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VOL. XXI, NO. 20
SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 20, 1918
Still Remains to be Seen Whether
Fownes or Croofcs Gets Spril Medal
Seventy. elffht CJood for Flrat Place
' In Annual Golf Tournament In
Which Gate and Pierce Score
IF HE could have kept
even , within speaking
distance of the dizzy
pace he set on the first
nine holes, W. M.
Crooks of Mount
Everett would have left
the entire field in the
annual April Golf Tour
nament in the far distant horizon, and
made a very substantial reduction of the
Season record, and pushed the course
record to the breaking point. A man who
starts out over number 2 and reaches
the turn with four threes, three fours
and two fives needs ask no odds of
anyone. This is two under par, and
none over Whittemore.
All the fancy scoring in this prelimi
nary round, played at the Country Club
Tuesday, was done on the first nine
holes. H. C. Fownes, who eventualy
tied with Crooks for the medal, knocked
out a 37 a pace that maintained would
have been good to duplicate his 74, made
in the second round of the United.
Frank Gates, paired with Crooks was
close in the running at this stage of the
game, shooting a perfect string of fours
and threes except for the first and
seventh. Two anamolous sixes on those
holes put him two down on the par game.
But even so, if he could have maintained
that, the medal would have been his at
Crooks spilled his chances in most un
accountable fashion at the very finish.
Driving from the 17th he had a par 7
for the. two holes for a 39, and as it
turned out four extra shots to spare to
win the medal. For Fownes dropped to
a 41 coming in, and chalked up a 78
total, and Gates had made the same,
resulting in 79. So Crooks had 11 shots
to negotiate the short par 3 seventeenth,
and the eighteenth, which is 402 yards,
and not a very difficult four. From
his performance up to that point it ap
peared no less than an easy and certain
thing. He had made but one six the
whole way, and had negotiated every
short hole but one in three.
Crooks drove this seventeenth in his
usual style, landing just over the green.
Here was apparently the same old three.
Just shows the waywardness of this
game of golf. For he hit the ground
behind the ball on his second with his
putter and barely moved it. This re
sulted in the inevitable hurried third,
which went over, leaving a long putt for
a four, which was missed and so gave
him a five.
He still had a six for the medal, as
it turned out. But of course he did not
know this, and in a frantic endeavor to
recover the two shots so foolishly thrown
away he pressed into a bunker and im
merged just in time to take his only
seven, and so tie the score with a 44 in.
Crooks was not the only player whose
high hopes and good performance met
catastrophe on the way in. Chick
Fownes rolled into the ninth cup in 37.
This placed him even with H. C. Fownes,
Fownes Out 44455353 437
In 75355363 44178
Less spectacular in either round
either for burst of speed going out or
relapse coming in, L. D. Pierce as a
matter of fact by steady going landed
within one shot of the winning score,
and played the most consistent game of
the day. He and S. A. Hennessee and
T. A. Cheatham were the only men land
ing in the first division who did not suf
fer from a set back on the way in.
Going out in forty, he redeemed an un
necessary six on the eleventh with a
magnificent 2 on the 15th, and came
home in 39 for a total of 79.
Hennessee 's story is another sad tale
of easily-might-have-been. Making spec
tacular fours and threes most of the
time, on four occasions he seemed to run
into a wind pocket, or a lapse of mem
Jill BARBER'S BACK YARD
and three behind Crooks at that stage
of the game. But then he showed a
flash of golf that neither of the others,
and nobody else displayed on the way
home. He sunk his putt on the tenth
for a birdie 3, ma,de the 11th in par
four, and stood all even fours and a
candidate for final honors. His turn
to blow up came sooner than Crooks
however. He proceeded on the spot to
change his style or his luck for the
worse, and immerged at the club with
the same old 44 that Crooks had, a total
Fownes and Crooks are scheduled to
play this off next week.
The cards of the leaders were
Number 2 course.
Crooks Out 44345353 334
In 54556345 7 1178
ory, and vary them with totally uncalled
for sevens usually consumed on the
putting green beside the cup after the
fairway had been traversed in perfect
The battle for place in the first six
teen found Thomas Morrison of Pitts
burg along side Chick Fownes with 81;
C. A. McCormick and A. K. White of
New Brunswick well up in the list with
83 and 85; Arthur Yates, one of the
high men in the North and South head
ing C. L. Becker and Dr. J. S. Brown.
Captain A. T. Eoberts of Scotland and
G. M. Howard, the Halifax hitter, were
the only other two to break a ninety.
Since C. B. Fownes withdrew from the
contest, this left three more places in
the coveted President's division.
(Continued on page nine)
Scene of Putting Festival Given by
Provides Fund and Service IBanner
With 1M Stars for Farm 1,1 fe
-crj WE WENT TO SEE
the cottage colony in
Spring regalia in lawn
party assembled in and
about 'the Cedar Crest
cottage, the James Bar
ber place last Monday
afternoon. That waa
the big story. But wo
came away marveling more at what we
learned, than even at what we saw.
Mrs. Henry S. Houston had combined
forces with the Barbers holding a
mammoth putting contest over the inina
ture hurdle course layed out by Wiswell
in Jim's back yard. Every family in
the colony was represented in the gath
ering during the day, and no man would
venture to say how many contestants
went over the course.
Everyone paid 50 cents for an entry
to go to the Farm Life School. The-
amazing thing discovered was that Mrs.
Houston's gift preceding the $400 pro
ceeds of this party was a service flag
for the school, in honor of the boys that
have gone from the school to. the War.
Well, that was interesting. Boys gone
from the school to the War! Well,
rather. Don't know any other school
that can touch it. Eighteen are this
minute in service. Eighteen that are in
camp, and entitle the school to a star.
Twenty-five in all will be there directly.
Something over 50 per cent. School
boys. How's that for the result of a
year's training in what an American boy
ought to be?"
No wonder the whole neighborhood
turned out to putt all day for this place.
There is no doubt about their having
turned out. The cheerful congregation
had to be divided into classes for women,
and men, boys and girls, and a regular
tournament staged. Ladies first please.
This, eighteen holes over the barriers
and around the bends, in and out among
the shrubs and down the little vistas
of the course, after an all day's contest
landed Mrs. Homer Johnson in the lead
for the silver vase, with a medal score
of 49. Pressing her hard came Miss
Blatchford, Mrs. Merrill and Miss
(Concluded on page three)