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GALVESTGN COUNTY, TEXAS FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1999 l).\nvNl ; \\s B3 Brisk) leads Western after first round takes over course unn takes Fan* le The Associated Press LEMONT, HI. - Mike Brisky had to return to qualifying school to get back on tour. Now he wants to show he belongs. Brisky, who has missed six cuts in 14 previous tournaments this year, shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Western Open, sponsored by Motorola. The 34-year-old Brisky got his round rolling with an eagle on the par-5 No. 5, made a big par save on the ninth and had three birdies on the back nine. He leads rookie Briny Baird, 1998 Western runnerup Vijay Singh and veteran Hal Sutton by one stroke. Tiger Woods was among four at 4-under and two shots back in the $2.5 million tournament on the 7,073-yard Dubsdread course at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. Brisky, who tied for fourth in the 1896 Western Open, had to return to qualifying school after. finishing three spots out of last year's top 125 money winners. He had his best season in 1997, when he was 67th on the money list. He nearly won the 1995 Buick Open, losing on the first hole of a playoff to Woody Austin. He tied for fourth last year in the Doral-Ryder Open and was tied for the lead after three rounds of the Deposit Guaranty before fading on the final day. Since, he's been trying to rediscover his game and find that elusive first victory. "It's been a long road over the last year and a half," Brisky said. "It's just been a rough time for me. I feel like I haven't been get- ting anything out of my game. I'm kind of humbled by it right now. "When I walked off the final green at the end of last year, I was just so happy it was over, that the stress was gone. "I just felt good about this year even though I had to go back through school. I just felt it was like a new beginning." Until Thursday, he's had little to feel good about. Brisky said he tried not to watch the leader board but could hear some fans chanting encouragement to him and cameras clicking at his every move. '1 told my caddie on 11, Belp me out here, Tm a little nervous, just keep my thoughts right.' I hadn't been in the limelight in a while," he said. • Lunn leads Jamie Farr Kroger Classic — Mardi Lunn finished a 6-under-par 65 to grab a one-stroke lead Thursday before violent wind gusts created havoc for the rest of the field in the ., opening round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. Those teeing off early in the day had the benefit of a light rain that softened the greens. Just as the morning groups were completing play, the wind picked up to 30 mph with strong gusts. As Laura Baugh was putting for birdie on the 18th green, the wind knocked her shot out of the hole and ripped a skybox tent behind the green from its support posts. It took 14 volunteers to hold onto the posts and tethers while the tent was secured. i Mardl Lunn, of Australia, rifts her tee shot on the 16th hole during Thursday the first round of the Jamie Fair Kroger Classic hi Sylvania, Onto. Lunn toads the tournament with a Sunder par 65. (AP) The wind was a huge factor on the course as well. Defending champion Se Ri Pak, who set LPGA records with a second- round 61 and a 72-hole total of 261, had to chip to save par five times because her approach shots were blown off line. Still, she shot 68, three strokes better than her first round a year ago. Only one of the seven lowest scores — and five of the 17 at 3- under or better — came from afternoon groupings. Lunn, never better than third in 129 LPGA starts, played in the eighth threesome of the day and encountered few difficulties. Her bogey-free round included four birdie putts inside 6 feet. She turned the front side in 4-under 30. The 31-year-old Australian is coming off a tie for third in last week's LPGA Championship, the third of the grand slam events for women. Her $84,538 paycheck more than doubled her earnings for the year and exceeded her totals from each of her first five years on tour. A Mike Brisky lines up a putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Western Open on Thursday. (AP) Thompson leads Comets to 76-64 win over Rockers The Associated Press HOUSTON - Tina Thompson scored a career-high 26 points and Houston pulled away with a 15-0 spurt midway through the first half Thursday night as the Comets defeated.the Cleveland Rockers 76-64. Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes added 13 points each in the win. Cooper had six assists and six rebounds, while Swoopes had five rebounds and three steals. Cleveland (2-8), which was led by 15 points from Michelle Edwards, made two runs in the second half to pull within six points, but Houston was able to stave off both charges. Houston, which never trailed after intermission, took control of the game for good when the Rockers went 5:03 without scoring, giving the Comets a 71-60 lead with just over two minutes left. The Rockers shot 46 percent from the field and outrebounded the Comets 36-31, but Cleveland failed to reach the free throw line until only 14:10 remained in the game. Houston, on the other hand, made 20 of 24 free throws, which proved to be the difference. "We didn't get to the free throw line enough, and that's the story," Cleveland coach Linda Hill- McDonald said. "If you were to send Cleveland to the line 24 times, this would have turned out a lot different." The Comets (9-1) scored 20 points off of 17 Cleveland turnovers. The Inside Track Gulf Greyhound Park Picks Friday matinee Post time: 1:30 p.m. 1st Race (5/16 mile, grade:B) #6. Buddy's Bogey Been coming close. #8. LaHoma Pepper #5. Being Explosive #1. AZ Zazzles 2nd Race (S/16 mile, grade:D) #6. Sally Forth Placed despite last time. #3. Bingo Patti #2. Y Knot Party On #8. No Negotiation 3rd Race (5/16 mile, grado:M) #1. Lori Jo Looking good so far. #2. Brazo Honey Go #3. Big Ben #8. Jetta Barbara 4th Race (S/16 mile, grade:M) #1. Hey Knock It Off Been coming close. #7. Brazo Echo #3. Bob's Repa #6. DGF Blazn Breeze Sth Race (5/16 mile, grade:B) #2. Leland Walker Driving up late. #6. Bob's Franco #7. Bob Bob Bob #5. Hue's Liberty 6th Race (5/16 mile, grade:0) #5. Radical Runaway Late in stretch. #6. GNC Royal Sparta #8, Got Sum Class #3. Sakkara Tera 7th Race (S/16 mile, grade-J) #3. JG Stemwinder Shoots up late. #2. DGF Ditta Ditta #7. Eltex Ante Up #6. C Ya Dime Dancer 8th Race (5/18 mile, grado:D) #6. Broken Talk Rallies late. #8. Baron Gaidin #3. Damon Hokus #2. Latigo Dave 9th Race (5/16 mllo, grade:B) #4. Bob's Mason Box to wire last B. #8. Ben First #6. Corkys Harddrive #3. Bills Form loth Rac ° (5/16 mile, grade:C) #3. Gable Fred Double grade drop. #6. Dogtor Dazzle #8. No Reservation #4. Wildcat Drakkar llth Race (5/16 mile, grade:D) #3. MPS Elliot If he can clear traffic. #7. AE's Doug Two #8. Gable Ethel #2. Cajun Final Cut #5. Bench Warmer 4th Race 12th Race (S/16 mile, griH)c:AA) #6. Molotov's Finish Finishes big. #3. Odd Skill tt&. Birch Beer #2. Matt's Hurricane Best Bct-#6. Molotov's Finish In the 12th race. Best Longshot-#6, Buddy's Bogey In the 1st race. Friday evening Post time: 7:30 p.m. _ 1st Race _ _ (5/16 mile, grade:B) #7. Jetta Midknight Just missed last time. #8. AZ Pop A Top #1. Baggar Vance #2. Brute Strength _ 2nd Race (5/16 mile, grade:C) #8. TH Follow Me Just enough late. #5. Slatex Lois #1. Justin's Jazz #7. He's My Snowman (5/16 mile, grade:C) #8. Y Knot Elgin Loves the outside post. #4. Bob's Seib #1. MPS Manuela #2, Oso Prima SthRace ( S/16 mile, grade:A) #7. GLB's Corky D Easier field this time around. #3. Slatex Kasey #2. P's Bay Day #1. West Memphis Kid _ 6th Race ' (5/16 mile, graded) US. Cupcakes Chase Driving finish. ttS. CTW Chiefs Site #4. Magnanimous #3. Gable Hershey _ 7th Rjce (5/16 mile, grad«:A) #6. Gable Desperado Late victory. #8. HJS Shan Tan #5. Dirt Merchant #4. Smash _ __ Sth Race ~ Texas City West starts tourney with no-hitter From staff reports Texas City West pitcher Steve Reynolds hurled a no- hitter to lead his team past Galveston Central 5-0 Thursday in the opening round of the District 14 Little League Major League tournament. Galveston East, Dickinson and Bayside both opened the tournament for ages 11-12 with victories Thursday. Galvesion East downed Hitchcock 12-0; Dickinson rolled past League City National 13-2; and Bayside fought off Baytown North 6-3 in seven innings after playing to a 3-3 tie in regulation. In other opening-round games Thursday, Baytown Central topped League City American 11-0, and NASA East edged Baytown East 3-2. In 9- and 10-year-old play Thursday, Santa Fe staved off elimination with a 16-3 victory over Galveston East in Hitchcock. NASA West also eliminated NASA East 8-7 in League City. Only one game will be played today. NASA West plays the League City National-Bayside loser at 7 p.m. today in a losers bracket game at the Bayside Little League complex in Seabrook After Thursday night, only two unbeaten teams remain in the tournament. Galveston West-Isle (3-0) awaits the winner of Thursday night's League City National-Bayside game. The final two unbeaten teams square off at 7 p.m. Monday at Galveston East's Lindale Park The winner advances to the championship game of the double-elimination tournament, which is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Baytown Central. In 11-year-old tournament action Thursday, League City American knocked off Santa Fe Gold 8-5 in a losers bracket game. All games in the tournament are being played at Baytown West. After Thursday night, only two unbeaten teams remain in the tournament. Bayside (3-0) will play Thursday's League City National-Santa Fe Green winner at 8 p.m. Saturday for a berth in the championship game. »• md laywMtd toumnrwwf Thundty't mult* WrMMM bfMWt League City National vs. Bayside, late Loser: bracket NASA West 8. NASA East 7 Santa Fe 16, Galveston East 3 Tntny'i fun* UtMibmckM NASA West vs. League City Naticmalflayside loser, 7 p.m. at Bayside 11-yMKJtd tournament (•I («Mf it Btytown W«t) Tnund*y'» mult* Wlnrwi bfKKvt League City National vs. Santa Fe Green, late Losers bracket League City American 8. Santa Fe Gold 5 Baytown East 13. Baytown Central 8 Low* bnckit Santa Fe GolcReague City American winner vs. League City National-Santa Fe Green loser, 6 p.m. Baytown East vs. Texas City East. 8 p.m. M«X* LM«W (af«t 11-12) touroimwt inu(«u*f * iv*wiu Dickinson 13, League City National 2 NASA East 3. Baytown East 2 Baytown Central 11. League City American 0 Bayside 6. Baytown North 3 (7 inn.) Texas City West 5. Galveston Central 0 Galveston East 12, Hitchcock 0 Today's fame* Winners bracks! Baytown West vs. NASA East. 8 p.m. at NASA NASA West vs. Bayside. 6 p.m. at NASA Baysrtore vs. Galveston East-Hitchcock winner, 8 p.m. at Hitchcock Galveston West-Isle vs. Santa Fe. 7 p.m. 8t Santa Fe La Majque-West Texas City vs. Texas City East, 7 p.m. at Texas City UMt* bracket 1 Baytown East vs. League City American. 8 p.m. at League City League City National vs. Baytown North. 6 p.m. at League City Galveston Central vs. Hitchcock. 6 p.rn. at Hitchcock Autographs after the Show! In Person July 4 8:00 P.M. The Legendary HANK THOMPSON in Concert MM Ball of Fanw M*mtnr (409) 737-3440 or (800) 54-SHOWS ODCCOOODOCOCOOOCSl Results from Thursday racing at Gulf Greyhound Park. For Information, call (409) 986-9500. Evening lstR«c« 7.80 5-16AT-31.24 6-MPS Stewart 31.20 10.20 2-Snow Frost 7-Slatex Countyooy Q:2-6 104.60E:6-2 312.60 Trifecta: 6-2-7 996.20 7.40 5.20 4.00 498.10 2nd Race S-16 B T-31.02 &AZ BOOK It Bo»y 5.00 3.80 3.40 7-Designer Drive 5.00 3.80 5-Siatex Melvin 5M Q-.6-72WO E:6-7 54.30 Trifecta-. 6-7-5 579.40 89.70 Party Oouri'e &6: SI 29.40 _ s-ie m T-31.0S 2-ltsa Memory 6.20 4.80 2.40 3-Jctta Monopoly 7.20 3.80 1-Rebo 3 - 20 Q:2-3 20.00 E:2-3 46.80 Trifecla: 2-3-1 64.0032.00 4th Race 5-16 D T-30.92 7-BumMeOne 10.20 4.OO 4.00 2-Seegold Dusty 2.80 2.80 8-Sweet Desire 4.00 Q-2-7 21.60 £:7-2 83.70 Trifecta: 7-2-8 344.20 172.10 5th Race S-16 A T-30.72 5-MacQ 20.40 7.40 5.00 7-P's Starpac 4.20 3.00 8-Matt's Tornado 3.60 Q:5-7 28.80 E:5-7 90.60 Supertecta: 5-7-8-6 545.20 6th Race 5-W C T-31JM 8-MJ Eartnouake' 18.80 11.80 9.20 7-HJS Brown SOjjar 15.80 MO 2-SaVVwa Cheetan * °° 0:7-8 99.20 E:8-7 240.60 (S/16 mllo, grad«:M) #7. Jetta Spark In the money despite last time. #8. Early Bird #3. Brazo Renegade Twin-Trl 8-7-2: $272.00 PK3 2 of 3: $51.80 _ 7th Race _ 5J.6 1 T-30.90 1-JG Starlight 8.40 3.20 3.00 S-Eree Annie 2.60 2.40 5-Y Knot Bonnie 4.00 Scratched R's Seamus Q- 1-8 8.60 E: 1-8 36.00 Trifecta: 1-8-5 149.60 74.80 Twin-Tri Carryover $1.419 _ 8th Race 6-16 C T-30.99 7-She's Beaming 21.80 6.60 3.00 4-Braro Reality 3.6O 2.60 6-Gable pepper 3.20 Q-4-7 69.60 E:7-4 506.10 Trifecta: 7-4^ 847.40 423.70 f 5/16 mile #7. Best Morgan Close in some B races. #5. Bob's Paur #1. Storm Track #6. Slatex Bronco 9th Race 10th Race 5-16 B T-30.88 8-Slate«Eric 11.40 6.00 3.80 6-SC's In The Mood 10.80 5.60 2-Just Like Edgar 3.60 Q:6-S 40.80 E:8-6 98.70 Trifecta: 8-6-2 1237.80 618.90 PX3 7-7* $497.20 llth Race 5-16 A T-30.78 2-CJ Buzzirt Casper 29.00 11.60 4.20 4-Cory's Gunman 7.60 4,00 (3/8 mile, grade:D) #5. Molotov's Power Rallies in the distance. #3. Slatex Mitch #4. Sooz Hale Bop #7. Mystery Midge 10th Race (5/16 mils, grado:A) #1. Tazzy Jo . Box to wire last A race. #5. Gable Lily #8. PA'S Dallas #7. Bara Dave llth Race (5/16 mile, grade:C) #3. Rangoon Episode Almost last time. #5. Dreaded Mail #7. Bob's Carlos #8. Sioux Girl 12th Race (5/16 nlllo, grade:A) #6. AE's Blackjack Likes the grade. #4. Rying Icecap #1. Hoov's Boomerang #8. SC's True Blue 13«h Raeo ~~ (3/8 mile, grade:T) tn. Y Knot Mirage Been close. #6. Mike It's On #4. AZ Reign Of Tara #8. Slatex Janet Best Bet-#7. GLB'9 Corky D In th« Sth race. Best Longshot-#6. AE's BlacKJack In the 12th race. l-Simex Sara 5 -°° Q-2-4 84.80 E:2-4 369.90 Trifecta: 2-4-1 758.20 379.10 oath Race 5-16 AA T-30.68 SGerman Snow 10.80 5.60 2.80 4-PA's Doral 12.40 8.20 1-Rying Arctic 5-°° Q.-4-6 78.80 E:6-4 278.10 Superfecta: &4-1-3 5726.20 On Track Handle $130,357 Total Handle $230,801 Attendance 2,060 SPRAY IN BED LINERS 00 SWB Block Only tOn Premises I* Unlimited Colors * lifetime Warranty WASH & WAX $45°° S-1S A T-30.M 7-Jet issue 9-60 5.40 3.40 2-Cue Me In 5-80 3.40 6Ws Annie Belle 4.00 0:2-716.00 E:7-2 59.10 ttJi: 7-26 268.00 13* 00 QMtf Qrayhound Park racing Eveninfr. Tuesday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 7:20 p.m. M*tm#*»: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.;' Wednesday, 4 p.m.