The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 20, 1986 · Page 9
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Sports •••••••••••••^••••^••^^^••^MBHi^B Hammond wins Classic The Salina Journal Monday, January 20,1986 Page 9 PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — The position was a new one for Donnie Hammond, up there in the high-rent district among the leaders of a PGA tour event. ' 'I haven't been there, haven't been in contention much," said Hammond, who hadn't finished higher . See results in Scoreboard, Page 10 Bob Hope playoffs By Th» Associated PrQit The Bob Hope Classic golf tournament has gone into a playoff the last five years. Below is a list of the playoff winners, their opponents and the number of the hole in which they won: 1982—Ed Fiori def. Tom Kite, second hole 1983—Keith Fergus def. Rex Caldwell, first hole 1984—John Mahaffey def. Jim Simons, second hole 1985—Lanny Wadkins def. Craig Stadler, • fifth hole 1986—Donnie Hammond def. John Cook, first hole than a tie for seventh in an official event in his three-year tour career. "So I just took the attitude that I didn't care if I shot 76,1 was going to try to shoot 66 and win this thing." And that's precisely what he did. Birdies on five of his last six holes produced a 6-under-par 66 and a tie with John Cook for the lead after 90 holes of play Sunday in the Bob Hope Desert Classic. And Hammond, a refugee from the mini-tours who made four tries at the Qualifying School before gaining his playing rights, rapped in a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death for his initial tour triumph. "It's just so satisfying," said Hammond, 28. "I hung in there tough. I'm kind of proud of myself.'' The victory, which took five days, 91 holes and competition over four desert courses to achieve, was worth $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. That's more than the easygoing Hammond won in any previous full season. Cook, playing his way out of a slump that has endured since his 1983 victory in the Canadian Open, also had a final round of 66, a bogey-free effort, and had matched Hammonds' 90-hole total of 335, 25 shots under par. Hammond, one shot back with two holes to go, hit a long iron to within four feet of the flag on the 17th and coaxed in the putt for a share of the lead. He went in front alone, briefly, when he was green-high in two on the par-5 18th and chipped to tap-in distance. He then waited in the scoring tent beside the 18th green while Cook, a resident of this desert resort area and a gallery favorite, played the final hole. From the fairway, Cook put his second shot on the green, some 18 feet away from an eagle that would have won it. But he left that putt short, then tapped in for the birdie that sent it to overtime — the fifth consecutive year this tournament has required a playoff. On the first extra hole, Cook's approach skipped through the green while Hammond put his near the flag. Cook chipped back close, marked his ball and then watched as Hammond rolled in the right-to-left breaking putt for his first victory. Jodie Mudd, the leader through four rounds, played the last 74 holes of the tournament without a bogey. But it wasn't enough. His finishing 69 left him at 337, two shots out of the playoff. Former PGA champion Hal Sutton had a 69 despite a balky, erratic putter and was alone at 338. Payne Stewart, Craig Stadler and Gary Koch followed at 339. Stewart closed up with a 65 in the 85-degree heat. Stadler and Koch each shot 68. Donnie Hammond reacts after sinking a birdie putt Sunday to win the 27th annual Bob Hope Classic. Lendl whips Becker in title match NEW YORK (AP) - The bazooka serve, powerful groundstrokes and crisp volleys help to win matches, but experience is what counts to win championships, according to Ivan Lendl. Lendl proved that Sunday when he stopped 18-year-old Boris Becker of West Germany 6-2,7-6,6-3 to capture the $500,000 Nabisco Masters tennis championships at Madison Square Garden. "This is the sixth straight year I'm in the finals here, and it's the first time he goes into one," Lendl said. "I think it was the first big match that people expected things of him, and he didn't know how to handle it yet." Becker finished with nine aces, three more than Lendl. And he had 12 service winners to just nine for the Czechoslovakian winner. But there were other things. "He made many more errors than : he usually does, and he did not do the things he normally does well," Lendl said of his young opponent. And experience comes into play when you want to control the game. "I was just trying to take as much time between points as possible today," said Lendl, explaining why he made Becker wait to receive serve and at times when Becker was serving. "When I was younger, I was always ready and I had to wait for (John) McEnroe and (Jimmy) Connors, and I learned from that. I think Boris will learn that, too." Becker said that like his fans, he was expecting himself to do well in the final, expecially since he had been playing well all week. "But once he's on top of you, it's really tough," the young German said of Lendl. "I wish I could have played to 4-all or 5-all in the first set. Then you're much closer to him." It was power against power, strength against strength. And, in the end, nearly 2% hours after they had begun, Lendl, the world's No. 1- ranked player and the reigning U.S. Open champion, had prevailed over Ivan Lendl stretches to return a shot Sunday against Boris Becker in the Nabisco Masters Tennis Championships. AP the Wimbledon. For the victory, Lendl earned $100,000, while Becker collected $70,000. Lendl also received a check for $800,000 as winner of the year-long, worldwide Nabsico Grand Prix circuit, bringing his 1985 earnings to nearly $2 million. "I, at the moment, hold all three titles in your town, and I'm proud of that," Lendl told the cheering crowd at Madison Square Garden. He referred to the Masters, the U.S. Open and the WCT Tournament of Champions, all of which are played in New York. Then he admitted that the 18-year-old Becker is a force to be reckoned with. "His days, I'm sure, are going to come," Lendl said. "He's great for the game." The two tested each other out to begin the match, preferring to remain on the baseline, trading strong groundstrokes as they held serve through the first four games. Then, raising his game to another level, Lendl ripped off four straight games, breaking Becker in the fifth and seventh games, to close out the first set. After the seventh game, the 18-year-old Becker, disgusted with his play, slammed his racket to the floor. The match was 32 minutes old, and Lendl, making a record sixth appearance in the Masters final, had drawn the first advantage. He had been tied with Die Nastase of Romania for reaching the Masters championship match five times. But Becker, who forced Lendl to five sets in their last meeting, at London last year, showed that he was not to be intimidated, not even by the tournament's top-seeded player. With shouts of encouragement in German coming from the crowd, Becker held serve at 15 to begin the second set, the final two points coming on his fourth and fifth aces of the match. He then broke Lendl's service —only the second time Lendl's serve had been broken during the tournament. Becker raced to a 3-0 lead when he held at 30, finishing the game with a smash. "Beckermania" took over the Garden crowd and at least two banners in German were raised in the arena. But it takes more than banners or a service break to stop Lendl. The Czechoslovakian held at 15, including his third ace of the match. But Becker kept pace and soon had a 5-2 lead. Lendl held to 5-3, then broke Becker at 30. And when he held service in the 10th game, they were tied 5-5. Becker had a set point at 30-40 in the 12th game, but Lendl crushed his sixth ace, pulling to deuce. And, two points later, he had forced the set into a tiebreaker. Becker began the tiebreaker with a double-fault, but Lendl gave the mini-break right back when the German hit an inside-out forehand deep into the corner for a winner. It was the last point Becker would win in the tiebreaker and Lendl was just one set away from the third Masters title of his career. He wasted no time going for it, reeling off the first three games of the set. Mattingly, Saberhagen honored at BBWAA dinner L NEW YORK (AP) — Don Mattingly 6f the New York Yankees and -Bret Saberhagen of the Kansas City Royals were honored Sunday night at the annual dinner of the New York . chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, notable in part for the absence of two of its prime attractions. Both Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden had been invited to -! attend, but were no-shows. Ueber" roth was in Atlanta for a dinner honoring Martin Luther King, while Gooden, the National League Cy Young winner, attended the funeral of his grandmother on Saturday. Before the awards presentations, BBWAA chapter chairman Jack O'Connell of The Record in Hackensack, N.J., introduced several visiting dignitaries, including National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle. "Let me say how nice it is to have a commissioner here," O'Connell said. Gooden, who was 244 for the Mets last season, stirred controversy last week when he failed to report an ankle injury to the team. He originally was scheduled to be examined Monday by Mets physician James Parkes, but a team spokesman said the exam would be rescheduled for later in the week. Saberhagen, 21-6 for the Royals in 1985 and an integral part of their World Series championship, was honored as the American League Cy Young winner, while Mattingly, who batted .324 with 35 homers and 145 RBI for the Yankees, was honored as the AL Most Valuable Player. Another award presented by the BBWAA local was the Joan Payson award for service to Mets catcher Gary Carter for his work fighting leukemia. "There was a lot of talk when I came to New York about what a bad guy I was," said Carter, who was acquired from Montreal last year. "Now, I win the Payson award, so maybe I'm not such a bad guy." Tar Heels nip Warriors MILWAUKEE (AP) Kenny Smith stood all alone at the foul line. Three seconds remained, the score was tied 64-64 and North Carolina's undefeated basketball season was at stake. Marquette fans cheered, objects were thrown on the court. A penny hit Smith on the side of the head after the first of two crucial free throws. ' 'You just have to go up there and concentrate," Smith said after sinking both free throws Sunday. "It's just you and the basket." Smith, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, scored North Car.- olina's last five points to boost the top-ranked and undefeated Tar Heels to a 66-64 non- conference victory over the aggressive Warriors of Marquette. "We put the game in Smith's hands at the end, and he came through," said North Carolina coach Dean Smith, who also was hit with a penny from the crowd. "He always seems to deliver, especially when the other teams call time out," the coach said. '"He seems to say, Til show you for trying to ice me.'" Marquette called its last time out before Smith went to the line. "We just didn't take care of the ball.at the end," Marquette Coach Rick Majerus said. "Our guys played their guts out. We couldn't play any harder." "But you have to give them credit," Majerus added. "They deserve to be the No. 1 team in the country." A desperation shot by Marquette's Michael Suns fell short as time ran out. The Tar Heels, 19-0, trailed by nine points with a little over four minutes remaining before their pressure defense keyed a comeback in front of a sellout crowd at Milwaukee Arena and a national television audience. Brad Daugherty of North Carolina led all scorers with 20 points, while Sims scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Marquette, which fell to 11-5. Marquette had won seven of its last eight starts. Harold Bechard JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR An important week ahead for KUandK-State The Big Eight Conference basketball season is only into its second week and it's already a crucial stretch for the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats. Beginning Tuesday night, the two teams have five games on tap this week during a five-day period, with the Jayhawks playing three and the Wildcats two. Kansas, picked to take the conference championship away from Oklahoma this season, gets its first shot at the unbeaten Sooners Tuesday night in Lawrence. The game has been moved to an 8:05 p.m. start and will be televised by KSNW (Salina channels). A game with Oklahoma would be enough to fill any team's week, but that'll just be a start for Larry Brown's Jayhawks. Kansas will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Thursday night to tangle with Missouri and will be back home Saturday afternoon in a nationally-televised game against loth-ranked Lousiville. A 3-0 week by the Jayhawks would probably move them into the Top 5 in the Associated Press national rankings and firmly stamp them as the team to beat in the Big Eight. At home, the Jayhawks should win against OU and Louisville. Oh, they'll have trouble with those two clubs — who doesn't — but when Kansas is playing in sold-out Allen Field House, the Jayhawks are tougher than nails. Kansas State, with its big win over Colorado on the road Saturday night, plays a couple of teams expected to finish in the first division of the conference. The 13-4 Wildcats meet Missouri on Tuesday night and Oklahoma Saturday afternoon on TV. Both games will be in Ahearn Field House and a pair of victories by Jack Hartman's club will put it in solid position after just four games of the conference schedule. Both Kansas and Kansas State look to have the arsenals to obtain their objectives—the Jayhawks to win the conference and the Wildcats to finish in the first division. At Kansas, Brown is getting tremendous play from sophomore Danny Manning and solid performances from the other four starters — Ron Kellogg, Calvin Thompson, Greg Dreiling and Cedric Hunter — as well as his .three-man bench of Mark Turgeon, Chris Piper and Archie Marshall. Nobody has figured how to stop the Jayhawks yet. The only two teams to beat the Jayhawks — No. 3 Duke and No. 5 Memphis State — had to outscore them. Duke did it in the finals of the Big Apple NIT in New York City by a 92-86 count and Memphis State turned the trick at home in overtime, 83-80. Another plus for the Jayhawks has been their tenacity on defense in recent games. You all know by now the devastating half they played against Southern Methodist nine days ago (when they allowed just 10 points in the first 20 minutes). They put on another clinic in the second half against Nebraska last Wednesday and in the first half against Oklahoma State last Saturday. Kansas State has relied on the 1-2 scoring punch of Norris Coleman and Joe Wright for much of the season and it has been enough to give the Wildcats 13 victories. Who would have thought K-State would be in contention to win 20 games this season? Not the Big Eight media who, during a preseason poll, picked the Wildcats to finish seventh in the conference. Granted, there are still some problems for Hartman to straighten out. He needs scoring from more than just Coleman and Wright and is looking for someone to take charge at the center position. Freshman guard Benny Green has picked up some of the scoring slack and looks to have a bright future in Manhattan. But the player basking in the spotlight right now is Coleman who has easily been the top newcomer in the conference this season. The 6-9 freshman is averaging 35.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in his two conference games (against Iowa State and Colorado) and single-handledly led the Wildcats to their victory over Colorado in Boulder. Yes, the conference race is still young, but come Saturday night, we'll have a better idea how the Wildcats and the Jayhawks stack up for the rest of the season.

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