At 6 a.m. one day last week 10 of its sturdier teen-agers, including two girls, jumped into a chilly pool at the Mount Vernon Country Club and took turns churning the 25-yard course until 7:44 p.m., at which time they claimed a new world record for the mixed-relay 50-mile swim. Their time of 13 hours 44 minutes 55.8 seconds actually did lower the recognized Amateur Athletic Union record by 34 minutes 36.2 seconds. That one was set last January 4 by the Tarpon Swim Club of Farmington, N. Mex.
Sanctioned by the Ohio AAU, the record attempt required 3,520 laps. Each swimmer covered five miles.
It is possible that Mount Vernon has started another craze—and we hope so. This one is healthier than phone-booth cramming, cleaner than greased-pig chasing and much more uplifting than panty-raiding or Beatle bopping.
There are about 12,000 holes in one made every year, but The Golfer's Handbook, the authoritative world guide, lists only three instances of successive holes in one and these were made, you may be sure, on par-3 holes. N. L. Manley, a production planner for an electronics firm and a four-handicap player considered the longest hitter at the Del Valle Country Club in Saugus, Calif., must, then, be regarded as something rather special. The other day he scored aces at the club's 330-yard par-4 7th hole and at the 290-yard par-4 8th hole, claiming the longest consecutive holes in one of recorded golf history.
Each of the holes is a dogleg and each is downhill. Manley used a four-iron on the 7th and a three-wood on the 8th. A month previously he had holed out on 7 with a four-iron. Last year he made two holes in one. In his record-shattering round Manley had six birdies, eight pars, two bogeys and the two aces for a 27-34—61 that shattered his own course record of 65 for the 6,017-yard par-71 layout.