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>AT, JWB », 1908 (AM.) OOOMIft PAOI Qualify ing for US. Open Starts; Hogan Heads List By HUGH FU LLERTON JR. OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — The longest open u o 1 f championship of all — t h e National )pen Tournament — began today with at least some of the contestant* arguing that it ihould be longer. Play started this morning in the 36-hole qualifying round on two courses — t h e 6,16-yard Oakmont Country Club and the 6,712-yard Pittsburgh Field Club. After two ays in which every player in the field of 299 w ill shoot both courses, the low-scoring 149 and ies for 149th will start all over. They will be joined by Defending | such an endurance test might ell- hampion Julius Boros in the 72- j'i« main event over Oakmont's 'ar-lnspiring acres. That means lose who go clear through will lay 108 holes this week on top of ie 36 most of them had to play the sectional qualifying rounds get this far. The on-the-site qualifying is an movation this year and it pro- oked a lot of discussion in the Kker room grousing sessions esterday. • • Longer Test Wanted It was Cary Mlddlecoff, the 1949 'pen champion, who made the sug- :estion that the whole 144 holes lould be lumped into one tourna- nent to make it a fairer test of olfing ability. He said: "I'd lilce to see them make it omething like tne Women's Cross- lountry Tournament with three or our tournaments at different loca- lons and the championship de- ded on the aggregate scores for 11 of them. "If the USGA won't > that, they should throw out this ualifying and make the tourna- lent longer for everybody." Several of the listening pros minate the Ben Hogan menace. Hogan, who has won more mohey in four tournaments this year than most pros have all season, is No. 1 on the list of players to beat. But he doesn't think his strength is up to marathon events and probably wouldn't enter a 144-hole Open. The lithe little Texan has entered only four major events this year and wpn three—the Masters, the Pan-American Open and the Ft. Worth Colonial Invitation. The long, expansive but heavily trapped Oakmont course is suited to his game and unless the extra 36 holes tires him, there doesn't seem to be anything to stop* htm. Some of the other favorites include Boros, who hasn't finished first in a tournament since he won the Open and Tarn 'O'Shahter world championship last summer; Lloyd Mangrum, the leading money winner of the year; Lew Worsham, United Life Wins In Bay Window _ . American United Life Insurance Teed with him, possibly because aided his cause with a homer and th «home-club pio and 1947 Open ran, rotund Ed Oliver, the 1(61 champion; South Africa's Bobby Locke, who holds the British Open title; Sam Snea, a perennial alsc- runner-up, and Unky Johnny BulU, ran, rotund Ed Olivier, the 1M> runner-up, and lanky Johnny Bulla, who finished fourth at Dallas last year anb; who is quite familiar with the Oakmont layout. •* Company levelled a IE-hit b»rrag« against dirt's Bakery at Little Park yesterday to notch another win, 14-2, in the YBay Window Softball League. The contest was never in question as the insurers scored two in the first Inning and proceeded to add three more in the second, five in the third and four in the fourth. Winning pitcher, J. P. Garrott, who held the Bakers to six hits, a double. Hays also homered for the winners. Curt was the losing hurler. Two extra-base blows, a triple by Chapman and. a double by Long, interspersed by a single by Rounsavall, counted for the Bakers' only two runs in the fifth. * * * S mead's Injury May Spell His First Open Title atomic fuels that keep tlje stars j burning. Fhld ant! Strtai KeepThatFlyRodHigh To Land the Big Ones By AL McCLANB Kijhlnr Editor Anybody who puts in time catching the really big fish on a fly rod will agree that the safest way to play them is with the rod a vertical position. When the fish has been brought close, the rod can be held more nearly horizontal — but at least as high as your head, . When i heavy steelhead or salmon starts turning, Jerking, Jumping, and continually yanking at the rod, you'll have to depend on your casting stick to take up the shoik. A. rapid succession of powerful Jerks usually causes the beginner to lower his rod, until finally there's no elasticity between his hand and the fish'i mouth—poof—the hook pulls out. I sometimes get careless, about holding any-rod high when playing heavy fish. With any big fish, the chance for success is amallngly increased if the rod is always in such a position that its full length comes into play. And a first-class rod will stand against the strain of holding it high, • * t When the minnow schools conie to the surface to feed in our TVA lakes, the bass follow them to the top. At euch times bass make swirls or breaks in the water when hunting down the minnows. Sometimes acres of water are churned up by feeding fish. This has given rise to a type of bass fishing known to reservoir lakes as "spot fishing," or, ai they call It In thi TVA Uk«* of Tennessee, "fi»hini thi iwirli." In thU method of fljhini jou work in on the xxnt of activities and stand ready with » popping plug. When • swirl or break occurs, you cast to that swirl. If you can get the lure on location with tpltt- aecond timing, you will take th« Baw before he turn*' tall up and heads down. Spot fishing is the meet exciting phase of bass fishing as it ffreients the fish in nil most dynamic and spirited character. In such fishing I have had my rod knocked out of hand by a large bast, and for that reason it is a good idea to keep » tight grip. While popping plugs create a boiling disturbance on the surface, a variety of small underwater plugs of the sinking type, about two inches long, likewise turn in bass. These linking plugs hav« no *ction as far as the body is concerned. Propeller spinners, one fore and one aft, on the lures, provide the glitter and point of attraction that inspire the baes to strike. I like a type of small sinking plug which has barber-pole stripet on its body — that is, back stripe* on a white brackground. I am probably partial to these because I have taken hundreds of bass in, spot fishing with them. No 'doubt there are other colors that would do aj well. (Distributed by NEA Servics) Doctor Inspector* Physicians, in -700 B. C., wers empowered to inspect the stock of food merchants and put may out of ausiness if their stock wa» not up to par. By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — A big lump on the back'of 's left hand pained so much throughout the Palm Beach tound Robin that Samuel Jackson Snead had it X-rayed. The picture revealed a bone separation, the result of n aggravated old break improperly set. advantage of utmost confidence in his ability to lick the course, on which he won the PGA Championship two yeirs ago. The incredible hillbilly has bagged everything else, including the British Open. It would be ashame to see him bow out of first rate competition without a TJ. S. Open. He's three or four U. S. Opens better than his record, but time is running out. He's 39. Getting back to stricken shot- makers scaling the heights, who will ever forget Ben Hogan limping around Merion in 195Q after. .his near-fatal and frightful automobile accident which kept the pluckiest little Irishman ever to come out of hampion- ip over Pitts- urgh's Oakmont, ne 11-13. ' h e miseries a V e brought h dividends be- 'ore. The Open long nee became a ental block to ead, and little nder. He's come close so many Ties. This trip, in dition to his fering, Slammin' Sam has the Sam Snead Dublin, Tex., out of the Open at Medinah the previous summer? * » * THEY FEARED HOGAN would never walk again, let alone golf. Yet there he was, 16 months after the smash-up, and with elastic stock- ,ings protecting veins in legs that had submitted to delicate surgery. Under these distressing circumstances and under a broiling sun, Hogan played his first double round in two years, yet was aaked for more because his final 74 was good enough only to tie Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio. So, Sunday he was back fresh enough to fire his second 69 of the tournament. It was eaia and written that we would not live to see anything like it again. ' It was to this same Merion to which big Olin Dutra came from California with an intestinal disorder ,jin 1934. So badly did Dutra'! belly ache that he was eight strokes off the pace at the end of 36. That's the biggest deficit a winner of the Open has ever made up. * * * CRAIG WOOD DEOPPED his razor while shaving, stooped to pick it up, and something snapped in his back. The. handsome blond considered withdrawing from the 1941 Open at Fort Worth's Colonial, but decided to go through when a surgeon put him in a corset. Among other things, he had to sleep on a board. So Wood beat all the crack Texans in their own backyard, then was operated on for » ruptured disk. Jess Sweetser flirted with pneumonia playing through the Walker Cup matches and British Amateur in miserable weather in 1926. An ambulance was his transportation after his winning match in the Amateur, and another picked him up on his arrival home. He was out oi, competition for a year. Broken-boned Sam Snead practically is a cinch. He's hurtln', you see. $ 11,000 DRIVERS LICENSES Fantattic? Not under the new Safety Responsibility Law effective June 11, 1953 in Arkansas. Should you have an accident you may be required to post at high ai $11,000 or lose your right to drivel The best, low cost way to comply with this law it to insure with State Farm Mutual—the automobile insurance company that dared to be different in ways that save you money. Find out how from TOLER BUCHANAN, agent for Sfate Farm Mutual. TOLER BUCHANAN Agent, State Farm Mutual 815 Illinois Blytheyillt igure with local dealers! Frequently groups of salesmen from out of town w o r k our city selling complete jobs of siding, roofing, insulation, weather- stripping, etc. They are good salesmen and as far as we know their product is O.K. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE C U S T 0 M E R WHO DEALS WITH THEM PAYS FAR MORE THAN THE SAME J OB WOULD COST IF BOUGHT LOCALLY. One customer signed up to pay $1902 for a new roof, new Aristo Siding and 1900 feet of Celotex. The actual cost at local prices was $640.63.. Another customer contracted to pay $1451.91 for a job that figured $490.22 at local prices. These jpbs can be financed through F.H.A. repair loans locally as well as by some firm from out of town. Your local dealer gets paid" in cash and you get the benefit of the lowest cash prices. The money for labor goes into local pockets and some of it may find its way back to your own pocketbook again. » Our advice is-that whenever these out-of-town salesmen call listen to them and let them make you their proposition. Then call your local dealer and let him m a k e you a proposition on the same job. Then buy where you can do the best. Remember too if anything about the job don't turn out satisfactorily your local dealer is a man who will make it right. The chances are you will never see the outside salesman again. Builders Co. Lumber Co. Co. Lumber Co. Huffman Bros. Lbr. Co. E. C. Robinson Lumber Co.