The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1997 · Page 15
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS IV1ONDAY, MAY 19, 1997 B3 T PRO GOLF Johnson captures first LPGA major By The Associated Press ROCKLAND, Del. — Being a pretty good player just wasn't enough for Chris Johnson, who five years ago made a commitment to excellence. The results were on full display Sunday. Johnson made an 8-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to win the LPGA Championship, edging Leta Lindley to capture her first major championship in 18 years on tour. "I think I know what this means more than some of the other players out here,'* Johnson said. "My career started over five years ago. ... It's been coming, and it all came together this week." Johnson took lessons from pros Hank Haney and Mike LaBauve, and it finally paid off with a $180,000 winner's check — the biggest payday of her career. After both players bogeyed the first playoff hole, Johnson was virtually assured the victo- ry when Lindley's shot from the 10th tee soared into the trees to the right of the fairway. Lindley then punched the ball onto the fairway and hit to within 30 feet of the pin. Johnson put pressure on herself by hitting into the crowd behind the green, but she got herself within 8 feet with her third shot. After Lindley came up short on her par putt, Johnson made hers to clinch her biggest win since turning pro in 1980. Seniors: Crampton wins CLIFTON, N.J. — Bruce Crampton birdied the third playoff hole Sunday to beat Hugh Baiocchi and win the $950,000 Cadillac Senior Golf Classic, his first Senior PGA Tour victory in five years. The 61-year-old Crampton became just the sixth player over the age of 60 to win a tournament and 'ended the tour's longest stretch between tournament wins — 5 years, 2 months and 10 days. V HIGH SCHOOL Regional competition starts today Saline County teams look to secure berths in state tournaments By The Journal Staff Postseason competition begins and ends for some Kansas high school athletes today, while others will keep their season alive with state tournament berths in regional golf, tennis, softball and baseball competition. Salina Municipal Golf Course will be the site of an eight-team Class 5A boys regional meet, including teams from Salina South and Salina Central. The first tee time is 9 a.m. Teams competing with the Salina clubs will be Buhler, Great Bend, Hays, McPherson, Newton and Topeka West. The top three teams and top 10 medalists at today's regional advance to the 5A state tournament Tuesday, May 27 at Terradyne Country Club in Andover. The Sacred Heart golf squad is among the favorites at today's 2-1A regional meet at Wedgewood Golf Course in Halstead. The Knights have won five tournament titles this spring and are looking to make a return trip to the 2-1A state tournament next week at Salina Municipal. The top three teams and top 10 medalists advance to state. In addition to Sacred Heart, teams competing at Halstead will be Burrton, Berean Academy, Centre, Claflin, Hamilton, Herington, Hutchinson Trinity, Iiiman, Quivira Heights, Remington and Wichita Independent. Tennis After a strong showing at last week's 1-70 League meet, the Salina Central and Salina South boys tennis squads will attempt to extend their late-season success at today's 5A regional at Oakdale Park. The winners of the first four places in singles and doubles at each regional tournament qualify for the state tournaments, to be held Friday and Saturday of this week. Joining the Mustangs and Cougars in today's regional will be Buhler, Great Bend, Hays, McPherson and Newton. The Class 5A state tournament will be held at the Prairie Village courts, with first-round and quarterfinal action Friday, followed by semifinals and championship matches Saturday. Southeast of Saline's Thayne Currie, who finished third at last year's 3-2-1A state tournament in singles, will represent Southeast at today's regional meet in Hillsboro. Currie will compete for a state berth with athletes from Belleville, Berean Academy, Hesston, Hillsboro and Immaculata. The 3-2-1A state meet will start Friday at Wichita Collegiate High School. Softball Salina South is the favorite in today's Class 5A regional at the South High fields as the Cougars face McPherson in the semifinals. South is playing for a fifth consecutive state tournament berth. The other semifinal has No. 2 seed Salina Central playing Buhler. Both semifinals are set for 3:30 p.m., with the championship game to follow at 4:45. The regional winner earns a spot in the 5A state tournament May 30-31 at Salina's East Crawford Recreation Area. If the seeds hold true and South and Central advance to the final, it will be the fifth consecutive year the two teams have met in postseason. • There will be three first-round games today at various sites in the Southeast of Saline Class 3-2-1A regional. No. 2 seed Canton-Galva plays host to Lincoln in a 4:30 p.m. game, while Ell-Saline travels to Sylvan Grove for a 5 p.m. contest. Marion will play at Southeast of Saline today at 4:30 p.m. The semifinals and championship games will be played at Southeast starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Top-seeded Sacred Heart, after a first-round bye, will play the winner of the Ell-Saline and Sylvan contest at 2 p.m. Wednesday. That will be followed by the second semifinal at 3:30, and the championship contest at 5 p.m. The regional champion advances to the 3-2-1A state tournament May 30-31 at Emporia. Baseball Ell-Saline attempts to earn its first state tournament appearance, as the No. 1 seeded Cardinals open with Lincoln in the Class 2-1A regional at 3 p.m. today at Lincoln. The other semifinal will have Sacred Heart taking on Sylvan at 5 p.m. The Knights and Mustangs split a regular season doubleheader. The semifinal winners meet in the regional title contest at 7 p.m., with the regional champion advancing to the 2-1A state tournament May 30-31 at Emporia. Salina South, Salina Central and Southeast of Saline begin postseason play Tuesday; South and Central at Topeka Seaman, and Southeast at Hoisington. Salina's Lagroon posts Mini Stock victory Early evening rains put things on hold for awhile Saturday evening at Salina Speedway but action did take place with a highlight for one local driver. Corey Lagroon of Salina graduated Saturday from Ell-Saline High School at 7:30 p.m., but due to the rain delay arrived in time to win the third heat of the Mini Stock class and gain victory in the A feature. Lagroon finished third in the feature, but was awarded the win after Steve Catania and Bob Murray were disqualified for failing the post-race tech inspection. Jason Baccus ended second and Ron Rouse third. Jerry Phillips took control on lap ten of the A feature in the IM- CA modified class and hung on for victory in a tussle with Darrick Klima. Kenny Ziegler finished third. Jon Sinnard battled through the yellow flag happy A feature of the Strictly Stock class to win the event. Troy Davis and Brian Ryff finished second and third, respectively. Dusty Kuntz drove to a sweep in the Pro Stock division winning the heat and the feature. Daryl Ferguson took second in the feature, followed by Bob Arnold. Oklahoma wins title, outlasts Tech, 19-17 OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma won the first Big 12 Conference baseball tournament Sunday night, getting a seven-run eighth inning to defeat Texas Tech 19-17. The Sooners (39-18) won their first conference title since 1979 and as a result earned an automatic bid to an NCAA regional. Texas Tech (46-12) was already assured of a regional bid — the Red Raiders will hold one on their home field. From Staff and Wire Reports Baseball / Five Tigers named all-tournament FROM PAGE B1 Brian Carlson triggered the scoring, delivering a three-run triple to right-center field and later scored on an error. After David Mallas was hit by a pitch, Gotowala responded with a home run over the leftfield wall. Trailing 9-3, Fort Hays State made up some ground on a two- run double by Matt Muller in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough. Chico tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning on Gotowala's second home run of the contest. Josh Osborn pitched 4% innings of relief to pick up the win, his 12th victory in 13 decisions. Four Tigers were named to the all-tournament team: third baseman Matt Muller, shortstop Nate Field, catcher Jerry Valdez, pitcher Billy Scogin and outfielder AN-tounNMint tun NCAA Division II Wast Regional AH-ToumMmnttwHit IB - Steve Qotowala, Chico Statr, 2B - David Mallas, Chico State; 38 - Matt Muller, Fort Hays State; SS - Nate Field, Fort Hays State; OF - Quldo Schena, Mesa State; Ryan Lopez, Fort Hays State; Orin Hlrschkorn, Chico State; Utility - Brian Carlson, Chico State; C -Jerry Valdez, Fort Hays State; P - Billy Scogin, Fort Hays State; Josh Osbom, Chico State. Most Valuable Player - Steve Gotowala, Chico State. Ryan Lopez. Fort Hays State 11, Chico St. 3 Fort Hays State remained in tournament contention after pounding out 20 hits in Saturday's victory. Trailing 1-0, Fort Hays State scored four times in the fifth inning and never relinquished the lead. Jerry Valdez triggered the Tigers' scoring, ripping a three- run double to center. Ryan Wasinger added a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers in front 4-1. Chico State closed the margin to 4-2 before Fort Hays State broke the game open with a seven-run eighth inning. RBI doubles by Valdez, Bill Russell, Steve Ysac and Matt Muller chased Chico State reliever Brian Baisch. Left-hander Chris Devlin failed to keep the Wildcats close, allowing three more runs on RBI singles by Wasinger and Brian Maier and an RBI triple by Tony Nicholas. Russell, Muller, Wasinger and Nate Field each had three hits to lead the Tigers' hit parade. Salina's Aaron Cleveland worked 5% innings to improve to 5-4 on the season for the Tigers. Tim Taylor allowed just one run in 3'X) innings for his third save. BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE '$1O,000- $11O/mo. to $50.000 - $550/mo NO EQUITY REQUIRED 1.800-819-7010 HOME OWNERS ONLY NATIONWIDE LENDING CORP. 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