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SD --June 29,1975 Sunday Gatette-Mail w · * 1 Charleston. West Virginia The late Tony Lema once said, "The Masters Tournament is fun. The U. S. Open is work." The two major golf tournamnts so far this year have been as different as night arid day. The contrast is startling. The script for the Masters was perfect. Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Johnny- Miller battled it out down the stretch with one birdie after another. Nicklaus finally won with a long birdie putt on the 16th green. It's been called the most exciting golf tournament ever played. It gave the sport a real shot in the arm. Whoever wrote the script for the Open must have been a sadist. It may go down as history as the Blow-Up Open. Everybody was making bogeys, not birdies, at thte Medinah course last Sunday. Nicklaus. Frank Beard, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson arid even the eventual winner, Lou Graham, all seemed to be trying to give it away. They've been called the Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight. ·A. golf fan wanted to shout: stop. There's something wrong here. Let's go back and dQ it over again and get it right. Nicklaus should be birdieing the last three holes, not bogeying them. Or Arnold Palmer or Lee Trevino should be charging to victory. A-playoff between Graham and John Mahaffey seemed like an anti-climax. * .* * c See Lot of Bad Golf Nicklaus was asked about the high scores. "Nobody shot any lower," he replied in an effort to make a small joke. '·Actually, you don't see a lot of good golf to the U/S. Open. You see a lot of bad golf. You don't get away with your bad shots in the Open/' added Nicklaus in a reference to .the tight fairways, tall rough and hard greens. "Golf is a game like any other sport. How did the Notre Dame football team run up a 24-0 lead and then have Southern Cal score 55 points against them?" Nicklaus asked. ;· Someone mentioned that Ben Hogan had a' good answer when he was asked once why he bogied a hole to lose a tournament. "I-'didn't mean to," replied Hogan, who didn't do it too often. :Did the pressure get to the players and make them choke?' 'That is not necessarily the thing that happened," said Arnold Palmer. "I've seen a lot of people choke : 'and still make birdies. Everybody chokes a' little. There's not a player in the world who hasn't. So I discount that. It's just playing and getting the ball in the hole." Palmer feels the golfers underestimated Medinah. "This is a course you have to stay on your toes for all 18 holes," he said. "There are a couple of holes which are ; b)igaboos to everybody. The other holes ;ybu can bogey if you are not sharp. There %re several holes, like No. 13, that are fun" iv'land I don't mean like funny ha-ha." THale Irwin, the 1974 champion, said, "It v?3s an Open that could have been fantas- itfe but it wasn't. I attribute it to the bad ^weather. We had all thatjjain before the ^DANGER tournament and now the hot weather is killing off the grass on the greens. We are putting more on brown than on green. Some of the greens are like a board." A final note on the Open: Nicklaus, Crenshaw and Beard all have something in common with Sam Snead. They all bogied the 17th hole at Medinah to lose an Open. Snead did it in 1949. By the way, Snead's 1949 total at Medinah was 287--the same score that Graham and Mahaffey tied with this year. Cary Middlecoff's winning score in 1949 was 286. * * * Throwing Darts Lee Trevino was joking about lightning a week ago daring the U. S. Open. "The lightning doesn't bother me. I'm all right with the Lord. I go to church every Sunday. He can throw all the darts He wants at me," Trevino told writers. Trevino may have changed his mind after being hit by lightning Friday at the Western Open. Maybe he didn't go to church last Sunday. * * * Prize Limit Now $250 CHIP SHOTS: Amateur golfers can receive prizes with a maximum retail value of $250, effective July 1. The old limit was $200. The U. S. Golf Assn. stressed that acceptance of a prize "of a nature which is the equivalent of money or makes it readily convertible into money" remains a violation of the amateur codes. Barney Thompson knocked a wedge shot into the cup to score a rare eagle three on the long 629-yard 18th hole at Sleepy Hollow last week. "The Sleepy Hollow members voted to let Barney play out of Sleepy Hollow. He has playing and practicing privileges," said his friend, Kenny Bowen. Thompson plans to rejoin the pro tour at the Greater Milwaukee Open this week. Jackie Tondreau, Lissa Mohler, Sally Carroll. Karen Murphy, Caroline Hornor, Sarah Beneke, Maxine Gilnibre and Sue Vail represented West Virginia in the Virginias-Carolinas women's golf matches at the Fincastle course near Bluefield last week. The Virginias women won. State women's golf champion TVancy Bunton of Huntington shot 83, 83, 80 and 80 for a 326 total and finished six strokes back in the "B" division of the American Inter. collegiate Athletics for Women golf tournament at Tucson, Ariz. Miss Bunton has completed her freshman year at Marshall University. Speaking of women's golf, Dottie McClure of Charleston is still accepting entries for the West Virginia Women's Golf Tournament, which will be held July 14-18 at Wheeling Country Club. Marshall golf coach Joe Feaganes has signed Benny Bowles of Oceana and Jim Peet of Emmaus, Pa. Feaganes also expects to have Wheeling's Jay Guthrie, a · transfer from Florida. Bill Wellman of Huntington failed to qualify in the PGA tour spring qualifier school at North Myrtle Beach, S.~C. Wellman had 78, 76, 71, 77,82 and 79 rounds for a 463 total. He played college golf at Miami of Ohio..'. ' - Lightning on Golf Courses Is Matter of Life or Death £;'' By Bob Green i* ·; . ' r «v.pAK BROOK, 111. (AP) - Lightning, Swhich laced Chicago suburban golf cours- ';es during last week's U.S. Open and this ^weekend's Western Open, brought the f$port r s greatest danger into sharp focus. ··*';' "It is a : matter of Me or death," said · Jack Tuthill, tournament director of the ·.tournamentPlayers' Division and the ;-man in charge of most tour events. t Millions of television viewers saw Ben ; Crenshaw literally running for his life "when lightning interrupted the final round ;bf the National Open last Sunday. ? --"Earlier in that tournament, Tom Watson I invoked the lightning rule, refusing to go · to the tee at his appointed time because of '-. a-flash storm. ;; ^"Anybody who fools around with lightn- · jiig is out of his mind," Watson said. "I ·only have one life. There will be a lot more ', U.§. Opens. I'm still young. I figure I can ; play in a lot more. But I can't do it if I'm ' not alive. Lightning can do that. It can de- :.prive you of your life." I SPECIAL HOURS JUNE 30 and JULY 1 WE WILL BE OPEN 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. IN ADDITION TO OUR REGULAR HOURS. NO SERVICE CHARGE ON PERSONAL CHECKING ACCOUNTS! 4 £ VE A B INVESTMENT AND --0 YIAK CERTIFICATE STATE AM Campbell Odds-On Favorite To Capture 15th Golf Title By Strat Douthat HUNTINGTON - (.·?) - Bill Campbell is a 52-year-old grandfather who shot an 84 in his last competitive round of golf. But he's an odds-on favorite to win the 56th West Virginia Amateur Championship which begins later this week at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. The defending champion, Campbell has won the tourney an unprecedented 14 times and is such a formidable foe that at last one top golfer, Lee Harold of Huntington, has publicly said that no one else has a chance as long as Campbell is entered. "I won't be playing in the State Am," Harold said after winning The Heck's Open tournament at Madison earlier this month. "No one's going to beat Bill Campbell at the Old White, It would be a waste of time and money for me." But Campbell, a'fulltime Huntington insurance executive and weekend golfer, couldn't disagree more. Calls It Wide Open "It's a wide open tournament as far as I'm concerned," he said this past week in an interview in his cluttered, memento- filled office. "The Old White is a good club course but it's no back breaker. Anyone has a chance to win there and if a fellow is good enough to win a weekend tournament at Madison, he's certainly good enough to win at the Greenbrier." Campbell's most recent tournament appearance was earlier this month in the U.S. Open at Medinah, 111. He shot 75-84 and then missed the cut. "I needed some birdies in that second round to make the cut and threw caution to the wind," he recalled. Jogs Each Morning Still trim and ramrod straight, Campbell says he jogs a mile and a half each , morning and puts in an hour of practice each evening. But he plays golf only on weekends now. However, many of those weekends, especially this time of the year, are spent on the Old White course. Campbell's summer home is just a few tee shots away from the Greenbrier and he often pilots his old Cessna 180 over to White Sulphur Springs on Friday evenings. Bill Campbell Eyes 15th Title Thursday's Pairings Statt Am»t«ur T»urnim«nt Thursday's Pairings On Old White Count 8 a.m., Carroll J. Howard, J. Scolt Clarke, Dr. G. Wayne Christian and John A. Anderson. 8:08, Byron E. Phillips, Jerry Pennington, Brian M. Kneafsey Jr. and ·Randy L. Jones. 8:16, Rev. Parrel! 0. Walters, Robert Terrell, Harry B. Stalnakerand Philip Beddow. 8:24, Dr. Joseph T. MallamoSr., Bailey William Light, J. E.Cottle and Richard Burdette. 8'32 a m, Paul D Rose, Marion F. Reynolds, Stephen V. O'Neil and T. W. May. 8:40, Arlie H. Belcher Jr., Thomas L. Wilkes, Byron K. Satterfield and Tommy Jones. 8:48, Brad!;;? E. Phillips, Raymond A. Payne, Robert E. Cunrurrjtiam and George P. Butcher, 8:56, John 5. Bailey Jr., Jim Adkins, Terry Wilson and Leslie Dale Simmons II. 9:12 a.m., James B. Cure, Byron Conrad, Larry L. Christian and Michael A. Brown. 9:20, Charles T. Price, James J. LaRosa, Harold Harris and David Fox 11.9:28, Mark E. Richardson, Glen D. Farren, James R. Fank- hauserand Phil Edwards. 9:36, Evans F. Harbour. Kenneth G Frye, Stephen Fox and Robert O. Farren. 9:44 a.m., Dr. Mack I. McClain, Robert Melvin Mattison. Carl Steven Long and David Lester. 9:52, James C. Justice, C. E. Stone, DonG. Mull ins and Robert Mitchell. 10 a.m., Albert Schwabe II, James A. Searle/vyilliamC. Field and Stuart Bloch. 10:16, E. M. Payne Ml, Dick. Foutche, J. Marshall Hawkins and H. Burke Hawkins. 10:24 a.m., Bab Johnson, Robert E. Thaxton, David H. Wallace and Roy V. Graham Jr. 10:32, Danny Warren, David Thompson, John Elwood and Joel C. Blake. 10:40, Harold R. Payne, Philip N. Zambos, Jim Ward and Mike , Marsh. 10:48, WilliamC. Campbell. Bill Baker, Lee Martina and Ross M. Scaggs. . 10:56 a.m., Joseph B. Feaganes, Mike Blake, Benson Blake and Bryan L_ Beyrner. 11:1Z Jim Passero, Brian M. Kneafsey, James C. Justice II and Frederick L. Games Jr. 11:20, Larry Spotloe, George Bryant Jr., Kenneth B. Bowen and John G. Anderson Jr. 11:28, Scott Davis, Terry L, Crislip; Reid Carroll and David.Cappel- lari ' · '""' ' " · · ' - · - · · · · ' " · · · · ' . · · 11:36 a.m.,' Dr. Michael T. Gocke, Gifford Max Egnor, Gary Franklin Dent and Kenneth w. Dotson. 11:44, Jamis P. Rogers, Mike Wiioy, Dr. Everett B. Wray III and David Henderson. 11:52, John Laishley, Ira L. Lee, Art C. Licchcllo and Edward W. Morrison Jr. 12:08 p.m., James Goodwin, Paul Given, James W. FrushJr. and Jack Forbes. 12:16, Larry D. Kiger, Paul E. Hess Jr., Brian V. Harter and Russell J. Guthrie. 12:24, Paul E. McKnight, Tom Mason, William R. Lick- ertJr. and Bobby L.-Lemley. 12:32, BobRader, Dr. Jack F. Shamblin, James-Salango and Alan S. Morrison. Senior Championship On Grttnbritr Count H a m . , Thomas Bloch, Sidney P. Davis and E. B. Wray Jr 11-08, Henry E. McCoy, W. M. Holder, John H. Seury and A. A. D'Antoni. 11:16, C. MdD. England, George A. Aide, C. W. Peoples and Mike Delridge. 11-24 a.m.,- Kenneth T. Karl, Warner M. Sheets, Anthony J Massinople and George H. Glazier. 11:32, William B Lanham Jr., Joe Andrick, DeanGramlich and Charles C. Lynch. 11:40, Andrew F. Hofmann, William G. Beddow, William H. Dyer and R. Max Montague. 11:48 a.m., Ted Willis, George F. Gay, Howard Cody and James G.Thomas. 11:56, Frederick L. Games, Robert N "Red" Brown, Edward' Rabel Sr. and Dr. Jules McCracken. 12:04 p.m., David Rains, Charles P. Caldwell, L. M. LaFollette and W. H. Wells. Skala to Defend Wheeling Crown By Mike Clark WHEELING -- (1ft -- Carole Jo Skala, a four-stroke winner in last year's inaugural Wheeling LPGA Classic, will begin defense of her title Friday over Ogelbay Park's Speidel Golf Course. Mrs. Skala, a 37-year-old housewife from Shingle Springs, Calif., fired a three- ·under-par 69 in the opening round last year and was hardly threatened the rest of the way. But the effusive Mrs. Skala faces a stern field in her bid for a second straight title. Among the lady pros scheduled to compete in the $40,000 tournament are long-hitting Jo Anne Carner, lanky veteran Carol Mann, wily Judy Rankin and rising youngsters Kathy McMullen and Maria Astrologes. The hilly 6,155 yard Speidel layout at times favors such long hitters as Carner, Mann and Astrologes. But some holes require the soft touch exhibited by the likes of. Rankin and McMullen. . - · » * * OVERALL, the course "eliminates players who lack all-around ability," Carole Jo says. Mrs. Skala says that her game is not spectacular but is without any real weaknesses. Another boost for Mrs. Skala is that the Speidel course and her own home course in California were designed by the same man -- Robert Trent Jones. After winning last year's test, she said that a Jones course offers a stern test but also includes a stroke-saving shortcut if .a player can find it. Mrs. Skala indicated last year that she had indeed found such a shortcut. Miss McMullen, after two struggling rounds, also found the easier route in the final round of last year's tournament. Her 68 was the best round of the 54-hole event and earned her $2,350, her biggest payday up to that time. She has continued to improve and now is solidly entrenched in the LPGA's top ten moneywinners in 1975. * * * A YOUNGSTER who impressed the 20,000 galleryites of last year was Miss Astrologes. She crashed drive after screaming drive through Speidel's fairways, drawing oohs and aahhs from the muscular men. Her play was spectacularly erratic last year but she seems to have settled down this season. She nabbed her first tour triumph by taking the Birmingham Classic in May. Mrs. Carner, Mrs. Rankin and Miss Mann have won combined prize money of over $750,000 and 58 tournaments. Young Field When Campbell returns to the Greenbrier Thursday, he will be facing one of the youngest fields ever assembled in the State Am. The 124 player field was filled two weeks ago and tournament director Fred Burns of Huntington said 29 players are 20 or younger, incluii'- v Jiree 15-year olds. "That's Tom Wilkes of Huntinpton, Danny Warren of Beckley and Philip Beddow of Lundale in Logan County," Burns said. "There's also two 16-year-olds entered and one 17-year-old." To qualify for the State Am, players must be members of golf clubs included in the West Virginia Golf Association and must have handicaps of eight or under. The tournament's top rated player -- a plus two -- is Harold Payne of South Charleston, the No. 1 player on the Marshall University golf squad and last year's runner-up. "He probably has the best chance of anyone of taking Campbell," Burns said of Payne, who shot a 283 in last year's finals while Campbell carded a sizzling 274. 16 Scratch Players Sixteen scratch players have entered this year's field. They include Philip Zam- bos, Lee Martina and James Justice, all of Beckley; Campbell, Jim Ward, Brian Kneafsey, Joe Feaganes, F. L. Games Jr., and state high school champ Bryan Bey-.Tier, all of Huntington; Ross Scaggs of Logan; Jim Passero of Nitro; Larry Spotloe of Morgantown; Benson "Benny" Blake of Parkersburg; Mike Blake of Richwood; Mike Marsh of Clarksburg and Bill Baker of Bluefield. · Some of the top Charleston area players entered include Bob Johnson, Dr. Jack Shamblin, Ken Bowen and Bob Thaxton. SPECIAL NOTICE! Operator's Revoked? Auto Insurance Cancelled? Safe Driver Call 342-7156 WILBUR L. CARTE AGENCY 207 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, W. Va. 25302 Now Thru Tues. July 1. On Friday, only a minor miracle prevented the game's greatest tragedy. Lee Trevino, Bobby Nichols and Jerry Heard were struck by lightning while playing in the Western Open. But they weren't the only ones affected- by the storm. Others either suffered fright or mild shock. Arnold Palmer, Tony Jacklin of England and Jim Ahern all had clubs knocked out of their hands. Jacklin and Ahern both said they felt "a burning sensation" in the hands. . Others protected themselves by falling prone into the muddy fairways as if undergoing an artillery attack. "I don't know if it's true or not, but we've all heard that if you lay down in a low area, you're less likely to get hit," Tuthill said.- Pro golf has been spared the lightning death of one of its players. The incident Friday is as close as it ever has come. Others have been hit--Mason Rudolph in Flint, Mich, in the early 1960's, Deane Be- mah in Minnesota in the early 1970's. Neither was hurt seriously. Spectators have not been so fortunate. Three were killed by lightning and a fireball that rolled down the fairway at Kansas City in the late 1940's. WVUAlumni Golf, Tennis Events Slated SERVICE SPECIALS ALIGNMENT 2 WHEELS BALANCED MORGANTOWN - The 33rd annual West Virginia University Alumni Golf Tournament will be played on the beautiful but demanding Lakeview Country Club course near Morgantown Aug. 15. Chairman of this popular/affair is R;A. (Dyke) Raese of Morgantown, who also donates the men's championship trophy. The tournament, which is held each year at various locations in the state, will be followed by a social hour, dinner, and dancing at Lakeview Irai. Approximately 120 golfers will tee off beginning at 10:30 a.m. The first annual Alumni Tennis Tournament will also be played that day on the Lakeview courts. Robert N. (Red) Brown, former WVU director of athletics, is organizing this event. Defending men's golf champion is Bob King of Charleston who won at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston last summer and who also captured the title at Parkersburg in 1969. In the alumnae competition, the defending champ is Camille Smith Copenhaver, also of Charleston. William J. Bock of Charleston won the seniors' title last year. Other members of the committee who organized the tournament are Mrs. Raese, donor of the women's championship trophy, Charles S. Armistead, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Boyle. Larry L. Christian, Dr. and Mrs. George A. Curry, Robert W. Dinsmore, William H. Dyer, Jr., Dr. Michael T. Gocke, Edgar F. Heiskell, III, Paul E. Kidd, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rexroad, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Wiedebusch, and Dr. J. Fred Wilson. Interested golfers or tennis players should contact Kidd at radio station WAJR, P. 0. Box 867, Morgantown 26505, or the WVU Alumni Assn. office, 103 Purinton House, Morgantown. CHARGE IT! 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