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VLahaffey's Lead Cut to 2 Strokes By Bob Green DULUTH, Ga. (\P) - When the national television coverage ended for the day, John Mahaffey was five under par, had a six shot lead and appeared ready to make a rout of the United States Open Golf Championship. When play ended some 2V: hours later, just before total darkness Saturday night, Mahaffey had a two stroke lead, was three-under-par and struggling to hang on against the challenge of rookie pro Jerrv . Pate. The television coverage fell victim to a violent thunderstorm-high winds, lightning, heavy rains--that almost claimed the round, too. Play was suspended for 1''2 hours and, at one time, officials were on the verge of cancelling. The baby-faced Mahaffey, paired with Al Geiberger in the last twosome, and the other leaders were still in the clubhouse awaiting their starting times when the storm hit. They finally got away about 4: 30 p.m.. EOT, almost two hours'late. Because of the delay, they'd just made the turn to the back nine when the network's time was up and it cut away. Uses Mother's Put! Mahaffey, wielding his mother's putter, had one-putted six times on the front side and had expanded his one-stroke lead to six shots. But the delay began to tell on the young man who was almost destroyed by -AP Wir.'ph.Ko John Mahaffey Watches Putt Drop his playoff loss in this national championship a year ago. "I lost my concentration," he said. "We were out here much too long, I got too keyed up. before we finally got started playing." Sunday Gazette-Mail ports Charleston, Wesl Virginia ID --June 20, 1976 Triple by Foster JT */ 'Should Have Been Caught,' Ozark Says Scores V_x scores Saturday in Itic 7611 He made double bogey on the llth hole and lost four shots. He bogeyed the 16th and 17th, both times missing the green in the gloomy twilight he said made it difficult to judge distances. He had to work hard to compile a 69 and he posted his 207 total, three under par on the soaked and soggy Atlanta Athletic course in complete darkness. Pate Scores Eagle Rookie pro Jerry Pate, who engineered a four stroke swing on the leader with an eagle three, moved into second place with a second consecutive 69 that put him at 209, the only other score under par after three rounds. Veteran Al Geiberger, who once closed to within two strokes of the front-running Mahaffey, hit one in the water on the 18th hole, made bogey and had to settle for a 71 that left him "in third at 210. even par and three strokes back. Tom Weiskopf was next with a 68-211 and issued a warning: "I'm in very good position. I'm playing very well. I'm very confident. And I like the golf course. It just seems to suit the way I play very well." BEN Crenshaw, the dynamic young man who scored consecutive victories earlier this year, veteran Rod Funseth and non- ··vinners Mike Morley and Lyn Lott--who got into this event as an alternate when Lee Trevino withdrew with an aching back--followed at 212. Lott and Morley shot 70s, Crenshaw and Funseth 72s. Hubert Green, the year's leading money-winner, was next with 71-213, six strokes behind. Carlton "Slugger" White of Beckley shot his third straight 75 round in the open and has a 225 total of 54 holes. Johnny Miller shot an almostoverlooked 69 for 215 and Tom Watson, the British Open champion, had 68-214. Masters champion Ray Floyd was 71-216, defending U.S. Open champ Lou Graham 72-221, Gary Player 73- 222, Hale Irwin 75-222 and Arnold Palmer had a third consecutive 75 and 225. (Please Turn to Page 6D) U.S. Open PHILADELPHIA (AP) - "I just hit it out of his reach." said George Foster of his slicing fly ball to right field for a seventh-inning triple that turned out to be the key hit for the Cincinnati Reds in their 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday. That's not the way Phillies Manager Danny Ozark saw the play. "The ball should have been caught, no question about it," said Ozark. "A right- hander usual;., slices when he hits the ball that way." Foster scored the winning run when the next hitter, Tony Perez, hit a sacrifice fly. Reliever Rawly Eastwick protected the lead for two innings to earn his eighth save. Eastwick retired six batters after replacing winning pitcher Gary Nolan, 7-3. in the eighth. Jay Johnstone, the Phillies' right fielder, almost, caught up with Foster's drive but said he had trouble seeing the ball. Foster said the pitch from reliever Ron Reed. 5-2, was a fast ball. "He (Reed) got it where he wanted." Foster said. "I thought Johnstone might get to it. But I saw it bounce. Now I'm thinking triple so a fly ball can get us the run." Foster churned into third well ahead of Johnstone's throw after the outfielder finally recovered the ball. Foster is on a tear with an eight-game hitting streak during which he has 14 hits in 32 at-bats for a .438 average. He has had three home runs and six RBI during the surge. The 28-year old Nolan, who came back 'last season to win 15 games after being sidelined for two years with an ailing shoulder, said he wasn't upset at not getting his fourth straight complete game, something he has never done before. "I was a little rocky out there, struggling, not making good pitches," said Nolan, who gave up six extra-base blows of the eight hits he allowed in seven innings. Nolan struck out six and walked none, extending his no-walk streak to 34 innings. The triumph snapped a two game losing streak for the Reds, who haven't dropped more than two in a row all season, and also ended Philadelphia's four-game winning streak. Steve Carlton worked five innings for the Phillies and left trailing 3-2. Reliever Ron Reed, 5-2, took the loss, allowing the winning run after the Phillies tied the score 3-3 in the sixth om Mike Schmidt's 19th home run of the season and third in three games.' The Reds picked up a run in the first Inning when Cariton lost his control. After Pete Rose grounded out to start the game, Dave Concepcion singled. Foster flied out but Carlton walked Perez, Johnny Bench and Bob Bailey to force home a run. Carlton retired the first two batters in the second but Rose singled and Concepcion doubled to make it 2-0. The Reds boosted their lead to 3-0 in the third, Perez leading off with a double and scoring on Doug Flynn's two-out single. Atlanta 9, Chicago Cubs 3-Willie Montanez hit two solo home runs. Jerry Royster drilled a three-run shot and Rowland Office hit in his 23rd straight game, easing the way for Andy Messersmith's fourth straight win. See major league boxscores on Page 8D. Cleveland 3, Kansas City 0-Pat Dobson pitched a one-hitter for seven innings before leaving with an injury as the Indians handed the Royals only their second loss in the last 10 games. St. Louis 1, San Diego 0-John Curtis and Bill Grief combined on a four-hitter and Don Kessinger drove in a fifth inning run. Oakland 7, Milwaukee 4--Successive homers by Don Baylor and Billy Williams in the first inning started the A's rolling with Glenn Abbott getting his first win with relief help from Paul Lindblad. San F r a n c i s c o 5, New York Mets 0--Marty Perez slammed a home run, double and single and drove in three runs to help the Giants snap a seven-game losing streak on Jim Barr's seven-hit pitching. The Giants hammered loser Mickey Lolich (3-9) for seven hits and four runs in four innings. Montreal 2, Los Angeles 1--Pete Mackanin's two-out single off reliever Charlie Hough in the bottom of the ninth inning scored pinch runner Mike Jorgensen with the winning run. The victory was only the Expos' fifth in their last 21 games. The win went to Don Stanhouse (5-2) while Hough (7-3) suffered his third straight loss. Minnesota 6, Detroit 4-Hot-hitting Steve Brye singled, doubled, scored one run and drove in another to lead the Twins. Brye has hit at a .375 clip since May 15. Rokie Pete Redfern (2-3) pitched the first six innings and received the victory. DULUTH, Ga. (AP) ' - Third round scores Saturday in the 76th United Slates Open Golf Championship on .the 7,015 yard, par 70 Atlanta Athletic Club course (a-donotes amateur); John Mahaffey jerry Pate Al Geiberger Tom Wei:kopf Rod Funseth Ben Crenshaw Mike Morley Lyn Lot) j. C. Sncsci Hubert Green Butch Baird Tom Watson Don January Andy North Johnny Miller Grier Jones Ray Floyd Mike Shea Dove Eichelberger Rik Massengale Danny Edwards Mark Hayes Larry Nelson Lon Hinkle Calvin Peete jack Nicklaus Terry Dichl Fuzzy Zoeller Bobby Wadkins Barry Jaeckel Charles Coody Tim Collins Lou Graham Wayne Lev! Bob E. Smisn Tom Purtzer Tom Jenkins Vic Reyaitidc Gene Littler Hale Irwin Gary Player Joe Inman Peter Qosterhuis Randy Glover a-Jonn Fought Jim Colbert K e r m i t Zarley a-Druce Douglass John Gentile John jaccos Tommy Aaron Bob Gilder Joey Dills Gene Borek Arnold Palmer Canton White Lee Elder Bruce Lictzke a-Mortin West Eddie Peorcc George Cadie Miller Barber a-Mkhaei Reid Jim FciTce Bruce Devlin Bobby Stroble 70-68-69-207 71-69-69-209 70-69-71-210 73-70-48-2)1 70-79-72-212 72-68-72-212 71-71-70-212 71-71-70-212 73-69-71-213 . 72-70-71-213 71-71-71-213 74-72-68-214 71-74-69-214 74-72-69-215 74-72-49-215 76-69-71-216 70-75-71-216 72-73-72-217 73-70-74-217 70-7B-70-218 73-75-70-218 74-74-70-218 75-74-70-219 75-74-70-219 76-69-74-219 74-70-75-219 71-72-76-219 72-75-73-220 76-72-72-220 74-77-69-220 75-76-70-221 73-76-72-221 75-74-72-221 74-73-74-221 72-75-74-221 73-75-73-221 72-74-75-221 75-76-71-222 76-75-71-222 75-72-75-222 73-77-73 -222 75-73-74-222 73-75-74-222 72-74-76-222 79-72-72-223 74-76-73-223 75-73-75-223 73-76-75-224 77-74-73-224 75-75-74-224 75-73-76-224 75-74-75-224 77-73-74-224 74-74-76-224 75-75-75-225 75-75-75-225 72-75-78-225 76-73-77-226 73-73-80-226 80-71-76-227 79-71-77-227 76-72-79-227 67-81-80-228 76-73-80-229 75-73-B1-229 77-70-B2-229 -APWIrephoto Arnold Palmer Shows His Agony Over Missed Birdie Putts He Shoots Third Straight 75 Round in U.S. Open Golf Tournament 'STUPID' Palmer Levels Blast at Golfs Critics, Cry-Babies at Open By Will Grimsley DULUTH. Ga. (AP) - Arnold Palmer leveled a blast Saturday at pro golf's crybabies and harping critics of the U.S. Open. "I just don't understand it," he said. "It's downright stupid. To tell you the truth, 1 am offended by it. If a guy doesn't like the way the Open is run. why doesn't he just sit it out and wait for the next lour tournament? "It's no use to bad-mouth the Open." The 46-year-old former champion, who fired his third straight 75 for a score of 225, admitted he was upset by a statement by the veteran Don J a n u a r y which appeared in the morning paper. Lambasting both the U.S. Golf Association and the officials of the Atlanta Athletic Club, January said, "If I ever file entry to the U.S. Open again. I hope somebody puts a gun to my head." 'So Ridiculous' "I can't believe Don said that--it's so ridiculous," Palmer said, as he tried out a set of graphite shafts on the raindrenched practice tee. "He's a good friend of mine but that's a pretty stupid remark. "Suppose he should win the Open here--and he is perfectly capable of doing so--wouldn't he feel pretty foolish? He'd be haunted for years by the things he said here." Palmer, winner of the 1960 Open at Denver, four Masters and two British Opens, said his sensitivities were stabbed by the pros' constant harping against the Open and that he strongly objected to the suggestion that the USGA should call the PGA Tournament Players Division into the act of running the 81-year-old classic. The proposal was made by Jack Nicklaus. Hale Irwin and others have been sharply critical this week of the preparations for the Open, particularly the long grass on the fairways which was the result, of a mistake with the mowers. Pros Traditionally Complain Traditionally, the pros object to narrow fairways, rugged rough and tricky pin placements. "Constructive criticism is good," Palmer said. "1 objected to the thick Bermuda grass on the fairways but when the superintendent explained it was an honest mistake I felt we should let the latter drop there." Palmer said he couldn't understand players such as January and Dave Hill continually blasting the Open. Hill harpooned the Open at Hazeltine in Chaska. Minn., in 1970, calling the course a cow pasture and has boycotted the event the last two years. "January builds courses," Arnie said. "Who does he think he is building them for? He is building them for the USGA. which develops golf." The popular one-time charger, who dominated the sport in the late 1950s and early 1960s, said he would not like to see the Open turn into just another tour event--as some pros would have it. "The beauty of the Open is that it is distinctive, just as the Masters, as an invitation affair, is also distinctive," he added. "I would be strongly against turning the Open over to the pros. Let's keep the Open as the Open." Syracuse's McGrew Homers In 10th to Defeat Charlies By Mike Whiteford Al McGrew. the No. 9 batter in the Syracuse order, stroked a two-run homer in the 10th inning Saturday night at Watt Powell Park to defeat the Charlies, 7-5, for the second night in succession. The Charlies had rallied admirably to tie the Chiefs, scoring their five runs in the final five innings, including a run in the ninth for a 5-5 deadlock and might have won in the ninth, except for the lack of a clutch hit. In the ninth, the Charlies, trailing 5-4, loaded the bases with none out on a single by Mike Edwards, his third of the game, a walk to Miguel Dllone and a bunt single by Craig Reynolds. Omar Moreno followed with a sacrifice fly for a 5-5 tie but Ken Macha and Mitchell Page flied out to force extra innings. The game began with a slight rain falling and attracted a crowd of only 494. * * * THE CHARLIES' Jinn Sadowski pitched all 10 innings for his fifth loss in six decisions. Gene McElwain hurled the final two for Syracuse to pick up the win. The Charlies collected 15 hits and, fighting from behind again, scored a run in the fifth, another in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the ninth. Dilone's bunt single scored Fernando Gonzalez in the fifth, Page's single scored Moreno in the sixth and Macha and Reynolds knocked in runs in the seventh with singles. Mickey Klutts hit a key homer for the Chiefs in the seventh with none on, giving the Chiefs a 5-2 lead at the time. The Chiefs scored two unearned runs off Sadowski in the sixth following Page's error. CHARLIE CHATTER: The 11-day home stand concludes with a 2 p.m. doubleheader today against the Chiefs with Tim Jones (3-4, 3.91) and Ray Price (2-5, 7.19) pitch- ing for the Charlies and Jim York (6-1, 4.62) and Rick Sawyer (6-1, 1.76) pitching for Syracuse . . . It will be Lions' club Day and Father's Day. Each father attending will receive a Gillette r a z o r . . . Part of the Charlies' recent success must be traced to home runs. Through Friday's games, the team had hit 17 in June compared to a total of only 30 for all of April and M a y . . . Nearly half the Charlies' games this season have been one-run affairs. Of their 59 games through Friday, the Charlies were 14-14 in one-run games... Syracuse (7) Player Alston II Zoher 20 Bcrvimsn Ib Wriitlield rf Klutts ss Bernhard! 3h Stelmaw dn Stearns r. V.cElwain p f.'.cGrewCl Totals at r 6 1 I 1 3 0 5 0 S 1 5 2 4 1 2 0 1 0 4 1 41 7 h 2 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 1 14 bi 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 Charleston Player DilonC II Reynolds ss Moreno rf A/*lChi dh Page Ib Nicosia c Arrr.3', cf Gor.jaie; 3D Ed«ards 21) Totals ab 4 5 4 4 5 5 i 5 4 40 r 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 h 2 2 2 2 2 1 0 1 3 15 Wet Day Sprinting through the raindrops Saturday at Laidley Field in the West Virginia Junior Olympics are Sherry Graley (left) of St. Albans and Kathy Fragle of Clarksburg. These 13-year-olds were competing in a heat of the 50-yard dash. See another picture on Page 8D. (Staff Photo by Leo Chabot) Syracuse 002 002 100 7-7 Charleston 000 0)1 201 0-5 E-Heinold 2, Page. Stearns, Gonzalez; LB^Charics- ton 9, Syracuse 10: DP -- S y r a c u s e 3, 2B -- Zeber, Edwards; 3B-AI'.tOn; HR-Xlutts (13), McGraw (1), SB- Dilonc, Page 2. Moreno, S-McGrew, Stearns; SF- Bergman, Moreno. Pitching IP H R Eft BB SO Hcmoid' 8 1 4 5 5 0 4 McElwain (1-0) 2 1 0 0 2 1 Sadowski (L. 1-5) 10 14 7 5 3 4 ·Faced one Datter in ninth; HBP-Michs (by Hoinold) WP-Hcinold, u-Kaiicr, Parks; T-2:54, A-494(Sen'.on: 34,543) Saturday's Games Syracuse 7, CHARLESTON 5 , 1 0 innings Rhode Island 1, Memphis 1,15th Inning Richmond 8, Rochester 6 Toledo 4. Tidewater 3 Friday's Games Syracuse 5, CHARLESTON 4 Memphis 10, Rhode Island 2 Rochester 1, Richmond 0 Toledo 7, Tidewater 3 The Standings Club W L Pet. GB Syracuse 36 25 .590 Rhode Island 36 28 .563 1V4 Rochester 30 28 .517 4A Memphis 29 29 .500 5fc Toledo 30 34 .469 7V4 Richmond 29 33 .468 7Vi CHARLESTON 27 33 .450 8M. Tidewater 27 34 .443 9 Sunday's Games Syracuse at CHARLESTON (2), 2 p.m. Memphis at Rhode Island Rochester at Richmond Toledo at Tidewater Monday's Games CHARLESTON at Rhode Island (7:30 p.m.) Memphis at Syracuse Rochester at Tidewater Toledo at Richmond

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