This Day in Hogan History: Hogan/Demaret team up at Inverness
By: Mark Baron – On June 22, 1941 Ben Hogan teamed with Jimmy Demaret to win the Inverness Four-Ball Tournament at the Inverness Country Club in Toledo, Ohio, earning $2,000. In this tournament, eight pairs of golfers played seven rounds over a span of five days against every other team. The team with the most winning holes won the tournament.
During the first round, former New York Yankee outfielder, Sam Byrd teamed with Johnny Bulla shot the best round of the day, a 64 against a 68 shot by Henry Picard and Johnny Revolta (the winners of this event the past two years) to finish in the lead with a Plus 3. Ben Hogan teamed with Jimmy Demaret and played even with Lloyd Mangrum and Harold “Jug’ McSpaden, both teams shooting 65’s. In other matches Ralph Guldahl and Ernie Harrison shot a 65 to defeat Clayton Heafner and Dick Metz to finish with Plus 1. Horton Smith and Lawson Little teamed up against Jimmy Thomson and Byron Nelson to win their match Plus 2. Inverness
Prior to the third round, Bulla demanded a “referee with a stop watch” to be on hand during his and his partner’s match with Guldahl and his partner. The hard feelings started during the Asheville Open in April when Bulla picked up and walked off the course, declaring the slow and deliberate play of Guldahl was too trying for him to put forth his best effort. “I’ll never play with him again as long as I live, even if I’m leading a tournament by nine strokes going into the last round.” Guldahl said regarding the incident, “Bulla hasn’t apologized to me for that trick at Asheville, but I’ll go ahead with the match.” The PGA Tournament Director, Fred Corcoran said, “I guess I’m stuck with the job of refereeing the match, but I’d rather have Jack Dempsey or Arthur Donovan in there in my place. Can you imagine me in there refereeing a match between two guys who are better than six feet three and weigh more than 225 pounds each?” Inverness
In the third round Bulla and Byrd defeated Guldahl and Harrison three up. Bulla and Guldahl played their entire match without speaking to each other and at the finish they shook hands as is customary, but did not say anything to each other. Both were quoted after the round as saying, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Hogan and Demaret shot a best ball of 64 to defeat Hefner and Metz by three giving them a tournament total of Plus 5, good enough to take a one point lead. Nelson and Thomson finished all square with Mangrum and McSpaden to fall back into second place at Plus 4. Picard and Revolta defeated Smith and Little two up.
In the fourth round, Hogan and Demaret halved their match with Nelson and Thomson, both shooting 65’s to hold the lead they had at the start of the day. Mangrum and McSpaden moved into a tie for third with Picard and Revolta by defeating Harrison and Guldahl one up. Mangrum and McSpaden defeated Byrd and Bulla four up.
In the fifth round, Hogan and Demaret defeated Bulla and Byrd six up to take a commanding lead in the tournament.
In the sixth round Picard and Revolta defeated Hogan and Demaret one up, both shooting 66’s for their only defeat in the tournament, but still held the lead in the tournament. Nelson and Thomson defeated Guldahl and Harrison two up to move closer to the leaders.
In the final round Hogan and Demaret defeated Guldahl and Harrison one up to finish the tournament with a total score of Plus 11. Nelson and Thomson finished second with Plus 8.
The Hogan / Demaret team shot 42 under par during their seven rounds.
Hogan continued to lead the tour in money earned with $10,061, within $500 of the figure he made last year to win the money title.
This was the first of the four times the Hogan / Demaret team would win this event. They also won in 1946, 1947 and 1948.
It was during this tournament that Germany declared war against Russia. Hitler declared: “At this moment the German armies are marching in the greatest campaign the world has ever seen.” Hitler charged that Russia, with whom Germany had signed a 10-year non-aggression act less than two years ago, “not only broke our friendship treaty, but betrayed it in a regrettable manner.”
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