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SENIOR SET HAS A BALL

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The Bearded Buffalo Bill of golf on the left (actually Bill Jelliffe of Denver) and 273 other veteran golfers who last week trekked down to Dunedin, Fla. for the annual PGA Seniors championship had themselves a high old time. They came to shoot for the Teacher's Trophy, $10,000 in prizes and an all-expense-paid trip to England this summer for a playoff with the British Seniors champion. Grabbing the bill for all this fun was 58-year-old Ronald Teacher, an occasional golfer and ardent yachtsman who is commodore of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club and the director of William Teacher & Sons, Ltd. Early in the tournament Teacher, an amiable sort, was prevailed upon by a far-seeing publicity man who sought to overcome the problem of early deadlines to pose with the eight potential trophy winners below. The pictures were then shipped out days ahead of the finish. Very neat. But the eventual champion, sad to say, is not included. Willie Goggin, 52, of San Jose, Calif, superstitiously declined to pose, then went out and won the tournament by a single stroke.

Sweetest note of all was struck by Bill Jelliffe, 62, who scored a hole in one during the first day of competition.

Seventeen National golf championships, American and British, have been won by this memorable group of Dunedin Seniors: Jock Hutchison, Charles McKenna, Harry Schwab, Al Watrous, Billie Burke, Gene Sarazen and Freddie McLeod.

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JUST IN CASE, TEACHER HONORS JACK ISAACS (TIED FOR 13TH)

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JACK RYAN, WHO ALSO TIED FOR 13TH, FINGERS THE TROPHY

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THEN LELAND GIBSON (2ND), AS GEORGE FERRIER LOOKS ON

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NEXT COMES DICK METZ (6TH), AS WILLIE WHELAN LOOKS ON

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AL HUSKE (26TH) RECEIVES HIS TURN IN THE LET'S PRETEND

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WARMING UP, TEACHER NOW AWARDS CLARENCE DOSER (5TH)

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A SMILE AND A TROPHY FOR CO-RUNNER-UP PAUL RUNYAN

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A FINAL TAKE IS WITH DENNY SHUTE, ANOTHER RUNNER-UP