17, of Long Beach, Calif., defeated Jack D. Rule, Jr., 17, of Waterloo,
Iowa, 3 and 1, at the Taconic Golf Club of Willams College, Williamstown,
Mass. Both boys were about to enter their senior years in high school,
and both were public course players. Stevenson was the third winner from
California in nine years.
record of 996 boys competed sectionally for 128 qualifying places. Forty-two
states were represented by the qualifiers. There were four holes-in-one
during the week, three in practice rounds. Virgil J. Prater, of Fountain
City, Tenn., defeated Charles F. Lewis, Jr., at the 24th hole in the second
rounds. Wayne A. Pence, Jr., 17, of Kansas City, Mo., set an unofficial
course record of 31-36-67; it was unofficial only because of a short concession
on the fifteenth hole.
In the semi-finals,
Stevenson defeated Edward T. Pfister, 17, of Buffalo, N.Y., 1 up, while
Rule was eliminating Jack Nicklaus, 16, of Columbus, Ohio, by the same
score. Nicklaus was a qualifier for the fourth straight year and had reached
the quarter-finals the previous year. Billy John Dunn was too old to defend.
David Owens, of Pittsburgh, won the consolation event with a 71, at the
Ekwanok Country Club, Manchester, Vt.