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VOL. XIX, NO. 9
SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 5, 1916
FIVE CENTS
A DESPERATE FINISH
Throckmorton Takes tbe Tennis Cham
pionship from Jones
Mia Weber and Mia Ballin, Mrs.
Chipln and MIh Well Win llonori
in Midwinter Tournament
TWO legs on the cup,
two all in sets, two all
in games, and the score
standing at deuce, the
Napoleon of Pinehurst
tennis, J. D. E. Jones,
sometimes champion of
Ehode Island and vic
tor on many courts,
reached his high water mark.
It was in the finals in the men's sin
gles. The great silver flagon adorning
the tea table in the Carolina goes for
ever to him first three times victor in
the annual contest. Jones had won
twice. And after his fashion had waded
through the entries without serious oppo
sition until he met H. A. Throckmorton,
a school-boy newly entered in the lists,
but whose reputation had gone before
him. For he had won the Interscholas
tic championship, following in the foot
steps of Mac Whitman, Beals Wright,
and the galaxy that have gone from that
goal to the finals heights. A fierce bat
tle was expected by the assembly gath
ered to cheer, a hint of the youngster's
power having been displayed in the dou
bles, which he and the old veteran, B. C.
Seaver of Brookline, had finally taken
from Jones and II. A. Mackinney of
Apawamis, the Providence team, after
two days' furious play, diplomacy and
attack.
Jones displayed the finished style and
easy form of the seasoned player, and in
the early stages of the contest was more
than a match for the impetuous drives
and impatient tactics of the challenger.
When the first set went to him, 61,
all Providence set up a cheer, and the
spectators were prone to predict a repeti
tion of history. Throckmorton continued
to hammer at the cool and easy defense
with a violence and persistence which
seemed only to loose him most of the
points into the net, or beyond the tape.
Still the second set somewhat broke into
the reserve of the Providence player, and
the score rose to 6 3.
And here it was demonstrated that
endurance and speed are also a prime
requisite for the . winning of champion
ships. The older man seemed to feel the
pace, which ever grew more rapid, and
more furious. To the onlooker it ap
peared that he deliberately adopted the
strategy of saving himself on the third
set, resting, gathering his" resources, pre
paring for the last desperate drive which
should finish off this tournament.
Throckmorton won 6 3.
It was the old unbeatable Jones that
took the next four games in succession.
Calm, steady, sure, his accurate placing,
his careful returns eaked out the games.
Only two more to go, and his career
would come to a glorious end. Meantime
Throckmorton, cheerful and persistent,
diverting the gallery by his humorous
ejaculations at his own expense, and his
generous appreciation of his opponent's
skill, continued to pound every ball into
a disc and to rush the game from the net,
smashing everything in sight. It told
speed and the drive told in all its effect,
and Throckmorton walked away with the
set and the match.
On his way to the finals the champion
had lost just one set. This was his first
set in the third round against E. T.
Gross of the Agawam Hunt, which he
lost 3 6. The impression that this was
to be a close thing was dispelled by
the two straight sets following, wiiich he
took, 6 1, 6 3; Seaver gave him an
interesting time, losing 8 6, 6 2. His
old friend, Charles C. Edwards of the
West Side Club, fell in the second round
63, 63; and H. M. Griest of New
Haven was disposed of with the loss of
only one game.
There were fifteen entries for the
women's singles. A very high standard
of play was maintained throughout the
tournament, resulting in a decisive vie-
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THE HEIGHT OF THE MIDWINTER TENNIS TOURNAMENT
heavily on the champion. The exertion
was tremendous. Falling down in vain
gyration after one of these hurricane
drives, Jones seemed for a game to weaken
considerably and from then on he never
got control of the play. It was five all
before the gallery were aware of it. The
heart rending deuce sets continued for
ages. Everybody knew it was now or
never. If Jones could just reach his
form for two more games. He tried to
the utmost. It was magnificent tennis.
But it could not quite be done. The
Interscholastic champion finally took
the thirteenth, Jones driving twice in
succession into the net.
The rest is simply told. For four
more games it was even, and then the
tory for Miss Alberta Weber of Shelter
Island. Miss Weber plays a smashing
game, and should be formidable in any
tournament. She defeated Miss . Lyna
Nickerson of Providence in the first
round 6 1, 6 1; Miss Danforth de
faulted, and she made straight into the
singles by putting out Miss Carolyn
Bogart of Elizabeth 63, 62. There
she met Miss Ballin of the West Side
Club, and in an interesting but undoubt
ful match won in two straight sets
6 1, 6 2, completed her victory.
The hardest fought contest was be
tween Miss Ballin and Miss C. H. Chapin
of Springfield, 111. Miss Chapin devel
oped a serve that would be bewildering
(Continued on page thirteen)
GOLD MEDAL FOR BEALL
St. Valentine's Tournament Develops
a Surprise
Wnltttiuore and Whillach FInlib
Second and Third In tbe
Hualifying; Itound
AND now came the
qualifying round of the
St. Valentine's Tourna
ment with its attendant
surprises, and its new
hero. One hundred and
twenty-five aspirants to
golfing honors started on
Tuesday, February 1st,
in search of the golden decoration for the
medal play. And mirable dictu, the
invincible was defeated, the irresistable
resisted. Not Carter, but Edward C.
Beall of Uniontown, who had been doing
76 now and then on the sly over the for
midable number two course, came home
leading the van. It was out in thirty
seven, and in with forty-one, and victory
with 78. Close on his heels came Buck
Whittemore, once more in the running, a
familiar headliner on the Pinehurst links,
with 79, Marshall Whitlatch of Baltimore
heard from incessantly during the week
of the Advertising Tournament was only
one stroke behind, 384280, and Phil
Carter, wondering mightily, finished his
last putt at the club house with 81, and
fourth place.
The first sixteen qualifyng for the
match play for the president 's trophy all
made the round in 90 or better. They
included: Charles Skehens, Wood's Hole;
Tom Kelley, the Southern Pines cham
pion who won the Governors ' trophy last
time by bad luck in the medal play;
W. E. Truesdell and J. II. Clapp, winner
of Tin Whistle trophies; W. D. Johnson
of Dyker Meadow, and T. A. Cheatham
of Pittsburgh; F. S. Danforth of North
Fork, and A. L. Sands from Newport,
J. G. Nicholson and William Wallace, C.
L. Becker of the Woodland Club and
J. E. Prestiss, Mohawk.
The summary:
FIRST DIVISION
E. C. Beall, Uniontown 37 4178
P. W. Whittemore, Brookline 40 3979
38 4280
40 4181
43 4083
45 4085
41 4586
43 4386
M. Whitatch, Baltimore
Philip Carter, Nassau
Charles Skehens, Chicago
T. A. Kelley, So. Pines
W. E. Truesdell, Fox Hills
J. II. Clapp, Chevy Chase
(Continued on page seven)
    

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