Stranahan Wins in British Amateur: Ten Other Yanks in Second Round, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-22


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Stranahan Wins in British Amateur Ten Other Yanks In Second Round Hope Among Ten Americans To Be Eliminated on First Day of Isles Golf Classic By HENRY W. THORNBERRY United Press Sports Writer PORTHCAWL, Wales, May 21 UP.— Defending champion Prank Stranahan of Toledo, Ohio, fought back from ,near defeat against an obscure British club player today and led 10 other Americans into, the second round of the British Amateur Golf Championship. All ranking Yanks, including six members of the victorious Walker Cup team, survived the opening round but casualties were heavy in the ranks of the lesser lights. Comedian Bob Hope was among the unlucky 10 Americans eliminated on the first day. Nine other , Americans drew .first round byes and will" see action for the first time tomorrow. Despite the perfect weather with bright sun and little wind over the Royal Porth-cawl Seaside course, Stranahan showed little of the stuff that twice earned him British crowns in the last four years — until he needed the payoff punch against Maj. Ian Keelan, on leave from his post in Kenya Colony. One down at the end of 13 holes, Stranahan, finally pulled out a 2 and 1 victory. Chapmans Good Record That put him into the second round along with the other leading American favorites, headed by Dick Chapman of Pine-hurst, N. C, runner-up to Stranahan last year. Chapman fired the best golf of the day in downing J. Craig Russell of England, 6 and 5. He picked up three birdies with his front nine of 35 and finished his 13 holes one under par for the day. Walker Cuppers Willie Turnesa of Elms-ford, N. Y.; Bill Campbell of Huntington, W. Va.; Bob Knowles of Brobkline, Mass., * and Harold Paddock, Jr., of Cleveland, also advanced. So did George Coleman, Miami, Okla., bank president; Dr. Nicholas N. Nicholas of Owensboro, Ky.; Harreld Kirk-patrick of Owensboro, W. P. Scott, Jr., of San Francisco, and Ted Bassett of Rye, N. Y. Hope and Frank Strafaci of New York were the leading American casualties. The jut-jawed comedian, wisecracking his way around the course, got off to a bad start with a 44 ton the first nine but rallied coming in and made it a match before he finally lost out to C. C. Cox of England, 2 and 1. Trailing Hope in the gallery was film star Marilyn Maxwell. "I brought her along to take everybodys eyes off the ball so I could push it with my foot now and then," he quipped. But quips werent quite enough and Hope suffered the same fate at Bing Crosby a year ago, defeated in the first round, although he drew a tremendous cheer by sinking a spectacular 30-foot putt on the 15th. Wilson Beats Strafaci Strafaci, six times New York amateur champion and former public links title-holder, went down before Peter Wilson of England, 4 and 2. Stranahan had plenty of trouble with Keelan, but much of it was his own doing. The handsome heir to a sparkplug fortune went out in 40 and was one down at the turn. He still was one down at the 13th but Keelan began to show the strain as spectators swarmed across the course toward them, lured by the prospect of a great upset. Stranahan squared the match at the 14th when Keelan hit a bunker and went 1 up at the 15th where the Britons second shot sailed wide of the green. They halved the 16th, but Stranahan won the 17th and the match when Keelan topped his tee shot and required four to reach the green. Turnesa, captain of the Walker Cup team and British titleholder in 1947, had little trouble disposing of N. W. T. Osmand of New Zealand, 6 and 4. Campbell blasted H. F.*P. Rabagliati of England, 7 and 6, but two other Walker team mates had a sharp tussle for survival. Paddock, three down at the turn, applied the pressure on the back nine, squared his match with, F. S. Cook of England with a birdie four at the 17th and finally won, 1 up in 19 holes. Both scrambled on the extra hole, but as they strode to the green they -discovered Paddocks ball had created a difficult stymie. Cook failed to negotiate it and the match went to Paddock. Knowles, one down at the end of 16 holes, swept the last two with fours to defeat W. R. P. Gronow of England, 1 up. Two other Americans advanced at the expense of their own countrymen. Kirk-patrick downed Hobart Manley, Jr., of Savannah, Ga., 2 up, and Bassett outlasted j FRANK STRANAHAN Dr. J. R. Henderson, of Worcester, Mass., 1 up in 20 holes. Nicholas defeated Antoine Barras ,of Switzerland, 4 -and 3; Coleman downed A. D. Gray of England, 2 up, and Scott defeated N. C. Selway of Scotland, 1 up. W. A. Kirkpatrick of Ireland accounted for Paul C. Hutton of New York and London, 3 and I; George Mills of England defeated Thomas Blake of Houston, Texas, 2 up; Lewis Carson of Australia had little difficulty ousting TJdo Reinach of Scars-dale, N. Yy 7 and 6; Albert Squire of England elirnmated Francis H. I. Brown of Honolulu, 8 and 6; J. B. Fisher of England defeated Aquila Giles of New York, 6 and 5, and John Nuttall of Scotland trimmed L. G. Haldeman of Chicago, 2 ahdr l. Tomorrows second round pairings for the Americans in the British Amateur Golf Championship: Bill Campbell, Huntington, W. Va., vs. Henry Howell, Scotland. Francis Wininger, Guthrie, Okla., vs. C. D. Lawrie, Scotland. W. P. Scott, Jr., San Francisco, vs. R..J. Duncan, Scotland. Ted Bassett, Rye, N. Y., Vs. Wilbur Muir-head, Britain. Sam Urzetta, Rochester, N. Y., vs. S. V. Tredinnick, England. Harold Paddock, Cleveland, vs. Graham W. Packer, South Africa. Jim McHale, Philadelphia, vs. K. G. Patrick, England. George Coleman, Miami, Okla., vs. Charles Coe, Oklahoma City. Harreld Kirkpatrick, Owriesboro.Ky., vs. Jackson Taggart, England. Richard Gibson, Los Angeles, vs. W. A. Slark, England. Ed Lowery, San Francisco, vs. H. H. Palmer, England. Robert Knowles, Brookline, Mass., vs. Graham Knipe, Scotland. Frank Stranahan, Toledo, Ohio, vs. William Ebert, San Francisco. Dr. N. H. Nicholas,--Owensboro, Ky., vs. Francis Watt, Scotland. T. R. Darlington, Atlanta, vs. D. S. Maun-sell, England. Willie Turnesa, Elmsford, N. Y., vs. Ru-dolfo Bullrich, Argentina. Dick Chapman, Pinehurst, N. C, vs. P. M. Kelly, England.

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