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The weather was somewhat bad, with a slight drizzle falling, but that did not seem to diminish the interest or enthusiasm of the spectators.
Johnstone played the first couple of holes beautifully, but could only get two halves in 4 apiece. At the second, particularly, he played a wonderful shot out of the slice bunker, reaching the green, and then nearly holed his putt for a 3.
Vardon was the only one to get the green at the third, but Ray holed a long putt for a 3 and drew first blood for his side. Johnstone squared the game at the fourth, holing a nice putt for a 4.
After a half at the fifth, Ray and Vardon again took the lead at the sixth, winning it in 4. Johnstone squared the game again at the seventh with a good 3. Up to this he had done all the work for his side, but Moffatt got a half in 3 at the eighth, and then holed a beautiful 2 at the ninth. This left the home pair 1 up at the turn.
At the tenth, Ray squared the match and after a half in 4 at the eleventh Vardon put his side 1 ahead with a beautiful 3 at the twelfth. Moffatt had a great chance to draw level at the thirteenth, laying his pitch within four feet of the hole, but, unfortunately, he missed the putt, a half resulting. The two short holes were halved to three apiece.
The approximate scores for the morning round were: Vardon, 71; Ray, 72; Johnstone, 72; Moffatt, 78.
This left the game in a very interesting condition, though all expected the visitors to do better in the afternoon. -- The Daily Colonist
There was quite a large gathering at Oak Bay yesterday morning to see the two English star golfers, Ted Ray and Harry Vardon, playing against the local representatives.