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6D -June 6, 1976 Gazette-Mall Elks Lodge May Buy Sandy Brae Charleston Elks Lodge No. 202 has appointed a committee to negotiate the purchase of the defunct Sandy Brae Golf Club near Clendenin from the Farmers Home Administration. "At our meeting Thursday night, we empowered the committee to enter into negotiations with the FHA and bring back the pertinent data to the lodge for approval." said David Cannon, the exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 202. "Our decision will depend on what kind of terms we receive and how the purchase can be financed," Cannon remarked. "It will be submitted to the full membership of the lodge for their vote. We would also need the approval of the Elks grand lodge as well as the local lodge." Cannon said the 1,800-member local lodge is interested in the Sandy Brae property as more than a golf course. "We are interested in it as a f a m i l y recreation area," he said. There is already a swimming poo! at Sandy Brae with room for other facilities. "If we did buy the property, we would like to open it for public use in that area. At the same time, we want to make it at- tractice for Elks members," Cannon commented. He said the Elks lodge has been studying the possibility of buying Sandy Brae since February. "We have no timetable but we want to move on it as fast as possible," Cannon said. R. Jack Walker is chairman of the Elks negotiating committee. Berry Hills Women to Face Spring Valley The Berry Hills Country Club team of captain Marie Hall, Pinky Bock, Betty Markey and Camille Copenhaver is one of seven teams still remaining in the series ' of team matches sponsored by the Wom- en's'West Virginia Golf Assn. The western central section champion Berry Hills team will take on western section champion Spring Valley of Huntington in a quarter-final round match at Kanawha Country Club at 9 aim. Thursday. It is a best ball match, with the low score from the four women on each team counting on each hole. The Princeton Golf Club (south section) _will play the Rainelle Golf Club (southeast "section) Thursday at the Greenbrier Valley course near Lewisburg. Woodview of Weirton (northern panhandle section) will face the Pines club of Morgantown (north central section) Tuesday at Bridgeport C o u n t r y C l u b . S t . M a r y s Golf C l u b Marie Hall Betty Markey (northwest section) drew a bye. The semifinals are scheduled July 12 and the state finals the week of Aug. 9, said WWVGA president Dottie McClure of Charleston. The matches will be played on neutral sites picked through a blind draw. "We had such good response to the team matches that we hope to continue them every year," said Mrs. McClure. "A total of 46 clubs entered the matches." Commissioners Support Senior Golfers Senior golfers Al Ball, Harry Douglas, Rex Plymale, Jack Gibson and Walter Snyder presented their petition to the Kanawha County Commission last Wednesday requesting that senior citizens be given reduced golf rates at the county-owned Sh'awnee course at Institute. .' Commissioners Jack Catalano, Kelly Castleberry and Tom Black told the senior golfers that they were already on record as favoring reduced rates for seniors at both the Shawnee and Coonskin courses. In fact, the commission wrote a letter last year requesting such a reduction. "1 don't see why the county can't offer a reduced rate to senior citizens or why it can't permit high school golfers to use the Shawnee course," Catalano commented. However, the Kanawha County commissioners pointed out they do not make the decisions at Shawnee. "The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission does that," Castleberry told the senior golfers. "We appoint the members of the recreation commission and allot them money but we can't dictate their decisions!" The county commissioners suggested that the senior golfers offer their petition, which has been signed by 100 persons, to the recreation commission at its next meeting at 8:30 a.m. June 15 at Coonskin Park. Black suggested the county commissioners should attend the meeting to back up the seniors in their request. Stale Amateur Field Said A Iready Filled "GOLF NOTES: Next Friday is the deadline for entering the State Amateur Tournament but I understand that the 120-man field has already been filled and acceptances mailed out. Bill Campbell will defend his title July 1-4 on the Greenbrier Hotel's Old White'course in White Sulphur Springs. It was nice to see Mel and Nell Carpenter at the Memorial Tournament near Columbus, Ohio, last weekend. Mel retired from his club pro job at Clarksburg last year and the Carpenters moved back to their old home in Columbus. "We spent 16 years in West Virginia," said Mrs. Carpenter. They were at Edgewood Country Club for many years. Carpenter was seriously ill last December and spent several days in the hospital but is back playing golf now. Mrs. Carpenter, who won the West Virginia women's title in 1966. plans to enter some Columbus district tournaments. Sam Snead. at 64, will try again to qualify for the U.S. Open-the only major title he's never won. Snead is among 139 players bidding for 54 places at the Charlotte. N.C., sectional qualifier Tuesday. State golfers competing in various qualifiers Monday or Tuesday include Carlton "Slugger" White, Bill Campbell, Reid Carroll. Bill Wellman. Terry Smith, Doug Linden Meade Ray and former Huntington resident Harry Hoffer. Greg Meade is only a sophomore at Chapmanville High but he knows already what he wants to be. "I'd like to become a golf pro." he said when asked Tuesday at the State High School Golf Tournament. That is only natural because his father, Linden Meade. is one of the top pros in the state. Greg shot a 77 in the rain at the state tournament at Parkersburg Country Club and tied for third. "He's got a good golf swing," said his proud poppa. "Greg was almost on No. 9 (494 yards) in two shots." "Greg is going to be giving you strokes in a couple of years," a friend kidded Linden. "It won't take that long." Linden replied. Wake Forest Coach Feels No Pressure ALBUQUERQUE. N.M. ( A P ) Wake Forest golf coach Jesse Haddock says he doesn't feel there's any real pressure on him and his Deacons to win a third straight National Collegiate Athletic Association title. But he also says that may change this week. The Deacons, with almost the same team that set a record in last year's NCAA tourney by breezing to an incredible 33- stroke victory over their nearest rival, are favored in the 79th NCAA golf championship, which opens Wednesday. The four-day, 72-hole medal play tourney will be played over the par-72, 7,258-yard University of New Mexico South course, with the final 18 holes set for Saturday. There will be 29 five-man squads competing for the team title with Brigham Young, Oklahoma State and Houston given the best shots at unseating the Deacons. ;·· Haddock said there's pressure in any *· golf tournament, but said ho didn't think '.. he or his players we;e feeling any added : pressure just because they are expected to '·· win. ,:.' "I don't think we're feeling that kind of ·'!; pressure right now," Haddock said in a telephone interview from El Paso, Tex., where most of his team was tuning up for the NC4 by playing in the SojflJJiwestern Amateu2i!olf Championships. y\ But he also admitted that come this week. "We mav really feel it... "It wouldn't be a disgrace not to win it." he said. "The people I know that support our program wouldn't be up in arms if we didn't win it. "But if we do win it, it won't be a so-so feeling. I think our people would really enjoy it. To our little school, golf means a lot." Haddock has four of the five golfers who played on his 1974 and 1975 championship teams back, including the NCAA individual champs from those two years--Curtis Strange and Jay Haas. Strange and Hass, both first team All Americans, are the co-favorites this year. They will be challenged by the 143 other players who are involved in team competition, plus 41 other golfers who qualified only for individual play. Top contenders include Houston's Keith Fergus, Brigham Young's Mike Reid and Mike Brannan, Oklahoma State's Lindy Miller and Jaime Gonzalez and Florida's Phil Hancock. The No. 3 man on Wake Forest is Bob Byman, a second team All American and No 4 is David Thore, a third team All American. The Deacons' new man is No. 5 Bill Chapman. Although he hasn't played in the NCAA championships before, he has shown a liking for the Albuquerque course where the tourney will be played. He tied for second there in last fall's Tucker Invitational. · "I guess you'd have to say ifar chances are very, very good," said Haddock. Women Eligible forlJ.S. Open But Most Not So Adventurous By Dave Anderson C. 1976 .Veil 1 Yark Time* Service NEW ROCHELLE, N.y.-In an era when Janet Guthrie hoped to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 and female jockeys are as familiar at race tracks as the pari- mutuel windows, why hasn't a female golfer entered the United States Open Golf Tournament? The primary reason, judging by conversations with several prominent lady pros in the Girl Talk Classic at the Wykagly Country Club, is that they had assumed the U.S. Open was a men's tournament. When they were informed it was open to them, JoAnne Garner and Amy Alcott each thought "it would be fun" but none of the others sounded that adventurous. Entries have closed for this year's Open at the Atlanta Athletic Club, beginning June 17, but JoAnn Garner appeared tempted to enter the Open some day. "I've been known to do crazy things," said Mrs. Carrier, the winner of the 1971 U.S. Women's Open and five U.S. women's amateur tournaments. "I've played with Gardner Dickinson from the back tees at Frenchman's Creek in Florida and done pretty well. From the back tees, you have to dig your toenails in, as we say, and let it go. It would be worth entering the Open just to see the look on my playing partner's face if I fairdied the first two holes in the qualifying." * * * AMY ALCOTT, only 20 years old and the winner of the recent Trenton Classic, wants to win the U.S. Women's Ope'n first. "But if I were to win that, then I might consider playing in the Open with men," the California brunette said. "I believe that when you're blessed with certain talents, go the limit. You'd have to be a long hitter and I still don't think girls could handle a 7.000-yard course but it would be fun." JoAnne Carner 'It Would Be Fun' Ironically, men can't enter the Women's Open but there is no sex restriction on what is considered to be the men's Open. "Entries are open," reads the elibibility clause on the entry blanks, "to professional golfers and ameteur golfers with handicaps not over two strokes under the United States Golf Association men's golf handicap system." Frank Hanningan, the assistant director of the USGA which governs the Open and the Women's Open, agrees that lady pros are eligible. "But a woman amatuer," says Hannigan, "would have to establish her handicap by playing from the men's tees at her club. I think it's unlikely that a woman golfer would enter, knowing that she would be playing a 7,000-yard course com- pared to an average of about 6.250 yards on the courses we use for the Women's Open tournament. I think if any woman entered, it might be somebody not very good who wants one-day publicity. But if a good player entered, it might be interesting." * * * THE LATE Babe Didriksen Zaharias once contemplated entering the Open but never did. "Her husband George talked about it. I'm told." Hannigan says, "but that was all." The Men's Professional Golfers Association tour is limited to "male" competitors, which prompted the organization of the Ladies PGA tour. But the USGA, not the PGA, controls the Open which attracted a record 4,428 entries this year. The eventual field of 150 at Atlanta will be determined by local and sectional qualifying throughout the nation. Any female entrants would have to go through those qualifying rounds. "No, thanks." said Judy Rankin, the women's leading money winner this year with 366,841. ''It's the men's Open and I'm a girl." "Hell, no," said Sandra Palmer, the defending U.S. Women's Open champion, "i've got problems enough now beating dames. I don't want to play against Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf." "I don't think women are meant to compete against men," said Betty Burfeindt. the new LPGA champion. "It's apples and oranges because of the strength factor." * * * "IT'S TWO different sports," said Jane Blalock, the sixth leading'money winner this year. "We have to use every aspect of finesse and technique in order to make up as m u c h as we can for a m a n ' s strength. In the Open, on a shot from the rough around the t?reen. we would have to take a long swing for the power to get the ball out. W i t h us, there's always n lot more margin for error in our swing.' "We've always pooh-poohed it in the past because we wanted our own identity." said Marilyn Smith, the ninth leading all-time money winner. "But somebody should do it just for the fun of it, one of the big hitters." "I don't think women have a prayer of competing against men," said Donna Caponi Young, a two-time U.S. Women's Open champion. "Some people say the women are better putters but we're not." "Maybe if I won our Women's Open four or five times in a row, I'd consider it. but not now." said Marlene Floyd, the sister of Raymond Floyd, the Masters champion. ''I've only played with Raymond once, last winter in Florida with JoAnne Prentice and Beth Stone, and he played our best ball and won with a 66." "The problem," said Laura Baugh, the former U.S. Women's Amateur champion, "is that the U.S. Open is played on a much longer course than what we're used to. You've got to carry it 230 yards off the tee." "1 thought about entering once," said Cacol Mann, the 1965 Women's Open champion.."! caddied for my father in the Open qualifying. But my brain told me what could I possibly accomplish? Janet Guthrie was a different case. There's no auto-racing circuit for women. I think it'd be kind of dumb for me to enter the Open because I'm not a man. I'm a woman." Nearby her caddie, William Allen, looked up with a smile. "You have enough trouble," he suggested. "Playing a 6.000-yard course without playing a 7.000-yard course." "You didn't," Carol Mann said gently, "have to sav that." U.S. Open Course 'Spectator's Delight' But Trouble for Abominable Iron Player Bv Mike Barren ATLANTA (AP) - When Jack Nicklaus shot his record 17-undcr-par 271 at the 1965 Masters Golf Tournament, the legendary Bobby Jones said. "Mr. Nicklaus plays a game with which I am not familiar." I, too, play a game with which Mr. Jones was not familiar. I am perhaps one of the world's most inconsistent golfers, having shot 114 and 83 on successive Fridays. On different courses, true, but not 31 strokes different. Shortly before he died in 1971, Jones wrote a letter to the United States Golf Association, inviting the USGA to bring the U.S. Open to the Atlanta Athletic Club's new course. The USGA agreed, and the bicentennial year Open will be played later this month" at the AAC's Highlands Golf Club, a beautifully scenic 7,015-yard par-70 layout in hills just north of Atlanta. Jones' spirit hangs over the club, which features a trophy room with many mementos of the the world's most renown amateur golfer, second only to Nicklaus in major championships. When I brought my 20- handicap to play the Open course I could only hope that Jones' spirit was mercifully looking the other way. 'Eugene Branch, general chairman of the Open, was kind enough to suffer the slings and arrows of my outrageous golf by p l a y i n g along w i t h me. A l s o a 20-handicapper, he agreed it would be a lark to play from the championship tees, territory the average duffer should avoid like a bubonic pbgue epidemic. Championship Tees 1 set myself two goals, to break 100 and get at least one par from the championship tees. I got two pars, putting amazingly well, although the greens were not cut as closely as they will be for the Open June 17-20. But poor--nay, abomnable--iron play in the fairways boosted me to a blistering 103.' I got off to a good start by scrambling to a bogey on the first hole but airmailed the green with my third shot on the second hole for a double bogey. Scrambling Double Bogey To get warmed up, I hit my three-wood off the tee on the first two holes. On the third hole, I felt I was loosened up enough to try my driver off the tee--a big mistake.'The last I saw of the ball it was sailing off into a ravine near the out of bounds markers on the right. A scrambling double bogey. Highlands' par threes are all gorgeous, long carries over water, beautiful spectator holes and tough to par. Surprisingly, considering the duffer's affinity for water, I had my best success with them, two pars and two bogeys. I used some strategy on the first par three. No. 4, 205 yards." Noting that I had Beard's Collapse j. Is Tour Mystery »/ v PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In 1969 Frank Beard was pro golf's leading money-winner and had the second-best scoring average on the tour. The quiet man from Louisville won $100,000 or more each year from 1967 to 1971. In that period he collected eight tour titles, including two Tournament of Champions crowns. He twice represented the United States on Ryder Cup teams. For -* u wlrt-pholo Frank Beard A Watches His Putt that five-year period he ranked among the 10 best players in the world. Then, at the age of 32. when many players are just reaching their peak. Beard's game began to deteriorate. In the last three seasons it has been little short of pathetic. He uses the word "embar- assing." The collapse has served as one of the great mysteries on the tour. "At the start." Beard said, "it was a mechanical thing in my swing. Something mechanical can be corrected in a matter of five minutes, maybe five seconds. But the human mind is a fantastic instrument. Making a mental correction can take five months--or five years." His confidence disappeared. In 1974 he had only one tournament worth talking about, a" playoff loss in the $300.000 World Open. Again in 1975 he really had only one performance worth note. Beard led through three rounds of the U.S. Open and eventually finished third, one stroke out of the playoff won by Lou Graham. That's two tournaments in two years. He hasn't had one yet this season. In 18 starts he's missed the cut 13 times, withdrawn in another and cashed only two checks. He has won only S2.050 for the year and doesn't rank among the first 150 in money-winnings. But he's on his way back. "There's something to be said for pers- . istence," he said after breaking 70 for the first time this year in the opening round of the Bicentennial Classic. "It's a matter of confidence. That's a mental thing. When you've been playing badly so long, it's very difficult to have any confidence. "Obviously, I think it's coming^ack. I think 1 can regain it. If I didn't think that, I certainly wouldn't be out here trying. sliced the driver badly on the last hole. I hit it again off the tee. Sure enough it sliced again, and my strategy worked. The ball carried over the short portion of the water and left me only a short wedge to the green and a bogey. On the fifth, a par 5, still struggling to get my unruly driver under control, I proceeded to snap hook it into the left rough and went on to a routine double bogey. Fortunatly the rough was not quite up to the four-inch Open qualifications, but Branch says. "It's coming, it's coming" and will be ready by open day. I knocked in a 20-foot putt to salvage a bogey on No. 6 and got my first par on No. 7. creaming a three-wood onto the green and m i r a c u l o u s l y getting down in two downhill over a swale from at least 50 feet. Eight is really a scenic hole, a 420-yard par four around a lake which will let the pros bite off just as much of the dogleg as they want. Finally curbing my driver, I hit a nice cut shot to the edge of the dogleg, a fair second shot and then with only a nine- iron left proceeded to hit the dreaded shank, right over the green. Another routine double bogey, on a hole I had a good chance to par. 49 on the Front On the ninth I was just a wedge away in two. The pin was cut in the extreme right- hand corner, a Sunday afternoon position for sure, right behind a yawning trap. What the heck, I'll go for it. Three trap shots later I sank a two-footer for a triple bogey and a 49 on the front. The back nine is tougher, tighter than the front, tightly wooded, calling for accuracy in placement of shots. I'm about as accurate as a berserk computer. Branch and AAC pro Harold Sargent say the pros are going to have some comments about No. 11. a fantastic 480-yard downhill dogleg par four. The USGA" usually says anything over 470 is a par five, but not this one. It's been called the longest par four ever played in the U.S. Open, but Sargent points out its the same length as No. 10 at Augusta National. I won't bore you with a missby-miss account on either this hole or the next, a par 5. Suffice it to say I took easy eights on both, ruining my chance to break 100. My big moment of the day came on 17. a beautiful 205- yard par three downhill, all carry over a lake. I caught a three-wood right" in the screws, carried the water by- two feet and left my 15-foot birdie putt hanging on the lip. The 18th. a 460-yard dogleg left around water, could be one of the strongest finishing holes in Open history. The green is on a peninsula jutting into the lake and the pros will have a medium to long iron second shot, but they can't cut the dogleg too close on the drive or they're in the water. I sliced my drive but got one of those breaks that evens out your bad luck on a golf course. The ball struck a tree and richocheted at least 75 yards down the middle of the f a i r w a y , leaving me in prime shape. A fair second shot left me with a fiveiron over the water. And then the gods of golf wrote paid to that richoch- et. A six-inch divot, a miserably fat shot and a downed ball left me with a final triple bogey and a 54 on the back. iK ' IONCTERM ''-. AUTO LEASING All Makes and Models! Check Our Rates Before You Lease! CHEVROLET '« LEASING 210 HacCorkle A»e. So. Charleston Phone 744-1 561 thelear isn't on It's in the Air Force ROTC. Look into the Air Force ROTC. And there are 4-year, 3-year, or 2-year programs to choose from. Whichever you select, you'll leave college with a commission as an Air Force officer. With opportunities for a position with responsibility. ..challenge. ..and, of course, financial rewards and security. The courses themselves prepare you for leadership positions ahead. Positions as a member of an aircrew... or as a missile launch officer. ..positions using mathematics.. .sciences... engineering. Look out for yourself. Look into the Air Force ROTC programs on campus. Professor of Aerospace Studies Room 4, Stansbury Hall West Virginia University Morgantown, W.Va. 26506 293-542 1/5422 Put it all together in Air Force ROTC.

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