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ws THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 38 Be La Hoy a still winning despite changes said. "I call my own shots. I say situation. I don't want nothing is all about. He really understood because he didn't yet know how what goes on in my training camp. People need to understand I have to live my own life and go with my own instincts. "The only reason I went with this decision was I didn't want friction between us. My father had a hunch that Emanuel was not spending enough time with me. I love Emanuel Steward, but my father didn't agree with my opinion and I went with his decision. There's been other times when I wouldn't budge. In the end, it's what I say." Not when the issue has been a shift in trainers. First Alcazar was demoted when De La Hoya struggled with John John Molina between us. Blood is thicker than water. It (Steward staying) could have made problems." The history of father-son problems in boxing is a long one. Paternal input didn't work for Wilfredo Benitez or Darren Van Home or Mike and Jerry Quarry or Roy Jones Jr. or most of the many others who have tried it. The trainer directs and can even demand, but he cannot dictate if the relationship is to last. A father, at least at times, can take the dictator's stance. But if it happens too often, the son rebels. That did not happen this time, even though De La Hoya says that were it up to him, Steward would be in his corner. But what if something goes wrong? What if Clancy's plan doesn't work or De La Hoya doesn't listen to Alcazar? Or, simply, what if Rivera (29-2-1) fights him as well as or even better than he fought in two close losses to then welterweight champion Pernell Whitaker? Father knows best What happens in Oscar De La Hoya's corner then, and what does he say to his father later? Nobody knows, not even the fighter. 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"With Don Jesus (Rivero), it was all hard work. Emanuel gave me the confidence that he was teaching me, but he kept it fun. If it had been solely up to me, yes, of course, he would still be here." Power struggle But Steward is not with him because he tangled with De La Hoya's father, Joel. The father felt the son was not training hard enough or sparring often enough, information he allegedly was fed by Alcazar, a longtime family friend. When Steward allowed De La Hoya to break camp for a day to attend the Evander Holyfield-Michael Moorer heavyweight title fight last month in Las Vegas, the situation came to a head and Steward lost his, professionally speaking. He was informed of his dismissal not by De La Hoya but by family adviser Mike Hernandez. "The dismissal of Emanuel Steward did affect me that day," De La Hoya said. "I've spoken to him since but I didn't tell him. My adviser did. I never thought it would be this big a thing. "I hate arguing with my father. 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He will be there again, this time standing next to 70:something Gil Clancy, who once trained Emile Griffith and has Yerplank still record round Steve Hart, Pat Bates cind Gene Fieger lead area golfers, all tied for 12th. The Associated Press ; ; GRENELEFE Kent Jones shot an eight-under-par 64 Saturday to tie the course record on the West course at Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort and move into second place at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Jones, of Carlsbad, N.M., made a 35-foot birdie putt on his final fiole to tie the mark held by several players, including Scott Ver-plank, who continues to sit atop the leaderboard after Saturday's ibjirth round. Verplank, at 267, has a six-shot tead. i. "I just managed to do everything right," said Jones, who has a fbyr-round total of 13-under 273. '1 Steve Hart of Tequesta, Pat Bates of Boca Raton and Gene Fieger of Port St. Lucie lead area players, all at 279, in a 12th-place tie. Bates shot a 68, and Hart and fieger followed strong third-round scores with 71s. Hart had a 63 on Friday and Fieger shot 66. Five area players are among the top 35 scorers (and ties), which in the final standings will qilalify for a PGA Tour card for lp. Bobby Gage of Palm Beach Gardens, who shot his third round iji" the sixties with a 69, is at 281 arid Boca Raton's Adam Spring is aC282. ! Gage opened Q School with a Q9, but fell back with a second- Pate gets at Father By Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ' VERO BEACH Jerry Pate its no stranger to father-son golf tournaments. The former PGA Tour member recalled playing in several I such tournaments with his father. ;But Pate found Saturday's first ; round of play at the FatherSon 'Challenge at Windsor unique. P Golf y Scores, tee times 21B ; This time, he is the father. ;! The former Wellington resident who now lives in Pensacola, was joined by his 17-year-old son, IVesley, as the pair competed in ;2he FatherSon Challenge for the Jrst time. : The 36-hole, $860,000 tournament that runs through today features 16 father-son teams competing for the tournament Irhampionship, including two-time ! defending champions Raymond Hoyd and Raymond Floyd Jr. ! For Pate, watching his son ' trought back memories of rounds Iwth his father, Patrick, an avid ; amateur golfer who died last year. ' "I got fired up on the first hole; jt almost brought tears to my Ityes," Pate said. "I think the first thing that came to mind was the ; Erst time I played golf with my dad 3t the Bing Crosby (tournament). I I had a few moments to think about ',my dad and all the great rounds of Ihat I enjoyed playing with my Had." Boxing been imported to formulate De La Hoya's battle plan in Steward's absence. That De La Hoya is among the most talented fighters in the world is readily apparent from his 26-0 record and world titles in four weight classes at the age of 24. But his constant shuffling of trainers gives one pause to wonder just how long this endless shifting of the men who prepare him for battle can go on without his suffering some ill effects. Even De La Hoya seemed to hint in the days leading up to this fight that the strife that led to a split between Steward, a trainer with whom he says he was always happy, and his father has ended. Obviously, that didn't happen soon enough to save Steward, but hopefully, it will come in time to save De La Hoya from a slippage in his ring performances, which thus far have been nearly flawless despite the periodic problems in his corner. "I felt comfortable with Emanuel Steward," De La Hoya said. "He trained me good. He brought life into the training camp. He made it fun for me. He gave me confidence. He knows what boxing leads despite by pursuer PGA Tour qualifying Scores 21B round 77 before shooting 66 and 69 on Saturday. Currently, the 35th player on the leaderboard is the first at 282, which would bring 12 additional players their cards via the tie rule. The tournament lasts six rounds. Other area golfers' scores Robert Floyd (286), Jay C. Davis (287), P.J. Cowan (288), Mike Sposa (289) and Bob Friend (290). B Mickelson leads Sun City: With a steady nerve and precision short game in a swirling wind. Phil Mickelson held off Bernhard Langer's challenge to take the lead after three rounds of the Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. Mickelson's three-under-par 69 left him at 204, 12-under for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Langer entering todays final round. The winner receives $1 million golfs richest top prize. Langer shot a 67 and was one stroke ahead of Nick Price, who shot a 68. Davis Love III and Ernie Els were at 209, with Love shooting a 74 and Els a 70. B Pate-Mallon in lead: Steve Pate and Meg Mallon tied with Dan Forsman and Catriona Matthew in the third round at Tarpon Springs of the JCPenney Classic that pairs an LPGA and a PGA golfer in each team. Pate and Mallon shot a better-ball seven-under-par 64 and have not had a bogey so far. new look Son event Pate, the winner of the 1974 U.S. Amateur title and an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, has made his living designing golf courses and working as a television analyst since a shoulder injury ended his playing career in 1982. Wesley, a junior at Pensacola Catholic High School, is the youngest player in this weekend's field. "It was fun, I really enjoyed playing with him," Wesley said. "I got a chance to spend a real 18 holes with him." And as fathers often do, Jerry couldn't help but offer a little advice, as well as encouragement, to his playing partner. 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