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TUES., SEPT. 29, 1942


T 1E.,SPT 9.14








Capt.-Elect Smith Paces

Michigan's varsity linksmen, who
finished their most successful sea-
son since the days when Johnny
Fisher and Chuck Kocsis spelled ter-
ror for the opposition, ended Illinois'
two-year domination of the Western
Conference golf crown by taking the
title on the University, course last
May 18 and 19.
During the regular season, the
Wolverines captured five contests
while losing three others and tying
one. Coached very ably by Ray
Courtright, the Maize and Blue
golfers got off to a rather slow start
when they were hampered by in-
clement weather conditions.
Varsity Loses First
Led by Captain John Leidy, the
Wolverines first saw action, after
only ten days of practice on the fair-
ways, when they opposed Kentucky
.on their shortened spring trip. The
Blue Grass gentlemen won by a
count of 111/2 to 6/2 after a hard-
fought battle that saw several of
the matches decided on the last
Two days later on April 20, the
Varsity encountered Ohio State at
Columbus, and the Buckeyes won
the match 20'/2-15 /2. Captain -elect
Ben Smith, the highly touted lad
from Fort Myers, Fla., continued to
jinx former Conference champ Billy
Gilbert but his teammates failed to
keep the pace.
Michigan then bowled over Michi-
gan State, Purdue, and Indiana be-
fore returning home on May 9 to
faceNorthwestern in the first home
match of the year. This was one of
the most exciting meets of the year
and it saw the Wolverines eke out a
14-0 victory on the strength of their
morning rounds.
The Maize and Blue contingent
temporarily went stale as they lost
to Ohio State for the second time
and then were held to a tie by a gal-

ent Michigan State team. This let-
down was short-lived, however, for
on May 16 the Varsity swamped the
defending champs from Illinois by a
211/2-2/2 score.
Two days later the all-important

'linois Reign
total. It was Michigan's sixth West-
ern Conference title and their first
since Fisher, Kocsis, and company
won five championships in a row
from 1932-1936.
Smith, pre-meet favorite for in-
dividual medalist honors, hit a stroke
of bad luck on the 71st hole (in addi-
tion to playing with a heavily taped
shoulder) and had to be content
with a tie for second with Gopher
Spero Daltas as Jim McCarthy from
Illinois upset everything by finishing
two strokes ahead for a 72-hole total
of 301.
At the beginning of the season,
Coach Ray Courtright had a nucleus
of four returning lettermen with
which to build his team. But several
promising newcomers came through
to give Leidy, Smith, Dave Osler, and
Bob Fife a hard battle for varsity
berths. These men included senior'
Chan Simonds, Bill Courtright (son
of the coach), Phil Marcellus, and
Bill Stewart.
Three Return
Of these eight men, only three
will not be back next year (Leidy,
Osler, and Simonds) which means
that Michigan's chances for another'
successful season are even brighter
than ever. In addition to these five
returning lettermen, Coach Court-
right has several promising reserve
men including numeral winners from
the freshman squad.
Few people realize that the Uni-
versity's half million dollar golf
course is one of the finest in the
country. Designed by Alexander Mac-
Kenzie, who also built the famous
Bobby Jones course in Atlanta, Geo.,
it was completed in 1931. It is a real
test for both amateurs and profes-
sionals alike, and each year thous-

Ohio State ...............72,754
Illinois ...................69,000
Minnesota ...............63,100
Notre Dame ..............54,945
Iowa................ ...44,884
Purdue ..................28,063
Missouri .................27,959
Indiana ..................24,000

Ufer Smashes Marks In 440
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record for this distance. Because the
feat was accomplished in the Big Ten
Indoor Track Conference Meet, in
the University of Chicago Field
House, the World's outdoor record
still stands. Still, this was the fastest
quarter mile ever run by any human.
During the past outdoor season
Bob hurt his side. He tore a ligament
in his thigh and was unable to per-
form as well as he gave indication of
doing during the indoor track season.
Because of injury to this one man,
the Michigan thin lads lost valuable
points in the two events that they
have always been noted for, namely
the 440 and the mile relay. The rela.y
team could not muster the final drive
when Ufer, who ran anchor, was not
at his peak. Ufer was almost a cer-
tainty for the Drake Relays title, but
did not show up favorably.
Bob Ufer is in the enlisted reserve
of one of the armed services of the
United States and will be an impor-
tant factor in this year's Maize and
Blue track team. The thigh injury
will be healed by the time Coach
Doherty begins training for the com-
ing indoor season. Ufer, if he does
not have a recurrence of the injury
to his side, will be in top form.
And if he is, it will mean that the
rest of the Big Ten had better look
to its laurels. The speedy senior is out
after new honors, and it's even money
that he'll get them.


When Bob Westfall was chosen
All-American last fall, he was the
fourteenth Michigan gridder to
receive that honor. Edliff 'Butch'
Slaughter was the first Maize and
Blue football player to be named as
he was selected the best guard in
the country in 1924. Others named
since then include Bennie' Ooster-
baan, Harry Newman, Whitey Wis-
tert, Ralph Heikkinen and Tom
H armon.

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According to track mentor Ken
Doherty, Bob Ufer's feat of running
the 440 in 48.1 seconds was the out-
standing individual athletic achieve-
ment of the year. In covering the
quarter in this record time the Mich-
igan cinderman set a new Conference
record, broke the United States rec-
ord, and broke the official World's




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Paced by Captain Leidy and Blazing
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