PAT ON THE BACK

April 08, 1957

CECIL CALVERT SMITH
Twenty-four years ago this onetime cowboy took a fellow Texan and a couple of Californians to the first East-West polo match and beat Tommy Hitchcock, the Guest brothers and Mike Phipps. "Polo," Will Rogers gloated, "has gone right out of the drawing room and into the bunk-house." More importantly, polo took Smith, today in his 20th year as 10-goal player, out of a Llano County bunk-house and onto playing fields all over the country, to the rejuvenating benefit of a game whose future never looked brighter. One case in point is polo's new look: the score or so-of low-handicap clubs that flourish around communal stables throughout the U.S. Another: Florida's classic high-goal matches, sparked over the past seasons by Smith, who, as an admirer once said, put the home run into polo.

PHOTORICHARD MEEK

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)