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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monday, June 21, 1976
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Monday, June 21, 1976 Philadelphia Inquirer 3-C The Scene Zi regional and world sports Philadelphia Inquirer EARNEST S. EDDOWES A PRE-GAME CHARGE by B Troop of the 4th U. S. Cavalry yesterday at. Veterans Stadium carries almost as much force as the Phils themselves. Riders were providing a preview of the rodeo that opens Wednesday at JFK Stadium. Moving On: King abdicates Billie Jean King, who won the singles title six times and finished runnerup twice in the last 10 years, will not be playing singles at Wimbledon for the first time in 16 years. But she said she'll be there "with a tear in my eye" when the women's competition opens tomorrow. "Wimbledon belongs to me ... I love that center court," said the outspoken King, who will appear only in doubles and mixed doubles as she attempts to add to her record-tying 19 Wimbledon championships. King, who won the singles last year, disagrees with this year's seedings, which have America's Chris Evert on top and Australia's Evonne Goolagong second. "It will be tough to beat Evonne. She's No. 1 in the world this year and she's playing great tennis." Trends: Hello and good-by Francie Larrieu, America's top woman distance runner, and her new husband, sprinter Mark Lutz, have one of those modern marriages love, honor, obey and do your own thing. She goes her way and he goes his and if they meet at a track meet, great. "It's not quite as bad as it sounds," said Larrieu, who prefers to use her maiden name. "We're just at a time in our lives when we have to take advantage of certain opportunities and if that means we have to be apart more than we're together, that's how it's got to be. "We'll have the rest of our lives to be together when the Olympics and all are a part of the past." Both will compete in the Olympic Trials this week at Eugene, Ore., where Larrieu is pratically a shoo-in as the top qualifier in the women's 1,500, while Lutz has only an outside chance in the 200 meters. Offbeat: With room to spare Robert LeVan, 19, a ministerial student in Nashville, Tenjj., claimed a world record for marathon bowling 131 hours and IS minutes and he quit to get some sleep so he could attend church yesterday morning. "It's real good exercise," said LeVan, who wore golf gloves and bowled both right and lefthanded. The old record listed in a book of world records is 130 hours. Quotable: Money but no title Hubert Green, 1976 PGA money leader, on his failure to win a major tournament this year: "Every time it's come to stand up and be counted, I've sat down." Gene Courtney Only 2 qualify for Pocono 500 as rain holds up other drivers By Bill Simmons Inquirer Auto Eiitnr LONG POND, Pa. Pocono Sunshine. Bah. Humbug. There were maybe 15,000 people at Pocono International Raceway yesterday for the qualification runs to determine the starting lineup for Sunday's sixth Schaefer 500-mile race. For sure, three people were happy with the way things turned out. Dick Simon and Al Loquasto turned in representative speeds to assure themselves of starting positions. They were happy. And the farmer down the road was delighted because his crops got some much needed rain. That left about 14,997 disappointed folks, including 33 other drivers, who spent most of yesterday afternoon dashing for cover as wave after wave of showers made everyone feel right at home. Rain, it seems, is a way of life at Pocono International Raceway. Starting in 1972, when Hurricane Agnes forced postponement of the Schaefer 500 for a month, bad weather has plagued more than half of the events. In fact, last month's Formula 5,000 race was Pocono's first in more than two years that was not affected by rain. What yesterday's rain means is that everyone will return today to try again. And if the weather forecasters are as accurate as they were yesterday they'll meet with about the same success. They're calling for showers, heavy at times, through tonight. Early morning sprinkles delayed the start of yesterday's practice session by 40 minutes and the time trials by 15 minutes. Simon, 40, a balding former business executive from Sandy, Utah, was the first driver on the track, rolling off at 11:17 a.m. He completed his four-lap, 10-mile run at 174.698 m.p.h. to claim the pole position even if its only for 24 hours. When (and if) time trials resume at 10 a.m. today, the field will be filled strictly on the basis of speed. Had the rules of a few years ago been in effect, Simon would have the pole position with Easton's Loquasto holding the number two spot. Loquasto was the third driver of the track, qualifying his Frostie Mc-Laren-Offenhauser at 173.085. Between those two, Janet Guthrie went out in her Bryant-Vollstedt-Offy, a sister car to Simon's. However, she took only her alloted three warm-up laps before pulling off the track. CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION, Mich. -David Pearson, content to sit as much as one mile behind Cale Yar-borough most of the way, capitalized on a late caution flag to win a 400-mile NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway by .77 of a second. Pearson grabbed the lead on lap 172 after a spin turned on the yellow light. Then, after Coo Coo Marlin blew an engine on lap 192 to bring out another caution, Pearson emerged the victor in a four-car, two-lap sprint. "MY ENGINE RAN WHEN IT WAS OFF I'd switch the ignition off but the engine wouldn't stop. Instead it sputtered, rocked and coughed. Then I discovered WYNN'S SPITFIRE. Now my troubles are over," writes a happy user. Yes, engine "after run" caused by heavy carbon build up can be not only exasperating, but downright dangerous mechanically. So be kind to your car and yourself ' Add a can of WYNN'S SPIT FIRE to your gas tank today. PepBoip The Inquirer delivers. That's a promise. Call 665-1234. Approach shot on No. 18 wins U.S. Open for rookie OPEN, From 1-C playing in 21 of the 24 tournaments so far, scrambling to qualify each week, rushing from stop to stop, living out of motels and hamburger stands. That grind ends now. For the U.S. Open championship is worth not only $42,000 but 10 years worth of exemptions. "Really?" said Pate. 'I thought I was only exempt for a year." Pate was paired with Mahaffey and those two played right behind Weis-kopf and Geiberger. When Mahaffey bogeyed the 16th to slip to two under, he was tied with Pate, and Geiberger and Weiskopf were each just a shot behind. There was a distinct possibility of a four-way playoff because Mahaffey was obviously staggering, Weiskopf and Geiberger had been through it all before and wouldn't collapses, and Pate would surely bogey one or both of the last two holes. He had, after all. done exactly that just three weeks ago in Philadelphia. He only needed to par the last two holes to win the IVB, and he had bogeyed them both. Weiskopf and Geiberger each drove the rough on 18 and laid up. But Weiskopf sank a six-;footer and Geiberger a 15-footer to salvage par. They were done at one-under. Now it Monkey still on the back of Mahaffey LYON, From 1-C as well have been three miles. He did not win the Open. He didn't even finish second. But John Mahaffey showed us something more important than birdies. He had gambled on the 18th, knowing he had no choice, and he had knocked his shot into the water and then he had walked to the green, with his head up, and he smiled. The gallery in the huge bull ring surrounding the 18th rose to applaud him. He waved to them, and shrugged his shoulders, held his palms up in a what-can-you-do gesture. He had accepted his fate, not in a club-throwing tantrum, not in a spasm of rage, but with maturity, restraint, patience and dignity. It is called a touch of class. Now, instead of one triumph to wipe out those three past failures, he carries a fourth scar. "I am not a bit sorry for myself," John Mahaffey said. "I'm disgusted and I'm a bit disappointed, but I will not wallow in self-pity. I don't want sympathy. "My driving killed me. I get tired BE YOUR OWN BOSS Become self employed; increase your income; schedule your own hours; take vacations when you want them. For both men & women HAVE YOUR OWN BUSINESS fireplace MOBILE SHOWROOM The flexible marketing opportunities of a traveling business has inspired the KINGS ROW Fireplace Shops to extend the success of their retail stores with a Mobile Showroom. You can sell and Install fireplaces and fireplace equipment to private homes, builders or commercial businesses from the attractively displayed 22' van interior. CALL COLLECT: Mr. Irving 313-624-4010 OR WRITE: KINGS ROW Fireplace Shop 2700 Maple Walled lake. MI.4B088 and then I can't control it. I'm gonna start exercising to build up my strength, my endurance. Whatever it takes, I'm gonna do it. If I have to quit the tour the rest of the year to work on it, whatever it takes. I'll do it and I'll make it. I have to, even if it takes 10 years." It was, ironically, John Mahaffey who had said earlier in the week, correctly, that "you don't win the Open, it wins you." This year, the Open chose to win Jerome Kendrick Pate, a native of Alabama, whose very first victory as a pro happened to come in the most prestigious tournament there is. And, like John Mahaffey, Jerry Pate had been so tantalizingly close to that summit himself, only to slide back the last step. "The tournament at Muirfield, I had it won, and then the last day I had two double bogeys and a bogey and I lost by one shot. You know, I told my caddy then I was gonna win the Open. I felt it. "And then, the next week ,at Phila delphia, I had it won again and bogeyed the last two holes. "But I still felt I'd win this, I really did. I had been playing well on tough courses. I just felt like I was due." John Mahaffey is more than due then. He is overdue, over-overdue. "One of these days," he said, "I will win." He said it was not a promise, it was a fact. JoAnne Carner wins on final hole PLYMOUTH. Ind.-JoAnne Carner burst into the lead, lost it, then sank a nine-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole yesterday, breaking a three-way tie and capturing the $50,000 Hoosier Classic by one stroke on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. The Lake Worth, Fla., native, who also won the inaugural of this tournament in 1974, fired a four-under-par for a 54-hole total of 210. Ifyoiiribaiik Jim told yii the 9 ineym OOIl IS w still love you. We still have Free Personal Cheddno affile Provident. Come ana get it! The Provident' PROVIDENT NATIONAL BANK Memoer f DiC remained for Mahaffey and Pate to fold. Both drove in the rough. Mahaffey tried to gouge a 3-wood out of the deep grass. It splashed into the water and he was done. The bogey five would leave him with a 73 for the day and even for 72 holes. It all hung on Pate now. A bogey and there would be a three-way playoff. Oh sure, he could make a par four and win it by one, but everyone knew you needed a hand grenade to get out of the rough. And there was still all that water to carry. And bunkers, too. Be smart, kid lay up, take your bogey and hope for the playoff. It never entered Pate's mind to play safe. "I'd seen those clutch fours Weiskopf and Geiberger made," he said, "and I knew I had to go for it. Maybe I wanted to be a hero. But I wanted to win the Open and I just had the feeling I was gonna make the shot. I was really pumped up." He wanted to hit a 4-iron. He debated with his caddy, John Considine. "John told me to hit the S because it would really come out hot. He said hit the 5 and step on it, really lean on it." The iron flashed through the sunset like an executioner's sword. "I couldn't believe the shot" Geiberger said. He was in the tent, signing his card and thinking about payoff when Pate's shot screamed home. Weiskopf had birdied 12, 13 and 14 to jolt himself into contention, but he bogeyed IS. Geiberger also had three birds on the closing nine, but had waited too long to mount a charge. J n 0L tuft. Avis has melted the ice out of price... "fl per day and lots of smileage. Avis is smiling about our clean cut rates. We've got a shiny new Dodge Colt, or similar car, waiting for you to take off on a Spring Holiday or mini-vacation. Or, if you need more room for a family spree, choose one of our other fine cars, at a slightly higher rate. You pay only for the gas you use, and the car must be returned where you rented it. Sorry, no discounts. Take a trip into history and explore some famous revolutionary sites nearby. This is the year for it. AVAILABLE AT ALL PHILADELPHIA & SUBURBAN LOCATIONS. CALL (215) 365-1770 Avis ranti all makaa. . . faaturai can anginaarad by Chryiiar. We fry Harder. of State? .T".,uifr v' ' I : 't-Eft .rfil "I think it's marvelous the way you can relax right in the middle of a crisis." 'Jn almost every Capitol Hill office, there's one Rose Mary Woods type. She aint much to look at, hut she sure churns out the work. Then there arc about six really gorgeous women called 'political researchers' who never seem to do anything at all? Spoken before the current scandals hit Washington, these are the words of Karl Hess, ex-speechwTiter for Barry Goldwater and architect of Richard Nixon's 1960 campaign platform. Since then, Hess has moved far to the left to become a self-styled anarchist living on barter. He IC11S Ul UlOilCllcUlUliOUL with the system and in passing gives some now-prophetic revelations of sexual hi-jinks in Washington in this month s Playboy Interview. In the same issue, Art Buchwald kids our founding fathers, Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles get it on for the playboy camera and you meet the zany creator of Edith Ann, comic Lily Tomlin. It's all in July PLAYBOY. PLAYBOTO. Atyournewsstand- 4 Pljvbr.

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