6D --June 13. 1976 Sunday Gazette-Mail .'.es' Virgin^ ------ Ry Rob Raker OPEN White Only State Golfer in Open Cotton and Sara White of Beckley will be packing their bags this week and heading for Atlanta to watch their son. Carlton P. "Slugger" White, compete in the U.S. Open. White, who is a rookie this year on the pro tour, will be the only West Virginia golfer taking part in the Open at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He qualified last Tuesday at Charlotte, N.C., with rounds of 74 and 69 for 143. This will be the second straight Open for Slugger. He had three good rounds of 74, 75 and 76 before a last round 86 for a 311 total in the 1975 Open at Medinah, 111. He won $800. White's parents went to Illinois last year to root him on and they will be on hand Thursday in Atlanta when Slugger tees off at 8:10 a.m. in-a threesome with Fuzzy Zoeller of New Albany, Ind., and amateur Bruce Douglass of Brockton, Mass. "Oh yes. we sure are going down to watch Slugger. We wouldn't miss it," said Mrs. White. Every other state golfer came up zilch in qualifying. Huntington's Bill Campbell, Bill Wellman and Reid Carroll and former H u n t i n g t o n resident Harry Hoffer all failed to qualify at Cincinnati last Monday. Campbell shot a 68 in the morning but slipped to 78 in the afternoon. Hoffer had 148 for 36 holes while Wellman and Carroll both had 155. Doug Ray of Bridgeport shot 75-81-156 at Pittsburgh Tuesday and missed the cut, as did Terry Smith "(77-75-152) of Paden City. Touring pro Barney Thompson of Barboursville withdrew from a Memphis. Tenn., qualifier two weeks ago. The saddest story of all is Sam Snead. who missed the cutoff at the Charlotte qualifier with 74 and 72 rounds for 146. Snead, 64, hinted he may have given up on his lifetime goal of winning the Open. "This is gonna be it. 1 think," Snead told reporters at Charlotte. "I've always tried to qualify in the past, but not anymore." But then Sam had second thoughts and added, "Well, you better not say I won't ever try to qualify again. Next year, if it comes a r o u n d and I'm playing well. I might give it a go, but I don't know." Snead then remarked about the Open: "I'm not gonna win it now. I know that. But I've had my chances. I guess 1 must have had 20 chances. I was second four times, in a playoff once. Once I had an eight on the last hole. Now, how many times are you going to do that?" Four Area Tourneys Slated Next Weekend By John S, Radosta (r) 1976 .V.I. Times Sercire As the railbirds gather to handicap the 76th U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia, the customary procedure is to suggest. "Willie Wedge is hot. he's won three tournaments." countered with "But that was back in February and March. I'd go with Peter Putter because he won his two more recently." Trouble is that a golfer's showing in the Open is hot comparable to. say. Jimmy Carter's sweeping into the Democratic- National Convention with a string of primary victories. Of the last eight Open champions, from 1968 through 1975, only two went in with victories earlier in the season--Lee Trevino in 1971 and Jack Nicklaus in 1972. For all the others the Open was their first trophy--in nearly all cases, the only trophy-of the season. On the basis of this ratio, only a handful of this year's tournament winners have a chance to win this most prestigious of all golf tournaments--Nicklaus and Trevino because of who they are. and possibly Hubert Green and Johnny Miller. For good measure you could add the 1974 winner Hale Irwin. who is at his best on difficult golf courses: and Ben Crenshaw. who came w i t h i n a stroke of Lou Graham's winning 287 last year. While Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and the other big guns are battling It out in the U.S. Open, the action will be hot and heavy on the area golf scene also. In fact, there are four tournaments scheduled next weekend. . The popular Heck's Open at the Riverview course near Madison has a full field of 148 golfers for its tournament next Saturday and Sunday. "We had to send back over 100 entries," said director Mil Starbuck. The 1975 winner and runner-up, Lee Saturday and Sunday. A total of 58 twosomes have entered the 36-hoIe event. Dr. Marcel Lambrechts is the tournament chairman this year. Stan Sergent and Chester Smith were the winners last year with a best ball total of 124. The State Elks Tournament will be played Friday through Sunday on the 6,070-yard Greenbrier Valley course near Lewisburg. Arman Fletcher of Roanoke, Va., who plays out of the Princeton lodge, won it last year. "We already have 140 en- Bowcn Harold and Harold Payne, are not entered tries and we will accept 160," said pro this year but the field includes Jim Pas- Tony Passerby, sero, Eddie Williams, Eddie Hensley and Don .and Doug Weaver. The champion will The fourth tournament in the area is the get a televison set and other prizes include Spring Valley Invitational in Huntington citizen band radios, digital watches, pow- Friday through Sunday. Harold Payne of er tool kits and electric shavers. South Charleston, the Marshall University The Berry Hills Invitational member- star, won last year with a 206 total for 54 guest tournament is also scheduled next holes and will defend his title. Â·jlfarie Hall Shoots 74 in Match at Kanawha ^ Marie H a l l shot a s p a r k l i n g 74 round 'Thursday at Kanawha Country Club--just 'One stroke off the course record of 73 held by Jackie Tondreau. Mrs. Hall was play- }ing with her Berry Hills teammates Betty fylarkey, Camille Copenhaver and Pinky Â· Bock in a match w i t h Spring Valley of .Huntington. The Berry Hills women won Â·ifoitli a best ball score of 71 to Spring Valley's 76. Â· The Berry H i l l s women w i l l play the Â·Rainelie Golf Club team July 15 at the Wil- ilow Wood course near Hinton in the semi- ;Â£inals of the Women's West Virginia Goln Â·Assn. team matches, said WWVGA presi- 'denl Dottie McClure. The Rainelle team of captain Mary Gwinn. Marilyn Anderson. Kat Gwinn and Snookie Ochletree defeated Fincastle of Bluefield by 75 to 79. Woodview of Weirton will face St. Marys Golf Glub in the northern semifinals. Some of the good scores we've heard Â·Jately include Dan Dickerson's pair of 66s at Kanawha, Dave Gillispie's 67 at Big Bend and Kenny Bowen's 71 at Berry Hills in a contractors tournament. ; The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Coonskin Park should be interesting. Al Ball. Harry Douglas, Rex Play- male. Jack Gibson and Walter Snyder will present their request that senior citizens .be given reduced golf rates. Tom French and Dr. Lois Pfister will offer a petition requesting that the county-owned Shawnee course at Institute be expanded from nine to 18 holes. "We would like to have other golfers show up and support us," French Â· said. Gillispie Marshall University Green Gals golfer Nancy Bunton will play in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women ( A I A W ) national tournament Wednesday through Saturday in East Lansing. Mich. Four state players took part in the U.S. Seniors Golf Assn. c h a m p i o n s h i p last week at Rye, N.Y. Henry E. McCoy of Sistersville shot 77-77-154. Thomas M. Blorh of Wheeling had 82-81-163. John II. Fair of Wheeling had 94-88-182 and John A. Field, Jr. of Charleston had 106-103-209. Former state amateur champion Ed Tutwiler, who now lives in Indianapolis carded 73-75-148 to finish one stroke out of first. ALL RIGHT, then, who's who among this season's nonwinners? Start with Tom Weiskopf and Tom Watson. Weiskopf, who won the British Open and four other events in 1973, suffered a slump in 1975, but he is well recovered now. Weiskopf has as much raw talent as any golfer anywhere. He has knocked on the door of the major championships so often that he is absolutely due for another win. Watson led the Opens of 1974 and 1975, only to fail in the clutch. But last July Watson conquered that tendency to choke, and he went on to win the British Open in a playoff. He is competent on the long, tough championship courses and, if he can keep his composure, he must be considered. Any other 1976 nonwinners? The east could be rounded out with Gary Player, Bruce Crampton, Pat FitzSimmons and Dave Stockton. The sentimental will not overlook Arnold Palmer, still is one of the best drivers in the game; if only he could p u t t . . . Which brings the discussion to putting. Nicklaus shuns predictions based on early victories, preferring to put more premium on putting. "Show me the guy who is putting well this week." says Nicklaus. "and I'll show you a winner." Note the "this week." Putting is a transient--and elusive--skill. The golfer who was on a hot pulling streak last week could easily have lost his touch a few days afterward. Conversely, a player who starts dropping a few important putts picks up a lot of confidence and becomes unbeatable. It's w h a t you hear every week on the lour--"He was sinking them from everywhere but the locker room." ANY LINE-UP has to start with Nicklaus. Usually he is the man to beat, although Jack beat himself in Ihe 1975 Open with bogeys on the last three holes. In nine starts this season. Nicklaus has won once and finished eighth or better in six other tournaments. "I've had a chance to win all but one or two of the tournaments I've been in this vear." Nicklaus said recently. "I havon'l Madison's Doug Weaver Wins Youth Classic ~' Doug .Weaver of Madison, a sophomore at Scott High, won the state Insurance 'Youth Classic with rounds of 77 and 79 for a 156 total on the tough Speidel course in Wheeling last Wednesday and Thursday. Â· A total of 71 youngsters competed for three berths in the national Big "I" Insurance Youth Classic at the Reston ( V a , ) ' Country Club Aug. 14-17. L.D. Simmons II of Clarksburg and Greg Meade of Chapmanville captured the other two spots in a playoff with John Kiser of Wheeling after the three had tied with 160 totals. Meade, the son of pro Linden Meade, had 81 and 79 rounds. The two alternates are Kiser and Jeff '"Obiinger of Parkersburg. Twelve boys ' from Charleston took part in the tournament. Â·' On the subject of boys golf, the Junior Â· Inter-Club Golf League will start its llth Â·. season this Thursday with a match at " Hawk's Nest Country Club. Other matches are scheduled June 24 at White Oak, June ".'28 at Sleepy Hollow, July 1 at Kanawha, '." July 8 at Meadowbrook, July 22 at Berry 'Â·Â· Hills and July 29 at Edgewood. '.'. "Each team can have up to 10 players Â·..with the six low scorers counting," said Mrs. Tom Mollencop. "We try to make it Â«." sports and fun and not a drag. Boys from ; 11 to 18 can play in the matchs^'and girls Â·Â·are welcome also. WJwd'one girl, Anita '. King, who played'for Sleepy Hollow last 'year." Mrs. Mollencop is chairman of the junior golf league, Marty Shaffer is vice- chairman and Juanita Reed is treasurer. In charge of the teams are Sally McClaugherty of Berry Hills, Juanita Reed of Edgewood, Pat Arthur of Hawk's Nest, Nancy Kelley of Kanawha, Lloyd Warden of Meadowbrook, Barbara Milam of Sleepy Hollow and Wanda Meador of White Oak, ' .* f CHARLIES' AT HOME SUNDAY, JUNE 13th 2:00 p.m. TOLEDO "Mud Hens" CARBON FUEL DAY Carbon Fuel Employes Their Families will be eligible to win prizes . . . LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BETWEEN GAMES WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16th, 7:45 P.M., RHODE ISLAND "RED SOX" BANKERS NITE- "DASH for CASH" BE HERE AT 7:15 P.M.TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DASH When 1,776 Coins -Total value of $819.00 is scattered over the Charlies'infield. 14 people will be chosen to race from the outfield and will have 76 seconds to gather all the money they can! Â·ft Nicklaus Always Man to Beat But Nonwinner Could Prevail Nicklaus Trevind 29-year-old Green said after winning the Heritage Classic in March, "and when it's time to stand up and be counted. I always seem to sit down." Miller, who won the 1973 Open with a last-round 63. has done little since winning two of the desert tournaments in January and February, but he surveys the situation with equanimity. "I've been in my usual summer slump." he says. "I just haven't been able to get interested. But the Open is something else." ONLV 2 LEFT New 1975 NO. 1316 SAVE Stock No. S f f l A A 664 SAVE IUUU. I CHRYSLER Â·PLYMOUTH m 131 MocCorkleAve., So. Charleston Phone 744-3401 Weiskopf Watson won as much as I did last year (five tournaments, including the Masters and the Professional Golfers Assn. championship), but I've probably played as well, maybe a little better, than I did a year ago. "This is the championship of our country," Nicklaus says. "For an American it's the most important in the world. You don't have to work to get yourself 'up' for this one." Player won the U.S. Open in 1965; he also has won the other units of the Grand Slam, the British Open, the Masters and the PGA championship. With the doughty little South African, winning the U.S. Open a second time "is the greatest ambition of my life." "That would give me a double sweep of the Big Four." Player says. "No one but Jack has won them all twice. That would be a great accomplishment for me." TREVINO, who won in 1968 and 1971. says. "In the Open you have to drive it straight. 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