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LEADERS IN OPEN. N.Z. GOLF TOURNEY. MURRAY A STROKE BEHIND. PAX SMITH AND SHAW 78. An amateur youth of 10, Gladinpr, of Hamilton., tied with many years his senior (who won the professional championship when • it was last played on the samp course 13 years asol in the first round of tho N'rw Zealand < >pen golf championship at Minimal- to-day. Il was a splendid feat for (iladinp, whose third New Zealand tournament it i*. but the honouus were with Mcintosh. With three holes to play there was a possibility of him recording 71, by holing a loot putt at the sixteenth for a 2 and playing the following two holes in par 4 That short putt, however, beat him. Hey took five at the rrext and then ruined what would have been the best card of the day 1 by four-putting from the edge of the eighteenth. So his tally mounted to 74. later to be initialled by Grading, the pair remaining it. the top of the hoard, one stroke clear of the pi ofes.-iiiinals. A. K. <!ny and A. Murray, and Ulie amateur. I. A. Kwoii. A Curiosity. The scratch score of Miramar is not part iciilai Iv ;hard. as was evidenceil in practice rounds when ~l> was broken, but com lit it iiis ti>-day were far from those? on which a normal assessment is made. It was blowing a half northerly gale, with continuous rain conditions calling for power and control on the fairways. The greens were. good, for they enabled putts to be liiti boldly, but often the players had diHiciilty in taking up their stance against the wind. Drawn as the field w'.is with all the proved competitors waiting until after mid-day t<o commence, the only interest in the early play was to see if it would produce any unknown <|tiantities. Curiously j enough, it was the first player to tee up who prmbiced a main which led the field until half of it had completed the round. The plavor was L. A. Watson, of M"! liven. and his score 77. Later this was reduced a stroke bv a trio. I). (). Whyte ( Heret auncra ). 10. Henderson (Masterton) and I''. \Y. Dixon (St. ClairV none of whom had ligurcd in the limeliglit of New Zc.ii.ind golf before. Morrison's Fine Score. The/possibilities of good scoi ing. even in tin- conditions, had been exploited before Mcfntosh took the lead, for a Xorth Shore competitor, d. W. Morrison, had made a hi illi.uit start of 4. 4. .'i. 4. to pick up tliren strokes on the standard score, only to lose them all and one more by taking a

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GLADING AND McINTOSH 74, Auckland Star, Volume LXX, Issue 266, 10 November 1939

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GLADING AND McINTOSH 74 Auckland Star, Volume LXX, Issue 266, 10 November 1939