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Walter J Travis
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Amateur golfer born in Maldon, Victoria, who took up the game aged 34 and then won his first of three US Amateur titles aged 39, the only Australian ever to win this title. Walter was later runner-up in the U.S. Open.

Travis also won the British Amateur at St. George's in Sandwich in 1904, aged 42. Aussie Doug Bachil also won this title at Muirfield in 1954.

Of slight build, Travis was no long hitter but his putting was deadly accurate. At St. George's his putting was off so he tried a new type of putter called a 'Schenectady', a putter with a mallet head and central shaft. Despite being outdriven by Edward Blackwell in the final, he putted superbly for a 4 and 3 victory. The Royal and Ancient later banned the'Schenectady'.

Travis was very popular in America and at the Garden City Golf Club in New York there is a 'Travis Room' and the Travis Memorial Tournament is held annually. The 'Travis Room' has on display the two balls and the 'Schenectady' used in Travis' British Amateur victory.


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