The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 31, 1968 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 31, 1968
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(Art.) OMirtar N«wi - Friday, Mi? M, 1M* - Pap Marty Fleckman Johnny Lots Lee Trevia» Golf's New Faces Wear Smiles/Frowns By IRA BERKOW - NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK-(NEA)-Sport fans who have only a casual interest in golf are familiar with names like Palmer, : Nicklaus, Player and Casper. They make the headlines, usually head the list, of scorers in. major tournaments and lead the list of pro tour money-winners. Scanning down beyond those names, sometimes very far down to beyond the cut-off list, one Will find names like Bob Smith, Ron Cerrudo, Jim Grant, Bob Murphy,-Marty Fleckman, Lee Elder. They are some of the bright young pros slashing through high grass and anonymity to reach the top. Before a pro can join the circuit, he must qualify as brie'of the select few in a field of hundreds at the- Professional Golf Association school in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., held twice a year, in spring and fall. With the Approved Tournament Player's card in his pocket, he can begin to hack the tour. And for beginners, that's exactly what most do—hack through. The most startling example of (he tribulations of fresh-faced (wingers .was the fall class of 1965. Five months after 17 of the star graduates had joined the tour, not one had earned a cent. That, of course, was an exception, Other newcomers -have done well in their first year. tee Traviho for one. Last year hsi'won over $26,000 and was named "Rookie of the Year." But Trevinojtoo, is an-exception. Most young pros/hope it won't take more than five years before they become consistent money winners. : What are the problems for, a pro tyro? Inexperience, ol course. He is not familiar with the tour courses and needs tune to learn'.the greens. The pressure of playing against (he best and the "strain of travel and living out of a suitcase is a great adjustment after leisurely amateur play. And, because they usually have not won previous pro, tournaments, they are given early starting times. "A starting time of 8 in the morning is damn tough," said one young pro. "You have to get up'at 5:30, then practice in the dew and chill 6£ the morning. You hardly have,the crumbs out of,'your eyes arid you are supposed to be ready for tourna- ment play." ; Bob Smith, Bob Murphy and Deane Beman, each of whom turned pro last year, : are currently among the leaders of the new crop. ; Smith, 25,;has one of the most solid games on the tour. He can drive, chip and putt with equal facility. His best, pro tournaments were the Williams and Crosby, finishing ninth in each. So far this year he has won about $7,000. :•;... A chunky, cigapchewing redhead who often whistles while strolling down the fairway is another potential star. Bob'Mur- phy, 25, was the U. S. Amateur champion in 1965 and NCAA winner in 1966. He is already acknowledged as one of the best putters on the tour. That skill has helped him over $9,000 so far this year.- An elder statesman of the new breed is 30-year-old Deane Beman. He surprised the golf world by turning pro last year, after one of the greatest amateur careers in history. He was a U.S. and British Amateur champion and member of the America's Cup, Walker Cup and World Cup teams. Starting late in 1967, he managed to win $18,000, and highlighted the year with a third-place finish in the Hawaiian Open. Two of the rising stars on the pro golf tour are nearly 10 years apart in age. Britain's Tony Jacklin, 23, recently won the $100,000 Jacksonville Open. Lee Elder, one of five Negroes on the tour, is beginning his second pro year, at age 32. Jacklin has been a pro six years, but did not earn hjs Ui S. Approved. Tournament Player's card until 1967. The Jacksonville win assured him a^place among the year's top money winners. But he came into prominence last season when he placed 16th in the Masters. Eider earned $7,000 last year, a relatively good showing for a first-year man.. This season he seems certain to double that figure. In his first 11 1968 tournaments, Elder has been in the money on'nine occasions. Possibly the biggest name among the new pros is Marty Fleckman, 24-year-old Texan. A powerful driver, Fleckman burst into banner headlines as an amateur last June when he led the U. S. Open field at Baltusrol the first and third days. He faltered to a tie for 18th place on the fourth and final day, but his Bob Murphy Bobby Coir Ren Cerrnd* Tony Jacklin name had been established. He turned pro afterward, and then won the first tournament he entered as _a pro, the Cajun Classic. Lately', however, Fleckman has had physical problems. He is suffering with bursitis in his wrists and also had troubles with an ingrown toenail. Two buddies from northern California, Ron Cerrudo and Jim Wiechers, both. 23, also appear to have bright futures. As Amateurs, they spent several summers traveling by car together to major amateur tournaments. And when one didn't win, the other, usually did. Welders turned pro after losing in the 1967 British Amateur final to Bob Dickson. Many observers regard Dickson, 25-year-old Oklanoman, as the. most promising of the newcomers. Last year, he won both the U. S. and British Amateurs. He turned pro this past January and sought his Tournament card in April. Bobby Cole, 19-year-old South African, and Jim Grant, 25, from Hartford, Conn., are both promising. Cole is a big hitter who has been a bit of a disappointment so far this year. He Deane Beman entered only one tournament last year, the Hartford Open, and tied for 10th. Grant is also experiencing the rigors and mortifications, of a young pro. But he did have a respectable start last .year, his first as a pro, by finishing in a tie for third in the Cajun. The brothers Lotz, Dick and John, have both been on the tour for several years without making a splash. Dick, 25, and John, 26, had great reputations while playing as amateurs in California. Recently, however, they showed signs of emerging from mediocrity. This year, John won the Hope of Tomorrow tournament and Dick tied for 15th in the Hope Classic. Another pro, only 28, also appears to have a good 'future. He has even won some tournaments. His name is Jack Nicklaus. Texas League Eastern Division W. L. Pet. G.B. Shreveport . 22 21 .512 Arkansas ... 20 20 .500 Vt Memphis . ... 20 21 .488 1 Dal-FW .... 18' 27 .400 5 Western Division ! W. L..Pct. G.B. Albuquerque 27 14 - .659 Ei Paso ,... 25 19 .568 3& San Antonio 18 22 .450 8'A Amarillo '...17 23 .425' 954 : Thursday's Results ..... ' Albuquerque 9, San Antonio 8 Arkansas 6, Dallas-Fort Worth "2 ' j Shreveport 5, Memphis 3 ' El Paso. 5, Amarillo 4 : ; Today's Games Albuquerque at Araarillo El Paso at San Antonio Arkansas at Shreveport Memphis at Dallas-Fort Worth «••»••••••••••••••••••*•••••••••••••••••••*•.* Ralph Ratton FOR CONGRESS First Congressional Dist. (Pol. Ad. W. for by Aw Crow, Chm, Olttauu for Button Com- mlttn,) '/••*•••**«••»••••*»«»••*••••••••(••*»•••»•••• Blytheville Little League Schedule 1968 AMERICAN NATIONAL Rotary . Kiwanis Ark-Mo Holiday ... 1 ... 3 ... 5 .. 7 Lions ..., Jaycees .".'.'.. North 61 Randall .. 2 .. 4 .. 6 .-. 8 WEEK START MON. TUES. WED. THURS. FRI. First Second Third Fourth | June3 | I.I | June 10 | 1 ./ 1 | June 17 | 1- 1 | June 24 | 1 1 *l-2 7-8 3-7 5-8 1-6 .4-7 4-5 6-7 •1 5:6 | J-8-4 | 1 4-1 | 1.6-2 | | 3-8 |1 2-5 | 1. 8-1 | 1 2-3 1 | 2-4 | 3-1 1.3-6 1 - 1-5 ' 1 2-8 | 1-7 1 8-7 1 6-5 5-7 • 6-8 2-7 4-8 3-5 4-6 4-3 2-1 JUNE 29 — ALL STAR Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth July 1 | 2ndRd. | July 8 | 1 July 15 | 1 July 22 | . 1 1-3 7-5 2-6 1-4 5-2 6-1 3-2 5-4 8-6 | 4-2 | 8-5 | 7-3 | 8-3 | 7-4 | 7-6 | 1-8 I 1. 1 r 8-4 . | 6-3 1 7-1| 8-2 1 1 ' 5-1 7-2 6-4 5-3 - *First Number Will Be Home Team Travelers Explode; Texan Up, Crowds Down LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Travelers exploded for three runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the Dallas—Fort Worth Spurs 6—2 Thursday night in a Texas League game. Arkansas battered four Spur pitchers for 10 hits. Starter Luis Penalver, who pitched a no- hitter last Sunday, was the loser for the Spurs. Andy Martin, who yielded a home run in the sixth inning to Dan Walton, was; the winner for the Travelers. Martin surrendered eight hits. A walk, a single and a double by Lee gave Arkansas one run. John Sipin followed with a single, knocking in two more runs in the Travelers' big first inning. Sipin batted in two more runs with a single in the third inning. At Memphis Thursday night, Shreveport. rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to clip Memphis 5—3. The loss was the 10th in their last 12 outings for the Blues, who dropped to third place in the league's Eastern Division. Memphis had taken a 3—2 lead on Dave Smith's two run homer in the fifth inning. In other league games Thursday, Albuquerque outscored San Antonio 9—8 and El Paso nipped Amarillo 5—4. ATLANTA (AP) - Eldridge Miles is a versatile Texan who has fallen in love with the pro golf tour at the age of 34. Miles is determined to succeed .despite his late start. "I felt I just had to go on the tour," the former Dallas schoolteacher and stock broker said after a three-under-par 69 in the first round of the Atlanta Classic Golf Tournament Thursday. That left him only a stroke off the J'ead taken by lanky Tom Weiskopf. Miles' best showing has been a tie for ninth, and he has collected about $4,000 in tournament checks. The lack of tour experience GREEK) ACRES MOBILE HOMES, INC. INTRODUCES NEW MANAGER SAM ASHABRANNER W* »r« trying to Improyi our pcrylc* Mid nlei. Mr. Aih«br»n. ner to • native Arkuiun from MMillft. H» will be (Ua to dlscusi with you your mobllt home need. FMn« No. UCMMC. . <.< : i - , . \ i. -< •. • •, . i • •• ' ii didn't^hurt him 6n-the tough Atlanta Country Club course, however; ' because he was- one of only 16 players to break par of 72 _ . -.- • Only Weiskopf—who has won $85,000 'already this year—beat him. Jack Nicklaus, Tommy Aaron, Ray Floyd, Chris Blocker, Bert Yancey and Don January matched Miles' 89. Among those overshadowec by the personable Texan were Arnold Palmer, 76; defending champion Bob Charles, 75; Gary Player, 73;-Doug Sanders, 75; Masters champion Bob Goalby, 77, and Gay Brewer, 72. Baseball ." attendance • was down in both the National and American Leagues for Memorial Day attractions. A total of 167,714 fans saw games across the country with the largest crowd at New York where 28,197 watched the Yankees split a holiday doubleheader with Washington. Last year seven doubleheaders helped attract 285,918 fans. This year there were only two Every Homeowner needs it... ONLY ORKIN can give you ORKIN NEW P1AN OF COMPlfH PROTECTION AOAINST TERMITES DON7 WAIT-MU TODAY FM CUAUNTIIP PROTKTWN PO 3-8233 CnM-l Infill '•">»• M PM <»>"< "•!•» MILLIE'S Gift & Craft Shop NOW OPEN! HI-WAY 18 AT GILL'S TOMATO FARM. WE NOW HAVE VINE RIPENED TOMATOES Open 9:30 to 6 P.M. 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