The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on June 17, 1991 · Page 9
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Sports The Indianapolis Star MONDAY, JUNE 17, 1991 Obituaries 6 Business 7 B Children's Express 8 B I - ii, i ).u Robin Miller Throwing golf clubs is an art IF YOU'VE ever thrown a golf club, then you've got to feel some compassion for the poor fellow who accidentally speared his buddy last week In Hamilton, Ohio. Rick Pearce got the shaft, literally, when the Jagged edge of an angry friend's broken short Iron bounced off a tree and embedded In his temple. Fortunately, Pearce wasn't killed. But he spent some time In the Intensive care unit. He won't suffer any permanent damage, other than possibly flinching every time somebody yells "Fore" or yips a one-foot putt. However, since police are contemplating filing criminal charges against the thrower, I feel It's time to discuss the proper techniques of throwing and breaking golf clubs. Nobody is more of an authority on this subject than yours truly. My golf clubs have logged more air time than Chuck Yeager and my golfing life has parallelled Greg Norman's we've both been beset by bad breaks that cost us a lot of money. The Shark has lost several major titles to spectacular shots, while I've lost a fortune after losing my grip, so to speak. I've never kept records, but I've easily broken over 100 clubs In my 33 years of hacking. I've kept John Moore of Golf Fix In business. Recently, I broke six Irons, two woods and a putter during an 1 1 -day blitz Including a career-best three KOs In one round at Wolf Run. Last year at Hanging Tree, I destroyed two clubs on the same hole and wound up with a bogey, which prompted my partner to say, "I don't know why you broke two clubs. That's a pretty good score for you." Why throw and break clubs, you ask? Because I'm stupid and it feels good, I answer. I've never trusted anyone who doesn't beat his driver Into the tee box after duck-hooking a drive out of bounds. For me, hearing a graphite shaft splinter Into pieces can sometimes be as satisfying as making a 15-foot putt. Anyway, there are several ways to vent your anger on a golf club. PROFILERS: Also known as throw for show, this Is the cheapest, and many times loudest, method. A player sails his club laterally, which Is spectacular but safe. Unless a tree Jumps In the way or you slice your throw Into a nearby road or cart path, your club falls harmlessly to the ground (but probably not the fairway) as you scream a few obscenities and genuinely entertain your foursome. ROOKIES: This group doesn't have a clue about fundamentals. These guys usually throw first and think later. They will rifle an Iron Into a woods and then spend 20 minutes trying to find It. Beginners are easy to spot because they actually look embarrassed after retrieving their clubs. If they accidentally break one, It ruins their day and they apologize for the next month. Rookies also play $1 Nassausand never press. I hate rookies. TERMINATORS: My personal favorites. This type of golfer knows he's a menace to society, an emotional cripple and capable of Just about anything from tee to green. They can kill a club in one quick stroke against a golf cart, a tree or across their knee and also can slowly beat the life out of a wedge against a sand trap or In the rough. These guys are consummate professionals who never endanger their competitors. I also respect them because score has no bearing on their performance. I've seen guys shooting good rounds suddenly chunk a shot and Instantly reduce the club In their hand to a two-piece model. It's not unusual for a Terminator to carry a spare set of clubs or win $100 In bets and lose money for the day. Terminators feel no remorse and never say they're sorry because they're not. in nosing, i u ime iu say uiai I've never seen a woman throw a M club, or everta tantrum. So how can they possibly call themselves golfers? tewar impson tie Ooe: n k. i -7 ' X ' s : x ' ' "V x rv I 1 L in By BOB GREEN ASSOCIATED PRESS Chaska, Minn. Payne Stewart and Scott Simpson packed all the drama Into the last three holes Sunday, but could not reach a decision. So, with a tie after the regulation 72, they'll return to Hazeltlne National Golf Club today at 12:30 p.m. (joined In progress by WRTV-6 at 3 p.m.) for an 18-hole playoff for the 91st U.S. Open Golf Championship. Stewart and Simpson, locked Into a head-to-head battle, completed four rounds In 6-under-par 282 and each played the final round In par 72. . JUSt aS he MHMaaKMaKHMHMHBB U.S. OPEN LEADERS Final round, par 72 Scott Simpson 70-68-72-72-282 Payne Stewart 67-70-73-72-282 Larry Nelson 73-72-72-68-285 Fred Couples 70-70-75-70-285 FUZZY ZOELLER 72-73-74-67-286 Scott Hoch 69-71-74-73-287 Nolan Henke 67-71-77-73-288 Raymond Floyd 73-72-76-68-289 Jose Maria Olazabal ..73-71-75-70-289 Corey Pavin 71-67-79-72-289 D.A. Weibring 76-71-75-68-290 Davis Love III 70-76-73-71-290 JIM GALLAGHER, Jr. 70-72-75-73-290 Craig Parry 70-73-73-74-290 Hale Irwin 71-75-70-74-290 Payne Stewart (left) and Scott Simpson will face off today in an 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Open. ASSOCIATED PRESS did In Saturday's third round, Simpson blew a two-stroke lead with bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes to set up the playoff. Each had ample opportunity to win It outright. While the scorecard will show It was Simpson's lapses at the end that sent them to an extra day, Stewart also let a potential victory get away. Wearing the colors of the Minnesota Vikings four-time losers In the Super Bowl Stewart had makeable birdie putts on three of the last four holes. As It turned out, any one would have won It for him. But Stewart, who had stayed In the chase only through some gritty, par-saving putts earlier In the round, was 0-for-3 on the birdie efforts down the stretch. "I hit a lot of good putts," Stewart said. "It Just wasn't a day to make birdies. I guess It was a day to make pars." And Simpson, a winner of this title In 1987, appeared to be doing Just that. The methodical man, playing with something approaching metronome regularity, was reeling oft par after par, scores that became more and more valuable as the round wore on. Then he got to 16 that not-so-sweet, rebuilt 16th, a little horror of a hole that has served as the critical stretch of real estate in this event. With a two-shot lead In hand, he let his tee shot drift to the left, Just enough to be in trouble. His next squirted left again, well short of the hole and still deep In the bluegrass. His third Just made the green. Two putts from 35 feet cut his lead to one. It could have been even at that point, but Stewart failed on a 10-foot birdie putt. Another potential birdie, from about 5 feet, eluded Stewart on the par-3 17th, and they went to the final hole with Simpson leading by one. Again, Simpson's drive got away to the left. He had no chance to reach the green on the long, uphill finishing hole, and played back to the fairway. See U.S. OPEN Page 5 Father-sons team shines in Macker By PHIL RICHARDS STAR STAFF WRITER Brad and Scott Long used a little teamwork to make Father's Day one their dad won't forget. They made him part of the team. Gary Long, 51, his sons and friend Eric Schler finished second In their division Sunday In the fourth annual Indianapolis Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament. "We called ourselves Three Men and an Old F (gaseous emission)," said Scott. "I sure didn't think that one up," said Gary, who played with Walt Bellamy at Indiana University during the 1959, '60 and '61 seasons. There may not have been another team on the 96 courts scattered across the parking lots at Keystone at the Crossing more laden with star quality. Brad played "Buddy," No. 14 on the Hickory High basketball team, In the hit movie "Hoosiers" a few years ago. Gary had a part, too. When Hickory High met Linton in the reglonals. Hickory coach Gene Hackman told Brad he wanted him to guard the Linton star so closely he would know what kind of gum he was chewing. "It was Dentyne," Brad confided after shutting his man down. Gary played the Linton coach. "I'm still getting royalties," said Gary. "I had one line 'Foul the runt!' It got cut, but If you have one line you're considered an actor and you get $360 a day Instead of S3.50 an hour for being an extra." Brad, 29, handles a school class ring franchise territory with his father. Scott. 21. is a Junior at IU. Brad and Scott are former Center Grove High School standouts. Brad placed second In the Macker free throw contest by hitting 13 of 15 attempts. If that See MACKER Page 6 .,n r '. I STAR STAFF PHOTO KELLY WILKINSON Prime Time's Kay Riek (right) knocks ball away from Mac Attack's Haley Dennis. SCORES AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 2 California 0 Minnesota 4 Cleveland 2 Baltimore 13 Toronto 8 Kansas City 9 Chicago 4 Milwaukee 11 Oakland 7 Detroit 7 Seattle 3 Texas 4 New York 3 NATIONAL LEAGUE Montreal 7 Atlanta 6 Cincinnati 8 Philadelphia 6 Houston 5 New York 4 Los Angeles 7 St. Louis 2 San Diego 4 Chicago 2 Pittsburgh 4 San Francisco 3 AAA ALLIANCE Bullalo 5 Indians 4 All-Stars have work cut out Improvement a must if double sweep is to be avoided By MIKE BEAS STAR STAFF WRITER Today through Wednesday, the Indiana boys All-Star basketball team will conduct practices at the University of Indianapolis. Don't be surprised If Coach Jim Hahn packs an Iron next to his whistle. The wrinkles that appeared in his squad's 103-101 loss to Kentucky Saturday night at Market Square Arena were many and they're ones Hahn plans to smooth out before the teams mefct again Saturday in Louisville. After watching the Hoosler boys commit 19 turnovers, go 16-of-31 from the charity stripe and play matador transition defense, Hahn can only hope his iron doesn't run out of steam. "Hopefully, the kids now understand the things we have to do to get a win in Kentucky," said Hahn, the coach at Concord. "We have to get better ball movement and better player movement. "We tried to utilize our size and take advantage of that, but they hurt us bad with their transition tame." Its tallest player being 6-7 center Bryan Mllburn, Kentucky relied on racehorse basketball led by Jermaine Brown and Maurice Morris, a pair of 6-3 thoroughbreds from two-time defending state champion Louisville Falrdale. Explosive leapers and deadly from the perimeter, the two combined for 48 points, 22 rebounds and six assists. Indiana, which started a front line measuring 6-4, 6-8 and 6-9, hoped to use Its height to score Inside, but Kentucky's defense proved as deadly quick as its offense, i Coach Randy Embry's team See ALL-STARS Page 6 Fittipaldi captures Detroit GP By MIKE HARRIS ASSOCIATED PRESS Detroit Some men pace while awaiting the birth of a child. Emerson Fittipaldi went racing. With his wife. Theresa, home In Miami on Father's Day preparing for the birth of the couple's fifth child at any moment. Fittipaldi edged Bobby Rahal to win the Detroit Grand Prix. Fittipaldi won after avoiding a bizarre Incident Involving Michael and Mario Andrcttl and a safety truck that caused a nearly hour- long stoppage. The Brazilian, who also won here In 1989 on the way to the CART driving title, held off series point leader Rahal over the final dozen laps on the tight 2.5-mile, 17-turn circuit wind ing through the streets of downtown Detroit. He won despite a problem with his gearshift that forced him to drive the last seven laps of the 62-lap event almost entirely one-handed. "1 had a good lead after the restart but with seven laps to go my car starting Jumping out of gear," Fittipaldi said. "I had to drive with my left hand and I had to hold the gearshift with my right hand. It was very difficult to be quick that way." Still, he managed to beat Rahal to the finish line by 0.29-seconds, less than two car lengths, relegating Rahal to his fourth second-place finish of the season. "I didn't sense he was having a problijiTi," Rahal said. "At times, he got wide In some cor- See FITTIPALDI Page 2 Fittipaldi

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