Crosby Tees off in British Amateur: Film Star to Meet Singing Scotchman, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-09


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iff £*WM * -s* Crosby Tees Off in British Amateur Film Star to Meet Singing Scotchman American Entry Lists Three Former Titleholders Trying To Regain Isles Golf Crown By the United Press LONDON, England, May 8. — Crooner Bine Crosby, the best-known but probably least-likely-to-succeed among the 32 Americans entered in the British Amateur Golf Tournament at St. Andrews, Scotland, today drew J. K. Wilson, a Scottish hill-billy singer, as his first round opponent. Bing, who is listed as "Harry L. Crosby of Los Angeles," meets Canadian-born Wilson, a 43-year-old master builder at St. Andrews, in the opening round. May 22. Wilson sings hill-billy songs at Scottish amateur shows and has done some of Crosbys numbers. Crosbys British singing-golfing counterpart, Donald Peers, drew a first-round bye. Because Crosby and Peers were drawn in opposite brackets, the only way they could meet would be in the tournament finals — an event considered most unlikely. Americas three former British Amateur Champions — Willie Turnesa of Elmsford, N. Y., Frank Stranahan of Toledo, Ohio, and Bob Sweeny of Pasadena, Calif., who lives in London, all drew first-round byes. Turnesa and Knott Meet Turnesa, 1947 titleholder, will meet a fellow-American, James Knott of Palm Beach, Fla., in the second round; Stranahan, 1948 champion, plays A. C. Gibson of Britain, while Sweeny, who won in 1937, faces G. W; Mackle of Scotland. Dick Chapman of Pinehurst, N. C, run-nerup to Turnesa in 47, also drew a first-round bye and will play J. Ellis Knowles of Rye, N. Y., in the second round. Defending champion Sam McCready of Ireland drew J. B. Henderson of .Britain as his first round opponent. Because of the record-breaking entry list, 100 first round matches, spread over a period of 12 hours, will be played on the opening day with 96 matches on the second day. The 36-hole final will be played on May 26. Others Yanks entered in the tournament were: W. Stanton Barber, Morris town, N. J.; Bill Campbell, Jr., Huntington, W. Va.: Frank Carbone, Douglaston, N. M.; Arthur Choate, Jr., Locust Valley, N. Y.; George Coleman, Jr., Tusla, Okla.; J. C. Earle, Los Angeles; Bill Ebey, Oklahoma City; Fred Ehrman, Purchase, N. Y.; J. Clark Espie, Jr., Indianapolis; Chick Evans, Chicago; John Fell, Jr., Palm Beach, Fla.; William Goodloe, Jr., Valdosta, Ga.; Edmund K. Gravely, Rocky Mount, N. C; Clarke Hardwicke, Los Angeles; John Hem-inway, Palm Beach, Fla.; Bill Henderson, Westbury, N. Y.; Bill Laughliri, Southampton, N. Y.; Ed Lowery, San Francisco; Leonard Martin, Rye, N. Y.; Jim McHale, Jr., Overbrook, Pa.; Ed McLean, Palm Beach, Fla.; Francis Ouimet, Boston; Ude M. Reinach, Scarsdale, N. Y., Frank Stra-faci, Garden City, N. Y., and Herbert Wind, Brockton, Mass. BING CROSBY— The well-known actor, singer, owner and breeder is among the 32 Americans entered in the British Amateur.

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