Historical Notes - Past Champions - Championship Records


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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 scored 143.

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.