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California awaits the Amateur
Richard Pollard
September 01, 1958
On September 8, the nation's leading amateur golfers gather at San Francisco's Olympic Club to compete for one of golf's most coveted titles: the U.S. Amateur championship
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September 01, 1958

California Awaits The Amateur

On September 8, the nation's leading amateur golfers gather at San Francisco's Olympic Club to compete for one of golf's most coveted titles: the U.S. Amateur championship

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San Francisco's famous fog, which makes it the coldest city in America during the summer months, lifts—or so the natives like to say—as soon as the kids go back to school. By September 8, the opening day of the Amateur, the skies should be clear, the temperature in the low 70s—perfect golf weather. The superbly conditioned Lake Course, though demanding, will be a joy to play or to walk around. The man to beat, it appears, is the two-time champion, Harvie Ward. But two other Californians have a chance: Pomona's Dr. Frank Taylor, who went to the finals last year, and La Jolla's Phil Rodgers, the intercollegiate champion from the University of Houston.

Lawson Little, looking much the same as he did in 1933, will come up from Pebble Beach to watch the play and to remind one and all that California produced "the greatest match player who ever lived."

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