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THE QUESTION: Is the U.S. losing her over-all superiority in golf?

May 11, 1959
May 11, 1959

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May 11, 1959

On Playing Possum
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Boxing
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Summer: The Quarterly Sporting Look Preview
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19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

THE QUESTION: Is the U.S. losing her over-all superiority in golf?

BOB STRAILE
President
Palm Beach AC
Palm Beach
Yes. We have lost major international tournaments. Two of our best players, Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret, were beaten by two Japanese, Pete Nakamura and Koichi Ono, who were unknown to American sport fans.

This is an article from the May 11, 1959 issue

JACK ROSS
Pro
Everglades Club
Palm Beach
You are assuming that American golf has always been supreme. It wasn't so long ago that the British were on top with Harry Vardon, J. H. Taylor, James Braid, Ted Ray and Sandy Herd. And now other countries are coming up.

HOMER E. CAPEHART
U.S. Senator from Indiana
Indianapolis
No. I think that success in sports runs in cycles. In the Canada Cup, our golfers lost in Japan and in Mexico, but there's no reason why we can't win the next tournament. Other countries are going to win occasionally.

ROBERT H. SANDERSON
Chairman of playground commission
Palm Beach
Yes. One big reason is that youth is being priced out of golf in the private golf clubs. Even on a municipal golf course, it would cost the boy who wanted to play two times a week up to $8 for fees and caddies.

EARL A. ROSS
Former president
Metropolitan Golf Assn.
Rye, N.Y.
Absolutely no. Among the amateurs, we have the finest young players, both boys and girls. Players from other countries have beaten our pros abroad, but when they come here, as the Japanese did last year, they get their ears pinned back.

PRINCE ALEXIS TOUMANOFF
Geologist
Palm Beach and New York
Yes. Not only in golf, but in other sports as well, due to lack of interest in competitive sports. Australia is winning the swimming, and we lost to Russia in amateur basketball—America's own invention—amateur hockey and the Olympics.

RUTH STEWART
Winner, 1959 Everglades Gold Putter
Palm Beach
No, in other countries there is a good golfer here and there, but nowhere can you find the number of top golfers we have. Among the women are Patty Berg, Louise Suggs, Barbara Romack, and the men are too numerous to mention.

J.B. (MIKE) LYNCH
Chairman of board
Siscoe Mines, Ltd.
Montreal, Canada
You've lost it. The Irish team won the Canada Cup tournament in Mexico, and a Spaniard won the individual title. That was real world competition, with 32 nations entered. Also our Marlene Stewart Streit is tops among the girls.

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