BOLD AND BURLY
The man who won, Jack Nicklaus, will surely be a major force in American golf for many years to come. Nineteen years and seven months old, the youngest player in 50 years to win the Amateur, he has the poise of a veteran. In a way, he is one. He first broke 70 when he was 12, and two years later began his annual habit of qualifying for the Amateur. Furthermore, he has qualified for the Open three times. He is a very exciting player to watch. He bashes his tee shots with everything he has, plays his irons with great boldness right at the stick and, especially for so burly a youngster, has an unusually sensitive touch on the greens (which appears to have been enhanced a good deal since May when Ben Sayers' shop in North Berwick made him a copy of the old wooden-shafted Scottish putter used by his Walker Cup foursomes partner, Ward Wettlaufer.
Extremely direct in manner and quite youthful in the artless way he expresses his confidence, Jack sometimes impresses people meeting him for the first time as a rather brash kid. When you have seen a bit more of him, you know what a thoroughly likable young fellow he is—confident indeed but with a wonderfully outgoing nature and, for all his precocity, a very good idea of what the important things are. In this regard, he owes a tremendous lot to his father, Charles Nicklaus, a Columbus, Ohio pharmacist who has encouraged and accompanied his son every step of the way but, unlike most sports and stage fathers, has never pushed him, coached him or chosen to invade even a corner of the spotlight.
I think it might also be right to add that our new champion is fortunate also in having as a model a fellow like Charlie Coe, who came so fantastically close to becoming the first three-time winner of the National Amateur since Bobby Jones and who is every bit the guy that he is the golfer.