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Netters, Linksmen Capture Big Ten Titles

Trackmen Capture Both Indoor
And Outdoor Conference Meets

Jenswold Paces Wel- Balanced Golf
Squad to Third Straight Crown

(Continuied from Page 9)

Michigan Wins Big Teui Meet
From Buckeyes by One Point
Guie, Lewis, Post Take Individual Titles;
Number Three Doubles Won by Gulic' Boucher


Marcellus, Tews
Are Second, Third
In Individual Race
One of the most powerful and
well-balanced golf squads in Wol-
verine history captured the Big Ten
championship by 27 strokes when the
Maize and Blue foursome carded a
623 over the Medinah Country Club
course at Chicago.
While in previous years the Wol-
verines had depended upon one indi-
vidual performer to lead the way to
the title, this year Coach Ray Court-
right had a group of players with
equal ability that brought home
Michigan's third straight and eighth
Big Ten honors.
Johnny Jenswold was the star of
the meet, firing an opening round
72 to take a five stroke lead over
teammate Jack Tews at the end of
18 holes, and then slipped slightly in
the final round to an 81, but no other
player was able to overtake Jens-
wold's commanding lead:
Marcellus Is Runner-Up
Phil Marcellus, Wolverine captain
all year and only civilian player, was

runner-up for individual honors as
he carded a 155, including a 79 on
the first round and a 76 in the after-
noon. Close behind was Tews who
shot a second round 79 for a 156
Tom Messinger completed the
foursome's total of 623 with a 159.
Messinger had a bad opening round,
carding an 84, but came back to
knock nine strokes off his morning
score. Paul O'Hara was the fifth
Wolverine player and shot a 79 and
81 for 160, but although his score
was lower than several other players,
it was not good enough to make the
select Wolverine quartet. Purdue was
runner-up for team honors with a
total of 650.
Season Is Successful
The Western Conference cham-
pionship climaxed a very successful
Wolverine season of six victories and
two defeats. The squad was a hard-
working group. Early in the season,
rain hampered the Wolverine prac-
tice, and it was only after constant
workouts that the Wolverines ob-
tained the fine coordination they
displayed at the conference meet.
The Wolverines opened the season
with an overwhelming 18-0 victory

over the University of Detroit Titans.
Coach Courtright was doubtful as to
who would make up the team at the
beginning of the season, but finally
arrived at the five players who
played in the conference finals.
Northwestern Beaten
The second match of the season
was the opening Big Ten tilt and the I
Maize and Blue came out on the long
end of a 13-8 score against North-
western. The Wildcats brought one
of their weakest quartets in years to
Ann Arbor.
The following week the linksmen
journeyed to Findlay, O. to meet a
strong Ohio State squad. Handi-
capped by tricky greens which the
Buckeyes were used to, the Wol-
verines suffered a 12-6 setback.
Broncos Swamped
For the second week in a row the
Wolverines were on the road and
following a 25-2 victory over West-
ern Michigan traveled to South Bend
and received their second and last
defeat of the year to Notre Dame by
a 17/2-91/2 count.
Buckeye Loss Avenged
The outlook brightened the next
week, when playing at Ann Arbor,
the linksmen avenged the previous
Ohio State defeat when they whip-
ped the Buckeyes, 16-2, as well as
easily defeating Western Michigan,
Hockey Team H as
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Champions of the 1944 Western
Conference tennis race, that in a few
words sums up the success of the'
Wolverine netters for the past sea-
son under the guidance of Coach Le-
roy Weir.
The Maize and Blue concluded the
recent campaign with a brilliant rec-
ord of eight wins against one loss.
Their lone setback was a 5-4 defeat
administered by a very powerful
Notre Dame squad.
In Big Ten competition, Michigan
scored victories over Minnesota, Chi-
cago, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State
and Northwestern. The other three
schools, Purdue, Indiana and Iowa,
did not compete in dual meets, but
the Boilermakers and Hoosiers did
send several representatives to the
Big Ten meet.
The crowning achievement of the
campaign was Michigan's well-earned
victory in the 1944 Conference Tennis
Meet, played the week-end of May 27
at Northwestern University. The bat-
tle for the championship settled itself
into a two-way fight between Michi-
gan and Ohio State.
Michigan Wins Four Titles
Individual Wolverine champion-
ships were racked up in three singles
flights, and in the number three
doubles position. The trio of singles
winners for Michigan were Merle Gu-
lic in the number three berth, Roger
Lewis at five and Dave Post in the
sixth spot. Gulic took another cham-
pionship when he teamed up with
Roy Boucher to capture the third
flight doubles championship.
Playing in the number one posi-
tion for Michigan this year was Cap-
tain Jinx Johnson, a veteran of four
years standing. Johnson dropped
two Big Ten matches and one to Notre
Dame giving him a score of seven
wins against three losses.
It was in the Big Ten champion-
ships that Johnson lost a thrilling
three set match at Ohio State's Aris
Franklin, whom he had whipped ear-
lier in the season. Johnson's most
notable accomplishment for the year
included victories over Harry Hall of
Northwestern and Vic Soukup of
Western Michigan.
Playing in the-number two position

for Michigan was Jim Frolik, a trans-
fer from Stanford University. Fro-t
lik's record for the season, including1
the Big Ten championships, was six
wins and five setbacks.
Gulic Has Perfect Slate
Merle Gulic, playing in the third1
spot, was undefeated in both9 singles1
and doubles competition. Gulic is
the only man on the squad with a
perfect record. His singles achieve-
ments include 12 wins as against no
At number four, was Michigan's
outstanding freshman star, Bill Ford.
Ford had a very impressive total
of nine wins, one tie, and one loss
Ford was unquestionably the most
aggressive player on the team and in
a few years Ford should be a great
champion if he continues to improve
the way he has been all year. Ford is
a fine competitor, and he is one of
the most well-liked boys on the
At the number five berth, Michi-
gan's representative was the power-
ful Roger Lewis. His record is ten
wins and two losses.
Lewis was far superior in the Con-
ference to anyone in the number five
bracket. Lewis' most effective wea-
pons this year were a hard service
coupled with a stinging overhead
Post Has C'aod Record
Playing in the last, and number six
position was Michigan's popular Dave
Post. Post, next to Gulic, had the
best record on the team. It included
11 wins against one loss. Incidental-
ly, Post got even for that one whip-
ping when he beat the same man,
Dave Krenzli of Ohio State, in the
final of the number six flight cham-
Michigan's doubles teams also
chalked up outstanding records for
themselves. The number one team of
Johnson and Ford went to the Big
Ten finals as did the number two
team of Lewis and Frolik. Both these
duos were beaten in close three-set
battles for the championship.
The number three doubles team of
Gulic and Boucher were unbeaten all
season and dropped only one set in
all their matches. Truly a remark-
able record registered by a remark-
able team.

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In this meet Michigan grabbed six
first places and tied for another. El-
mer Swanson, the burly hurdler, high-
stepped his way to victory in both
the lows and highs, to be Michigan's
only double winner. The Humes took
the mile and two-mile, Ufer, the 440,
Bill Dale tied for the high jump, and
the mile relay team won.
Following the Conference Meet at
Chicago, the team competed in the
Chicago Relays and the Purdue Re-
lays, thus rounding out a highly suc-
cessful indoor season.
After two weeks of much-deserved
rest, the tracksters pried the lid off
the outdoor season, when they stole
the show at the Penn Relay Carni-
val, where they copped first in the
four-mile relay, and the distance
medley, and third in the mile and
May 13, Michigan track fans wit-
nessed one of the country's most
exciting meets when the Wolver-
ines played host to Illinois and
Purdue. Although the Illini with
its freshman star Claude "Buddy"
Young and middle distance ace Bob
Kelley, put up a good showing,

Michigan's old reliable team bal-
ance and a new-found strength in
the field events, brought them
through to victory as they enmassed
71 points to 54 for Illinois and 27
for Purdue.
The high-riding Wolverines tuned
up for the Big Ten Meet May 20 in
Lafayette in a quadrangular meet '
which they won with a team total of
62 7/12 points. Purdue, Minnesota
and Western Michigan, finished sec-
ond, third and fourth respectively.
In what was probably one of the
closest two-team Conference Meets
in Big Ten history, the Wolverine
juggernaut eked out a win over Illi-
nois on the track at Champaign.
With three events to run the score
stood Michigan 52 to Illinois'
51 . It was here where team
balance made the difference as
Michigan forged ahead, piling up
70 points, with Illinois getting
58 1/10.
The Maize and Blue runners only
won three firsts and tied for a fourth,
but the fact that they placed in all
but two of the events accounted for
their successful defence of the crown
they won last year without the aid
of a single first place.

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test all season accounting for 19 goals
and six assists.
Afterthe Sarnia contest Michigan's
fortunes continued to be a see-saw
affair. The puckmen lost to Wood-
stock, Ont., 6-1, then won from a
squad of RCAF flyers from Fingal,
Ont., in a fast game, 8-0. Again they
lost when they came up against the
Vickers club, a Detroit aggregation,
which barely edged out the varsity,
-The Vickers defeat was the last
one of the season for the Maize and
Blue squad, which then went ahead
to defeat Paris, Ont., 6-2, the Vickers
club in a return engagement, 6-5,
and Brantford, Ont., 10-8

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