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July 20, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 50

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July 20, 1975 Sunda GozHte-JHatf Vvr-jini Small Golfer, Big Swing Jim Passero. the little fellow with the big golf swing, should be one of the players to watch in the Kanawha Valley Golf Assn. Tournament starting Monday at Meadowbrook. Passero finished third in last year's KVGA tournament and he tied for seventh in the West Virginia Amateur earlier this month. Passero can hit the ball a good distance even though he is only 5-foot-5 and weighs 159 pounds. "When you are small, you have to do something to compensate," Passero said. "I have a pretty strong grip and I use my hands and legs a lot. I also have a lot of weight shift because my hands are really moving through the ball." Passero has an unusual pattern with his shots: he says his tee shots fade to the right and his iron shots draw to the left. "If I'm using too much right hand, my shots go real bad left." Passero said. "I try to develop a good swing pattern when I start a tournament and stay with it." Passero usually plays a pretty steady game. "My game plan is to stay out of major trouble," he commented. "I had only two double bogeys and no penalty shots during the State Amateur." He has a three handicap on the long Sleepy Hollow course. "Actually I was playing better last year. My handicap then was minus one."" Passero said. His best rounds at Sleepy Hollow were a couple of 68s. He won the'sieepy Hollow match play championship in 1971, the South Hills Amateur in 1973 and teamed with Jim Adkins to win the best ball at South Hills. Passero is known for his wide-brimmed plantation hats and for having his 13-year- old son Christopher caddy for him. Chris is one of the nicest youngsters you'll ever want to meet and is showing signs of becoming a fine golfer in his own right. Another son. Nick, 12. is just taking up the game. Passero started playing golf himself at the age of 13 as a caddie in Pennsylvania. But he played hockey at St. Thomas College in Minnesota. He took up golf again when he came to West Virginia in 1968. Passero lives in Nitro and is a pharmaceutical salesman. "I'll be coming straight from work and won't have a chance to practice at Meadowbrook. I hope I don't knock my first ball across the road," Jim said with a laugh. This is Passero's third Kanawha Valley tournament. "I enjoy it because you get to play on four different courses and you are playing with golfers from five different clubs each day." he said. Bob Lilly Retires DALLAS (AP - Bob Lilly, the core of the Dallas Cowboys' "Doomsday Defense" for the past 14 seasons, announced his retirement Saturday saying that to continue playing would risk permanent injury. "It's kind of sad. Til tell you what it reminds me of. When I went off to college--leaving home," Lilly told the Dallas Times Herald in revealiog that he will not report with other veterans to the Cowboys training camp Sunday at Thousand Oaks. Calif. The 6-foot-5. seven-time AUPro tackle said his decision was influenced by recent medical findings that he risked permanent injury--perhaps paralysis-ii he continued to play with bone spurs on his neck. ------.--^^^^--. . Jim Passero (Right) and Son Chris Nitro Golfer Will Play in KVGA Tourney WANTED INEW CAR SALES MANAGER! Fw Wt$l VkfWi's l»f«t Vtfc"»t Chr»iltr-«T»wlli ··*« Applicant MUST BE EXPERIENCED, with the ability to recruit, hire, train, motivate and direct salesmen in a high volume operation. Applicants must be willing to stand a very thorough personal investigation. All inquiries will be strictly confidential. Coll Jack or Loo Fuontos for on Interview CAPITOL CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH 131 MacCorkle Avo., So. Chas. Ph. 744-3401 Lissa Mohler Is Getting Married Lissa Mohler may have played in her last West Virginia Women's Golf Tournament last week at Wheeling. The attractive and talented Miss Mohler is getting married next month and will move out of the state. Her fiance is Clarence "Kim" Koobler IV, whom Miss Mohler met while attending the University of Denver. Koobler is a Department of Labor investigator in Philadelphia. Kim and Lissa plan to live in Wayne, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb. "Kim doesn't play golf but he is a former high school and college lacrosse and wrestling star," Miss Mohler said. "He's promised to take golf lessons but I won't be the teacher." Miss Mohler said she hopes to continue playing amateur golf and will enter the Pennsylvania's women's tournament as soon as she is eligible. The ladies in the Keystone state had better look out for the long-hitting niece of Ed Tutwiler. Miss Mohler, who celebrates her 25th birthday this week, has played in the last 12 West Virginia women's tournaments. She first played when she was 13. She has one title to her credit, winning in 1971 at Mohler Homer Parkersburg, and was runner-up twice. "Lissa hasn't had much time to play golf this summer because she has been traveling back and forth to Philadelphia so much," said her mother, Mrs. Edgar L. Mohler of Daniels. But Lissa still played well enough to defeat defending champion Nancy Bunton in the first round at Wheeling. Although she can hit the ball so much farther than any other women in the state, Miss Mohler has always been popular with her golfing rivals. She chatters constantly to herself on the course and she never gets mad -- win or lose. "Lissa's fiance is a lucky fellow," commented Caroline Hor- ner of Clarksburg. It was nice to see Miss Homer playing in the state tournament again and nice to hear that she has won her second state title -- both times at Wheeling Country Club. I got the chance to chat with Caroline last Tuesday after her first round victory and she acknowledged her golf game was sharp. Her other passion is horses. "Ive got four horses. My newest is a six- week-old filly." Miss Horner said. Another of the women golfers. Sue Vail of Wheeling, was worrying about her dog, which has the unusual name of Shank. "He was hit by a car and we had to take him to the animal hospital," Miss Vail said. * * * Pipes tern Pros Shine Two Pipestem State Park golf pros did right well for themselves in the recent Tri- State PGA Tournament at Uniontown, Pa. Head pro Bill Robertson shot two fine rounds of 71 and 72 for a 143 total to finish third. Assistant pro Dennis Webb carded 75 and 73 for 148 and finished among the leaders. "Robertson is on a hot streak. He has been playing b e a u t i f u l golf all · ·;:'- year," commented E. · Paul Lemon, the manag- Robertson er of golf operations for the Department of Natural Resources. A total of 144 pros from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia took part in the Tri-State. The winner with a 140 total was Bob Ford, assistant at the famous Oakmont course near Pittsburgh. Nitro's Vance Still Upset Over Ruling Nitro High School athletic director Pat Vance is still upset over the disqualification of the Nitro golf team in the state high school tournament last month and the decision of the Board of Appeals to let the disqualification stand. Vance has written a letter in response to the situation. Vance writes: "I was out of town when I heard of the decision of the Board of Appeals concerning our golf team. I was very upset, to say the least, because our golf team did not deserve such a fate: They were victims of circumstances. I don't want to keep the situation boiling, because it is quite obvious the Board of Apeals has no intention in seeing that justice is done. ' But I do want to point out a few things of interest. "In the very beginning, the telephone call between Mr. (Gordon) Eismon and myself seemed very important, but the minute I proved I talked with him, nothing else was mentioned about the call. The Board of Appeals did not consider the telephone call in their decision. Neither did they consider the bulletin from Mr. Eismon on April 16 telling all schools to disregard all information in the March Interscholastic. "The board also said that the Nitro golf team was warned of the rule prior to the practice round, but they failed to note that the so-called 'warning' came from another golf i coach whose entire team was out on the course i when our two players I showed up. Another incorrect statement the board made in their ruling was that all athletic directors and coaches in the state knew of the regulation in question. In the Vance meeting on June 23. coach (Vernon) Redman and I gave them the names of four coaches, of which one was an athletic director, that had questioned the regulation. But this seemed to slip the minds of our Board of Appeals. "It seems to me that the Board of Appeals is supposed to represent the high schools in the state of West Virginia. 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