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Snead. Steady in Stretch, Rolls to Star Open Title as Rivals Falter
GOLFING FIREWORKS MARK END OF STAR TOURNEY—Samuel Jackson Snead teamed up with Old Sol to turn on the heat for the Inde pendence Day windup of the $15,000 Open which produced links pyrotechnics of the highest order at Prince Georges Country Club. In this view Snead is shown surrounded by spectators, teeing off at the 14th, where he overdrove the green which cost him a bogey 4. It was on this hole that Skip Alexander, with his par 3, pulled even for the tournament with Snead. Sammy then took command on the next hole and never was headed. __—Star Staff Photos. Pictured here being interviewed on the 18th green by Jimmy Gibbons (left), ace broadcaster of Station WMAL, following his triumph in the links classic, is Snead himself. The White Sulphur Springs (W. Va.) pro, who added the $2,600 first prize to his list of achievements, which a lready include the Masters and PGA titles for this year, now generally known as “Mr. Golf.”_ gening J&laf J£p0ffs Washington. D. C.. Tuesday. July 5, 1949—A—13 * ose, or By FRANCIS STANN When the Chips Are Down, Things Happen When you dump a cool $15,000 in prize money on a table and tell a golfer that $2,600 of it belongs to him if he finishes on top, a lot of strange things are certain to happen. Here's the way things happened yesterday at Prince Georges in the final round of the Washington Star Open. At approximately 12:32 p.m. the starter called Dutch Harrison, Cary Middlecoff and Bob Hamilton to the first tee. To the gallery it was “the Dutch Harrison threesome,” mainly because Harrison was tied with Sam Snead at 202 and seemed to be on his game. Devotees In number of the royal and ancient had a hunch that Dutch not only was ready and willing, but also able to handle Snead. It remained “the Harrison threesome” for less than 50 minutes. Ol’ Dutch birdied the first couple of holes and was looking real good. When he hit two traps on No. 3 and still scrambled for his par 4 it was taken as a sign that the Francis stann fates were with the Arkansas hill-billy. He could do no w-rong. It remained "the Harrison threesome” only until Dutch's next three shots, two of which were out of bounds. The 39-year-old humorist-golfer banged his diive short of Middlecoff and Hamil ton and went for the green on the 485-yard hole with a wood. His first effort went out of bounds. Dutch teed up again. His next shot also was out of bounds, fading off to the right. He dropped a third ball, incidentally ceasing to become a humorist and not much of a golfer. This time he overdrove to the fringe of the green and took a big fat 6. Five minutes later. Middlecoff. who had been one under par and In the shadow of Harrison, holed out for an eagle three. Suddenly it became “the Middlecoff threespme. The Doc Began Cracking on No. V The young dentist from Memphis had started with 204, a couple of strokes behind Snead and Harrison. Now he was out in front. He picked up another stroke on the 173-yard fifth hole with a birdie. He was the hot guy, four under par leaving the fifth green, and he parred the respected sixth, seventh and eighth holes. Two unfamed threesomes were separating “Middlecoff” from “Snead.” but the word spreads quickly on a golf course and. when the Slammer was little more than a par-shooter as Middlecoff took charge, there was a swmg toward the National Open cham pion. » . . But just as Harrison ruined himself by bogeying 4, 7 and 8, Middlecoff himself began to kick it away on the 9th tee. He swatted a magnificent drive, leaving a wedge to the green. He studied the shot and. to the utter consternation of the new pro Middlecoff gallery, completely hutched it. The ball hit the far corner of the green and, instead of bit ing, kicked crazily into the spectators, most of whom were sitting down. How it escaped hitting a person and leaving Cary with a good chance is a mystery, but it did. When the ball finally stopped It was closer by 120 feet to being in the hot dog stand s cash register than in the hole. The Doc took a bogie 5. Then he shot three more 5s con secutively. He was a stroke under par for the last six holes, how ever. finishing with 274, but when he was led to Jim Gibbons’ WMAL microphone at the last green and asked how it felt to be the leader the guy smiled wanly and said, “There are two other guys out there who're making me sweat.” In the Stretch, Sam Was Best Middlecoff never was so wrong. He was referring only to Bnead and Skip Alexander, who were tied for the lead on the 15th tee, but was forgetting this big sunburned guy from Detroit, name of Chick Harbert, who began to catch fire. Harbert was playing with Snead and Alexander and the gallery had overlooked him until he went out in 32—same as Alexander’s score—which was four strokes better than Snead. He finally tied Alexander for third money, a stroke back of Middlecoff. That was a spectacular threesome—Snead, Alexander and < See-WDClOSE, OR DRAWTPage A-15.) _ Lack of Relief Hurler ! Felt Keenly by Nats As A's Sweep Bill Starting Pitchers Finish Only 3 of Last 18 Games; Weik Unable to Help By Burton Hawkins The Nats have scraped the bot tom of the barrel, but have dis covered nothing to stave off the increasing embarrassment of their pitching staff. Towering Dick Weik is the latest blushing boy. but in his humiliation he has enough company for two tables of bridge. Manager Joe Kuhel has ex hausted the possibilities of forti fying his sagging staff. He gam bled. on Weik as a desperate measure in an attempt to locate an effective starter yesterday as the Nats dropped 9-7 and 8-0 de cisions to the Athletics at Phila delphia, but there was little in Dicks deportment to merit en couragement. In the Nats’ last eight games Kuhel hasn't found a pitcher who ‘could remain the route. Only three times in their last 18 games, in fact, have the Nats seen a start ing pitcher around at the finish and in each instance it was bid Hudson. Weik Beaten at Outset. Kuhel has been forced to em ploy 25 pitchers in Washington's last eight games. He hasn’t found 'any semblance of an effective re ilief pitcher, and too frequently must rely on young Dick Welter loth, used in six of the Nats’ last eight engagements. Weik started the second game yesterday and was operating with a 4-0 deficit before he could get anybody out. He walked the first three batters he faced, then de livered a home run to Sam Chap man, who rammed another homer I off Dick with none aboard in the | third. All other damage in the second game was inflicted at Wel teroth's expense. Meanwhile, Bobby Shantz scat tered 10 hits, including three sin gles by Sam Mele, to extend the A's winning streak to five games. The Nats staked Ray Scarbor ough to a 6-2 lead in the opener, with Sherry Robertson pounding a homer in a 3-run first inning. Scarborough was shelled in the seventh by a single and three doubles, however, and before Mickey Haefner could retire the side six A’s had crossed the plate. Robinson's Homer No Help. Eddie Robinson smashed his 11th homer opening the eighth to cut Washington s deficit to 8-7, but Hank Majeski greeted Welteroth with a homer in the A's eighth and Dick Fowler preserved that 2-run margin. NAT NOTES: Idle today, the Nats will face the slump-shackled Boston Red Sox tomorrow night (See~NATS, Page A-15.) Mangrum Makes Golf Fan, 15, Happy A bright-eyed youngster of 15 walked into A1 Houghton's and Johnny Spence's golf shop during the Washington Star Open at Prince Georges yester day and tenderly fingered Lloyd Mangrum's new book “Golf, a New Approach.” When he thought nobcgiy was looking he turned the cover and thumbed the inside pages. Pinally, Spence walked over and asked if he would be of any help. “How much is it?” the youngster asked, and when Spence told him $3 the boy winced. He put his hand in his pocket, took out two crumpled ones and some change and counted it. “I’ve only got $2.88 and have to get back to Dahl gren, Va., tonight,” he said, and taking what he thought was a last look at the book, started to walk away. The admiration in the kid’s •yes was too much for Spence. ■>. “Come back in about an hour,’^ soft-hearted Johnny told him, “Maybe Mr. Mangrum will autograph the book, and if he does. I’ll give it to you whole sale.” , Laurance Bryson didn’t come back in an hour—he stayed there. An hour or later Lloyd strolled past and Spencer told him the story, with the young ster who had hitch-hiked alone to the tournament gazing with hero worship at his idol. Mangrum didn’t hesitate. He pulled the money clip from a modest roll of bills and peeled off three ones. “Give the youngster a book,” Mangrum said, “Give me your pen and let me autograph it,” and not content with that he pulled a new golf ball from his hip pocket and autographed it. If Laurance Bryson had to walk the 65 miles to Dahlgren, Va„ last night, it was a plea sant journey because he was walking on air. Cary Middlecoff and his wiU asked Chick Harbert why Mrs. Harbert didn’t make the trip. “We’re planning an addition,” Chick replied, but when Cary and his wife offered congratula tions Chick quieted them with “to the house, not the family.” ... Sid Hudson of the Nats, left at home when the Nats played in Philadelphia was a galleryite. ... Chandler Harper took seven on the 16th, or 70th hole, and decided to quit. He took a last fling, however, and dropped a 100-foot putt (ac cording to him) on the 17th. On the 18th he made a 50-footer and for a 2-3 finish and still was one stroke out of the money. . . . Bob Hamilton asked Dick Metz what he had and when Metz replied "76” Bob said “too bad.” Just as Bob started to walk away he apparently gave it a second thought. ‘Did you mean 76 to day or 276 for the tourna ment?” Hamilton asked and when Dick answered that his (See MANGRUM, Page ft-15.) Shown kissing his golf ball in a mock gesture of gratitude is Dr. Cary Middlecoff, who captured second money of $1,900. At the time of his finish Middlecoff was a potential winner with his 72-hole total of 274, an aggregate that Snead beat by two strokes. Scores and Money Winners Rounds of Golf. Name city- 1st 2d 3d 4th Total. Prise. Sam Snead, Wh. Sulp. Spgs.. W. Va._ 69 64 69 70 272 $2,600 Cary Middlecoff, Memphis. Tenn.— 69 68 67 70 274 1,900 Skip Alexander, Lexington, N. C- 66 69 71 69 275 1,275 Chick Harbert, Detroit, Mich- 72 68 67 68 275 1,275 Dick Metz, Virginia Beach, Va- 68 71 69 68 276 1,000 E. J. Harrison, Little Rock, Ark_ 67 68 67 75 277 900 Marty Furgol, N. Hollywood, Calif... 69 70 69 70 278 800 Jim Ferrier, San Francisco, Calif... 69 65 74 72 280 650 Clayton Heafner, Charlotte, N. C... 70 66 73 71 280 650 Jim Turnesa, Briar Cliff, N. Y- 68 69 73 71 281 480 Henry Ransom, St. Andrews, 111.- 68 69 71 73 281 480 Bob Hamilton, Landover, Md- 68 70 69 74 281 480 George Fazio, Conshohocken, Pa- 69 73 68 72 282 320 Henry Williams, jr., Secane, Pa- 71 65 74 72 282 320 Buck White, Greenwood, Miss- 71 69 68 74 282 320 Lloyd Mangrum, Chicago, 111- 74 70 67 72 283 190 Jerry Barber, Los Angeles, Calif.- 68 70 74 71 283 190 Herman Keiser, St. Andrews. 111.- 67 72 72 72 283 190 Glenn Teal, Detroit, Mich- 70 70 69 74 283 190 Fred Hawkins, Antioch, HI.- 71 70 68 74 283 190 John Palmer, Badin, N. C- 69 73 72 70 284 130 Dave Douglas, Newark, Del- 69 75 70 70 284 130 Vic Ghezzi, Deal, N. J. - 68 74 70 72 284 130 Ed Furgol, Royal Oak, Mich.- 69 73 73 70 285 105 Toney Penna, Cincinnati, Ohio- 68 71 71 75 285 105 Rounds of Golf. _ Jst 2d 3d 4th Total. Lawson Little. Monterey. Calif.-71 73 72 69 286 Gene Webb. Clayton. Mo- 72 73 70 71 286 Chandler Harper, Portsmonth, Va- 68 71 71 76 286 Jack Toomer, Clarksville, Va- 75 70 74 68 287 Jack Isaacs, Langley Air Base. Va- 69 70 75 73 287 Fred Haas, Jr., New Orleans, La- 73 72 68 74 287 Joe Kirkwood, jr., Hollywood —- 68 74 75 71 288 Pete Cooper, Ponte Verde Beach, Fla- 73 70 71 74 288 Charles Bassler, Catonsville, Md- 69 71 69 79 288 Ted Neist, Walla Walla, Wash—. 67 71 76 75 289 Eric Monti, Santa Monica, Calif--- 70 72 75 75 289 •Col. Jim Wilson, Arlington, Va-— 74 70 73 73 290 •Ralph Bogart, Chevy Chase, Md- 70 72 77 73 292 •Ned Cooper, Blowing Rock, N. C- 74 74 72 72 292 Ray Hill, Shreveport, La- 71 76 70 76 293 John Bass, Baltimore, Md—... 73 73 72 76 294 Andy Gibson. Baltimore, Md... 69 73- 74 78 294 •Spencer Overton, Baltimore, Md- 72 73 74 77 296 A1 Houghton, Landover, Md- 74 76 76 71 297 •W. B. McFerren, Silver Spring, Md— 75 76 73 73 298 •Lt. Jim Kinder. Landover, Md.. 74 72 70 84 300 Cliff Spencer, Elizabeth City, N. C. 73 76 73 78 300 •Eddie Johnston, Baltimore, Md.. 75 75 76 77 .303 Harold Oatman, Norfolk, Va... 73 76 77 78 304 •Jerry Hart, Washington . 75 73 79 81 308 •E. R. Johnson, Washington -- 75 76 76 81 308 Ky Laffoon. Si. Andrews. HI—. 65 72 77 withdrew A1 Smith, Winston-Salem, N. C.t— 64 78 74 withdrew Otto Greiner, Baltimore .. 74 72 71 withdrew, Walter Romans, Baltimore. 70 77 74 withdrew Max Elbin, Bethesda, Md.___ 76 74 72 withdrew Andy Gaspar. Pittsburgh. Pa- 73 76 74 withdrew Eddie Dodson, Richmond, Va. 74 75 75 withdrew Newt Bassler, Carmel, Calif. - 70 76 84 withdrew Arthur Jones, jr., Baltimore_ 75 75 80 withdrew •Pat Martino, Washington- 76 76 81 withdrew , * Denote* amateur. Alexander's Chance to Repeat Ruined When Sweat Blinds Him on Tee Shot By Merrell Whittlesey A lot of things passed Sam Snead yesterday, but not that $2,600 check for first money in the $15,000 Washington Star Open. Pirst Dutch Harrison broke the 54-hole tie to spurt in front, then Cary Middlecoff. Then as late as the 14th hole Snead was tied with Skip Alexander, while Chick Har bert always was threatening. But one by one Sam shook them off, and with a 16-under-par total of 272 won by two strokes, and in a happy and playful mood received his check from Maryland’s Gov. Lane. Thus the Masters and PGA champion, off on the summer tour for the first time since the early 1940s, took over the leading money winner’s position from National Open Champion Cary Middlecofl with $16,460 to $16,149. On a day when all the scores went up and the 68s of Harbert and Dick Metr. were the lowest of the day. Snead made the fewest mistakes and won The Star Open with a smashing birdie-birdie-par vpar finish. Early Leaders Pick Up. The pins were tucked around comers, but still in fair positions yesterday, but the 90-plus heat and the additional pressure of the final round, along with the placed pins, sent the scoring average a stroke or two higher. A number of the name pros were in the mid dle 70s, and remember A1 Smith and Ky Laffoon? They led the first-day scorers with 64 and 65. Both picked up on the final round. Snead was off to the slowest start of all the leaders and with nine holes to go was only even par on the last round. But a sprayed iron shot on the 14th hole was his only mistake of the back nine and one by one he passed his pursuers. A short iron dead to the stick on the 15th hole gave him a birdie and the lead, and when he birdied the easy par five 16th in routine manner, the horseshoe shaped gallery around the 18th green received the word Probable Pitchers By the Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE. Boston st New York (night)—Mc Dermott (2-1) vs. Lopst (6-4). Chicago at St. Louis (night)—Wight (8-5) vs. Ostrowski (2-4). Cleveland at Detroit (night)—Lemon (8-5) or Papish (0-0) vs. Grissom (2-0). (Only games.) NATIONAL LEAGUE. Philadelphia at Brooklyn (night)— Heintzelman (9-3) vs. Hatten (6-4). 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This is the way the lead alter nated in the final round: 54— Snead and Harrison 55— Harrison j 56—Harrison j 57—Harrison ! 58et-Snead, Middleeoff, Harrison (59—Middleeoff 160—Middleeoff 61— Middleeoff 62— Middleeoff 63— Middleeoff 64— Middleeoff, Alexander, Snead 65— Snead 66— Snead 67— Snead 68— Snead, Alexander 69— Snead (2 strokes) 70— Snead (2 strokes) 71— Snead (2 strokes) 72— Snead (2 strokes) Harrison was the first to take command in the last round. Ol’ Ozark chipped dead to the stick for a birdie on the first and rammed home a 25-footer for a birdie on the second, and a lot of the folks who were huddled un der shady trees waiting for Snead deserted their posts and took off after the first of the two three somes that was bound to produce the winner. But Dutch also was the first to slip. He pushed two shots out of bounds on the pesky par-5 fourth hole and 1-putted for a fat 6. Dutch seemed to lose interest shortly after that and you almost knew he wasn’t going to come back. The tremendous roar that greeted Middlecoff 's eagle on the fourth hole wasn’t any tonic for Snead, three holes back. Middle coff rapped in a birdie deuce on the fifth to go 4 under par, but he was through with birdies until the last hole, and by that time it was too late. Middleeoff Wild Off Tee. Cary, who just like everybody else was bothered by the excessive heat, ran into a streak of wild tee shots at the outset of the back nine, and after trapping his drive on the 10th and finding the wood* on 11 and 12, he was 2 over par before he knew it. That put him in bad shape. Alexander, who duplicated his final-round feat of last year by driving the fi*st green on the last round and dropping the putt for an eagle 2, was 5 under par for six holes. Drop of Sweat Ruinous. Skip, the winner last year, stuck with Sam until the 15th hole. There just as Skip went to drive a drop of sweat rolled into hi* eye on the downswing of the drive and he topped the ball. Snead’s birdie and Skip’s bogey there put Sam two strokes ahead and that closed the gate. Middlecoff was cooling off in the clubhouse with his 274, 14 un der par, and eventually worth $1,900 to the doctor, but Hand some Cary seemed to know that score wouldn't stand. Harbert. who made the most sensational shots of the tourna ment, also drove the first green and then eagled the fourth hole, almost adding a two on a par 5 to his feat of a hole in one of the previous day. Chick still was in the running until the 10th, but there he attempted to play a Tsee STArTgOLF, Page A-14.) Uline, Two Caps' Stars To Discuss Coaching A meeting of Owner Mike Uline of the Washington Caps pro basket ball team with Players Bob Peerick and Bones McKinney was sched uled today, with the Caps’ coach ing situation the likely topic of discussion. Feerick and McKinney are the - ones most prominently mentioned as successors to Red Auerbach, who resigned last month. 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