North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. XXII, NO. 12
SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUUAUY 15, 1911)
FIVE CENTS
THE BIG SHOOT
Wettleaf Wins the Midwinter
Handicap.
Wrlg-ht Dreaki OS ler Cent In
50 Target Content
The following account of the Mid
winter Trapshooting Tournament was
written by a correspondent of The
Sportsman's Review, of Cincinnati, antl
is lifted in extenso and with thanks
to our esteemed contemporary:
Glorious weather ushered in the
Midwinter Shoot at Pinehurst on Mon
day last, and with the exception of
some tropical rainstorms on Thursday,
continued unbroken all through the
week. The consequence was that ev
erybody had a good time from start to
finish, win, lose or draw, and a great
number of the guns expressed the in
tention of coming back here for the
United North and South affair on
April 21-22, which precedes the annual
North Carolina State Shoot, April 23,
24, 25.
There was the usual unavoidable de
lay in getting things started on Mon
day, Practice Day ,and one of two of
the Bullers mieht have been 1 a bit
more familiar with their job, the re
suit being that part of the big field
were unable to finish. Dr. D. Lee Cul
ver didn't like it at all and said so, ver
bally and in print, and pulled out in a
huff, but he was the only one of the
upwards of 180 shooters who had any
audible kick to file at any time during
the week.
The rain on Thursday upset the
schedule and caused the Preliminary
Handicap to be shoved over to Friday
and postponed the Midwinter Handi
cap to Saturday. The size of the field
compelled the cutting down of the 600
target high amateur average contest
to 450 targets, but the entire program
was otherwise completed with the ex
ception of the 18-yard championship
shoot, which had to be abandoned.
William, Wettleaf, of Nichols, Iowa,
won the Midwinter Handicap trophy
at the end of a sensational shoot-off on
Saturday, which provided a fitting de
noeument for a great tournament.
Wettleaf- shot from 21 yards and
finished. with 96 early in the day. None
of the 22-yard, men, who shot first,
had dpne very , well, and the only 20
yard man to threaten Wettleaf 's lead
was C, A. Bogert of Sandusky, Ohio,
who stopped at 95 and , eventually
gathered in second money.
The 19-yard men could not offer bet
ter than 94, but when the first 18-yard
squad came along, P. E. Willey of
Dansville, N. Y., tied Wettleaf at 96
and the tie became a triangular affair
when Henry Hensler of Aberdeen,
Miss., finished a long run with a 96
shooting from the 16-yard mark.
The strain proved too much for
Hensler, however, and he went to
pieces on the shoot-off, missing 6 from
the easy distance. Willey missed one
of his first birds from 18 yards and
wound up with 19 out of the 20. Wett
leaf, away back at the 21-yard line,
was as steady as a rock and smash.,
all of the 20 targets in as pretty an
exhibition of hair trigger shooting as
has been seen here in many a day.
Wettleaf received a great ovation
when the last target went to ruin, and
the three high guns pocketed $300
each as their share of the prize booty.
Over $3,000 went to the 36 guns who
highest average achieved in this event
during the twelve years that it has
been held at Pinehurst.
Wright had a narrow escape from
being tied on the last day, however.
He started the last 75 with a lead of 3
birds on the field, but he missed 3 of
the last 75, while Dr. A. H. Aber of
Dravosburg, Pa., was breaking 74 and
the Doctor came within a single Lird
of tying Wright for the trophy and the
accompanying emoluments.
The Buffalo expert also led the long
distance men in the two handicap
events and won the trophy in the 650
target contest with a total of 626 out
of the 650 comprised in the High Av
erage, the Preliminary and the Mid
winter. The East versus West contest, held
in connection with the 450 target race,
was won hands down by the Eastern
team with 2,195 out of 2,250, against
2,151 for the Westerners. The five
JOHN N. STEARNS 3rd
Pi rn ' e lOf.p
'iisfei.i time tf-s- . M 1 1
broke 90 or better in the handicap.
Duncan Livingstone, of New Middle
ton, Ohio, broke 96 in the Preliminary
Handicap from the 18-yard line, and as
nobody, else followed suit, Livingstone
took the trophy and $150. Forty-jthree
guns broke 90 or better in the Pre
liminary Handicap and shared m up
wards of $1,400.
The man who did the best fend most
Consistent shooting thjrouhout the
week. was Frank S. Wright, ki Buffalo.
He started out by winning the 200
event on Practice Day witn 198, break
ing 100 straight in the j morning and
98 in the afternoon. Then he got. busy
in the 450 target high average race,
seized the lead, on the first day with
75, 73, 148, out of 150, and held on to.it
like grim death until the end, winding
up'on Friday with a total of 441 out of
450,. an average, of 98 per cent and the
leaders of the 450 target affair were
all members of the Eastern team in?
scored as follows: Frank S Wright,
441; Dr. A. H. Aber, 440; George S.
McCarty, 438; George N. Fish, 438;
Mark S. Hootman, 438; total, 2,195. -E.
J. Buck, of Davenport, Iowa, witi.
437, was high man in the Westei.
team.
Lieut. John Phillip Sousa, the fa
mous conductor, who never misses a
Pinehurst shoot, jogged along com
fortably at his accustomed 80 per cent
clip all week and broke 380 out of the
450. Sousa did better, shooting at 17
yards, however, breaking a highly re
spectable 84 at that distance , in the
Midwinter, and 82 at 17 yards in the
Preliminary.
Incidentally, Sousa was the main
stay of the Navy team in an Army vs.
! (Continued on page three)
Wins The St. Valentines. Golf
Tournament
Edward Styles Xcadi The field or
ISO In the Qualifying- Hound
The St. Valentine Golf Tournament
opened with a field of 189, on Monday
of last week, and 9 sixteens and a
handicap 8 qualified for match play.
The qualifying medal was won by
Edward Styles, of the North Hills
Country Club, with a total of 156 for
the 36 holes. Styles started out with
a 78 on the Number Two course, on
Monday, and tied for low gross with
John N. Stearns 3rd, of the Nassau
Country Club, and Henry C. Pope ;
Fownes of Oakmont. Rain interrupt
ed the proceedings on Tuesday and the
second half of the qualifying round
was pulled off on Wednesday, Styles
coming through on top by adding a 78
on Number Three to the 78 previously
made on the championship course, and
leading the field by a margin of 4
strokes, at 156.
Stearns was expected to win the
medal in view of the fact that his 78,
on Monday, had been made on Number
Three and he had put the difficulties of
that troublesome course behind him.
The Nassau player did not manage
better than an 82 on Number Two,
however, and had to content himself
with second honors, at 160.
. H. C. Fownes had a relatively poor
round on Number Three finishing in
91 for a total of 169, and was passed
in the race by R. H. Gwaltney of Bal
tusrol, 167, and J. D. Chapman of
Greenwich, 168.
The First Round
The luck of the draw brought Styles
the medallist and John N. Stearns to
gether on the first day of the match
play, on Thursday. Stearns was down
until late in the match but finally won
by 2 and 1.
The match between Donald Parson
of Youngstown and R. F. Mundy of
Garden City, went to 22 holes Parson
finally winning when Munday found ;
himself stymied at the fourth extra
hole and knocked Parsons ball into the
cup for a 3.
F. C. Leonard, of North Hills, and C.
F. Watson, Jr., of Baltusrol, went 20
holes, Leonard gathering: in the vie- '
tory.
A total of 11 extra hole matches V
were played in this first round of the V
    

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