Clearly favored by the Golf
Gods - H.H. Hilton of England
The scene - 1911 United States Amateur Golf
Tournament played at The Apawanis Club, Rye, New York. Mr. H. H. Hilton of Royal
Liverpool England and Mr. F Herreshoff of Ekwanok CC of Vermont have tied the
final 36 hole round and have entered a sudden death playoff.........
"Going into the 37th hole Mr. Herreshoff cracked
off a beautiful tee-shot, Mr. Hilton's being weak, for him. His second was very
badly sliced and looked as if would end up in the trees to the right, short of
the green, but it struck a rock and caromed off onto the green"
The gallery going to the
first green in the Hilton-Herreshoff match. the rock which Mr. Hilton's
ball struck going to this hole
( the 37th) may be faintly discerned at the right of the green
immediately at the base of the nearest tree.
"This seemed to disconcert Mr. Herreshoff
who half-topped his second leaving himself a difficult approach. This he failed
to bring off, his ball overrunning the hole some 20 feet. Mr. Hilton's approach
putt was rather a flabby stroke, quite wide of the hole. Mr. Herreshoff playing
the long odd failed to hole, and Mr. Hilton's putt just dropping in by the back
door, gave him the match and the championship." Walter Travis,
Its always interesting to look back on events
such as these and observe human behavior from afar. Especially golfers, for some
reason incidents like these expose people's true characters. After the 1911
Amateur Mr. Herreshoff became known "as fine a sportsman as ever
We'll let you read about H.H.
Hilton and let you judge for yourself. Keep in mind that this guy's 2nd shot on
the 37th hole was headed for oblivion....H. H. Hilton as quoted in the London Daily Mail sometime in
"At the moment I have but little doubt in my mind that the standard
of the game as played across the Atlantic is not quite the same plane as that
exhibited on this side, several of the American amateurs are distinctly
brilliant exponents of the game, but they can not claim the same consistency of
form that one or two of our most finished amateurs show."
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Hilton and his golfing career, continue your search here.....