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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 78

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Friday, December 10, 1976
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E6-Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 The Flame Is Burning for Big-Time Status Jim Warters Sports Writer The two-year-old Flame Invitational is going to fan into a major amateur golf championship, if Pete Makris has his way. Makris is the golfing restaurateur with an eight handicap and quenchless devotion to Palm Beach County. The dark-haired Chicagoan met this palm and lake-decorated community by the sea 10 years ago and it was love at first sight. Now, he wants to develop a golf tournament that will raise funds for charity and encourage business and residential growth. It's his way of saying thanks to his adopted home. Last month, 150 amateurs from throughout the country gathered at Eastpointe Country Club for the second Flame Invitational that raised $5,000 for Palm Beach-Martin County Hospital. "I want to see this grow until we're raising $100,000 a year," said Makris, who owns three restaurants and a market-package store in the area. He's not just flapping his head covers, either. Makris has elicited favorable response from some pretty weighty citizens. People like Perry Como, Mike Douglas and Bob Hope for starters. William Clay Ford, Detroit Lions owner whose company "has a better idea," is enthusiastic about the tournament's future. So is General Electric's Clair Anderson, head honcho at Eastpointe who has pledged his unqualified support. "We're talking about using two courses next year and doubling the field," Makris said during lunch at his Flame Restaurant in North Palm Beach. "And, eventu- also has served as assistant pro at Philmont, Pa., and pro at Boca Teeca. t The revival of the Gold Coast Mini-Tour hasn' exactly been a whopping success so far. But it may have set a record. Is there any other tournament in America where the entire field (5) competed together, moving from hole to hole in three golf carts? And where in the United States does the first day leader (Donny Tollin) call the scores in to the newspaper? "If you want, I can run through the rounds, hole-by-hole, of every player in the field," quipped Donny. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DEPARTMENT -Frank Cardi, Palm Beach County winter resident from Rye, N. Y., is the new secretary of the Professional Golfers' Association and is next in line for the presidency when Don Padgett completes his two-year term. Former tour official Joe Black of Dallas was elected treasurer. New vice presidents are Pat Rielly, Pasadena, Calif.; Jackie Maness, Auburn, Ala.; Steve Bull, Milwaukee; Mark Kizziar, Bartlesville, Okla.; John Morrison, Tempe, Ariz, and Masters champion Ray Floyd, who represents the PGA tour. Frank Coughanour is resigning as Florida Atlantic University coach to test his playing ability as a touring pro . . . Skip Guss, Terry Mauney and Scott Rabakon of Palm Beach County are in Brownsville, Tex., this week, trying to earn their tournament player's card at the PGA qualifying school. During an accompanying business school, Palm Beach attorney Mickey Van Gerbig will serve on the school faculty. There's only one way Makris can describe the tournament's future - a flaming success. The James Whites of Jupiter are getting ready for a wedding that will unite their son, Mike, with U. S. Women's Amateur champion Donna Horton. Mike and Donna will marry Dec. 19 in Jacksonville and, then, will make their home in Jupiter. "They already have their apartment," Mrs. White said. The bride and bridegroom -to-be met while attending the University of Florida. Both are teachers. Mike teaches physical education at Lake Shore Junior High in Belle Glade. Donna, who's turning pro in February, has been practice teaching in Jacksonville. Sandalfoot Cove Country Club at Boca Raton has a new professional. He's Bob Crissy, a tour player who says he didn't putt well enough to "stay with them on the greens." "I had success in some smaller tournaments and I qualified for a lot of the majors, but by tournament standards I'm not a top flight putter," he said. Crissy ally, we hope to go to three or four courses." So successful was this year's Flame Invitational that Makris says he has 180 players waiting in line for next year's event. "They love this kind of tournament just for amateurs where they can have fun, play on some of the finest courses in the world and help a good cause like the Palm Beach-Martin County Hospital," Makris noted. The tournament is strictly by invitation as the name implies, and that's where Makris figures the event can be a boon to Palm Beach's economy. When businessmen like Makris, Anderson and Ford get together with internationally-known celebrities like Como, Douglas and Hope, the list of prospective invitees looks like Who's Who in the World. "We're bringing in people who might want to settle here after they see what this county has to offer," he said. He foresees these illustrious captains of industry spreading the word of Palm Beach County, its outstanding golf facilities, boating, fishing and other recreational outlets from one corner of the business world to the other. Promoter Says Ali's Retirement Is Ended From Post Wirt Servkts Muhammad Ali definitely is coming out of retirement and will fight next in Madison Square Garden, probably next March. That was the word yesterday from boxing promoter Bob Arum. The board chairman of Top Rank, Inc., said Ali has already notified Madison Square Garden officials of his intent to fight, and that the champ has sent a representative to the World Boxing Council annual convention in Las Vegas with the same message. "There is no hassle Ali has now changed his mind for the last time and he is definitely going to fight," Arum said. As late as Monday, Ali said by phone at a Garden press conference there was not enough money in the world to make him get back into the ring. "He is definitely fighting," Arum stressed. "He is not retired." games or to appear on television next season. It also was reported the Wildcats, who play North Carolina in Atlanta's Peach Bowl this New Year's Eve, will be required to give up five of their scholarships for the coming year, meaning only 25 new players can be signed instead of the normal 30. Penalties also will be imposed against Kentucky's basketball program and probably will involve only a reduction in the available number of scholarships, the report said. Hagan said, "I'm not going to discuss the report or any part of it." . . . Darrell Mudra's statement that his dismissal as Florida State football coach had racial overtones was denied. Tallahassee attorney Jim Smith said, "I think it's a very cheap shot for Mudra to make any comment like that in relation to a coaching change." Smith was one of the alumni who raised $90,000 to buy off Mudra's 'contract . . . Notre Dame's Ross Browner has been named lineman of the year by United Press International . . . Pittsburgh coach Johnny Majors accepted the Lambert Trophy for the school and said he's glad Tennessee, his new team, doesn't have to face Pitt next year. GOLF - Mexico's Ernesto Perez Acosta and Taiwan's Kuo Chie-Hsiung shot 69 to share the first day lead in the World Cup Invitational at Palm Springs, Calif. U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate shot 70 and teammate Dave Stockton, the PGA champ, had 74. Brian Barnes and Sam Torrance led Scotland to a stroke lead over the United States, 143 to 144, in team competition. BASKETBALL - Two Brigham Young players - Mark Handy and Verne Thompson - have been suspended indefinitely for "improper off -court conduct" . . . Florida State forward David Thompson was named player of the week by the Metro Conference. HOCKEY - San Diego Mariners' owner Ray Kroc has told city officials to get rid of the manager of the sports arena, where the team plays, or Kroc will move his team to Seattle. The sports arena is operated by Peter Graham under a lease with the city. Ali's representative to the WBC convention, Harold Conrad, said Ali will be prepared to defend his title in early March. Arum said Ali will confirm the "unretirement" by telephoning appropriate officials within the next few days. Ali's next opponent is not known, but many boxing officials believe he will go against the winner of Saturday's nationally-televised bout in Las Vegas between Earnie Shavers Muhammad AM . . . what next? From El- McAdoo From El- and Roy Williams. Sources said if Ali wins that fight, he could go against Duane Bobick sometime in June, assuming Bobick defeats Ken Norton in their upcoming fight. Arum said there are legal ramifications involved in the decision. Ali had signed to fight Duane Bobick in Madison Square Garden. The Garden people made other arrangements (Bobick against Norton), but they feel Ali still owes them a fight, said Mike Malitz, president of Top Rank. A possible rematch putting the champ against former champ George Foreman is out of the picture at this time because Foreman is making unrealistic monetary demands, Arum said. "He (Foreman) feels that he and Ali should split the purse 50-50, and that's absurd," Arum said. "Foreman has got to realize he is the challenger." FOOTBALL - University of Kentucky Athletic Director Cliff Hagan confirmed he had received a report from the NCAA which, among other things, placed the Kentucky football team on two years probation for recruiting violations. "I have officially confirmed that the university has received the confidential report of the NCAA," Hagan said. "At this point, we are studying that report and will have approximately 15 days to make a response and decide whether we will appeal their findings." A Lexington television station reported, in a copyrighted newfeast, the football team will be placed on probation for two years, but the actual sanctions will be imposed for only one year. It also reported sources as saying Kentucky will not be allowed to participate in any post season bowl Harding When he attended Hillsdale (Mich.) College, Harding started on the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams as a freshman, though he had to give up basketball after two seasons because he didn't have enough time for it. In 1969, he was the holder when Chester Marcol, now with the Green Bay Packers, kicked a 62-yard field goal, then an NCAA record. When he coached a Little League team in his home town, Flint, Mich., the first baseman was Rick Leach, now quarterback for the University of Michigan. Harding also is the horsemans' golf champion, shoots a mean game of pool and won the bullriding competition at the annual horsemans' rodeo, which was held each February. "Overall, I think being an athlete helps you because you get that competitive instinct, which really helps when you're driving," Harding said. "You've also been able to build yourself up to have the strength you need to hold a horse back when he wants to take off. of the 1974-75. Snyder complained to the commissioner's office about Donovan's "jumping" and the Knicks' alleged "tampering" and said he was disgusted with the Knicks. But New York's big money offers apparently persuaded the financially-troubled Buffalo owner to deal with them again, and now the Knicks have two former Buffalo starters, McAdoo and McMillian, along with McMillen. he hates to lose," Holzman said. "He's not just out there trying to do things for himself. He's not crazy about losing and I think that should be appealing to everybody." While Knicks President Mike Burke was the chief force for New York behind the negotiations, one of the architects of the Knicks' sudden turn-around into a championship contender has been General Manager Eddie Donovan, who him-, self left Buffalo just before the end Atlanta Edges Kings "But for one sport, I think basketball really helps more than anything else. You get that eye-hand coordination, which is good, and it's a 'feel' sport, all the shooting. "You need that driving a horse because you've got to feel when a horse needs to be held up, needs to be let go. You'll find often that the same trainer has horses breakin' on htm every year. Well, the trainer is the only constant so he must be doing something wrong." Harding's personality fizzes like freshly-opened champagne, smiles exploding across his face, a hand going out to every passerby on his morning rounds. This extroversion prompted him to try selling life insurance for a year after his graduation. But while at Hillsdale, he had cut a week of classes to roam the stables at a county fair and finally gave up writing premiums for mucking stalls. He hires no slackers. Even Muggsy is at the stables at 7:30 a.m., holding her own. One morning earlier this week, Harding took a yearling out for a training run as the sun began to displace the clouds. He snapped his whip and exclaimed. "This sport is a life all its own. It makes you feel so good. You're out here in the morning, the wind's in your face and you know your horse is really working well. What a feeling!" Live and Play Tennis At the Palm Beaches' Only Tennis-Oriented Oceanside Condominium with Rosie Casals, Francoise Dun, Jeanne Evert, Betty Stove 13 Lighted Courts Recreation Center Clubhouse Swimming Pools Secuntv The SOUTHERN MANORI I 18 Hole Par 71 I I CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE 1 PRE-SEASON I RATE I I GOLF $(o)00 I fiAUT Mm From Post Wire Services KANSAS CITY - Lou Hudson, who hit his first 11 shots in the third quarter, sank two free throws with 38 seconds to play last night to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 102-100 win over the Kansas City Kings. Hudson, who wound up hitting 12 of 13 third-quarter shots, finished with 34 points while John Drew had 19 and Joe Meri weather had 11 for the Hawks. Scott Wedman led Kansas City with a career-high 38 points and Ron Boone added 18. Behind Hudson's hot shooting, Atlanta built a 45-44 halftime lead into an 82-75 margin at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks increased their lead to 96-83 before Wedman hit a pair of quick jump shots. The Kings pulled off six closing-minute steals to rally to a 100-100 with 1:04 to play when Wedman hit a free throw. After Hudson hit his game-winning ATLANTA (102) - Meriweather 4-3-11, Drew 7-5-19, Barker 1-4-6, Henderson 1-2-4, Hudson 16-2-34, Hill 0-2-2, Brown 3-0-6, Charles 4-2-10, Willoughby 3-0-6, Soiourner 2-0-4. Totals 41-20-102 KANSAS CITY (100) - Robinzlne 2-5-9, Wedman 16-6-38, Lacey 4-2-10, Boone 7-4-18, Taylor 3-410, Washington 3-1-7, Barr 0, Eakins 1-0-2, Johnson 2-0-4, McCarter 1-0-2. Totals 39- free shots, the Kings had two chances to tie the game, but Sam Lacey missed a hook shot with 29 seconds to play. It was the Hawks' second road victory in as many nights and only the third of the season. Fibak Defeats Vilas in Prix HOUSTON (UPI) - Poland's Wojtek Fibak, playing in his first Grand Prix Masters, jumped off to a two-game lead last night, but then was forced to hold off a charging Guillermo Vilas to advance into the finals with a 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 3-6, 8-6 victory. 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