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Wolverine Golfers

Use Home Course to Advantage


Romp to Western Conference Crown

What makes a golf course-great?
Ask any member of last year's
Varsity links squad that question
and he'll probably tell you to take
a walk out to the University course
and see for yourself.
IF YOU TAKE his advice you'll
see one of the country's few truly
championship layouts, and you
had better stroll through all 18
holes before yielding to the urge
to dust off the old golf sticks for
a trial round. You'll need every
kind of golf shot in the book to
negotiate the 6660 yard route suc-
Here are found spacious greens
with surfaces approaching per-
fection that require near-perfect
putting skill. A classic example
is the treacherous fifteenth,
shaped like an hour glass. But
there is an additional problem
of landing on those greens,
caused by yawning sand traps
located in strategic spots every-
Off the tees, long booming drives
are needed to make the use of
shorter irons possible on the sec-
ond shot. Longer irons and wood
clubs lack the accuracy that the
position of the greens demands.
* * *
THEN TOO, those drives must
not stray from a direct line of
flight. Slicers and hookers will
find themselves tied up in knots
by the shaggy rough which bor-
ders the narrow fairways.
As an added complication,
there are many holes on which
the green cannot be seen from
the tee.
In view of these facts, you prob-
ably wonder what could cause the
Wolverine golfer's enthusiasm
when referringto his home course,
but a brief glance at last season's
record would clear things up.
THE GOLF team was helpless
when foraging in unfamiliar pas-
tures but was unbeatable at home
where it won everything in sight,
including the 1949 Big Ten Cham-
pionship. In addition, Michigan's
captain, Ed Schalon, shared the
Conference individual golf title.
After getting off to a dismal
start with three straight defeats
in dual Big Ten meets on the
road, the Wolverines came home
to Ann Arbor to lick their
wounds and set a trap that
would avenge the rough treat-
ment they received while visit-
ing rival schools.
Can May 15&t"ithey sprung the
snare for the first time and made
a double killing by jolting both
Ohio State and Illinois in a big
triangular event. This gave Mich-
igan the momentum, it so badly
* * *
TWO WEEKS later the trap was
rolled out again but in quest of
much bigger game. This time all
the teams in the Conference tum-
bled in as the Wolverines com-
pletely outclassed the field in a
two day, 72 hole medal play tour-
nament for the championships.
The winning team total of
1499 strokes established a new
record for the event, replacing
the mark of 1528 set by North-
western in 1948. Ohio State was
second, 58 strokes behind, and
Purdue finished third. Members
of the victorious squad were
Schalon, Roger Kessler, Pete

Two Athletes
Share in iVM
Honor Award
Stanley Plagenhoef of Holland,
Mich., and Lee Setomer of New
York City were named Michigan's
best all-around intramural ath-
letes for 1948-49, the first time
that a dual award was deemed
necessary since 1930.
Both men were awarded Michi-
gan Daily Trophies for their ac-
** *
AN ANNUAL tradition at Michi-
gan, the best all-around I-M ath-
lete of the year is picked by the
intramural staff on the basis of
number of sports participated in,
advancement in these sports, in-
dividual honors and points ac-
Setomer who also won the 1947-1
48 award, took part in eighteen'
different athletic activities during
the year, representing the Dodgers
of the Independent Division.
He won the all-campus handball
singles championship and teamed
up with John Scopas to win the
doubles. He also won the paddle-
ball singles title and, along with
Herb Epstein, repeated in thel
Plagenhoef, who was a weight-
lifting instructor here, competed in
16 sports as a member of the Phi
Epsilon Kappa professional fra-
ternity team. He was runner-up
in the all-campus badminton
Setomer was the fourth person
ever to repeat as an award winner.
Two men, Milton Eskowitz of De-
troit and Paul Keller of Grosse
Pointe won the award three times.
Most famous of the past win-
ners is Tom Harmon, the Gary,
Ind., football ace who was des-
tined to become an all-time grid-
iron great during his stay at

'M' Puck Squad National Power

Vic Heyliger, beginning his sixth
season at the helm of Michigan's
hockey squad, has made his Wol-
verine icemen one of the most
powerful and feared college teamsC
in the country.
Coming here in the fall of 1944,
Vic has put new life into a sport
that could not even boast of a
winning percentage over the pe-
riod of years leading up to his
* * *
BUT -IN THE last two seasons
alone his rampaging Maize and
Blue skaters have dropped but
four of 49 contests while winning
41 and tying the remaining four.
These two highly successful
campaigns include a National
Collegiate championship in 1948
and a third place in the tourna-
ment last March at Colorado
Springs, Colorado.
Coupled with four straight
mythical Big Nine championships
Heyliger can boast of the finest
record in the history of the pop-
ular winter sport at Michigan. His
five year record now stands at 74
victories as compared to 24 losses
and six deadlocks, a phenomenal
.755 average.
* * *
MICHIGAN HAS managed to
snare only six Conference crowns
since the initial game back in 1921
with the Michigan Agricultural

rivals have now faced each other
98 times with the rugged North-
men still holding a wide margin
with 58 triumphs.
The Wolverines have been more
>~successful with another long time
foe, Michigan Tech, having
whipped them 33 times and suc-
cumbing to the Engineers in 18
* * *
ONE JINX that Heyliger's teams
have been able to crack is the one
that the University of Toronto
held for several years.
The two squads play a char-
ity game every year in Chicago
and the Canadians took nine
straight before the Wolverine
puckmen finally broke through
to win three of the last four and
tie the other. Toronto can al-
ways be counted on to have one
of the finest college sextets in all
North America.
Several Wolverines have won
nationalarecognition inethe past
-two seasons. Defensemen Connie
Hill, three time captain and vet-
eran of 'four seasons of play, and
speedy wingman Wally Grant both
Col- were selected on the All-Star
Tournament team in 1948 follow-
ing the winning of the NCAA title.
de- * * *
me LAST SPRING Hill and Grant
en- 1 along with Wally Gacek and Dick
two Starrak were given All-American

awards. Grant was given further
recognition by being nominated on
the tournament all star team for
the second straight year.
Red-headed Gordie MacMillan
established a scoring record In
the past four seasons that will
stand for a long time. His total
number of goals and assists
stood at 205 after he had played
his last game In a blue uniform.
Heyliger held the scoring mark
until McMillan came along and
now Gacek and Al Renfrew have
also passed his old mark of 116.
All-American honqrs while
starring on the 1936-7 Michigan
sextet. He later coached the Uni-
versity of Illinois icemen after
playing professionally for the Chi-
cago Blackhawks.
Prospects for this year are
bright with the All-American
Grant returning to form one of
the fastest lines in college
hockey with Gil Burford and
Neil Celley.
Defensemen Ross Smith and
Bob Fleming return to try to
fill the big gap left by the grad-
uation of Hill and Starrak.
Other returning lettermen and
last year's freshmen will fill out
the rest of the squad that might
pose another threat for national
and conference honors.


* * *
College (now Michigan State

-Daily-wally Barth
SUCCESS STORY--Youthful golf mentor Bert Katzenmeyer is
batting .667 in the Championship League since becoming head
golf coach at Michigan in 1947. Katzenmeyer's charges won the
Western Conference Golf title in 1947 and repeated in 1949.
Chances are that Bert will up his average next season when a
brilliant freshman team.will combine their talents with five re-
turning members of the 1949 championship squad.
* * * *


title has usually been
in the home and ho
with Minnesota's per
strong Gophers. The t


Elliott, Bob Olson, Leo Hauser,
and Chuck MacCallum.
Co-medalist with Schalon was
defending champ, Fred Wampler,
of Purdue. Their 72 hole totals
of 297 exceeded par by nine
strokes. These two linksmen and
Elliott started the final three holes
all even but the latter dropped
one behind on the par three sev-
enteenth to finish third with 298.
IT WAS THE eleventh league
title and sixth in the last eight
years for the Wolverines.
Golfing activities are not yet
over at Michigan thisnyear.
Shortly after the beginning of
the fall semester, two tourna-
ments will be staged at the Uni-
versity course under the super-
vision of golf coach Bert Katz-
"Meet me at that popular
student Tonsorial Parlor."
Liberty near State

The first will be a 72 hole medal
test for the William B. Crawford
Trophy, an invitational event. But
anyone is eligible to stride onto
the first tee in the other tourney
except golf letter winners. It will
be match play with the Trueblood
Trophy going to the victor.


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