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AMATEURS EXCEL

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY " I KITTO AND HORNABROOK BOTH WELL UNDER PAR CLOSE CALL FOR HATTERSLEY TbY TELEGRAPH SPECIAL REPORTER - ] HAMILTON, Tuesday Some brilliant cards and more than a few surprising reversals of form marked the first match play of the Dominion golf tournament at St. Andrews to-day, when the first two rounds of the Xew Zealand amateur and professional championships were decided. In tho amateur section • the quarter-final stages have been reached, while the professional field has been reduced to the four semi-finalists. In the morning the 19-vear-old Seafield amateur, R. F. Kitto, earned congratulation when, in defeating P. G. F. Smith, his 69 was one of the best rounds ever played on the course. It was five strokes below the standard scratch score. He recorded two eagles and four birdies and was outside bogey figures only at one hole.

Kitto's feat, however, was eclipsed ! in the afternoon, when the new open j champion, J.-P. Hornabrook, defeated B. G. Thomson, 6 and 5, and went round in 68. Accuracy with his irons was mainly responsible for his success and his score included five birdies, two eagles and five bogeys. The Australian, H. W.. Hattcrsley, who played good golf in the morning, failed to come up to .the same standard in the afternoon, when K. Ross proved ho easy opponent, Hattersley winning on the last green. Horton and A. D. S. Duncan were two veterans who survived the first round and, when they were matched in the afternoon, the former took the decision, 4 and 2. A. R. Kitto, B. M. Silk, J. R. Hobbs and W. G. Home also played consistently over both rounds to win their games. The surprises were not confined to the amateur section as, among the sixteen professionals who contested the first round N. Bell, North Shore, struck startling form and, in defeating the title-holder, C. C. Clements. 3 and 1, he played sound golf, particularly on the greens. He started off with a birdie to win the first hole and, although Clements took the second with an eagle 3, Bell was also two strokes better than bogey for the fourth. The North Shore professional, who went out in 37, won the match at the 17th after a great game. He retained the same brilliance in his match with A. J. Shaw in the second round, but, after fighting out the issue hole by hole, he lost v the game on the 18th, Shaw, who returned a medal score of 71, in spite of the handicap of a six at the 15th, was little more than on terms with Bell. The young New Zealand Golf Council professional, A. E. Guy, met his match in the second round and mistakes at the tee over the latter stages were a major factor which enabled the consistent E. J. Moss to win two up. B. J. Smith, junior, showed continued improvement in leading J. Weir, 4 and 2, in the second round, while Douglas took the game from T. S. Galloway at the 18th

Amateur Matches Following were the results in the_ first round of the amateur championship:— J. P. Hornabrook beat J. P. Mortland, B. G. Thomson beat K. C. Ward, 5 and 4. „ _ , A. D. S, Duncan beat H. P. Dale, 4 and 2. • . T. H. Horton beat H. D. Brinsden, 4 and 3. J. L. Black beat H. A. Black, at the

]9th - , TT „ ' A. R. Kitto beat J. H. loung, 6

nnd 5. A. G. Sirne beat F. H. McDonald, 4

and 2. . R. F. Kitto beat P. G. F. Smith, o

nn< 3 3, -r , fT . B. M. Silk beat H. J. Longstaff, 4 and 3. , „ R. G. Holland beat -T. Logan, 4 and 3. I A. Ewen beat A. R. Blank. 3 and 2. J. R. Hobbs beat G. P. Roberts, 3 and 2. W. G: Home beat S, G. Cooper, 3 B. beat P. L. Peacock, at the 19th, . . K. Ross won from A. R. Moore by default. „ H. W. Hattersley beat R. H. Glading, 4 and 3. SECOND ROUND Hornabrook beat Thomson, 6 and 5. Horton beat Duncan, 4 and 2. A. R. Kitto beat Black. 3 and 2. R. F. Kitto beat Sime. 3 and 2. Silk beat Holland, 4 and 3. Hobbs beat Ewen, 3 and 2. Horne beat Menzies, 3 and 2. Hattersley beat Ross, 2 up. Professional Event Results of the play in the first round of' the professional section were as follows: — E «T. Moss beat N. H. Fuller, 3 and 2. A. E. Guv beat G. W. Ritchie, 4 and 3. B.' ,T. kmith, junior, beat J. A. Clements, 4 and 3. ,T. Weir beat J. D. Mcintosh, 4 and 2. E. S. Douglas beat A. Dyke, 1_ up. T. S. Galloway beat F. Branch, o and 4. N. 3Jell beat 'C. C. Clements, 3 and 1. A. J. Shaw beat J. Lambie, 2 and 1.

SECOND ROUND Moss beat Guy, 2 up. Smith beat Weir, 5 and 3. Douglas beat Galloway, 1 up. Shaw beat Bell, 1 up. DRAW FOR TO-DAY'S PLAY * HORNABROOK MEETS HORTON ("BY TKLF.GRAPH —SPECIAL REPORTER] HAMILTON, Tuesday The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the amateur and professional championships respectively to be decided to-morrow' is as follows: — Amateur. —J. P. Hornabrook v. T. H. Horton, A. R. Kitto v. R. F. Kitto, B. M. Silk v, J. R. Hobbs, W. G. Horne v. H. W. Hattersley. Professional. —E. J. Moss v. B. J. Smith, jun., E. S. Douglas v. A. J. Shaw.

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AMATEURS EXCEL, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22852, 6 October 1937

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AMATEURS EXCEL New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22852, 6 October 1937

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