Arnold Blum, Macon, Ga. mattress company owner with 15 years of tournament play under his belt, dropped 14-foot putt for birdie on final hole to take 1 up victory over young Doug Sanders in Southern Amateur at Atlanta.
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, 43-year-old sportsman best known as owner of Native Dancer, announced drastic curtailment of turf activities, plans to sell 37 Thoroughbreds at public auction May 21 at Belmont (see page 44).
Dow Finsterwald, lean and lanky young Ohio pro, shot clutch 69 on last round to win Carling Open by three strokes at St. Louis, pocketed $5,000 to boost 1956 earnings to $12,395, second only to Mike Souchak in PGA ranks.
Althea Gibson, showing signs of hitting form predicted of her when she first broke tennis color line in 1950, won her sixth straight European title at Rome, confidently looked ahead to Wimbledon: "My chances...are very good."
May 20, 1956
Ray Kilgore, crafty-handed world three-cushion billiard champion who succeeded retired Willie Hoppe, had rough going in early stages, rallied in last two rounds to beat John K. Fitzpatrick 600-575, retaining title at Los Angeles.