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Lose to W. 6. Ramsey, Winner of
Midwinter Handicap
C. II. JVewcomb and JT. II. Jahn CHve
An Exhibition of It em ark able
THE Annual Midwin
ter Trapshooting Handi
cap opened at Pinehurst
on January 18th with
the largest entry in
its history, one hundred
and twenty-five of the
leading shots of the
country being on hand.
A strong wind interfered with good
marksmanship on the first or practice day
and it had not altogether disappeared
when the tournament opened ofiicially
Tuesday, the 18th. The remainder of the
week saw typical Pinehurst weather, warm,
sunny and still, and the average of the
shooting was perceptibly better. One
hundred and seventeen contestants re
mained by Thursday when the Prelimin
ary Handicap was pulled off, and 113
toed the mark for the Midwinter Friday.
The Midwinter Handicap was the main
event of the meet. It was open to ama
teurs only. The shoot was 100 targets at
unknown angles, for the championship,
and also four trophies for four classes of
shooters graded according to their record
and their showing during the first days.
W. G. Ramsey of Plymouth, Ohio,
shooting from 17 yards, wTas the winner.
He broke 95 of the 100 targets. R. L.
Spotts of New York was right there with
him, and chalked up the same score, but
Ramsey was not to be denied and in the
shoot-off did not miss one of the 25,
Spotts failing on four.
The President's trophy for the high
score in the first class was won by W. H.
Yule of New York, who shot better than
he knew how, and surprised both himself
and his friends by his clever and consist
ent performance through the whole week.
From 19 yards he broke 93 in the Mid
winter, tieing with F. C. Koch of Phillips
burgh, O., whom he did out of the trophy
on the first extra frame, 2321. He is
also credited with a consecutive run of
130 targest without a miss in the 600
target event, and scored 566 total in
this event.
The best shooting seen during the week
was done by J. R. Jahn of Davenport, W.
H. Jones of Macon, Ga., and C. H. New
comb, Philadelphia. These three were in
.evidence in most of the close finishes of
the week, and drove each other to the
limit. The most exciting possible finish
marked the 600 target 16 yard contest.
It lasted for four days, with money prizes
for the high guns on each day. The best
individual scire for any one day is cred
ited to Jahn. Indeed none could be bet
ter. It was one hundred hits out of one
hundred chances. At- that stage of the
game it appeared not to be a contest, but
merely a chalking up bee.
At the finish Jahn, Jones and F. S.
Wright of Buffalo were all tied with 578
out of the possible 600. Newcomb was
two points behind with 576. The shoot
off brought the whole gallery and the
neighborhood, and caused the greatest
interest and excitement. Twenty-five tar
gets were thrown to begin with, and this
resulted in eliminating Wright. He
missed two in the middle of the string.
F. F. Williams of New York, took away
the Secretary's with 94. C. W. Billings
of Oceanpoint was the captor of the
Captain's trophy in Class D, with a total
of 93.
C. H. Newcomb, the Philadelphia ex
pert, famous at the traps all over the
world, the scratch man of the meet,
shooting from 22 yards, marched off with
the Preliminary Handicap on Thursday
with 95 hits out of 100. He also cap
tured the special 800 target prize for
the best total of all the week, including
Friday, after the 600 target event was
finished with. 759. The inevitable Jahn
was on hand with a tie in this case also,
but was unable to repeat his perform
ance of the day before against Jones, and
had to be content to see Newcomb carry
it off with a perfect score on the first
frame of twenty-five. Jahn only missed
so ! - vuf w 1
Jahn missed the twentieth target, and
Jones came to the last shot with a clean
slate. It looked all over. But he had the
hard luck to miss this one, and square the
account, and the medal and the match,
as it turned out. The second and
third frames each resulted in another tie
at twenty-three. By this time the fame
of the fight had spread throughout the
grounds, and all other activity ceased
while all hands gathered, breathless.
Jahn proved the steadier of the two, and
this time broke all twenty-five without a
flaw. Jones only missed one, but with
this one the match. This, is probably the
record number of extra frames ever re
quired to decide a match in any major
event in this country.
The first prize in Class B, the Gover
nors ' trophy, went to B. L. Spotts of New
York, the high gun in his class, with a
score of 95 equal to any of the day.
one target at that. But one was enough.
There were four trophies for the win
ners of the four classes in the Preliminary
Handicap, hotly fought out. B. A.
Ehrlich of Terre Haute, Indiana,
shooting from 21 yards, lifted the Presi
dent's cup with 94. However he did not
get it without reckoning with C. B. Piatt
of Bridgeton, N. J., who came into the
finish with the same score, and only lost
the shoot-off by one point.
By out-shooting both A. E. Ranney of
New York, and F. B. Lofland, Plymouth,
O., after a tie, S. S. Foster, Mason City,
Iowa, won the Governors ' trophy in Class
B, at 18 yards, with a score of 94. The
Secretary's trophy in this event went to
A. B. Shobe, Cedarville, Ohio, in 93, and
the Captain's to W. J. Stoddard of Atlan
ta, in 88, 17 yards, after a shoot-off with
H. J. Burlington of Jersey City, 2019.
Continued on page three)
Aborn and Hunter Are Tropby
Score In Match Plar Six Point
SjMvm and Medal Play
Dent Twelve Holva
ON THE 17th of Janu
ary the Tin Whistle
Club assembled and pro
ceeded to play a match
of golf for a prize pro
vided by Mr. W. E.
Truesdell upon a system
defying all chronicle.
Twenty-seven the cham
pions numbered, and they advanced upon
the goodly course in groups of three, each
man armed with a fitting handicap. The
six point system prevailed. That is, at
each hole, after the score had been ad
justed to meet the handicaps, six points
were in all cases distributed among the
three players in accordance with this out
come. In other and better words 108
points were divided at the end of the 18
holes among every group according to the
deserts of each individual.
The nine winners of the first day, and
the three wnners of the second day went
through the mill again until only one was
left to tell a victorious tale. This one
was A. U. Aborn ot Montciair, wno dis
posed of Col. II. H. Treadwell of Dun
woodie and T. A. Ashley of Woodland
in the last round.
F. P. Lee of Framingham, meanwhile,
with one down on bogie was taking away
the consolation prize for those that failed
to qualify for the three ball match.
The tabulated history of the tourna
ment follows:
Rev. T. A. Cheatham, Pittsburgh 9 54
W. S. VanClief, Richmond County 15 34.
R. C. Blancke, Montciair 28 20
A. C. Aborn, Montciair 10 47
G. W. Statzell, Aronimink 12 34
J. D. C. Rumsey, Brooklyn 20 27
Robert Hunter, Wee Burn 3 46
W. T. Barr, Shelter Island 14 41
M. D. Clark, Woodbridge 15 21
Dr. M. W. Marr, Woodland 14 45
W. L. Milliken, Hyannisport, 13 35
H. S. Houston, Mt. Tom 40 28
Concluded on page thirteen)

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