Miami Country Club History—1954
54.4.4 mdnr “New Pro for Country Club”
Johnie Stapp, former golf pro at the Independence, Kansas Country club, has taken over like duties at the Miami club. He succeeds Ed Miller, who accepted a position at a new course in Tulsa.
The 42-year-old pro played circuit golf three years before entering the Army in 1940 as an enlisted man. Stapp began his career as a pro at the Santa Anita Golf course in Arcadia, California in 1946 after his discharge as a Captain in the Ordinance Department. He moved from there to Independence in 1949.
Stapp and his wife, Helen, call Wichita their home town. The couple has two daughters, Letty age 6 and Jonya Lee age 2.
Plans for golf clinics are in the making. Stapp will start tutoring the beginners of the Miami Women’s Golfing association at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning before the ladies leave for their rounds on the greens later in the day.
The clinic for members of the entire country club is being scheduled in conjunction with a evening dinner. Basic fundamentals will be the main phase of teaching.
Stapp will show color films of today’s top ranking golfer, including Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, and also many newcomers to the professional circuit.
*Note: Many of these films were created by my father, Johnie Stapp, and others he purchased. Over the years prior to coming to Miami and through his early years in Miami, he took 16 mm movies of many professional golfers. These movies he then used as teaching tools. He also took a series of swing photographs of many of the pros, men and women. Sadly, in the early 60’s when he sent in photos to be developed the negatives and photos were never returned.)
54.4.12 mdnr “Snead, Hogan in Playoff Today for Masters Title”
Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, called the “two greatest golfers in the world” by grand slam king Bob Jones, met today in an 18-hole playoff for the 1954 Masters Championship.
The little man from Texas and the long ball hitter from West Virginia and 298 totals. That is 1 over par for the exacting 6,800 yard Augusta National course, and the highest score ever to earn first place in this prestige-packed tourney’s 20 year history.
The winner will join Jimmy Demaret as the three-time Master’s champion. A victory for Hogan would make him the only man ever to win two Masters in succession.
*Note: Congratulations to Scotty Scheffler for becoming the 2022 Master’s Champion and to Tiger Woods for competing in this event, only 15 months after his car wreck that nearly took his left leg. Ben Hogan would be proud.
54.4.12 mdnr “Stag Party”
A regular stag night affair will be held at the Miami Country club at 6:30 o’clock Tuesday evening instead of tonight as previously announced by the club spokesman. All members are invited.
54.4.25 mdnr “Bridge Luncheon”
The ladies division of the Miami Country club held a month meeting on Thursday at a 1 o’clock luncheon.
The tables were artistically arranged with bowls of spring flowers. Hostesses for the day were Mrs. Charles Stansell, chairman; Mrs. Joseph B. Elizondo, Mrs. M.C. Bagby, and Mrs. W. Brown Stansell.
Bridge prizes for the afternoon were won by Mrs. Bert Wall and Mrs. John Stapp. Mrs. Claud Jones won the canasta prize.
Attending the luncheon and bridge were the following members:
Mrs. Lee Adkinson, Mrs. Ed Badger, Mrs. Bagby, Mrs. Cobban, Mrs. MA Connell, Mrs. Orville Dahl, Mrs. Spencer Dawson, Mrs. Elizondo, Mrs. F.G. Ernst, Mrs. Robert Haffner, Mrs. Monte Hall, Mrs. L.P. Hetherington, Mrs. Wayman Jackson, Mrs. Elmer Jarrett, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Kenneth Kimmel, Mrs. Bill LaCaff, Mrs. C.W. Letcher, Mrs. Ray McNaughton, Miss Patty McNaughton, Mrs. George Murphy, Mrs. Frank Nesbitt, Mrs. Clarence Niday Mrs. Neil Norton, Mrs. Woodrow Painter, Mrs. Phillip Peacock, Mrs. Irving Propper, Mrs. Joe Ramsay, Mrs. O.A. Rockwell, Mrs. George Russell, Mrs. Richard Russell, Mrs. Vernon Sapp, Mrs. John Schofield, Mrs. T.H. Smith, Mrs. Charles Stansell, Mrs. Brown Stansell, Mrs. John Stapp, Mrs. Robert Temple, Mrs. Bert Wall, Mrs. D.G. Watters, Mrs. L.A. Wetzel, Mrs. Richard Wright and Mrs. William Wright.
54.5.2 mdnr “Scotch Foursome”
A special invitation to all Country club members and their families from Johnie Stapp, your pro, and Bill George, your caterer. Come out and get acquainted.
A scotch foursome will be held for members on May 2 at 1:30 followed by a buffet dinner in the evening. Bring the family. The round of golf will be followed by a clinic and a new training film just released by the P.G.A. and Life magazine. Latest aid to golf ever filmed, featuring such famous stars as Bobby Jones, Horton Smith, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Lloyd Mangrum, Dr. Carey Middlecoff, Ed “Porky” Oliver, Jerry Barber, Pat Abbott, Louise Suggs, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope.
For dinner reservations…Call 4429
54.5.6 mdnr “Hole in One”
Vernon Sapp, Miami Insurance man, accomplished Tuesday afternoon what every golfer dreams of. He sank a hole-in-one while carding a fine 38 at the Miami Country club.
Johnie Stapp, club professional reported Sapp teed off on the 151-yard No. 3 hole, his ball dropping into the cup without as much as a single bounce on the green. The ace with a No. 4 iron, even caused slight damage to the cup, Stapp revealed.
Stapp was playing in the foursome which also included Jack Myers, Dr. Robert Baron, and Phillip Peacock.
54.5.20 mdnr “Ladies Golf Notes”
Second-round pairing at the Miami Country club, with matches being played today through Saturday, include:
Mrs. Jack Horner vs Mrs. Elmer Jarrett, Mrs. Claud Jones vs Mrs. Sam Fullerton, Mrs. Bert Wall vs Mrs. Woodrow Painter, Mrs. Tom Smith vs Mrs. Robert Temple.
Mrs. Floyd Newton vs Mrs. Frank LaCaff, Mrs. Vernon Sapp vs. Mrs. Joe Ramsey, Mrs. J.H. Organ vs Mrs. Corbin Shouse, Mrs. Spencer Dawson vs Mrs. Walter Patterson, Jr.
Mrs. Orville Dahl vs Mrs. Charles Harvey, Mrs. Richard Wright vs. Mrs. Bill Oliver,
Mrs. Rex Painter vs Mrs. W.D. Jackson, Mrs. Ed Badger vs Mrs. George Murphy.
Mrs. George Kroupa vs Mrs. O.R. Westfall, Mrs. John Reese vs Mrs. Lee Adkinson.
54.5.21 mdnr “Teen-agers Dance”
A dance was enjoyed Saturday evening by the teen-agers group of the Miami Country club from 7:30 to 10:30 o’clock. Sue Lowry, David Robinson, Linda Peters and Frank Letcher were winners in the prize dance. Refreshments were served to the young people.
54.5.23 mdnr “Ladies Golf Notes”
Championship honors in “blind holes” play went to Mrs. J.R. Organ while Mrs. Woodrow Painter and Mrs. John Reese tie for class A honors. Mrs. Rex Painter and Mrs. Glen McCollum tied for the class B flight while Mrs. Orville Dahl won the class C flight at the Miami Country club last week. The Miami Women’s Golfing association will play for low gross next Wednesday.
HIGHLIGHT: Tournament rounds will be fixed during the first of the week. The tournament highlight is the match between Mrs. Bert Wall and Mrs. Woodrow Painter. After being tied at the end of the scheduled 18 holes the played a nine-hole play-off only to be deadlocked again. A second play-off over nine holes was played. But still another play-off is scheduled since the two remained tied after 36 holes.
54.2.27 MDNR “Golf Tournament for Ladies Monday”
All lady golfers are invited to play in a holiday “flag tournament” next Monday at Miami Country club. Entries must register before then at the club. A spokesman announced women may make their own pairings or wait to be paired at the tee.
54.4.19 mdnr “Mickey Mantle”
Casey Stengel closes his eyes in blissful anticipation feeling Mickey Mantle’s knee, from which a cartilage was removed. The manager of the Yankees was delighted when his young slugger, from Commerce, Oklahoma, did not miss the early going.
54.5.30 mdnr “Mantle is Rated with Ruth”
Bill Dickey, a fellow who played with and against some great sluggers, rates Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees with the best of the long-ball hitters.
The ex-Yankee catcher, now a coach with the world champions, says, “Mantle has more talent than any man I’ve ever seen. As a slugger, from either side, he rates with Ruth, Foxx, Gehrig, Greenberg, Williams, and DiMaggio.
The switch-hitting Mantle boosting his average in .286 this past week, is “still two or three years away,” says Dickey, Mantle has hit seven home runs this spring.
54.5.30 mdnr “Golfers Reminded to Post Scores”
Members of the Miami Country club who are competing in the 54-hole club handicap play for the president’s cup must turn in their scores by Monday evening, pro Johnie Stapp said Saturday.
54.6.2 mdnr “Winners Named in Women’s Fairways Tournament”
Mrs. J.R. Organ took top honors in the ladies Memorial Day flag tournament, followed by Mrs. Woodrow Painter and Mrs. Jack Horner, in second and third place, respectively.
Mrs. Jack Horner and Mrs. Robert Temple are the finalists in the Miami Country club ladies handicap tourney. They will pair up for the championship sometime next week.
At least 27 entries have already been received for the Scotch foursome to be played Sunday on the country club course. Deadline for entries, which are made at the pro shop, is noon Friday. Pairings for the entries received later will be made at the tee box.
A driving and putting contest will also be held Sunday. Johnie Stapp, club pro, will hold a golf clinic and show pictures of the Columbus and Kansas City Open. All club members are invited for the day’s activities.
54.6.7 mdnr “Mrs. Painter and Stapp Winners of Country Club Event”
Mrs. Woodrow Painter and Johnie Stapp paced the field of 68 Scotch foursome entries to card the lowest gross score Sunday at Miami Country club. They were followed closely by Mrs. Floyd Newton, and Dr. W..D. Jackson. Third low gross placed ended in a tie between Mrs. Claud Jones and George Beck with Mrs. J.R. Organ and Vernon Sapp.
First place for low net ended in a tie between Mrs. Earl Gaines, Jr., and J.R. Organ and Mrs. Corbin Shouse and John Stansell. Third place low net went to Miss Dena Ander and Woodrow Painter.
In the putting contest, first place went to Mrs. J.R. Organ and Vernon Sapp. Second place ended in a tie between Miss Joan Taylor and Sam Fullerton and Mrs. Richard Wright and Robert Temple.
First place in ladies driving contest went to Mrs. Joe Ramsey, second to Mrs. Hance VanBeber, and third to Mrs. Walter Patterson, Jr.
In the men’s driving contest Johnie Stapp was first, Jack Myers second, and Rex Painter, third.
54.6.8 mdnr “Myers Receives Trophy Tonight”
Jack Myers has won the President’s cup tournament at the Miami Country club, finishing 10 strokes under par for the 54-hole event. Myers, one of the district’s finest golfers, will receive his trophy this evening at a Stag event at the club. Awards will be presented to other top-ranking participants in the tourney.
Glenn Scott and G.R. White tied for second place in the tourney with Rex Painter close behind in third. Denver Seals and Harry Dean share fourth place honors. Fifth prizes will go to Jack Horner.
Johnie Stapp, club pro said that more tournaments are being planned. Match lay for the club championship with classes A,B,C, and D will be held in July. The club handicap will be scheduled sometime in the fall. Additionally, club pros of the Oklahoma PGA section will gather at the club on September 13 for a pro-amateur tournament.
54.6.13 mdnr “19 Are Entered in Junior Event at Country Club”
Nineteen boys will tee off at the Miami Country club Monday in the annual junior golf tournament, a 36-hole medal affair sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Walter Williams, Jr., tourney chairman, said Saturday the following youths have entered:
Larry Parker, Frank Childers, Dick Lowry, Robert Hill, Dickie Neal, Charles Beck, Pat Temple, Jack Horner, Jr., Bill Bowers, Nelson Shouse, James Emery, Cogie Cowgill, Richard Beck, Roger McCullum, Hooky Gibson, Richard Wright, III, Phillip Fontaine, George Walbert, and Al Rogers.
Monday morning’s opening 18-hole session will start at 9 o’clock. Tuesday’s windup action will begin an hour later, at 10 o’clock according to Johnie Stapp, club professional.
The four low scorers will compete in a regional tourney at Bartlesville next month. Driving and putting contests is planned for Tuesday afternoon. An awards buffet dinner will be held at the club that evening.
Williams said merchandise prizes have been made available by the Hub Clothing Co., Millner-Berkey, B&K clothiers, the J.C.Penney store, and Williams Packing Co.
54.6.16 mdnr “Nelson Shouse is Winner”
Nelson Shouse emerged as the winner of the Jaycee Junior Golf tournament Tuesday at the Miami Country club and received a trophy during a dinner program last night.
Shooting a 36-hole total of 177, Shouse beat his nearest opponent, Bill Bowers, by 19 strokes. Those two, Richard Beck and Dick Lowry will represent Miami in a regional junior met at Bartlesville on July 13 and 14.
Shouse shot rounds of 42-43-46-46. Bowers used 194 strokes, Beck 195 and Lowry 196. Dickie Neel, at 10 the youngest of 13 golfers who finished the tourney wound up fifth with 212.
The top four finishers were presented awards by Johnie Stapp, club professional. The prizes were sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and local merchants.
Bowers won the putting contest and Lowry finished first in the driving competition. Other scorers: Cogie Cowgill, 214; Robert Hill, 216; Jack Horner, 218; Frank Childers, 221; Charles Beck, 234; Pat Temple, 246; Roger McCollum, 250; Richard Wright, 278.
54.6.27 mdnr “Country club Scene of Bridge Luncheon”
The ladies division of the Miami Country club met Thursday for a luncheon at the clubhouse. The hostesses were Mrs. Walter Dumas, chairman; Mrs. Ray McNaughton, Mrs. Tom Bomford, and Mrs. O.A. Rockwell. The luncheon tables were artistically arranged with bowls of gladioli and foliage.
Bridge prizes for the afternoon were won by Mrs. George Foster and Mrs. George Murphy. The canasta prize was won by Mrs. Claud Jones. Attending were the following members: Mrs. Spencer Dawson, Mrs. Dumas, Mrs. F.G. Ernst, Mrs. J.B Elizondo, Mrs. George Foster, Mrs. R.O. Gibson, Mrs. Robert Haffner, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. C.W. Letcher, Mrs. Ted Lowry, Mrs. G.W. McCollum, Miss Patty McNaughton, Mrs. Floyd Newton, Mrs. Neil Norton, Mrs. J.R. Organ, Mrs. Woodrow Painter, Mrs. Gib Reynolds, Mrs. George Russell, Mrs. Richard Russell, Mrs. Vernon Sapp, Mrs. Bernard Schaff, Mrs. Robert Temple, Mrs. John Schofield, Mrs. L.A. Wetzel, Mrs. Hance VanBeber, Mrs. Marion Zajic.
54.7. mdnr “Local Golf Tournament”
Qualifying rounds of the annual men’s golf tournament at the Miami Country club were completed Sunday and 63 players are paired for the first-round matches. John Robinson copped medalist honors with a 75, four strokes under his nearest competitor, Kenneth Childress, with a 79. First round matches must be completed before July 19, club spokesman Woodrow Painter, said this morning.
Championship: John Robinson, 75 vs Lloyd Shafer, 82; Walter Williams, 81 vs Glenn Scott, 83; Sam Fullerton, 80, vs BobTemple, 82; Jim Moore, 81, vs R.C. Gibson, 84; Kenneth Childress, 79 vs Ted Lowry, 82; Dr. W.D. Jackson, 81, vs Rex Painter, 81; Kenneth Richards, 80 vs. G.R. White, 83; Jack Myers, 81, vs Vernon Sapp 84.
Flight A: Joe Thompson, 85 vs Jack Buzzard, 86; Rodney DeVilliers, 86 vs Harry Dean, 89; C.J. Carselowey, 85 vs Noel Wyatt, 88; W.C. Bullock 86 vs. Hugh Wright 91; Woodrow Painter 85, vs Dr. Robert Baron, 87; George Beck, 86 vs Dick Wright, 89; Dick Neel, 89 vs Bert Wall, 88; Orville Dahl, 89 vs John Burford.
Flight B: Dr. H.C. Ford, 93 vs Paul Wilson, 96; Marion Zajic, 95 vs Spencer Dawson 95; Bill Stout, 94 vs Jack Horner, 97; Frank LaCaff, 96 vs Bob Hill, 100; Tom Bomford, 94 vs J.R. Organ 96; H. Remis, 95 vs Al Spaulding 99; Joe Ramsey, 94 vs. George Russell 98; Walter Patterson, 96, vs Tom Smith, 100.
Flight C: Hank Garwood, 101, vs Irving Propper, 108; Jack Brown, 105, vs Bill Spaethe, 114; Earl Fisher, 101, vs. Robert Nunn, 111; Ed Badger, 106 vs Ed Spearling, 121; K.C. Jeffries 101, vs Dr. L..P. Hetherington; John Reese, 105, vs George Murphy, 118; Jack Schofield 103 vs Bob Garwood, 112.
54.7.6 mdnr “Holiday Winner at Country Club”
Monday’s holiday golf festival at the Miami Country club saw 140 entries competing in two tournaments.
Following two-ball and four-ball tournaments, 400 members and their families were served a buffet dinner, preceding a giant fireworks display.
Winners of the Two-ball tourney–Low Net: Mr. and Mrs. G.R. White, first; Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Jackson, second; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Garwood, third;
Low Gross winners: George Beck and Billy Ann Green, first; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Wall, second; Mr. and Mrs. Claud Jones, third.
Winners of the Four-ball tourney–Low Net: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fullerton, first; Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Patterson, second; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wright, third.
Low Gross: Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Organ, first; Billy Ann Green and Dr. Robert Baron, second; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Horner, third.
Individual low putts: Claud Jones, Orville Dahl, and Rodney DeVilliers, first to third, respectively. Mixed low putts; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Temple, first; Mr. and Mrs. Rex Painter, second; Mr. and Mrs. George Murphy, third.
Longest drives were by Mrs. Joe Thompson and Walter Patterson; Mrs. Rex Painter took a prize for the shortest drive.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Oliver held the high score in the two-ball group while Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mallory took the high in the four-ball play.
54.7.25 mdnr “Ladies Golf Notes”
A two-day tie developed for the championship and flight A honors in Wednesday’s play for low gross at the Miami Country club.
Mrs. Bert Wall and Mrs. Jack Horner shared the championship laurels while Mrs. Claude Jones and Mrs. Woodrow Painter tied for class A. Mrs. Hank Garwood and Mrs. Lois Cowles took undisputed class B and C honors, respectively.
54. 7.26 mdnr “Winners Reported “
A large number of players took part in the mother-daughter and father-son handicap tournament at the Miami Country club Sunday afternoon. About 52 golfers, young and old, paired up for the contest played in four-hole to 18-hole flights.
Mother-daughter: Four Hole–Sara Lynn Salling and Mrs. Vernon Sapp, low gross; Pat Dawson and Mrs. Spencer Dawson, low net; Dorothy Russell and Mrs. Richard Wright, high net;
Nine-hole: Deborah Lee and Mrs. Bert Wall, low gross; Nancy Baron and Mrs. Claude Jones, low net; Sue Lowry and Mrs. Henry Garwood, high net.
Father-son: Nine-hole, Richard Wright and Dick Wright, low gross; Bill LaCaff and Ed Spearing, low net; Joe Thompson and Joe, Jr. high net;
18-hole: Dick Lowry and Ted Lowry, low gross; Bill Bowers and Spencer Dawson, low net; Don Rockwell and O.A. Rockwell, high net.
54.8.1 mdnr “Meet for Title”
John F. Robinson, defending champion, will meet Jack Myers one week from today for the men’s link title at Miami Country club. Both won their semi-final matches last week, Robinson besting Jim Moore, 3 and 2, and Myers defeating Dr. W.D. Jackson, 4 and 3.
Jackson and Moore will participate in the foursome, bidding for third-place honors.
Jackie Myers, 1954 champion at the Miami Country club, tees off in winning form as medalist and former champion John F. Robinson, left; Jim Moore, center, and Dr. W.D. Jackson look on. Myers defeated Robinson for the crown 3 and 2, while Jackson won over Moore for third place in the recent club meet.
54.8.15 mdnr “Ladies Golf Notes”
In last week’s play, Mrs. Jack Horner won the championship flight, class A honors went to Mrs. Robert Temple while Mrs. Dick Wright took class B. Mrs. Ed Badger copped the class C flight.
Four feminine linksters from the Miami Country club are paired in the Tri-State golf association’s annual 36 hole medal play tournament in Bartlesville, August 17 and 18, at the Hillcrest Country club. Planning to attend are Mrs. Bert Wall, Mrs. Jack Horner, Mrs. Joe Ramsay, and Miss Joann Taylor. They will vie for individual honors.
Pairings are shared for 47 women players. New names of ladies who are now playing include: Mrs. Frank LaCaff, Mrs. Orville Dahl, Mrs. Corbin Shouse, Mrs. Lois Cowles, Mrs. Tom Cordell, Mrs. Stuart Powrie, Mrs. Bob Nunn, Mrs. Elmer Jarett, Mrs. Earl Gaines, Jr., Mrs. Douglas Brockie, Mrs. George Kroupa, Mrs. Don Jones, and Mrs. Dorothy Neel.
54.8.27 mdnr “Dances Slated for Miami Country club”
A series of four dances at the Miami Country club has been announced by Spencer Dawson, chairman of the entertainment committee. The first one will be on Sept. 4 with Eddie Aldridge and his orchestra of Joplin furnishing the music.
Other dances are scheduled for Oct. 9, Nov. 27 and New Year’s Eve. Tickets went on sale Wednesday. Contact Dawson for tickets.
Mrs. Mickey Mantle and son, Mickey Elven, who have been in New York this summer with their husband and father, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankee outfielder, are staying for a few weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Giles Johnson. Mrs. Mantle and son visited Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mosley at Pittsburg. Mosley is a student a Kansas State Teachers College.
** As noted before, Miami and Ottawa Country were extremely social during these years. The News Record printed all social club events, officers, and luncheons, which sometimes covered forty to fifty. If you traveled, to Tulsa or Egypt, and called the news they would print the event and why and how you arrived at your destination. If you had surgery, the hospital often gave details and updates of these events with full names. Every PTA had meetings and plays. The fishing scene dominated many sports pages, along with bowling. All high school and college events are covered with pictures of details of the events. The news covered the communities in elaborate fashion. Everyone felt connected.
54.9. mdnr “Polio Event Fund”
An Oklahoma PGA section sweepstakes, for the benefit of the March of Dimes, began Saturday at the Miami Country club. The tournament, for members only, will divide half the proceeds with the March of Dimes and half for prizes. Club pro, Johnie Stapp, said that the tourney would run from Saturday through Monday, Labor Day.
**Note: In the late 1940’s–1960’s Kansas and Oklahoma played a key role in promoting women’s professional golf. I’ve always been proud of our state’s history of promoting women’s golf. Keep in mind that high school golf was offered for boys and girls until 1960. It took Title IX to bring girls golf back to high school and colleges.
In light of this Ardmore was dynamic golfing community. After dad moved to Miami, he yearly drove to the Ardmore area for Waco Turner’s professional/Calcutta men’s tournaments. Doc Jackson, Dr. Baron, John F. Robinson, Jackie Myers and others often accompanied him. The term for Calcutta in golf refers to a betting game, which later became an issue! Each golfer participating in a Calcutta is both a player and an owner, but before anyone can tee off, all golfers must first “buy” another player through an auction. Golfers bid on who they feel will win the event, generally beginning with the lowest handicap player and ending with the highest handicap player.
54.9.19 mdnr “Lady Pro Golfers Play in State”
Golfers who will be playing in the first annual Ardmore Women’s Open golf tournament starting Thursday, will have to work hard for the bonus money to be offered by Mrs. Opie Turner, who is bankrolling the $5,000-plus event.
Dornick Hills Country club course, scene of the rich men’s open the past three years, will play a tough par 74, just four strokes over men’s standard. The tournament, patterned by Opie after her husband Waco Turner’s bonus plan for the men’s event, may become the richest ever sponsored for women.
In addition to the $5000 official prize money, the bonus awards, which include $200 for the day’s lowest score, $300 for a hole in one and $250 for eagles, are likely to equal or surpass that amount by windup time Sunday. The total purse may reach $12,000 or more for the professional women.
The course will have six par five’s. This should enable the long-hitters such as Babe Zaharias a chance to grab off birdies on the holes which ordinarily would carry a par four. However, the Babe will not have too much advantage on the tricky, hilly layout because of her distance.
Although the Babe is a perennial favorite wherever she plays, little Louise Suggs, Patty Berg and Betsy Rawls should do well. Other top notchers of the Ladies Professional Golfers association competing will include Betty Jameson, Jackie Pung, Beverly Hanson, the Bauer sisters, Alice and Marlene, and other of the field of 50.
54.9.26 mdnr “Pro-Amateur to Start Monday at Local Golf club”
A pro-Am golf tournament will open Monday at the Miami Country club with golfers from Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas expected. Each of the pros will be accompanied by an amateur and will play with members of the Miami club, according to host professional Johnie Stapp.
Such proficient golfers as Ky Laffoon, former Miamian now from Springfield, Mo, and Jack Shields, Tulsa are expected along with Royand Harper, Wichita, Art Wadkins, Joplin; Marshall Smith Independence, Kas.; Hugh Banoff, Tulsa; Bill Weatherspoon, Tulsa; Eddie Johnson, Miami; Jack Higgins, Tulsa; Marion Askew, Tulsa; Don Wilkie, Bartlesville; Dan Langford, Enid; Lloyd Tate, Joplin; U.C. Ferguson, Oklahoma City; Bill DeMoss, Blackwell; Fred Kareyer, Wichita, and Marion DeLongy, Parson, Kas.
The matches will start at 11 o’clock Monday morning. There will be about 80 players entered. No gallery fee for spectators will be charged.
54.9.28 mdnr “Shields’ Team Takes Pro-Am”
A team headed by Tulsa professional Jack Shields won first place in the pro-am tournament held Monday. Shields and three amateurs–Al Moyer, Tulsa, West Bullock and J.C. Taylor, both of Miami–were 18 strokes under par after 18 holes.
Some 70 golfers competed in the tourney, including most of the district’s professionals who, incidentally, unanimously praised the host club’s greens.
Close behind in the team competition–with two best balls counting–were Marion Askew, Tulsa pro with amateurs R.D. Karnes, Tulsa, Clarence Carselowey and Joe Thompson, both of Miami. The quartet finished 17 strokes under par, just one stroke off the lead.
Third place went to Don Wilkie, professional, and Glen Vandyke, Bartlesville, Walter Williams and Glenn Scott of Miami at 16 under par.
Low individual was professional Jack Higgins of Tulsa, with a 71. Eddie Johnson, Miami, and Shields both posted 73’s. Loddie Kempa, national southpaw champion out of Kansas City, and Ky Laffoon, were among the pro’s competing.
54.10.10 mdnr “Women’s Club Champion”
The Ladies Golf association of Miami Country club has announced winners of the Champion tournament held last week. The winners competed in driving, approaching and putting contests.
The Championship went to Mrs. J.R. Organ, runner-up Mrs. Spencer Dawson.
Class A: Mrs. Claud Jones was the victor and Mrs. Robert Temple, runner-up,
Class B: Mrs. George Murphy, was the winner, and Mrs. Glenn McCullum was the runner-up.
Class C: Mrs. Earl Gaines, Jr, was the victor and the runner-up was Mrs. Corbin Shouse.
Consolations winners were; Championship, Mrs. Jack Horner; class A, Mrs. O.R. Westfall; class B, Mrs. Sam Fullerton; class C, Mrs. Lois Cowles.
The handicap winners were Mrs. Robert Nunn, first, and Mrs. Ed Badger, second.
Approaching and putting winners were Mrs. Claud Jones, first, and Mrs. Jack Horner, second.
In the driving contest, the title went to Mrs. Organ, Class A winner was Mrs. Joe Ramsay, class B honors went to Mrs. Walter Patterson, Class C was won by Mrs. Hance VanBeber.
“Surprise Winners” were Mrs. George Kroupa and Mrs. Woodrow Painter.
Next week, lady golfers will play by teams for low net. Pairings to follow.
**PERSONAL STORY: Terry Westfall, son of Mildred Westfall, shared that his mother was so proud of her tournament win that she displayed her trophy on the mantle, and there it stayed for years to come.
54.10.31 mdnr “Officers Selected”
The Ladies Golf group of Miami Country club has elected new officers for the Women’s Golf Association. The president is Mrs. J.R. Organ. Others are Mrs. Joe Ramsay, vice-president; Mrs. Lois Cowles, secretary, and Mrs. Hance VanBeber, treasurer.
**Note: The ladies group of Miami Country club was extremely active and always efficient at announcing all events in a timely manner. I found entries for Ladies Golf and Ladies Card Games weekly in the newspaper. Time and space did not allow me to write all that is available. The men, however, did not seem interested in posting Stag Night results.
54.11.7 mdnr “Ladies Card Party”
The bridge-canasta party, sponsored by the Ladies division of the Miami Country club Thursday evening at the clubhouse, was attended by approximately 175 persons.
Mrs. E.C. Mabon was awarded a set of tires.
High score for the bridge was won by Mrs. Corbin Shouse, Mrs. Vernon Anderson was the high scorer in the canasta group.
Other bridge prizes were won by Mrs. Robert Temple, J.W. Hanna, Mrs. Marion Zajic, Mrs. J.A. Coppedge, Mrs. I. M. Helmey, Mrs. Gib Reynolds, Mrs. John Highland, Mrs. Louis Jolley, Mrs. George Murphy, Ann Garman, Mrs. Jack Brown, Mrs. Richard Lacy, Mrs. Richard Wright, Mrs. C.D. Wood, Mrs. Ralph Moore, Mrs. John Reese, Margaret Harned, and Mrs. J.W. Hanna.
Canasta winners were Mrs. M. C. Bagby, Mrs. Earl Fisher, Mrs. G.W. Housley, Blanche Dunn, Mrs. Clarence Niday, Mrs. Claud Jones, Mrs. Robert Peel, and Mrs. J.R. Organ.
Prizes for the low scores were won by Mrs. Walter Patterson, Jr., and Mrs. Jack Brown.