William C. Campbell, 41, of Huntington, W. Va., who had qualified 21
times, finally won the Amateur Championship at the Canterbury Golf Club,
Cleveland, Ohio. Campbell had been a semi-finalist in 1949 and had advanced
to the fifth round five other times. Campbell defeated Edgar M. Tutwiler,
Jr., of Indianapolis, Ind., by 1 up in the final. They had been opponents
many times in the West Virginia State Championship; Tutwiler had defeated
Campbell six of the seven times they met in the final.
Their match at Cleveland, played on a day interspersed with a chilling
mist and showers, went down to the final green where Campbell stood aside
to watch Tutwiler's 15-foot putt for a win curl off at the cup. The match
was even after 18 holes. Fifteen of the afternoon round holes were halved.
Campbell, 1 down after 28 holes, got back to even with a birdie at the
par-3 29th. They then halved until the 215-yard 35th, which Campbell won
with a par.
The Championship was played under a revised format which had 150 players
come to the site to play 36 holes of stroke play over two days to determine
64 qualifiers for match play. The co-medalists were Robert Greenwood,
Jr., Cookeville, Tenn., and Marvin M. Giles, III, Lynchburg, Va., who
The semi-finalists were John Mark Hopkins, Texas City, Texas, who lost
to Campbell by 3 and 1, and Dave Eichelberger, Waco, Texas, who was defeated,
3 and 2, by Tutwiler. Deane Beman, the defending Champion, qualified readily
at 149 but lost in the first round to Vernon S. Novak, Jr., College Park,
Md., by 4 and 2.