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MSL THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 3B : Be i despite ch oya son winning anges because he didn't yet know how said. "I call my own shots. I say' 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 to handle rough business on the inside. Then Rivero was fired after his strategy' proved completely wrong in the Whitaker fight. "Whatever's best for me at ' any particular point," De La Hoya said. "It depends on the opponent" and the style. We really don't know. "The whole objective is to help out Robert. I want him to learn from all these experienced guys. :; "Working with all these guys will let him become a complete, ', all-around trainer Robert, I feel, can handle this fight. He's a young trainer who's still learning." $ situation. I don't want nothing 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. "I'm my own man," The Kid mm tini! DiPCPl PftUIPFPfl "UF Cfiripc Trupb restricted to accounts with qualifying credit. Rale based on nin UlCdGI rUWCIGU n OCIICa HUM 140,000 miles. S0.10 a mile thereafter. $1,228 05 payment at Wall i 14 Of ID VSIl BOO) inception includes lirst payment, security deposit and lag. General G5VIC Truck Sales 360 & Militant Trail W.P.B. Call: 561-686-8906 Fax: 561-697-8429 Hours: Mon-Frl 9am-6pm Sat 9am-2pm mi m & & i, Units Available usu ufii iy '.uat AC Aulomatic Stsreo wcassette ' Based on 48 month lease, we supply only the vehicle, you pay all taxes, license, maintenance and insurance. 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Emanuel Steward for the first time in De La Hoya eight months, an abrupt shift he says was out of his control. Three fights ago, De La Hoya went into the. ring with Steward but without Jesus Rivero, who had previously taken over De La Hoya's training from Robert Alcazar, who had handled him throughout his amateur career and into his early days as a professional. .Alcazar has been shuffled aside twice but has never left De La Hoya's corner. 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 . $teve Hart, Pat Bates $jid Gene Fieger lead rea golfers, all tied for 12th. th ! Associated Press :f:GRENELEFE Kent Jones siot an eight-under-par 64 Saturday to tie the course record on the vest course at Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort and move into second place at the PGA Tour Quali-fjSng Tournament, v Jones, of Carlsbad, N.M., made a"$5-foot birdie putt on his final Hole to tie the mark held by several .players, including Scott Ver-pLank, who continues to sit atop the leaderboard after Saturday's finirth round. "1 Verplank, at 267, has a six-shot le'ad: just managed to do everything right," said Jones, who has a fZMir-round total of 13-under 273. Steve Hart of Tequesta, Pat BJtes of Boca Raton and Gene Pteger of Port St. Lucie lead area players, all at 279, in a 12th-place tjej Bates shot a 68, and Hart and Fieger followed strong third-round scores with 71s. Hart had a 65 on Friday and Fieger shot 66. "J, Five area players are among tfe top 35 scorers (and ties), which in the final standings will qualify for a PGA Tour card for 1)98. Bobby Gage of Palm Beach Gardens, who shot his third round irCthe sixties with a 69, is at 281 and Boca Raton's Adam Spring is it282. ;Gage opened Q School with a 69,' but fell back with a second- pate gets at Father By Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer VERO BEACH Jerry Pate & "no stranger to father-son golf tournaments. ' C The former PGA Tour member recalled playing in several such tournaments with his father. But Pate found Saturday's first found of play at the FatherSon Challenge at Windsor unique. Golf y Scores, tee times 21B : This time, he is the father. . The former Wellington resident who now lives in Pensacola, itfas joined by his 17-year-old son, Wesley, as the pair competed in Jhe FatherSon Challenge for the first time. v The 36-hole, $860,000 tourna-tpent that runs through today fea-lures 16 father-son teams competing for the tournament championship, including two-time defending champions Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr. For Pate, watching his son brought back memories of rounds vfith his father, Patrick, an avid amateur golfer who died last year. "I got fired up on the first hole; i' almost brought tears to my eyes," Pate said. "I think the first tjiing that came to mind was the first time I played golf with my dad 3t the Bing Crosby (tournament). I had a few moments to think about rny dad and all the great rounds of that I enjoyed playing with my dad,; is all about. He really understood the (punching) power I possess. "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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JfrKiiNKoitlilW I LOW DOWN PAYMENTS- I -V.llHtlRa 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 Langers 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 entenng 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. "There's a lot of little subtleties on a day like today that only experience can tell you how to play a lot of the shots," Pate said'Sometimes, you just have to let them make the choices." The pair finished four strokes off the lead, heading into today's final round with an eight-under-par 64. "That's what we were shooting for," Pate said. "We played better than eight under, we just missed a lot of putts. But we're really excited about our chances to win." B Stocktons lead: The father and son team of Dave and Ron Stockton shot a 12-under-par 60 to take the lead in the first round of the FatherSon Challenge. 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