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July 13, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 44

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July 13.1975 Sunday Gaxette-MaU ·* - * rtirltnn A*« Y*Mt* Only two Charleston women have entered the West Virginia Women s Golf Tournament, which starts Monday at Wheeling Country Club. The two are Kanawha Valley women's poll champion Jackie Tondreau and Betty Jo Giudice. That is not including Lissa Mohler, who is working here but lists her home address as Glade Springs in Daniels. "It is rather disappointing to have only two entries from here because we have always had so many from Charleston and the Kanawha Valley." said tournament dir,.."or Dottie Mcdure of Charleston. However, the over-all field is strong with most of the state's best women players entered. Nancy Bunton. 19. of Huntington will be shooting for her third straight slat* title. Miss Bunton defeated Karen Murphy of Wheeling. 3 and 2, and last vear : s finals at Bern' Hills. ' -We're glad to see Caroline Homer back ·igain " Mrs. McClure noted. Miss Horner ildarksburg defeated Miss Mohler. 4 and 3 in the 1969 finals at Wheeling. There are 16 women in the field with handicaps under 10. They are: Lissa Mohler 2- Nancy Bunton, 3; Caroline Horner. v Karen Murphy. 4; Nell Carpenter. Clarksburg, 5: Sally Carroll, Wheeling. 6; Maxine Gilmore. Vienna, 6: Sue Vail. Mohler Reid Wheeling. 6: Pat Faller, Huntington, 6; Mrs. Roy Purviance. Weirton, 7; Jackie Tondreau, 8; Mrs. Jack Maloney. Wheeling, 8: Chris McCuskey Conley, Clarksburg, 9-. Nancy Stumpp, Wheeling, 9; Mrs. George Beneke, Wheeling. 9; and Mrs. Doris Richmond. Weirton, 9. "One of the most improved players is Stephanie Reid of Bluefield. She had a 19 handicap last year and she's down to an 11 handicap," said Mrs. McClure. It's the first year that the women will be able to ride golf carts in the tournament instead of being required to take caddies. "Surprisingly enough, only half of the ladies requested carts." noted Mrs, McClure. "One reason we are allowing carte .this year is that we will be going to the lLakeview course (near Morgantown) next fy,ear and caddies are out of the question -there." - · . * * * IKVGA Field Is Full 7 The field of 72 has been completed for £the 36th annual Kanawha Valley Golf -Assn. tournament, director JimChatfield_ said. The KVGA schedule is July 21 at Meadow-brook. July 22 at Edgewood, July 24 at Sleepy Hollow and July 25 at Kanawha. There are 35 in the championship flight and 37 in the first flight. The championship flight is for golfers with handicaps of eight or less while the first flight is for handicaps of nine or above. The tournament cut will be made after 54 holes, with the low 24 scores (and ties) in each flight qualifying for the final round at Kanawha. John Spence will he shooting for his fourth KVGA title. Spence won last ye»r with a 290 total for 72 holes. HaroM Payne was second at 294 and Jim Passero was third at 296. Payne and Passero have signed up again. Another top threat is J.G. Anderson, who shot a sizzling 30 on the back nine at the Old White course last Sunday in the State Amateur. Spence is the only former champion in the KVGA field but" there are 11 golfers with handicaps of three or below. This is the tenth year that the KVGA has been conducted as a stroke play event over four courses. The past champions have been: 1968. Dick Young; 1967, Ken Bowen; 1968. Tom Mollencop; 1969, Toby Lawson; 1970, John Spence; 1971, John Spence; 1972. Bob Hunter; 1973, Jack Shamblin Sr.: 1974, John Spence. 14 Juniors to Play Fourteen youngsters will compete at Berry Hills'Country Club Monday in a qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The top scorer will advance to the national tournament at Nashville. Tenn., July 29 through Aug. 2. . F.A. Thomas, Jr. of Charleston is in charge of the local qualifier. The starting times follow: 9:30 a.m., Steve Belden, Charleston, and Douglas E. Weaver, Madison; 9:38, Frank Smith. Madison, and J. Kirk Hosfelt, Wheeling; 9:46, Steve Lilly, Madison, and Dennis O'Connor, Huntington; 9:54, Leslie Simmons II, Clarksburg, and John Norton. Huntington; 10:02, Scott Gilmore, Vienna, and Jon Kimmins, Wheeling; 10:10, Steve Stanley. Moundsville, and Joseph Lovett, Charleston; and 10:18, Craig Martin, White Sulphur Springs, and John Shells, Huntington. TORMENT Munson Wonders If Healthy Fisk Would Have Made Team Nancy Bunton Defends State Title -Staff Photo Magic Number Bill Campbell won his 15th West Virginia Amateur last Sunday but has no specific number of titles in mind. "There is no magic number," Campbell said. Campbell's trademark is his white "Ben Hogan caps." But they are not Hogan caps-- they are Sam Snead caps. "Sam wore white caps like that way back when. I've always admired Sam. Since I couldn't imitate his swing, 1 wore his caps. Been wearing them ever since,'' Campbell said. Snead, of course, switched to straw hats many years ago. Coach Joe Feaganes and his Marshall University golfers held a team meeting during the State Amateur. The M.U. team did all right. Coach Feaganes finished second, Harold Payne was third and new team member Jay Guthrie was fourth. Scott Davis and J.G. Anderson tied for llth while Lee Martina also made the cut. Another college golfer who made an impression during the Amateur was David Lester, the No. 1 man on the West Virginia University team. Lester is not very big (5-fool-5 and 120 pounds) but he has a big swing and hits the ball a good.distance. . We mentioned in last Sunday's column about a pair of youngsters in T-shirts and blue jeans in the Greenbrier Hotel dining room. Apparently, that is the exception and not the rule. The hotel's director of publicity, Samantha Brown, said the Greenbrier still has its dress code requiring coats and ties for dinner. By D»ve AaAcrtw (C) 1975 .V.V. Timtt Service NEW YORK - He should be elated, but Thurman Munson is tormented by doubt. He will be the American League catcher in the All Star game, but he wonders if the voters loved him for himself. "I don't know if the fans voted for me because Fisk was hurt or not," the New York Yankees' cleanup hitter was saying. "If he hadn't been hurt, he probably would have got it." Not that Thurman Munson believes that Carlton Fisk of the Boston Red Sox, healthy instead of hurting, is the better catcher. But he understands how image influences the millions of people who punch the All Star computer cards. In the past, Munson also thought he deserved to be the starting catcher, but Fisk received more votes. But now that he has received the most votes for the first time, Thurman Munson remains unsure of his stature because Carlton Fisk wasn't a healthy candidate. "I'm little, I'm pudgy, I don't look good doing things," he said at his Shea Stadium locker. "Those big tall guys look super." Fish is one of those big tall guys who looks super. Munson is chunky at 5 feet 11 inches and IN pounds. His pin-stripe uniform doesn't flatter him. Those pin stripes were meant for tall, lean ballplayers, the Yankee type, whatever that means. But another Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, wasn't exactly the Yankee type. And yet Yogi was cherished while Thurman Munson is somewhat ignored. He concedes he might be partly responsible. "I don't want to sound negative about my ability because I'm not," he said. "But maybe it's my fault for not getting along with the press." Thurman Munson can be grumpy. In the Yankee clubhouse, it's easier for newsmen to approach Catfish Hunter or Bobby Bonds, who are invariably pleasant. Their image reflects their manner. But among the players, Munson might be the soul ol the team. When the Yankees were bidding to win the auction for Hunter, the free agent, Munson often phoned the big pitcher to persuade him to accept the Yankee offer. And when Bonds was in a slump early this season. Munson soothed the slim outfielder. Thurman Munson Misses Headlines "You'll be all right, Bonasy," the catcher said. "We know you can hit." * * * FOR'ALL the headlines that Hunter and Bonds have received and deserved, many people in the Yankee organization confide that Munson is "the player he could least afford to lose" in their struggle this season to overtake the Red Sox in the American League East, a struggle that for Munson is symbolized by his rivalry with Carlton Fisk -- tall, dark and handsome, smooth and supple, the private torment ol his life. "Compared to him," Munson continued, "why should I be so overlooked. He's a good ballplayer, but I don't think he's as much of a threat in other parks as he is in Boston, he might be a better ballplayer than 1 am, but he's never done the things I done -- set a defensive record for catchers, set a record for assists, hit .300 twice. In six and a half years in the big leagues, how many games have I missed?" Fisk missed most of the last season because of knee surgery and the beginning ot this season because of a broken arm. "I know 1 run better than him." Munsor said. "I know nobody plays harder. Johnm Beach is different.' I never hit 40 home runs. I never drove in 120 runs. I never done those things. Maybe with those thm guys in Cincinnati hitting in front of me I'd have 80, 90 runs batted in now, but 1 never did it. I can't talk about me being as good as Bench because 1 never done thf things he's done." Of all the Yankees, their 28-year-old catcher is the most obvious hustler. He runs hard. He slides hard. He tags hard. "I would think that would help my image, but it hasn't," Munson said. "Pete Rose plays that way, Mr. Hustle they call him. He gets more recognition for hustling than he does for playing the game and he'i a good player. I've always played hard. 1 thought that's the way you were supposed to play." * * * HE GREW UP in Canton. Ohio, where his father was a long-distance truck driver. "My dad drove trucks out of Canton to both coasts. He was a go-getter, a driver. 1 think he made me want to play hard. He came to see me in the minors: I think I went five for five with a couple of home runs. And after the game he told me I really looked bad behind the plate. To my face he would ridicule me, but to everyboyd else, he would say, 'hey, that's my son.'" "My older brother Duane was the opposite of me. He was a great athlete, but he didn't care that much whether he won or lost. I can't play that way. When 1 feel I don't want to play my way, I'll quit. I don't ever feel I want to be a bullpen catcher. I've got to play hard. If you're that way, you don't leave yourself open to criticism. And if I don't slide hard, I can't expect the other guys to do it." SPECIAL NOTICE! Operator's Revoked? Auto Insurance Cancelled? Safe Driver Call 342-7156 WILBUR L. CARTE AGENCY 207 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, W. 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