19 MAY 1923, Page 9

The Jeremiahs amongst us who two years ago foretold the

decline and fall of British golf reckoned without Mr. Roger Wethered. His wonderful play in the two final rounds against Mr. Robert Harris, a doughty opponent from across the Border, at Deal on May 12th, which made him amateur champion, is said by the experts to have been unsurpassed in any previous championship. If it had not been for Mr. Wethered that superlative golfer, Mr. Francis Ouimet, would have probably won the championship. If the American invaders did not succeed in taking away the cup with them—and every Briton is naturally glad that they did not—they certainly have advanced the cause of British-American friendship by their good sportsmanship and good fellowship.