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Billy Burke

When Bob Jones retired, a wide-open and keen struggle was anticipated, but not such a lengthy struggle as wa waged at the Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio, in July. George Von Elm made a birdie 3 on the last hole to tie Billy Burke, of the Round Hil Club, Greenwich, Conn., at 292, eight over par, and 72 additional holes were required to determine the winner. Burke won by a stroke.

Burke's score in the Championship proper was 73-72-74-73. In the first 36-hole playoff, Burke did 73-76-149 but Von Elm again birdied the last hole to tie with 75-74-149. In the second 36-hole playoff, Burke made 71-77-148 to Von Elm's 76-73-149. The margin between them thus was one stroke, acquired five holes from the finish, in 144 holes of golf, the most ever required to determine a Champion.

The so-called "balloon" ball, no smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter and no heavier than 1.5 ounces, which had been used experimentally and optionally in the previous two years, was standard this year.


Starts - 19

Best Finish - Winner 1931

Rds - 70

Cuts Made - 13

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 1

Top 10 - 3

Top 25 - 7

Avg. - 75.69

Scores In 60s - 0

Rds Under Par - 1

Earnings - $1,662.50