The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 2, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 2, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINES Champion Will Have All Shots In National Open By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor SPRINGFIELD, N. J. — (NEA) — Touring Baltusrol's lower course with Johnny Farrell, the words you repeatedly hear are "most exacting." On a course designed by the club, with the final touches applied by the United States Golf Association, the combatants again will have to think as well as shoot in the 54th Open Championship, June 17-19. Some of the professionals are al-+ ready moaning, but, as someone once said: Is it asking too much for the champion to make all the shots? The winner here will have to make them. Farrell. Baltusrol head professional for 20 years, calls the sixth hole the most difficult to par. A new back tee makes it 45 yards longer and stretches the par 4 to 465 yards. During the U. S. Amateur" of 1946, from the old tee, it was regarded as .the hardest hole in this entire perplexing layout. Now, more than ever, it tests the longest hitter to get home in 2. There are trees to the right of the fairway, a gully -on the left, adding to the problem of the tee shot . . » » » Discussing: Baltusrol, you go back to other TJSGA major tournaments, for this is the eighth held in the New Jersey hills. In the 1926 Amateur, the 450-yard 10th was considered the most difficult par 4. The fairway has been brought in to a width of 40 yards. A new trap guards the middle of the front part of a large, undulating green, with the old bunkers right and left. You have to be mighty careful with your second shot. It was an unlucky 13th for Bobby Janes in his famous final match with George Von Elm in the '26 Amateur. It is a 391-yard par 4. A creek' bisects the fairway on the diagonal, with a fairway trap on the left at 240 yards. The pin is in a terraced position, making a worrisome putting surface. It is a slight left-to-right dogleg, and the immortal Jones tried to cut the corner too much and caught the brook to the right. This was the key hole, for it put Emperor Jones 2 down and he bowed. 2 and 1, You're practically exhausted when you reach the 15th, but you're just coming to the tough finishing holes. * « » When it measured 570 yards, Jones rated the now 620-yard 17th the toughest par 5 in the land. Its length makes it a full three-shot hole. There is a trap to the left 240 yards out and heavy rough on the right. The second shot is over cross traps 420 yards from the tee. This hole could decide the championship. "A lot of the boys won't be able to make those traps with their second." says Sam Snead. "This hole is tougher than Oakmont's long 12th, which is 590 yards. I made the Oakmont green in 2 a year«ago, but won't be able to do it here." The 545-yard par 5 18th also could be the deciding hole. It is a left dog leg framed with trees. A creek flanks the left side of the fairway, so a hook could be disastrous. An elevated green is trapped —front, left and right—and has a waving surface. Big players can hit the green in 2 and be richly rewarded, but the penalty for a slip easily could be a 6. Par for the 7027-yard course is 70, but Claude Harmon doubts that 290 will be broken. "There'll be a lot of them picking up," asserts Samuel Jackson Snead. LITTLE LEAGUE Continued from Page 8 introductions and announcements. ROTARY AB R H PO A Huey. ss .32 0 0 0 0 Turner. 2b 3 Branscum, p-cf 3 Stilwell, Ib 2 Smith, cf-p 3 Smothers. If 3 Hodge, 3t> 2 Lendennie. rf 3 Coleman, c 3 26 4 6 15 1 LIONS AB R H PO A Morris, If Alford. rf Hill, cf Killett, S6 Marshall, p Smythe, 3b Carson, 2 b Raspberry, 1 b Mathis, c Nelson, 3* 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 000 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 11 0 0 26 6 5 18 5 Summary: Errors, Huey 2, Branscum, Coleman, Killlett 2, Marshall, Smythe, Nelson. Runs batted in: Branscum, Smothers 2, Alford 2, Marshall, Nelson. Two base hits: Branscum, Smothers, Mathis, Raspberry. Three base hit: Huey. Double play: Killett (unassisted). Stolen bases: Mathis, Nelson. Hit by pitcher: Stilwell (Marshall); Al- forfl, Marshall, Nelson (Branscum). Biue on balls: off Branscum 2, Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB 23 24 23 22 23 Milwaukee Brooklyn ... New York . Philadelphia 17 18 19 19 21 21 22 33 3 4 12 V .575 .571 .548 .537 St. Louis 23 21 .523 Cincinnati 21 21 .500 Chicago 20 22 .476 Pittsburgh 14 33 .298 Today's Games Philadelphia at Cincinnati (N) Brooklyn at Milwaukee (N) Pittsburgh at Chicago (N) New York at St. Louis (N) Tuesday's Results Brooklyn 2, Milwaukee 0 New York at Pittsburgh, postponed, rain St. Louis at Chicago, postponed, rain Only games scheduled AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Cleveland 28 Chicago 28 New York 26 Detroit 21 Washington ... 17 Boston 13 Philadelphia Baltimore . 15 14 13 15 17 17 24 22 27 27 .683 .651 .605 .553 .415 .371 .357 .341 GB 1 3 5: 11 12 13 ; 14 Today's Games Cleveland at New York (N) Detroit at Washington (N) Baltimore at Philadelphia (N) Chicago at Boston (N) Tuesday's Results New York 9, Washington 3 Philadelphia 16, Boston 6 Detroit 4, Baltimore 3 Only games scheduled MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Louisville 8, Toledo 7 Minneapolis 11, St. Paul 3 Indianapolis 7-5, Kansas- City 2-1 Columbus 7, Charleston 1 Texas League Dallas 9, San Antonio 2 Houston 2-5, Forth Worth 1-4 Oklahoma City 6. Shreveport 0 Tulsa 5, Beaumont 4 Western League Denver 7, Wichita 4 Omaha 5, Sioux City 1 Only games scheduled .426 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION GB Atlanta Birmingham . Chattanooga .. New Orleans ..26 Nashville 20 Little Rock .... 20 Memphis 20 27 Mobile 21 31 .404 Tuesday's Results Chattanooga 3, Atlanta 0 New Orleans 8, Little Rock 7 Birmingham 17, Nashville 6 Memphis 3, Mobile 2 Today's Games Atlanta at Chattanooga New Orleans at Little Rock Mobile at Memphis Birmingham at Nashville COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB El Dorado 20 12 .625 — Greenville 18 12 .600 Meridian 17 15 .531 Hot Springs ...-15 15 .500 Monroe 12 20 .375 Pine Bluff U 19 .367 Tuesday's Results ^ El Dorado 14-7, Hot SpringslO-7 (2nd game called after 8th, curfew) Meridian 16, Monroe 6 Greenville 8, Pine Bluff 7 (12 innings) Today's Games Greenville at Pine Bluff El Dorado at Hot Springs Monroe at Meridian straight National League Ail Star teams. Casey Stengel Is Still Juggling And Scrambling Yankees' Lineup By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — When the Yankees returned from their first western swing, they were higher than a political candidate winning in a landslide. They were carrying out the World Champions' fine old tradition by winning the close ones. They appeared straightened out after a bum start. But then the holes began to show again. There was definite concern when they dropped four of six to the Red Sox and Senators, which left them 13 and 10 with the second division, and when you say second division in the American League this season, you mean second division. Casey Stengel continues to juggle his lineup and batting order feverishly, keeping everyone guessing, including members of his own club. In the first 37 engagements, the lineup or batting order 33 times was different than the day before* * * At the outset and in the recession against the Bosox and Nationals, however, Professor Stengel seamed to be fresh out of good By GENE LITTLER I was 2 and 3 to play in my final match with Dale Morey for the United States Amateur Championship at the Oklahoma City Country Club last September. Morey birdied the 34th and 35th to bring us to the 18th hole all even. I used a 7 iron on my second shot from 140 yards out and put the ball 20 feet from the cup. The I was on the green in 2 'with driver shots. Hunter was 50 yards short of the green in 2, pitched on and holed an eight-foot putt to half the hole in birdie 4's, for I two-putted from 20 feet. My second on the 39th missed the green by six feet, the ball being at the edge of the rough, 25 feet from the pin. Hunter was on the green with a 15-foot putt. I chipped to about four feet from the pin and Mac Hunter won the match and championship by holing out for his fourth consecutive birdie. hunches, luck and a lot of other things. For five straight years. Stengel has disproved the long-time theory advocated by Joe McCarthy that a manager should get a lineup set and stick to it. Until more recent years, McCarthy and most other managers insisted upon complete ballplayers, athletes who did not have to be platooned. But Sten gel has enjoyed unprecedented success alternating hired hands and isn't going to stop now. The one fellow he isn't going to take out, at least not while he's hitting his normal .286, is Andy Carey. Fading Phil Rizzuto now requires protection on his right side, and gets it from the ambitious and studious 22-year- old with the wide range and strong arm. ' * * * Little Scooter Rizzuto no longer gets sticky hands on balls hit, deep into the hole. When he does, he hasn't the arm to do anything much about them. Thus Carey becomes the key man in Stengel's infield plans. In the spring, Al Lopez predicted that the erstwhile Bombers would miss Billy Martin, who became a real big second baseman in the World Series. In the Yankees' doldrums thus far, it appeared that this forecast might come true. Martin's absence is putt was fairly straight, but a little downhill. Morey's second found 'a trap to the right of the green. He was out of the bunker in 3 with a putt of 10 feet. I sank my putt for the championship, and perhaps because it meant so much, that was my greatest shot. x I lost the California State Cham- Wally Post, slugging rookie out- piorishi p to Mac Hunter at Pebble fielder for the Cincinnati Redlegs, Beaclj two or three years ago j n started his baseball career as a thg greatest finish i have ever pitcher. Dee n in or seen. —T" , i T^ '*„** I tooled a 12-foot putt and he Billy Herman, Brooklyn Dodger gank Qne of lg fQr birdies tQ be coach, was the second baseman on gven ^ ^ gnd Qf 3g Wfi alsQ m «tr«icrht. National League All- birdied ^ ^ ^ Q .^^ Hunter's second on the 37th was .in a trap 20 yards to the right of Smith 1, Marshall 1. Strikeouts: " tne gre en. Mine missed the green f r L«n 11 tSraneciiTn Ft Smith ar,A rune n* tl-io aHn-A rvf t>io rrtiicrh Marshall 11, Branscum 5, Smith 3. Hits off: Branscum 5, with 6 runs in 4 innings (none out in 5th); Smith none in 1. Winner: Marshall. Loser: Branscum.' Time of game: 1:40. Umpires: Terry O'Neill, C. D. Hood, Johnny Loggins and Jimmy Kittany. and was at the edge of the rough. We both holed out. On the 38th, The first American League player to attain ?0-year status this season was Cass Michaels of the Chicago White Sox. He became a 10- year man April 22. SWIM NOW! MOXLEY'S CLEARPOOL (Formerly Walker Park Pool) ALL BATH HOUSES Have Been Painted And Re-decorated— NEW CHLORONATOR Has Been Purchased To Keep Water Pure— ENTIRE POOL Has Been Painted White— NEW DIVING BOARD- SUITS AND TOWELS FOR RENT— NEW REFRESHMENT STAND Open Daily 12:45 pm to 9pm We promise to keep water clean, pure and properly chloronated at all times. All new sand and gravel has been put in filters to guarantee this cleanliness. Ask Us About Parties After 9:00 P.M. COME AND SEE THE IMPROVEMENT Mothers & Dads this Pool Has Been Endorsed By Arkansas Health Department UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT W. L. MOXLEY POOL LOCATED AT WALKER PARK felt even more because Jerry Cole-' man's legs are bad and it becomes increasingly evident that the Marine flyer left his game in the air over Korea- Gil McDougald's play at third! base was unsatisfactory, and batting no more than .200. the San Franciscan is so upset that, his game has gone to pot at second. Among other things, he plays too deep. Ballplayers tell you MeDouRald will have to get out of the majors unless he acquires the knack of hlttinp to rlKht field. He is a pull right-hand hitter and the pitchers handcuff him by keeping the ball near the knuckles. Giving you a rough idea of how tar wrong Casey Stengel has gone ui tin; premonition department one day lie had McDonald bat- tins?, second. There's one for the oddity hie —• a player who can't, hit to rii;ht Held batting second. After live successive years on !n- temvie < % oncentratioii and World Series \Vi'>rk. perhaps Ol' Case is physU'ally and mentally tired, too. 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