Bill Campbell Loses in British Open: Twenty-Two Yanks Remain in Running, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-01


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Bill Campbell Loses in British Open Twenty-Two Yanks Remain in Running U.S. Walker Cup Captain Bows to English Teacher In Big First Round Upset By PETER UEBERSAX United Press Sports Writer ST. ANNES, England, May 31.— Dale Money and Bruce Cudd of the U. S. Walker Cup team scored second round victories to-• day in the British Amateur Golf championship but their captain, Bill Campbell, was ousted in one of the biggest first round upsets in the 70-year history of the tournament. Reg Pattinson, a chubby, 43 -year-old English school teacher who waddled over the sand dunes clad in baggy trousers and shirt sleeves, produced eight one-putt greens to eliminate Campbell, 2 and 1. Campbell, a 33-year-old Huntington, W. Va., insurance broker who lost to Australias Doug Bacilli in last years final, was considered one of the top U. S. threats again this year. Twenty-two of the original 46 American starters remain in the six-day match play grind on the 6,657-yard Royal Lytham and St. Annes links. But the Yankees, particularly the Walker Cuppers, are receiving stiff opposition from Britons apparently determined to avenge the 10-2 whipping their Cup team took two weeks ago at St. Andrews, Scotland. Morey of Indianapolis, Ind., was 2 down against Englands Frank Morrell after 14 holes but rallied to win, 1 up, when the Briton three-putted the 15th, 16th and 18th greensi Plays on Eyen Terms v Cudd, the 21-year-old "baby" of the U. S. Cup squad from Portland, Ore., played 17 holes to defeat Sir John Hartopp of Scotland, 2 to 1. But Sir John and the University of Portland senior played a "gentlemanly" game in the bright sunshine, conceding two-foot putts and even holes on several occasions. Cuppers Don Cherry of Wichita Palls, Texas, and Dick Yost of Portland, Ore., were eliminated yesterday. Lt. Joe Conrad of San Antonio, Texas, and Jim Jackson of Glendale, Mo., also Cup players, walked into the -second round today because their rivals scratched earlier in the week. Billy Joe Patton, of Morgantown, N. C, the other Cup player, was one of seven Americans idled today after winning yesterday. Jim McHale and Don Blisplinghoff— two men who failed to win Cup berths — now are rated strong contenders after two easy victories apiece. McHale of Wynnewood, Pa., defeated J. H. M. Thomas of England, 7 and 6, while Blisplinghoff of Orlando, Fla., ousted Patrick Campbell of Ireland, 6 and 5, in second rounders today. Frank Strafaci, another highly-regarded Yank from Minebla, N. Y., opened his bid today with a hard-earned, 1 up victory over M. J. Bradlow of South Africa in the first round. Charles Evans, Jr., the "dean" of the U. S. entries from Chicago, opened With a 5 and 4 first round triumph over S. A. Noel of England. Campbell, who suffered severe burns on. . the hands and face in an accident last Christmas, hadnt played a competitive match since coming to Britain more than two weeks ago. "This is possibly my last shot at this title after at least half a dozen attempts," he said before teeing of f. And Pattinson made it a short-lived try as he missed only one putt. Campbell, who never was better than even with Pattinson, was all square with the Englishman at the turn after sinking a 10 -foot putt for an eagle three on the 551-yard seventh. Pattinson went in front to stay when he birdied the par four 11th while Campbell was short with his approach and took a five. They halved the next five holes and Pattinson won with a par four on the 428-yard 17th while Bill took a five. "Pattinson was truly remarkable on the greens," Campbell said. "I have no complaints but I ought to have used my head. I know it will be a very long way back from this." Morey went two down to Morrell when he chipped short and two-putted the 14th. But the Indiana golfer won by sinking three and four-footers on the 15th, 16th and 18th while Morrell three-putted each. Thomas, a country doctor, won only one hole from McHale and he sank a 60-foot putt to take that one on the sixth green. Bisplinghoff was one down to Irelands Campbell after three holes but won six of the next seven to sew up his victory. "If I get through this match, no so-and-so is going to beat me in this tournament," Strafaci said as he trailed, one down, going into the last two holes. He won the 17th with a par four against Bradlows double bogey and won the match by sinking a five-footer on the last green for a par four against the South Africans* five. It was the second straight day of perfect weather and all the Americans are wearing a very rare thing — a sun tan made in.Brit-* ain.

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