T!w My kiwr Ltk* KcHflMN, Montana, TuMfey. JuM 1.1Â»rÂ« A-7 Morberg, Isch claim KGEZ golf titles Dave Morberg of Kalispell and Stephanie Isch of Spokane, Wash, each fired consistent rounds Sunday and Monday to walk off with the men's and women's titles for the Annual KGEZ Memorial Day Golf Tournament. Morberg, who trailed by two strokes going into the final 18 holes Monday, shot a two-over par 73 to go with his 74 Sunday and won by four strokes. Morberg, the defending champion, -won the tourney by 10 strokes last year. In second place were the Kalispell pair of Roger McGlenn and Harvey Button, McGlenn combined rounds of 77 and 74 for his 151 total. Button, one of three first day leaders, shot 72 iid79. Darrel Nygaard of Whitefish finished fourth with a 152 total and Don Hill of Libby was fifth with 153. Isch was tied with Pudge Cavalar of Poison after the first day, both shooting 86s. However, Isch's 87 Monday was no match for the other women golfers and she won easily by 11 strokes. The threesome of CavaUr, Janie Fagerland of Kalispell and Pat Hlb- bard of Kalispell tied for second with 184 totals. Hibbard won the sudden death playoff for second, Cavalar finished third and Fagerland fourth. The tournament drew more than 150 golfers from throughout the Northwest and Canada. Cooler temperatures and rain showers toughened conditions and produced higher scores than in previous years. Here are the flight winners: M E N ' S C H A M P I O N S H I P FLIGHT: First, Morberg, 147; se- cMd, Ik, UcGtcM Md Button, 151; foertb, Nyjaard, 198; filth, HU1, 153. MEN'S FIRST FLIGHT. First, Frtd Allen, 1ST; aecood, Jim Klley, Jr., 158; thiid, ROD Blusher, )Â»; fourth, Ken Boe, 1Â«; fifth, tie, Tom Scroggs and Lou Zinninger, 161. MEN'S SECOND FLIGHT: First, Steve Breeze, 1(0; second, Wes Towers, 164; third, Bumps Winters, 165; fourth, Dave Butler, 167; fifth, Larry Purdy, 169. MEN'S THIRD FLIGHT: First, Pat Meeker, 171; second, Bob Orser, 173; third, Jim' Brubaker, 174; fourth, Howard Yanostk, 171; fifth, Rod Triplet!. ITS. MEN'S FOURTH FLIGHT: First, Les Harrington, 173; second, tie, Elmer Peone, Otis Bobbins and Ron Crone, 176; fifth, tie, Pete Akelstad and Clark Mason, 178. MEN'S FIFTH FLIGHT: First, Gary Collier, 177; second, Scott G r n s s w i l e r , 180; third, Dave Meeker, 184; fourth. Ken Rusten, 186; fifth, Larry Mattson, 187. MEN'S SIXTH FLIGHT: First, Roger Claridge, 185; second, Pat Riva, 187; third, Joe Kilman, 189; fourth, Al ArvtdMB, 1*; mi I*r4 Isola, JM. WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT: First, Isch, 17}; second, Hibbard, 1M; third, Cavalar, 1M; fourth, Fagerland, 1M. WOMEN'S FIRST FLIGHT: First, Oie DeFrance, 118; MCCM), Jean Robbins, 211; third, Ubbj Pruett, 226. WOMEN'S SECOND FLIGHT. First, Dorothy Bowman, 225; second, Ruth Boreder; 238; third, tie, Marion Warden and Margaret Davies, 240. ftain-sfiorfened 500 victory to Rutherford INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - "The Indianapolis 500 race day forecast calls for partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70s." That forecast, with little variation, has been the official National Weather Service statement on race day weather since at least 1973. But in that time, it has managed to rain somehow every race day. That was the forecast for Sunday's rain-washed, shortest-ever Indianapolis 500, won by Johnny Rutherford, right up until 30 minutes before the race, when most of the es- .timated 400,000 persons were already inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A.J. Foyt, unsuccessfully seeking his fourth Indy victory f-.r the ninth consecutive year, finished second, 15 seconds behind Rutherford and 1:30 in front of Gordon Johncock. What is becoming known as the "Chamber of Commerce Weather Forecast" was defended Monday by the weather service as a legitimate forecast gone sour for the fourth year in a row. "We changed the forecast about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to a 60 per cent chance of rain," said a weather service spokesman, who agreed to discuss the forecast Monday only after being assured the conversation would not be tape recorded. "It was just one of those things," he said. "There was a lot of thunderstorm activity in Missouri and Illinois when I came on duty yesterday at 7 a.m. The activity hadn't shown any westward movement at all, but about that time, an extensive batch of it started moving eastward. "That's about when we changed the forecast." The spokesman also said he was in constant contact with officials at the speedway and warned them of the front. "I kept telling them this first batch was gonna come in and then we would have just about two hours before the next batch of fairly heavy activity wwild come through," the spokesman said. However, after the initial short shower that stopped the race after 255 miles, it was announced over the public address system that "Clear skies are on the way. We expect to be racing again shortly." A press boi bulletin from the track advised, "Rain is reported as having stopped as near as Brownsburg, 20 miles to the west. Radar shows nothing farther west, according to the weather bureau at 1:20 p.m." That, of course, was completely different from what the weather bureau claims it said. When the race was finally called after a second, heavier shower hit at 3:05 p.m., just after the field of cars had been ordered assembled for a restart, it was announced on the public address system, "There is heavy rain all over the area, and we have been advised there is no way to continue the race today. Therefore your 1976 Indianapolis 500 champion is Johnny Rutherford." sports shorts DAVE MORBERG Champ defends title STEPHANIE ISCH Runaway winner Evergreen Lions win own PeeWee baseball tourney The Evergreen Lions came up with five runs in the seventh inning to propel them past the Kalispell Lions 16-11 Sunday and win the First Annual Evergreen Lions Memorial Day PeeWee baseball tournament. The game was tied 11-11 after regulation six innings. Darren Yarde went all the way on the mound for the Evergreen Lions, giving up 12 hits and shutting out the Kalispell Lions over the last three innings. Yarde was named the tourney's most valuable player, the best pitcher and the best hitter. His battery mate Randy Keller was named best catcher for the tournament. Evergreen came up with nine runs in the first two innings, but the Kalispell club came back with seven of their own in the first two and four more in the fourth to take the lead. Mark MacMillan was the losing pitcher for the Kalispell Lions. Shawn Quinn led the Evergreen attack with three hits, while John Berosik and Yarde both collected two hits each, Keller also rapped a home run for the winners. Rick Haegele was the top Kalispell hitter with four hits in five plate appearances. Columbia Falls walked away with the consolation game, pounding Somers 22-0, on a one-hitter by Craig Chapin. The game was called after four innings because of the I5-run rule. Columbia Falls scored seven runs in the first, six in the second, seven in the third and two in the fourth. Chapin and Scott Shiele each had three hits for Columbia Falls against losing pitcher Dan Boesten. Columbia Falls collected 16 hits in all. Pearson wins World 600 CHARLOTTE, N.C. - David Pearson outlasted Richard Petty to win the $249,155 World 600 stock car race under a yellow caution flag and Darrell Wai trip, driving a Camaro, won the rain shortened Patriot 300 Modified Championship over Ray Hendrick. Grand Prix victory to Lauda MONTE CARLO -- Austrian world champion Niki Lauda led from start to finish to win the Monaco Grand Prix over Jody Scheckter of South Africa. Panatta victorious in Italy ROME, Italy -- Andriano Panatta of Italy beat top- seeded GuilJermo Vilas of Argentina 2-6, 7-6. 6-2, 7-6 to win the $180,000 Italian Open tennis championships and Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia crushed Leslie Hunt of Australia 6-1.6-3 to capture the women's singles championship. Maitbie reaches his peak with Memorial golf victory DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - "I wish the U.S. Open was now," said Roger Maitbie, the carefree bachelor whose golf game is at its peak. "I've finally dazzled myself. I may have to re-evaluate I didn't think I was this good o! a player." said Maitbie of his third triumph in 16 tour months, Jack Nicklaus' inaugural $200,000 Memorial event. "This is my 45th pro tournament and it's the first time I've beaten Nicklaus. I did it on his own course. I like that." said the 25-year-old Califomian. cracking a big smile. Maitbie says his four-hole playoff victory over 1974 U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin at Muirfield Village Sunday was no accident. He birdied the 437-yard 18th to pick up $40,000. "I grew up on a course -- the San Jose Country Club -- where you'have to walk single file down the fairway. It was 6.200 yards, but really tight. Straightness is the best feature of my game," said the tour's 1975 Rookie of the Year. "I'm not ashamed of my four rounds here. I hit a pole to win. But I'm not ashamed," said Maitbie. His four-iron approach shot struck a gallery post to the left of the 430- yard 17th, the third extra hole with Irwin. The ball shot back on the green, 20 feet away. Maitbie then matched Irwin's par four. "It was luckier than what Hale said. It was destiny." Maitbie still faces a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Charlotte, N.C., next week before he can even think about the Open. "To say this bolstered my confidence going into it would be an understatement. I'm driving the ball so well," he said. "I don't feel I'm playing the game the way I should. I don't have that feeling it takes," said Irwin, still less than $2,000 behind No. 1 money- winner Hubert Green. Irwin's fourth-round comeback -he was seven shots in arrears of Maitbie before Sunday -- was the biggest of 1976. And the par 288s by Irwin and Maitbie represented the highest winning total this season, seven more than Hawaii and the Colonial. The three-hole total score playoff format was the first tried in an American tournament. Usually, tour stops are sudden death affairs or 18- hole playoffs the next day. "It's a good innovation. I expect we'll use it again next year," said NicMaus. Borg captures net title DUESSELDORF, West Germany - Bjorn Borg of Sweden routed Manuel Orantes of Spain 6-2, 5-2, 5-0 to capture the Grand Prix tennis tournament. Tanner remains in contention MANCHESTER, England - Hoscoe Tanner of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., easily downed Peter Finn of Britain 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Greater Manchester Northern Lawn Tennis Tournament. Scan/on wins NCAA championship CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. - Bill Scanlon, a Trinity- University sophomore, upset Peter Fleming of UCLA 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 and won the NCAA national singles ten nis championship. Burfeindt stops Rankin rally BALTIMORE -- Betty Burfeindt dropped in a 10 foot putt on the 18th hole and held off a late rally by Judy Rankin to win the Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship by one stroke. Adam set world shot record BERLIN -- Marianne Adam of East Germany bettered her own world record in the shot put to 71 feet 1 VÂ» inches in an Olympic qualification competition at Karl Marx Stadium. Twins rake Lakers, 8-3 WHITEFISH - The Glacier Twins raked Kalispell Lakers pitcher Dave Stoick for five runs in the first two innings and went on to post an 8-3 American Legion baseball victory Sunday. After the early blitz, the Twins got- one-jnore run in the fifth inning and two in the seventh. All three Laker runs came in the fifth inning against winning pitcher, ,. Scott Pritchard, who went all the way for the Twins. Pritchard gave up 10 Laker hits in leading the Twins to their second victory in as many games. Darrel Zauner and Dan Christiansen relieved Stoick after the third inning. Steve Carlson went 34 and knocked in one run to lead the Twins hitters. Randy Waller had two runs batted in on two hits, while Tim Moir and Brian Kautt also collected two hits each. Steve Howard batted in two of the Lakers' runs as he went 2-4, while Tim Kirk produced his second straight three-hit performance for the Lakers. The Lakers, after an opening win against Libby, are now 1-1 for the ssason. Their next games will be a double-header against Libby and Butte at Griffin Park in Kalispell. ' The next action for the Twins will be Thursday, when they host Libby in Whitefish. Suns typifying the team concept PHOENIX (AP) -- Curtis Perry, the only member of Phoenix' starting five from a year ago who still is in the opening lineup, typifies the team concept that hjs carried the surprising Suns into the championship round ot the National Basketball Association playoffs. The Suns, a club without a recognized superstar, will try to square their best-cf-seven nationally televised final series agairfst the Boston Celtics at 2-2 with a victory in Game Four Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. A fifth gameÂ«will at Boston Friday night. "I think people would rather see a good basketball team than one star," said the veteran 6-foot-7 forward who has toiled in virtual anonymity in the NBA for six years. "On our team nobody cares who makes the shot or the steal or who gets the rebound -- as long as we win. "If you have 12 guys who are contributing, that's what you need to produce winning basketball. And I think that's what we've got." Perhaps because the Suns have no superstar they were given little chance of making the playoffs this season. Or perhaps because there appeared to be better teams than they in the Pacific Division. Or perhaps because they hadn't made the playoffs since 1970. Or possibly because of their relative inexperience. Orr heads long list of NHL free agents By ASSOCIATED PRESS The name of defenseman Bobby Orr heads an 82-member list of National Hockey League players whose contracts or option years expired today. At 9 a.m., EOT, this morning, the list was wired to each of the 18 member clubs. Though the list is a guarded secret with league h e a d q u a r t e r s in Montreal. The Associated Press has collected 57 of the names. Not all of the free agents played in the NHL last year; but many of them did, including Orr, the dazzling but injury- riddled Boston defenseman; right wing Rene Robert of Buffalo's famed French Connection line; and high-scoring Vancouver right wing Dennis Ververgaert, an all-star last season. N H L P r e s i d e n t C l a r e n c e Campbell, looking at the official roster in his Montreal office, said Monday, "You could make a very powerful team out of the players on this list." Some of those listed are within days of signing new contracts with their current clubs, among them goalie Gilles Meloche of California and defenseman Serge Savard of Montreal. Other well-known NHL players who have obtained the free agent status, according to The Associated Press poll, include goalies Denis Herron of the Kansas City Scouts and Ken Lockett of the Vancouver Canucks; defensemen Dallas Smith of Boston and Rod Selling of the Toronto Maple Leafs; and forwards Andre Savard of Boston, Dale Tallon of the Chicago Black Hawks, Glen Sather of the Minnesota North Stars and Mike Corrigan of the Los Angeles Kings. Campbell explained by telephone from his Montreal office that "There are two types of free agents: "The traditional type of free agent -- who has no obligations to anyone -- and the free agent who lias a technical meaning under our equalization bylaw. "The latter involves a player who, having completed his period of service under a contract, is free to deal with whoever he pleases -- including another league -- but it also means the team that acquires his services must provide compensation to another member of the league." said Campbell. Alan Eaglcson of Toronto, the attorney for Orr, has maintained throughout the defenseman's salary- dispute with the Bruins that his client's contract will not involve any compensation to the team that meets Orr's high demands. "Bobby has a very unusual contract that has some addenda including a clause which our lawyers say is not covered by any compensation. "He will be absolutely free of any obligation to the Boston Bruins as of June 1." said Eagleson. And June 1. of course, is today, with Ihc Los Angeles Kings reported to have (he inside track on acquiring Orr's services.
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