1930 Longest 18-Hole Match in U.S. Amateur History
The 1930 U.S. Amateur is best remembered for Bob Jones’ victory to secure the historic Grand Slam, but the championship is in the USGA record books for another reason. In the second round at Merion Cricket Club in Ardmore, Pa., Maurice McCarthy Jr. needed 10 extra holes to defeat George Von Elm, a record that was matched by Michael Eiserman in his 28-hole victory over Patrick Honeycutt in the 1960 U.S. Junior Amateur but has never been broken. The second-round victory wasn’t McCarthy’s only dramatic battle at the 1930 Amateur. He made a hole-in-one in stroke-play qualifying to earn a spot in the playoff, won the sudden death playoff and then outlasted Watts Gunn in 19 holes in the first round. McCarthy was defeated by Jess Sweetser in the third round.