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inny Fischer

Annexes Intercollegiate Title;

Ties Amateur Recorc

4iehigan Man
Beats Howell
To Win Crown
laizesand-Blue Linksman
Rallies Brilliantly to
Take Championship
When Johnny Fischer went to Hot
prings in July to take his first shot
t the National Intercollegiate golf
ite, he was not nationally known.
Tnderneath the songs of praise di-
ected at the blond youngster, Billy
[owell, and the stocky star from the
rest, Don Moe, there were merely
aurinurs about "this kid from Mich-
gan who placed second among the
,mateurs in the National Open."
The open had been played the
reek before the Intercollegiates and
'ischer's good showing caused the
allery to exhibit some interest when
he tall, stolid boy from Cincinnati
tarted out over the Cascades course
or the first half of the qualifying
est. This interest was accentuated
y the fact that Fischer, unlike the
1ther college boys, had neglected to
r' out the hazardous Cascades lay-
t before the championships got
mider way.
Appears Confident
But when Fischer took his stance
i the first tee he appeared obvious-
y confident, possibly indifferent.
'hre were no practice swings. No
areful waggles, He just stepped up
a the ball and hit it. Like virtually
,11 of his tee shots it sizzled far down
he fairway and he ambled off leis-
.rely with his qualifying partner.
Fischer came back to the club-
iIne several hours later to post a
?,, the lowest score of the day, Close
llawers of golf admitted that a 72,
tie over par, was pretty good going
in a strange cournse. This kid might
)ove something. Howell and Moe
re still favorites, though, with
Soyes, Parker and several others
,Anked as "threats."
The early rounds of match play
noved on. Fischer took care of
3ohnen of Chicago with comparative
ase but Jim Gordon of Princeton
ook him to the 19th hole in the
fternoon before passing out of the
icture. The champion-to-be took on
ohn Florio, Ohio State footballer,
uilt on the lines of Gene Sarazen,
a the quarter-finals. Florio held onj
or the morning 18 and continued to
ive his nonchalant opponent trouble
p to the 27th hole. Then Fischer
orged ahead and advanced to the
emi-fifials with a 3 and 1 victory.
Final is Toss-Up
The first half of the title-play was
toss-up proposition. Howell never

Wolverine Golf Star

Onimet Beats
MIchigan Star
At Baltimore,

Little and Grant
Wolverine in

Bow to

(Associated Press Photo)
took the lead throughout the morn-
ing but he was on even terms with
Fischer on the 18th tee. Billy flubbed
an easy putt for a half on the 18th
green and went to lunch one down
and worried. He came back in the
afternoon to play fine golf and final-
ly, on the par-3 29th Howell took
the lead for the first time. They
played the next three holes on even
terms but the last of these proved
disastrous to the Richmonder.
Howell was on with two perfect
shots on the 32nd. His approach
was four feet from the cup. Fischer
meanwhile was having trouble. His
tee shot was in the rough. His sec-
ond was to the left of the green, also
in the rough. His chip was poor and
he was just off the green, a good 30
feet from the cup. Howell squatted
confidently on the green waiting for
Fischer to play. He didn't even
watch the shot. He had a good
chance for a birdie three and Fischer
couldn't possibly get down in less
than two. Everyone watching the
match thought that and Howell must
have. Fischer wasn't of that opinion.
In spite of the fact that Fischer
was still one down with three holes
to go, the critics then placed their
bets on him. A gusty wind faced
the players on the 33rd and 34th.
Fischer could drive the 250-yard 33rd
against the wind, they thought.
Howell probably couldn't. Likewise l
Fischer could get on in two on the
34th and for the same reason Howell
probably could not. It turned out
that way. Fischer took the 33rd as
Howell pressed. He then took the
34th with a fine birdie 4, and took
the 35th and the match with another
birdie 4.

Amateur Tournament
Johnny Fischer opened his bom-
bardment in the National Amateur
with a sensational 69, breaking par
for the first time by an amateur
over Five Farms, Baltimore, in the
first qualifying round. With 142 the
all-time low mark for amateur
qualifiers Johnny had a great chance
to lower the record. However on the
second day he came in with a 73,
tying the record.
In his first-round matches Fischer
set Lawson Little down, 4-3, and in
the afternoon conquered Bob Grant,
New England champion by the same
score. This put him in the quarter-
finals against Francis Ouimet, the
defending champion.
Gives Onimet Bak"',-
Johnny started out strong against
Ouimet. winning the first hole. In
the second and third Fischer showed
his superior pitching ability for
halves. By the tenth hole he was
three up on the champion, However
the long - d r i v i n g intercollegiate
champion had a few putting lapses
and allowed Ouimet, who had the
aid of several excellent shots, to wipe
out his lead by lunch time.
Ouimet shot the first nine of the
afternoon in 34 strokes, one under
par, but could gain the advantage of
one hole over Michigan's star golfer.
The title-holder won the 28th and
32nd holes to go three up and four
to go.
Fischer Rallies
But Fischer was not licked, in fact
he proceeded to give Ouimet the
greatest run for his money by halv-
ing the 33rd and winning the 34th
and 35th. This spectacular come-
back drove the largest gallery of thej
tournament wild. Fischer came to
the 36th tee one down and one to
play and sent his long shot beyond
reach of Ouimet's first. Then Fischer
forced the title-holder to sink a 12-
foot put to halve the hole and win
the match. If he had missed, it
would have forced the match into
extra holes.
After Ouimet finished the match
he admitted that he had seen an-'
other Johnny Goodman and Pebble
Beach before him in Johnny Fischer.
Early in the season Fischer was
one of the 10 amateurs to qualify
for the National Open. The year be-.

Date Game Place
Oct. I Michigan State Ann Arbor
Oct. 8 Northwestern Ann Arbor
Oct. 15 Ohio State Columbus
Oct. 22 Illinois Ann Arbor
Oct. 29 Princeton Ann Arbor
Nov. 5 Indiana Bloomington
Nov. 12 Chicago Ann Arbor
Nov.19 Minnesota Minneapolis
Harold Muller's 70 yard complete
pass against Ohio State in 1920 still
stands as the longest on record.
Muller was an all-American selec-
tion that year from the University
of California.
fore he was one of the 14 to qualify.
This year he clinched his place for
next season by finishing second to
Johnny Goodman, the leading ama-
teur of the tourney. At the end of
the third round he was ahead of
Goodman by shooting a spectacular
69. However in the final round,
Goodman got the 69 and Fischer a
73 to leave him two strokes behind
the first amateur.

IOWA. CITY, Sept. 19.-Scholarly
Doctor Knipe, coach of the first
championship eleven. f o x y Jesse
Hawley, shrewd Howard Jones, Burt
Ingwersen, the dynamic-all stood
on Iowa field to watch their Univer-
sity of Iowa football players assem-
ble for the first practice, just as Os-
sic Solem will Thursday morning.
When he gree;ed the athletes as
they trotted through the gate, Solem
became the ninth coach to launch
an Iowa squad into preparations for
the Western conference season and
the first new mentor in eight years.
Rush Team Construction
But Coach Solem lost no time in
contemplating past fortunes and vis-
situdes of Hawkeye teams or ex-
changing pleasantries with the squad
of more than 50 young men, for he,

and his two aides, Rollie Williams
and Otto Vogel, must build a team
for an eight-game schedule. Only a
little more than three weeks lies be-
tween the opening of drill and the
first Big Ten game at Wisconsin.
If he were a chronic worrier, the
new coach could lose sleep thinking
about his variegated tasks. What
about those tackles, for instance-
which men will come through and
will the reserves be good enough to
back up the regulars? Will the vet-
eran ends improve, he wonders, and

Ossie Solem Takes Over Iowa
Squad; Fifty-Odd Men Report,

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will the new backfield material sus-
tain eairly hopes?
New Seniors Among "I" Men
Nine seniors will be among the
fourteen major letter inen, but some
of the veterans, although playing
enough to win the "I," have never
been regulars in past campaigns. Of
the sophomores, perhaps six or eight
are outstanding, but none of them
yet are potential all-conference se-
Strength in the line's midsection
is forecast by the presence of Mar-
ens Magnussen, many critics' choice
for all-Big Ten center in 1929, who
now is making his third attempt to
complete his competition. Magnus-
sen was ineligible in 1930 and broke
a leg in September scrimmage last



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