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This year at Camp Ranger was introduced to a golf program far more extensive than it had ever seen before. Its more than adequate facilities were in use constantly for instruction and practice. Through scheduled instruction periods, the regular option period and free plays, the golf program reached almost every camper able to hold a club.

During the course of the summer, the older groups visited the cage more than twice a week. There, they were introduced to the fundamentals of the golf swing. The campers who had never swung a golf club before were shown the proper grip, stance, and elementary arm and body movement, all of which are essential to the proper club control. The campers who were more familiar with the game were taught the more advanced skills of timing, wrist action, and hip movement.

As a result of the more elaborate cage program, many trips to the course were needed to satiate the camper's wishes. More than fifty campers, office boys, and waiters played over one-hundred-fifty rounds on Smallwood's majestic links. Though some criticism of the course's layout was made, the majority of the Ranger linksmen found the course to be quite adequate.
The climax of the 1964 golf program was the first annual Ranger Open Golf Tournament. On August 9, 1964, twenty-two seniors and eleven lower-seniors teed off in the first round of this perennial classic. There was a separate tournament in each of the two divisions that consisted of two nine hole rounds. When the first round was completed the field was cut to a low six scores and all ties for the sixth place in each division. The remaining contestants then played one more round to complete the tournament. The low total score of both rounds determined the winner.

The senior division of the tournament was extremely close from the beginning to the end. At the end of the first round only seven strokes separated the top six men. In the final round of play, the lead of Richard Citrin proved easily surmountable. Due to the extreme pressure not before experienced by the contestants, play was not as sharp as in the opening round; yet by the end of the day the champion had shown his skills. The three low scores posted in the first round, teed off together on the final day. Richard Citrin had a three stroke lead over his two other playing partners, Larry Levinson and Richard Smallman. Smallman and Levinson fought vigorously down to the wire with the lead changing hands on almost every hole. The deciding point of the tournament came on the par 3, 210 yards eighth hole, where Levinson hit a tremendous tee shot eight feet past the pin and rolled the next putt into the hole for a tournament winning birdie two.

Meanwhile, out on the course, Steve Tucker in sixth place at the end of the first round was closing fast on the disheartened Smallman. Tucker, in sixth place at the end, playing very consistently, began to pick up strokes from the beginning but ran into difficulty on the last hole and fell one shot behind the runner-up, Smallman.

Results:

1. Larry Levinson
2. Richard Smallman
3. Steve Tucker
4. Dave Friedland
5. Richard Citrin
6. Richard Marks