion
ship tournament at the Cherry Hill
Donohue became the favorite to
take over the title left vacant by
Sid Richardson of Creston, Iowa, who
has passed the age limit, by first elimi
nating Tom Sheehan of Chicago and
the 1936 Notre Dame varsity, 1 up,
and following with a 2-and-l triumph
over the medalist, Earl Wilde of
McDowell advanced by a 5-and-4
victory over Tom O'Connell of Chi
cago and a 4-and-3 decision over Dave
Barclay of Rockford, 111.
Other Quarter-Finalists.
IN THE other upper bracket quar
ter-final, another Kansas City star,
Ken Krakauer, opposed Art Andrews,
jr„ of Peoria, m.
In the lower bracket Joe Franco,
runner-up to Richardson last year,
was matched with Dave Kober, tiny
Ludington, Mich., entrant. Kober
weighs only 90 pounds.
John Holmstrom, another Rockford
youngster, plays Irving Cochrane of
Chicago, another Notre Dame fresh
Towns Still Rated as Ace of
Hurdlers in Spite of De
feat by Tolmich.
AMERICA can look more and
more to the South for Olympic
track and field material. This
steadily rising tide of Southern
strength probably will offset what I
trust is only a temporary sag in East
eam output. To me, that is the key
finding in the classy Nationals at
I have written about the recent
rise of the Southern colleges. You
first noticed it in foot ball, then it
rippled through other sports.
July 3, while Southerners were in
the Milwaukee limelight, Louisiana
State provided both intercollegiate
golf finalists.
Twenty years ago an event like the
current Dallas Pan-American games
might have hinged on athletes from
other districts, but the South can
now cheer many a Dixie star.
Many Rising Stars.
POR besides three 1937 national
champions it has a whole new
crop of rising stars. Among the Coast,
the South, the Southwest and Mid
west, the East produced only the
800, 5,000, 10,000, hammer, weight and
3,000 walk champions.
True, Glenn Cunningham repre
sented New York Curb Exchange in
winning the 1,500 after Archie San
Romani fell. But Glenn is a Kansan.
Walker. Georgia Tech (100); Pat
terson. Rice (400 hurdles), and Brown,
the Louisiana schoolboy (hop-step
jump) champions, stir Dixie pride and
aid the sport there.
And while I admire Tolmich of j
Wayne (Detroit), only 1937 double
champion, he may have to beat Geor- j
gia Tech's world champion 110 hur
dler Towns a few more times before
the public will accept him.
Besides Brown, the Baker High
boy, the South produced the runner
up in Kent, L. S. U. The Southern
college which gets Brown, a national
champion schoolboy, will have some
Lose* Pole Vault Grip.
HN'E of the East’s props is gone—
pole vaulting.
Imagine the public attitude the
Coast stars built up when, although
four men broke the listed world rec
ord by doing 14 feet 7%, the crowd
Possibly because I predicted a. 15
foot vault—and still do—I was espe
cially disappointed that a strong wind
unsettled the skyscraping stars.
Varofl, injured this Spring, after
setting the new world record last
Summer, seems right again. He lacks
the finesse of Sefton and Meadows,
but has the size, strength, speed and
spirit to go higher.
Always hoping a sudden turn in
public opinion will help distance run
ners, I was delighted to find the vet
eran McCluskey looking better than
ever winning the 5,000 in meet rec
ord time.
Alien Has Hard Luck.
A_LL in all, it was a classy meet,
although an unusual number of
illnesses, such as Lash's and Pea
cock's marred it, plus San Romani
failing and Allen getting ruled out
in the hurdles.
Sam has bad luck. Last year a
broken foot bone cost the Oklahoma
Baptist star an Olympic berth. July
3 he became the first man I ever
saw ruled out of the nationals for
breaking twice.
Walters, the starter, is one of the
best. Allen had no complaint, ex
cept as he told me: ‘‘I don’t know
what got into me; I never did that
With Towns appearing a bit thin
and drawn, Allen, I feel, was as good
as any hurdler in the field.
That we are already cultivating
a new 1940 Olympic crop is shown
in the fact we have 12 new cham
pions and 18 of the 33 foreign tour
selections are new to international
(Copyright. IS.'iT.)
Opposes Gillespie, Former
Victim, Today in East’s
Junior Tourney.
Epcclal Dispatch to The Star.
NEW YORK, July 15.—Harry
Heffner of Washington, D. C ,
was a prohibitive favorite to
win his semi-final match from
Billy Gillespie of Atlanta, Ga., and ,
thus enter the title round of the East- *
ern junior singles tennis champion
ships at Forest Hills.
Heffner, who defeated Alter Milberg
of Brooklyn yesterday, 6—0, 6—4, re
cently beat Gillespie in straight sets
in the Delaware State tournament.
If he wins, he will meet either Bob
bie Low, the national interscholastic
champion of Choate School, or Joey
Fishback. lanky freshman of St. John's
University. Low and Fishback were
rivals in the day's other semi-final
match. The four semi-finalists justi
fied the tournament seedings, Low,
Heffner, Gillespie and Fishback being
rated 1, 2, 3 and 4 in that order.
Gillespie was the only one pressed to
win yesterday, dropping a set to Mel
vin Schwartzman, 3—6, before taking
two at 6—2, 6—0, Lowr conquered
Marvin Kantrowitz, one of the East's
mast prominent juniors last season,
6—2, 6—2, and Fishback defeated
Bemie Jacoby, New York's metropoli- ,
tan Interscholastic champion, 6—2,
Tides at Nearby Fishing Grounds
Tides at Washington for the week:
Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Monday. rueaday. wtdnMday. Tnuraday.
High. Low High. low. High. Low High. Low. High. Low High, Low, tegh. Low.
AM_ 2:12 9-08 3:04 10:03 3:56 10:57 4:46 11:50 5:35 . 6:21 0:45 7:03 1:34
P.M. 2:31 9:15 3:26 10:10 4:19 11:03 5:10 11:56 5:59 12:39 6:45 1:27 7:28 2:10
To find the tides at the following points, subtract hours and minutes noted beside each location:
H. M H M H M H. M
Fort Washington... 30 South River_... 3 40 Sharps Island_ 5 20 Solomons_...... 6 20
Guns ton Cove_ 50 North Beach_ 4 50 Benedict _ 6 20 Piney Point_.... 6 50
Quantico-.... 2 00 Plum Point__ 5 05 Kenwood Beach_ 6 45 Ridge -.... 7 00
Annapolis .3 10 Tilghman Island_ 5 20 Rock Point. 6 00 Point Lookout.7 25
West River- 3 25 —CompUad by Ooaat and Qaodatle Surrey
Special Penna. train leaves Union
Station 1 i ‘10 A M. Special B. A- O.
trains leave 11 :io A M. and 11 45 f;
A M.—direct to track. Eastern
standard time.
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