Sport: Public Linksters

Of the 9,900 golf courses in the U. S., 6,500 are public links—municipally owned or privately operated on a daily-fee basis. Last week, at Detroit's magnificent Rackham Golf Course,* 190 public linksters, survivors of an original entry of 2,601, teed off in the annual U. S. Public Links Championship, world's largest golf tournament.

Eighteen years ago, when the first national public links tournament was held at Toledo, only half the contestants owned golf shoes, most of them played in suspenders and knew no more about golf etiquette than to duck when they heard the...

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