Horton Smith And Jack Cawsey Bow To Former National Champions


Courtesy of Chautauqua Institution Archives
Before an exhibition match at Chautauqua Golf Club, international and local professionals pose with Arthur Bestor and Judge Lewis.

The following is excerpted from the Aug. 8, 1930, edition of The Chautauquan Daily.

FARRELL AND SARAZEN WIN FOURSOME

GALLERY OF 600 FOLLOW MATCH — SARAZEN SHOOTS THE 528 YARD 10th ON IN TWO;  FARRELL TURNS IN LOW CARD OF 68 —VISITORS PRAISE CHAUTAUQUA GOLF COURSE.

Johnny Farrell and Gene Sarazen, one of the best teams in America and two prime winners of the International Foursome at Miami, defeated Horton Smith and Jack Cawsey, local professional, in an exhibition foursome at the Chautauqua Golf Club yesterday afternoon. The victors’ best ball score was a 63, four less than the losers’ total. Farrell carried off the individual honors with a 68, four below par.

A gallery of over 600 followed the progress of the match over the 18 holes of the course and vigorously applauded the four famous golfers as they turned in a number of very remarkable shots. Probably the outstanding play of the day was made by Sarazen on the 528-yard 10th hole when he clipped three off a par five figure for a “dodo” two as Farrell called it. The genial and bronzed little Italian who is one of the few men who have held the American professional and open titles in the same year started the second round with a 300 yard drive and holed out on a 225 yard approach shot. It was a performance that has been rarely equaled upon any links. He also showed the unusual form on the second hole of the first nine when his long drive landed on the green near the cup and rolled in in response to his putter.

In spite of the prolonged drought, Smith, Farrell and Sarazen all declared the course was in as fine shape as any they had played on recently and praised particularly the turf on the greens. They appeared however, to have trouble occasionally in gauging the speed of the grass so that many perfectly aimed shots were either too long or fell short. Cawsey who consistently out-drove his more famous mates had hard luck on a good many of his putts, several long ones rimming the cup, rolling over it, or stopping just in front of it.

Johnny Farrell, the debonair Irishman, who is just as renowned in golfdom for his perfection along sartorial lines as skill with the clubs, shot a steady game, running up 34 strokes each round for a total of 68. Smith used up 37 swings in the circuit of the first nine holes, but seemed to go much better on the way in after he satisfied his craving for green apples at the expense of some of the trees that line the rough and turned in a 33 which gave him a 70. Sarazen was slightly erratic and tallied a six on the par four eleventh after having broken all record with a two on the long 10th. He also showed a weakness at the water hole when two of his high iron shots fell into the pond.