The Miami News from Miami, Florida on January 18, 1969 · 13
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The Miami News from Miami, Florida · 13

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Saturday, January 18, 1969
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mm uear Your complete roundup of last nlght'i hSsh ichool athletics. Page SB. Hie Miami News :J V I I 3 Saturday, January 1969 Section U SPORTS SCHEDULE PRO IASXITIALL - Miami HorldiiM VI. Lot Anli SUrl. tomorrow, 1:1 p.m., Witl Film StKh Auflilonum, 60LP lurdlnt Li1i Invititlonil, lodty and tomorrow, Country Club el Miml. Ladies Tour Colo By JIM HUBER Mlitnl Ntwi ImiIi WrHtr For 22-year-old Renee Powell, life has always been a color scheme of black on white. "I grew up living on a golf course," said the only Negro girl on the Ladies' Profes. sional Golf Association tour. "My father was the owner of the club and head pro. "And the club was about 99 per cent white. It was a strange association." In a white society, Renee was the only Negro m her school system. "I was sent primarily to Catholic schools and they taught us that every human is created equal. I was no better, no worse, than any one else." It has not been an easy life, despite the country club atmosphere. She stands out, very naturally, among the 36 women who are entered in the $35,000 Burdine's Invita tional Tournament at Country Club of Miami. The wind whipped across the open course yesterday as Renee stepped from the 18th green. She had blown to an 86 after discovering just about every sand trap on the course. I'You know, when we go into a town to set up a tournament," said Lennie Wirtz, . the LPGA tournament director, father confessor and strong shoulder to almost 100 golfing females, "we tell these people that we're integrated. That's that. If they think it will cause problems in any way, then we won't play there. "That's the way things are. Renee is a golfer first, a person second and a Negro third. We all go together or not at all." There are the usual letters, sneering phone calls and snide comments from the galleries wherever Renee Powell plays golf. They come especially, she says, in the South. . Bh "There have been a few incidents of that sort," she said. "But I just pass them off as Ignorance. It doesn't bother me or worry me at all. "I was accepted by most of these girls on the tour long before I turned professional. I played a great deal of amateur golf and knew many of them then. They accepted me as a golfer. They've been wonderful to me . . . but no more so than they would a white girl." : Renee Powell has more pressing problems at the, moment than worrying about her color. She Is in the process of finding a sponsor, someone who can take her mind off financial worries and allow her to concentrate on golf. "I've been asking my parents for money for so long now that it's becoming tough on the ego. If I had taken an ordinary job. it would be different. I would be able to sup- ind For Renee port myself. But now I've got to go to mother and daddy whenever the need arises. "I can't always be asking, however. I've got to fight it out on my own. I've got to cut the ties and go it by myself." Renee went to Ohio University, then transferred to Ohio State. She has four quarters left to pick up a degree in sociology. "I had started out majoring in speech and hearing therapy. That takes five years. Golf just , doesn't stand for that. So I changed to sociology. "I've always been interested in social work. But golf is my life. It has been ever since I was three years old when my father first put a club in my hands. I love the game and all I want to do is play it. I couldn't ever give it up for an ordinary job. I've never had to really work for a living. This Is like being on your own. When you do something you really enjoy for a living, no less that's really great" It has not been an easy adjustment for this smiling, rather pretty young lady. Her best finish in two years on the tour was a tie for fourth in Ohio last year. She finished 44th on the final 1968 money list with $1,-480 worth of official winnings. "I know I can make it," she said. "I don't get discouraged easily. I know I can play golf with these other girls. I've just got to fight it out on my own." There is really no black on white for Renee Powell. As Wirtz likes to put it, "The LPGA has no color. Oh, the girls get blue sometimes and very often green with envy. And after a warm day in the sun, many are red as lobsters. But we blend very well, thank you." So docs Renee Powell. ' r Tv y ' f,jpk it st, V 4v '. CHARLIE NOBLES P hoenix Sun Doesn't liine For Stan, He Prefers Floridians fcfiYll JHUftl W(K lUto Miami Newi Photo by JOE RIMKUS .Pappa Steve, Ray Broussard Up, Grimly Holds Off Stretch Challenge Of Iron Ruler, In Royal Poiiie.'unna ialeah Opening Goes H Boom By ART GRACE ' Mliml Nw Riclni Editor Hialeah, having gotten off to a highly successful opening with attendance showing an in- ' crease of 19,508 over last year's opening and the mutuel play by $1,908,154, moved into the second : afternoon of a 40-day meeting this afternoon with two divisions of the Jasmine, a six-furlong stakes for 3 year old fillies. Destiny's Twist was the .overnight favorite in the first division and Spring Sunshine was a slight favorite in the second. Bill Fisher, Hialeah treasurer and assistant to the president, was completely satisfied with the opening, as well he should have been. Actually, 'the increase in attendance and handle was not quite so large as indicated above. Opening day last year never came off as a horsemen's boycott shut down the track for 24 hours. When the track did open the following day attendance was 19,159 and the handle was $1,477,218. So if you want to be technical, yesterday's attendance was up by 349 people and the mutuel play was up by $430,-936. No wonder Fisher was pleased. Ray Broussard and Pappa Steve got the job done in the $25,000-added Royal Poinciana Handicap yesterday. Pappa Steve turned back a long challenge from Royal Exchange and then refused to let favored Iron Ruler get by him in the last 40 yards. Pappa Steve, with Broussard putting up some kind of riding exhibition, won by a head over iron Ruler with Royal Exchange three parts of a length behind the top two. Beaukins was fourth. The winner ran six furlongs in 1:09 3-5 and paid $10.40. "That other horse (Iron Ruler) moved up like he was going to run over us," Broussard said, "but I knew he wasn't going to make it." Pappa Steve now has won two stakes this year the Royal Poinciana and Tropical's New Year's Handicap. There were a number of curioisiticd to spice the Hialeah opening. Goinforus, for example. The 4-year-old gelding who may never see 5 finished 10th in the second race after having finished fourth in the eighth race at Tropical Park the previous day. "I didn't really want to run him," explained Trainer Murray Kram. "I never dreamed he'd get in. There were 51 throwouts (51 horses which were entered in the second race and faild to even make the also-eligible list) in the race and darned if my horse doesn't draw in. You watch. Now I won't he able to get him back in (another race) for a month. I decided to go ahead and run him today so I'd he eligible to claim." (You are not permitted to claim horses at a meeting until you have run a horse yourself.) Stan McKcnzic is not pushing it, but the former Northwestern High basketball star wouldn't mind being a league jumper if it means playing in Miami. "I'd have to talk to my lawyer and my wife," said McKenzic, a starting guard for Phoenix of the National Basketball Association, "but I'd like to play in Miami . . . even not, I plan to come back there when the season is over." Coming to Miami would put McKenzie in the same bracket as Rick Barry, Bill Sharman and Alex Ilannum all of whom deserted the NBA for the American Basketball Association. "He's under contract until next September," said Floridians' coach Jim Pollard. "Maybe then we would be interested, but we can't touch him while he's under contract." McKenzie isn't trying to stir up a controversy just stating a desire. He's far from unhappy at Phoenix, and the Suns apparently are pleased with him. Two weeks ago, McKenzie, a 6-5 converted center, wrote his name into the NBA record hooks. He made 35 straight free throws, the fifth best streak in NBA history-Phoenix was playing San Francisco last week after several hard days of traveling when Stan's streak was broken. "It was on a two-shot foul." he recalls. "The first one went in, and the second one rolled around the rim twice and spun out." In a way it came at a relief to McKcn-7ic, who was beginning to feel the tension. "I think so," he says. "All of a sudden there was a lot of publicity rising out of it." This is Stan's second year of pro basketball after becoming the first Negro to make a Miami all-star team in 1962 and I Bo Vs. Joe? I Belinsky Thp Wimwr f by MELVIN DURSLAG jg Miami Ntwt CMumnlil An interesting seminar developed the II other night concerning the immense popu- laritv with the laHioc nf Mr Rrnalurav tr ,7 - - - 'J w .-MlVkl W . I'll I VWMUVVM WW H Namath, who sits enthroned today as over- H , lord of Manhattan Island. HI Delivering a few words in half of the wn. vrvi T VVRf m BpCBnCI U11LVU p out that much of the credit could go to the wives. Whereupon Joe interjected that the g single girls could not be overlooked, either. H Indeed, Joe has a following. He has the hair and the mod garments, and God knows, the self-assurance. Swarthy, hand- j some and street-smart, he reminds you of H Bo Belinsky, only as a ladies man, he will 3 never make the world forget Bo, a point 2 provoking debate the other night E At least one seasoned observer had to O rate Namath a weak second on the basis of 11 ceeds. sg Bo. you see, never has made more than - H5 aces ana uns, comrasiea 10 c-noies Dran- j;Wa1 Kir ma mhA Hi r a c irt m crtrltcr . UlDiJCU iuv tviiu uvea in at,,? u.31 bri i' 1 ment with a llama rug. The only valid test," says a Belinsky U man, "is to send the two out with 10 bucks ! 3 each one night and see what they come up 11 with. My dough goes on Bo." H Mine does, too, because pound for . r pound, IN a ma in can l iuuwu mm as an an- 1 pro among the ladies. mmmtmii llllllltlillllllllillillllll l . ' v$ N If f :V;UVJ,. X . w v rf "JF j , " ( ', W edding May Be Near For Namalh 1 JOE WILLIE and Suzy enjoy a break during pre-Super Bowl workouts with a luncheon at a Fort Lauderdale hotel. By CAROLYN JAY Miami News Reporter Broadway Joe Namath, who upset the Baltimore Colts and became super star of the Super Bowl, may upset a few more fillies soon by making blonde Suzy Smart the new Mrs. Joe Namath. Suzy, who is a 21 -year-old senior at the University of West Florida has been Joe's fox for three years. But the playboy of the Western world has kept her out of the limelight. "I'm not supposed to say anything about the relationship," she said in an exclusive interview with The News. "Joe doesn't want me to talk about it and I don't want to say anything he doesn't want me to. "He feels that it is private and no one-else's business. His life is so public in every other way . . ." Miss Smart did hint at a wedding, however, when discussing her future plans. She will graduate from the Pensacola university in June and would like to pursue post-graduate work at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "But," she said, "it all depends." On a marriage to the New York Jet quarterback? "I'm not going to answer that. I really wish you wouldn't write anything personal about Joseph and me. Publicity, one way or Continued On Page 2B, Col. 6 I . A ; I (' r j f . f i f : J : v'XV -SiiS - Jllli .:Sf .' ;;k,':! - 4;;'-i.:;v-; m-mm mmm. mm Staii-FormtT School Star later starring at New York University and by far his best. He sat on the bench for the Baltimore Bullets much of last season, but is averaging 11.2 points a game this year for the. Suns. Stan doesn't regret the switch of teams, even though league-leading Baltimore is in line for some playoff money. "Yes, I'll lose some money this year," he says, "but in the long run I think Phoenix will develop into a real good ballclub. We've got a lot of scrappers on this team guys who are willing to knock heads if they have to. " Then, too, getting to play regularly has meant a lot to me. I'm developing confidence as a professional basketball player. Last year I was known primarily as a defensive player, but 1 always knew I could be a good offensive player, too. I'm getting a chance to prove it now." McKenzic's improvement has been easily detectable by two developments: Gene Shue, the Baltimore coach who lost Stan in the expansion draft, has been trying to work a trade to get him back. ("He's told me he's amazed at my improvement," says McKenzie.) Stan is now being guarded by the opponent's bigger guard, guys like Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. "When you notice this change," says McKenzie, "you know the other teams have respect for you." Stan achieved his present status by making the transition from college center to pro guarr, the first time anyone has done this in the NBA. "It was tough at first," he says, "but now I feel at home back there." And Phoenix has itself a 6-5 shooting and rebounding threat . . . unless the Floridians take him away for the right price. Breather For U-M I In '72: Nevada Tht Asiociited Prett H LAS VEGAS The University of Neva- da. Las Vegas, announced yesterday it will g play the University of Miami in football at HI the Orangc Bowl Nov. 10, 1972. Coach Bill Ireland and Athletic Director H Mike Drakulich said the game was sched- H uled partly to push for a new stadium here. Miami agreed to play a home and home series if there is a good stadium in Las Vegas, Ireland said. H Miami has scheduled Las Vegas after IlliliS Army and before Notre Dame.

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