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1963

Merrill L. Carlsmith became the first to defend the title successfully. He defeated William D. Higgins, of San Francisco, by 3 and 2 at the Sea Island Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga. This was the third appearance in the Championship for the 57-year-old Hilo attorney and the first for Higgins, also 57.

Egon F. Quittner, Jenkintown, Pa., defeated Maurice R. Smith, Charlotte, N.C., in the first round after nine extra holes, an overtime record for the Championship by three holes.

A new all-match play format was introduced. The original entry of 494 was reduced by Sectional Qualifying to 128 for the Championship proper. On Friday, the only day of two rounds, players were permitted to use automotive transportation for the first time under original conditions of a USGA Championship.


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