Robt. Spicer started Golf at 16
Tennessee Player Holds Two Southern Titles and Several Several State Championships Championships By ERNEST VACCARO MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 12.—yp)— Since he was a skinny kid of 16, Hobert Emmett Splcer, Jr., has been swinging golf clubs. How well he hag swung them is evidenced by two southern titles, several several Tennessee championships and all the goals the Memphiss amateur golf field has to offer. , Spicer has been putting in a lot of practice lately, but whether he will defend his Tennessee title In tho coming state tournament at Chattanooga is undecided. He will be hard to stop, if he does and that goes for the southern, too, should he decide to enter the event next week at New Orleans. He isn't a kid anymore—but he's still short of thirty. Polks describe him now as "slender." His game Is the kind the fans like to follow and he is rated one of the best stylists in the south. He features long, straight drives. When he was trouble trouble at all, it Is with his putter. And when hi.s putting Ls bad, its really very, very bad. Playing In state and local tourna. ments, Splcer is almost unbeatable. He displayed the same unbeatable golf to win the southern championship championship In 1926 and 1030. Playing in bigger meets, however, he has been signally unsuccessful. Time after time he has fallen before opponents with much less skill. Hard luck and lack of practice have contributed to his downfall on more than one occasion. occasion. : A native of Clarksville, Tenn., Spicer Spicer started, playing golf at 16. In August August 1D21, he played his first tournament tournament golf, a local affair. His quali_ fying score was well over 100 but he won a couple of matches in his flight. He tried the southern In 1022 In Atlanta and failed to qualify for tho top flight. He renlly started going places in 1923 when he won the Colonial Club championship as well as the medal round, and the city title. That same year.he tied the course record of 66. From that year on, he has been reckoned among the south's greatest amateurs.