Hillman Robbins, Jr.
Hillman Robbins, Jr., 25, of Memphis, Tenn., a reserve lieutenant on
active duty in the Air Force, won over a field which included the entire
United States and British Walker Cup Teams at The Country Club, Brookline,
Mass., in September.
The runner-up was Dr. Frank M. Taylor, Jr., 40, of Pomona, Calif., who
bowed, 5 and 4. Both Robbins and Taylor were Walker Cup Team members.
Two other members of the victorious United States team, Mason Rudolph,
of Clarksville, Tenn., and Rex Baxter, Jr., of Amerillo, Texas, lost in
the semi-finals. Only twice before had United States Walker Cuppers filled
all the semi-final positions, in 1922 and 1923.
The last British survivor was Alan Thirlwell, of England, who fell in
the fifth round. Reid Jack, of Scotland, the British Amateur Champion,
went down in the third round. The Championship was held over a course
which had been lengthened since the Amateur of 1934 by the substitution
of three new holes. E. Harvie Ward, Jr., had rendered himself ineligible
to try for a third successive Championship.
The USGA Executive Committee had ruled in June that Ward had forfeited
amateur status for accepting expenses to play in certain tournaments,
but that he would be eligible for reinstatement after a probationary period
of one year. Ward applied for reinstatement.