Nine holes of thrilling excitement and changing fortanes, punctuated by a record equalling 67 by Frank Jowle, (Edgbaston), on the third round, culminated in a joint win for Frank and Bernard Hunt (Hartsbourne), at Woodbrook Golf Course during the Irish Hospitals Golf Tournament for GBP5,000.
L.V. Bobby Locke driving off.
S.V. Spectators across railway line.
L.V. Locke driving.
L.V. Ball rolling to hole.
L.V. F. S. Boobyer and C. O. Gonnor driving off.
L.V. Joe Carr drives off.
L.V. Spectators through wire.
L.V. J. Sharkey putting.
S.V. Spectators across railway.
C.U. .... Spectators.
S.V. B. J. Hunt putting.
L.V. B. Locke.
L.V. Putt by B. Hunt.
L.V. F. Jowle putting.
S.C.U. Jowle and Hunt receive their prizes.
C.U. Hunt speaks into mike.
C.U. Jowle ditto.
Initials S-D W.S./P.B.
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Background: Nine holes of thrilling excitement and changing fortanes, punctuated by a record equalling 67 by Frank Jowle, (Edgbaston), on the third round, culminated in a joint win for Frank and Bernard Hunt (Hartsbourne), at Woodbrook Golf Course during the Irish Hospitals Golf Tournament for GBP5,000.
For Frank Jowle the last putt of the match made a difference between receiving the top prize of GBP1,000 and sharing the first and second awards with Hunt. At the last hole Jowle pleaded for silence from the 3,000 strong crowd as he measured his putt. For two minutes he gauged his shot. He lay on his stomach sighting the hole, determining the angle and power that he should use for this final stroke. Satisfied that he had made the right deductions he played the ball. Eight feet separated his ball from the hole, eight feet that could mean winning the match outright. In an atmosphere of silence and excitement the ball trickled along the ground, straight for the hole. But a slight error or judgement by Frank caused it to stop just six inches from victory, with a final score of 277 strokes.
So it was that he and Bernard Hunt received GBP750 a piece. Close behind them came Bobby Locke, the Open champion, and Flory Van Donck, the Belgian, who in those last nine holes were continually taking the lead and dropping back again, finally sharing the third prize with GBP325 each.
The 'home' players, the Irish contingent, weren't able to do any better then taking 11th. position, with Christy O'Connor, the amateur, winding up with 284 strokes.
Throughout this last round the suspense was over-powering with the Locke-Van Donck-Jowle-Hunt quartet battling for the top positions. After his tremendous 67 in the third round the day before, Saturday, 17th. May, Frank Jowle second set to win, but the game turned against him.