Merrill L. Carlsmith
Merrill L. Carlsmith, a 56-year-old Hawaii attorney, won
the eighth Senior Amateur Championship by defeating Willis
H. Blakely, Portland, Ore., by 4 and 2 in the final match
at the Evanston Golf Club, Skokie, Ill. Carlsmith saved his
strongest efforts for the last two matches.
He was even par against Michael Cestone, the 1960 Champion,
through 17 holes of their semi-final, and only one over par
in the final against Blakely, the Oregon State and Pacific
Northwest Senior Champion.
The field, considered by many to be the strongest ever for
this event, produced 31 scores of 77 or better in the qualifying
round. Previously, the lowest score required to qualify had
been 78. Dexter H. Daniels, the defending Champion, was automatically
awarded the 32nd qualifying berth. He lost in the first round
to David F. Rose, the 1960 runner-up.
Three men playing in the event for the first time shared
the qualifying medal with scores of 72-James M. Johnson, LaDue,
Mo.; William S. Terrell, Charlotte, N.C., and Henry L. Robison,
Albuquerque, N.M. There was a record entry of 525.