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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2001 C3 Masters / Augusta plays soft COUNTY SPORTS FROM PAGE D1 break par the rest of the week. "There are probably 500 Di_Marcos who could come out and shoot 7 under on the first ^ay," Norman said. "They don't know the pressure of a golf Course when they first come put here. But he could hold on, just like anybody else. He's got credentials." And he has some company , Strieker, who made the Masters by winning the Match Play Championship in Australia, got his first eagle at Augusta with a 15-foot putt on the 13th and let his putter bail hini out when his tee shots made him scramble. "1 shouldn't say it wasn't a tough day," Strieker said, trying to pay homage to Augusta. "But it was the easiest I've seen since I've been here." ' Mickelson, who recently learned his wife is pregnant with their second child, showed the kind of patience that has kept him from winning a major championship. "I'm trying to focus on... how to shoot the lowest round, where to try to attack, where to try to accept par and let other players make mistakes," he said. Also at 67 were two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and John Huston. Woods knew early on that no one was going to lay down and let him just stroU into history Sitting on a pine bench, staring at the ground, an enormous cheer turned his head. Through a strand of pines down the hill, he could see Driscoll with arms raised high after holing his bunker shot on the 16th. • NOTEBOOK Soccer The Associated Press Tiger Woods waits for liis turn to putt on tlie first liole Friday in Augusta, Ga, Woods got off to a rocl<y start, bogeying thie hoie, but managed to finish the round with a 2-under-par 70. "No expectations," said. Driscoll, the U.S. Amateur runner-up. "I didn't think of the outcome of any shots. I just tried to look at the shots, see what I had and tried to pull it off" No one has more expectations than Woods, especially at Augusta. "... it was the easiest I've seen since I've been here." Steve Striclter Golfer on the favorable scoring conditions Friday at Augusta National •» He won the Masters with a record score (270) and by a record margin (12 strokes) in his professional debut in 1997. He returns having won the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship, setting a scoring record in each of them. Woods was in position to join the leaders when he made the turn at 2 under, but a 4-foot par putt horseshoed around the hole on No. 10, and so many other medium-length chances turned away. "I played pretty solid," he said. "I hit a lot of good drives, a lot of crisp irons. The golf course is set up awfully difficult. The pins are tucked in some corners and you have to make a lot of 15-foot putts. I wasn't able to do that.". He also opened with a 70 when he blitzed the field in 1997, and there is plenty of time left to catch up to the leaders. Augusta figures to get harder, faster and firmer as the week goes along, and that could play into Woods' hands. "It's an advantage to anyone who's playing well," Woods said. "With the greens being soft and receptive, guys hitting it borderline can get away with it. Once the greens get baked out ... you can't get away with it." Big second half boosts Central, 5-0 Salina Central exploded for four second-half goals in eight minutes Thursday afternoon on the way to a 5-0 high school soccer victory over Junction City at Bill Burke Park. Central coach Brian Berner was disappointed with the first half, which ended in a 0-0 tie. "We basically did not play well," Berner said. "We played, without a doubt, our worst half of soccer this season. We played at (Junction City's) level in the first and that was to their credit." The Mustangs got two penalty-kick goals from Brittany FeUers in the 51st and 52nd minutes. Megan Garlow than scored two unassisted goals two minutes apart and Marin Hoffman added the fifth goal in the 76th minute. "Once we got those first two goals, we started playing our style of soccer," Berner said. The victory improved the Mustangs to 2-3 overall,! 1-0 in 1-70 League play heading into Monday's 4 p.m. home match against Wichita Trinity Janzen: Masters a different beast Jwo-time U.S. Open champ two strokes back after first round Cox News Service AUSTUSTA, Ga. — He has two U.S. Open trophies in the 1990s, but Lee a Janzen knows M^^^v^-^.^jJ it's a different combination of shots and decisions required to win a Masters. "The U.S. JANZEN Open is more of 'a test of perseverance," said Janzen, "here you have to be aggressive at certain times and almost be heroic. They don't reward heroes at the U.S. Open — ever. They just write about how they could have won." With a 5-under-par 67 Thurs^day that placed him two shots ^behind leader Chris DiMarco, Janzen could be in position to make a bold move. "I guess if I'm ever going to win this tournament, I've got to get in contention on Sunday and do something heroic on the back nine," said Janzen, who warmed up Thursday by chipping in from 30 feet for eagle at the par-5 15th, then firing a 7- iron to 8 feet for birdie at the par-3 16th. "Two years ago I was one shot off the lead with nine holes to play and I bogeyed 12,1 doubled 14 and bogeyed 17," said Janzen, who eventually tied for 14th in 1999 with a closing 76. "I've had lots of years where I've been in decent shape going into Saturday and Saturday has done me in." • FINAL DRIVE — In his last year as honorary starter, 89-year-old Byron Nelson was pleased with his drive off the first tee Thursday. "Better than I expected. I've only hit eight balls this year," he said. Nelson, a two-time Masters champion, hit his first drive there in 1935. "I don't recall that shot, but I remember I started with a four, so it must've been all right." • LOVE THAT THAI — Gary Player, Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd were some of the golfers gushing about the Thai champions dinner served by Charlie and Nan Niyomkul of Tamarind restaurant. The players scarfed up every hors d'oeuvre and their favorite entree was the sea bass with three flavor chili sauce. • OUCH, MY BACK — It might not be detectable by his score of 73 Thursday, but Notah Begay is hurting. He has had a disc problem in his back for a while and he reinjured it during weight training. "It isn't very good," he said. "I can't practice. My back gets really weak. I can't keep my posture. I will spend a few hours in rehab. I will do a lot of stretches. Ice down. I do this every day." Bob May is having similar troubles. A bulging disc has hampered him. He has been working with a physical therapist from Las Vegas. "I wonder about my back. Is it going to last?" May said. • DAY-ONE DISASTER — Billy Casper, 69, who opened with an 8 on the first hole, was high man on the board with an 87, his worst first-round score in 44 Masters appearances. If you're searching for evidence that perhaps Gasper is ready for ceremonial status, one of his measured drives Thursday went 213 yards.. . . Arnold Palmer made the quickest move from delight to disaster. After hitting to 2 feet for birdie at the 12th, Palmer made a • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Rockies'Astacio keeps Cardinals winless Gant, Helton each hit three-run homers as Rockies move to 3-0 By The Associated Press DENVER — Pedro Astacio gave Colorado its third straight solid outing, and the Rockies routed the St. Louis Cardinals 11-1 Thursday to sweep a season-opening three-game series. Ron Gant and Todd Helton each hit three-run homers for Colorado. Astacio (1-0), following Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle, struck out 10 in eight innings, allowing one run, six hits and no walks. Colorado's three starters gave up four runs in the series for a 1.69 ERA. The Cardinals, who were swept just twice all last season (both by the Mets), gave up 32 runs in the series, and their three starting pitchers — Darryl Kile, Andy Benes and Matt Morris — have a combined ERA of 18.56. ''' The Rockies pounded Morris, who was making his first start since Sept. 27,1998. Morris lasted three-plus innings, surrendering 11 hits and 10 runs — six earned — and departed with a 10-1 deficit. Cubs 2, Expos 1 CHICAGO — Kevin Tapani gave up two hits in seven shutout innings and struck out nine, and RondeU White drove in another run against his old team as the Cubs got their first win this season. ' Jeff Fassero allowed a two- out homer in the ninth to Andy Tracy but picked up his first save since June 30, 1993, when Carpenter blanks D-Rays By The Associated Press ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Carpenter (1-0) allowed four hits and struck out a career-high 11 in eight innings, improving to 5-1 against Tampa Bay as the Blue Jays came away with an 11-0 victory Darrin Fletcher's two-run double keyed a four-run first inning after Ben Grieve misjudged Raul. Mondesi's fly ball to right for a two-base error and Vinny Castilla misplayed Brad FuUmer's bases-loaded grounder to third, allowing two runs to score. Tampa Bay made five errors and just two of seven runs off Bryan Rekar (0-1) were earned. TWINS 9, TIGERS 5,10 INNINGS DETROIT — Todd Jones (0-1) wasted a ninth-inning lead, then allowed three more runs in the 10th. Doug l\/lientkiewicz hit a tying sacrifice fly in the ninth and, after Jones loaded the bases in the 10th, Corey Koskie hit a sacrifice fly off C.J. Nitkowski, who then threw a run-scoring wild pitch and allowed a two-run double to Denny ROUNDUP Hocking. Eddie Guardado (1-0) allowed an RBI double to Tony Clark in the bottom half. ORIOLES 2, RED SOX 1 BALTIMORE — Derek Lowe (0-2) walked Melvin Mora with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run. Held hitless by Hideo Nomo one night earlier, the Orioles managed six hits off Frank Castillo and three relievers. Baltimore scored only four runs in 29 innings during the three-game series, but won twice. ANGELS 10, RANGERS 3 ARLINGTON, Texas — Wally Joyner homered and hit an RBI single in his first start for the Angels since 1991, and Anaheim beat the Texas Rangers 10-3 Thursday night to avoid a season- opening sweep. Troy Glaus homered twice and Ramon Ortiz (1-0) struck out 10, becoming the first Anaheim pitcher to reach double digits since Chuck Finley fanned 12 at Detroit on Aug. 15, 1999. Ortiz allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Glaus' first homer tied the score pulled the Angels to 2-1 in the fourth against Ryan Glynn (0-1). Two batters later, Joyner homered to tie the score. he was with Montreal. .Tony Armas Jn (0-1) gave up two runs — only one earned — and four hits in five innings. Reds 4, Pirates 1 CINCINNATI — Dmitri Young doubled with the bases loaded in the third off Jimmy Anderson (0-1). Larkin walked twice and scored, ending a solid homes- tand. In his new role as leadoff hitter, Larkin set up the offense by reaching base in 13 of 18 plate appearances. Elmer Dessens (1-0) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, and John Riedling pitched the ninth for his second career save. Astros 8, Brewers 2 HOUSTON — Ben Sheets, ROUNDUP who starred for the gold medal- winning U.S. team last year's Sydney Games, gave up five runs and six hits in six innings Wednesday night as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Houston Astros 8-2. Richard Hidalgo hit a two- run homer and Chris Truby got his third homer in as many games for Houston, which swept the season-opening three-game series and is 3-0 for the first time in 13 years. Milwaukee headed home for today's grand opening of its new stadium, Miller Park, with an 0-4 record, the worst in the major leagues. Mets 7, Braves 1 ATLANTA — Rick Reed pitched a three-hitter and delivered a two-run single in a three- run second inning as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-1 Thursday night to win their season-opening series at Turner Field. The Mets took two of three after having lost 21 of their last 27 games at Atlanta, the team- that has edged them for division titles in recent years. Reed, in his first game since re-signing with the Mets for $21.75 million over three years, did not walk a batter and struck out three in going the distance for the first time since Oct. 2, 1999, when he beat Pittsburgh 7-0, also on a three-hitter. In 30 starts last season. Reed had no complete games. Baseball quadruple 9 at the par-5 13th. • SLOW GREENS — Greens that remained softer and slower because of Tuesday's rains confused some of the players. "I felt the greens were really, really slow for Augusta," said Sergio Garcia, who opened with a 70. "It was really hard to make up your mind to hit it harder." .... D.J. Trahan, the U.S. Public Links champion, asked about his highlights after a 78: "I had no highlights." Asked how many putts he required, Trahan said, "I'm only a sophomore in college. I can't count that high." • THIS SPACE FOR RENT — Chris Perry shot 68 wearing a cap with no advertising on it. "I'm blank man," he said. "Hopefully I'll get some TV time and change that." He was thinking of putting a toll-free number or "For Rent" on it but "decided that was too tacky." . . .Doug Ford withdrew after double-bogey 6 on the first hole. . . . Tom Scherrer (71) salvaged par on No. 13 by rolling up his pantleg and taking off his shoe and hitting out of the creek. "I felt like (Jean) Van De Velde for a second. Everyone was cheering me on.". . . Mikko llonen finished with a 72, the low round for a Finn at the Masters. Actually it's the only round for a Finn here, because llonen's the first. "It's a big moment for me," he said. "I hope it's a big moment for Finnish golf." Taylor, Hindman fuel Ell-Saline's sweep LINCOLN — Ell-Saline received complete game performances from Matt Taylor and Jeff Hindman on Thursday as the Cardinals won a pair of games from Lincoln in high school baseball. The Cardinals (3-3) won the first game 12-2 in five innings before taking the nightcap, 7-3. Ell-Saline coach Joe Roche said the two wins were important, considering the two teams will be in the same regional tournament next month. "I think, they are huge for us for regional purposes," Roche said. "We know we can beat them and they know we can beat them." The Cards scored eight runs in the top of the first inning in the opener on just three hits as Lincoln helped them with four errors and two hit batsmen. Taylor (1-1) had three hits and three runs batted in. Hindman (2-0), Taylor and Ryan Muninger each had RBI singles in the second game. • Ell-Saline is back in action next Thursday at Sylvan Unified. Tennis Knights' McKee seventh at Hillsboro meet HILLSBORO — Sacred Heart freshman Jimmy McKee placed seventh in the No. 1 Singles division Thursday at the Hillsboro tennis invitational. McKee lost to Jerod Hefley of Hillsboro, 4-8; and Andy Dolbom of Conway Springs, 2-6; before defeating Dane Murphy of Chapman, 6-2, for seventh place. BRIEFLY Barr will coach linebackers for KU LAWRENCE — Johnny Barr, an assistant coach at Arizona State the past four years, was named linebackers coach at Kansas on Thursday. Coach Terry Allen moved quickly to replace Mark Farley, who was named head coach at Northern Iowa on Tuesday. Barr, a native of Atlanta, Texas, played at Oklahoma where he was a three-year lat- terman at wide receiver, and he later spent six years as a linebackers coach for the Sooners. He began coaching the freshmen at Oklahoma in 1970, then spent time working at the high school and junior college level before becoming the secondary coach at Lamar in 1979. After three seasons there he went to Southwest Texas State as defensive coordinator from 1983 to 1985 and spent another three years at Oklahoma State as defensive coordinator and outside linebacker coach. After his stint at Oklahoma starting in 1989, he returned to Oklahoma State for two seasons before joining the Arizona State staff in 1997. Last season one of his linebackers, Adam Archuleta, was named defensive player of the year in the Pac 10. The Sun Devils played in the Sun Bowl in 1997 and the Aloha Bowl the last two years. Bethany golfer second in Lincoln LINCOLN, Neb. — Five teams, including Bethany and Kansas Wesleyan, were bunched within five strokes of each other Thursday after the first round of the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Invitational at Pioneer Golf Course. Southeast (Neb.) Community College lead/the 36-hole tournament with a team score of 290 — one shot-ahead of Nebraska Wesleyan Gold and Bethany three in front of Northeast (Neb.) C.C. and five shots ahead of Kansas Wesleyan. Michael Hillyard of Southeast fired a three-under 68 on Thursday to lead the medalist race by two shots over Mike Morgan of Bethany Justin Gosa of KWU is tied for third with an even-par 71, while Bethany's Sven Delin and Cody Forrest and Wesleyan's Adrian Lamb are in a 11-way tie for sixth place with 73s. Today's final rovmd wiU be held at Mahoney Golf Course. Fort Hays State stomps KWU, 13-2 HAYS — Jason Patty had three hits and drove in three runs and Jason Santangelo had two hits and three RBls as Fort Hays State defeated Kansas Wesleyan 13-2 Thursday at Larks Park. The Tigers broke the game open with four runs in the third inning and added three in the fourth and five in the fifth. Fort Hays (22-10) had 18 hits off three Wesleyan pitchers. Starter Brad Kelly took the loss. Starter Stephen Jennings was the winner. Wesleyan (13-11) scored its two runs in the fifth inning on catcher Dale Shattenburg's two- run homer Sammy Mendoza, who doubled ahead of Shatten- burg, also scored. Both those were the only two hits of the game for Wesleyan against six Tiger pitchers. Wesleyan entertains Sterling in a 1 p.m. Kansas Conference doubleheader Saturday at Evans Stadium. Brown Mackie splits with Butler County The Brown Mackie baseball squad split a junior college doubleheader with Butler County on Thursday winning the opener 3-1 before falling in a slugfest, 12-10. The Lions (4-21) got a two-hit complete game from Scottie White in the opener, dealing Salina native Troy St.Clair a tough-luck loss in liis return to Dean Evans Stadium. It was Brown Mackie's first victory over Butler County since 1998. With the game tied at 1, Brown Mackie's Zach Flowers led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, moved to third on Clay Delaney's single and scored what proved to be the winning run on Josh Huffman's sacrifice fly The Lions added another run in the inning on an RBI single from Lee Rodriguez. The Lions led 7-2 after three innings in game two, but the Grizzlies stormed back with four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Brown Mack- ' ie had eight hits from eight different players, with Rodriguez, Matt Rehkopf and Dominic Garza driving in two runs each. Brown Mackie will go on the road for a doubleheader Saturday at Longview College in Lee's Summit, Mo. Dawson undergoes bypass surgery KANSAS CITY Mo. — HaU of Fame quarterback Len Dawson was resting comfortably Thursday after undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery Dawson, 65, had the operation on Monday following a routine examination. From Staff and Wire Reports

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