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13, 1972 Â«SimÂ«.y Owlltlwi, WÂ«M * J. he JM n Â£ IJ1 remem ber most about last weekends PGA Tournament in Michigan wasn't the play SL wl ^ G p!L P1 f e u r or the last da y char * e * am fcmead Both of them were great but I'll have to vote for Ralph Johnston as my hero of the tournament. You've probably never heard of Ralph Johnston and I hadn't either until last Sunday. He's a little-known pro from Garden City, N. Y., who has been on the tour for two years without winning anything of note. Johnston shot an 89 in the final round and finished dead last in the PGA Tournament with a 313 total --32 shots behind Gary Player. I became an instant fan of Johnston while watching him play the famous 16th hole-the All-America hole-at Oakland Hills 'Sunday morning. None of the big names like Player or Casper or Nicklaus or Snead had teed off yet and I was standing behind the 16th green watching some of the early starters try to hit their second shots over the lake in front of the green. Some made it and some didn't. The pin was stuck only about 20 feet beyond the water. The shot had to be just right or it was in the drink. Standing there for 45 minutes, I saw five pros hit into the lake. All of them were grim-faced as they asked their caddies for another ball. You could tell that their pride and their scores were both hurt. Along came a twosome of Ralph Johnston and Wayne Yates Johnston drove into the right rough and then dumped his approach shot into the lake. But unlike the others, he reared his back back and started laughing. Like the other fans standing behind the green, I didn't know what to think about a pro who hits into the water and laughs about it. Johnston asked his caddie for another ball and he knocked this one in the lake, too. He got a third ball .and I'll be darned if he didn't hit this one in the water also. Each time he did it, Johnston guffawed. * * * Johnston Tosses Fourth Ball in Lake When Johnston finally got over the water on his fourth attempt, the gaUery gave him a big hand. Johnston took off his hat as he walked to the green and acknowledged the applause with a large grin and a wave of his hat. Johnston had a sheepish smile on his face as he walked up to his playing partner Yates. You could see Johnston counting on his fingers how many strokes he had taken already. .Including three penalty strokes. Johnston was laying eight and his ball was in a sand trap behind the green. Johnston blasted out of the trap too strong, and it looked as If his ball was heading for the water again when it struck the flagstick and stopped 15 feet away. The fans around the green gasped while Johnston chuckled at this lucky break. He finally two-putted for a total of 11 on the hole. The fans gave him another big round of applause for finishing the hole. Johnston tipped his hat to the fans with his left hand and with his right hand nonchalantly tossed his ball oVer his shoulder into the lake. This made everybody break up again, including Johnston, who was laughing so hard himself that he had to lean on Yates' shoulder as they walked to the next tee. Any golfer who can put four balls in the water-- he hit three in and tossed the fourth-- and not get mad has got to be a hero of mine. Johnston treated it ail as a big joke. And isn't that much better than getting all hot and bothered over it? Cipoletti Ties for State Lions Golf Title CHIP SHOTS: Jack Cipoletti of Charleston tied for first place with Frank Flora of Buckhannon in the recent State Lions Golf Tournament at Clarksburg. , - : Cipoletti and Flora shared low gross of 76 and low net of 70. Because of a steady rain, no playoff was held. Cipoletti and Jim Terry of Charleston won the two-man championship with a 146 net score while the Buckhannon Lions Club took the six-man title. The 1973 tourney also will be held at the Bel Meadow course on the last Sunday in July. . . The Western Hills Golf Club near Hurricane will hold a 36-hole tournament this week. Golfers may play anytime Monday through next Sunday, owner Johnny Javins said. Entry fee is $6 and there wiU be prizes for each flight. . . ' Linden Meade of Chapmanville holed out an 80-yard wedge shot for an eagle three on the last hole but still lost the Tri-State Open by a stroke to Chuck Scally of Coraopolis, Pa., last week at Pittsburgh. Scally had 74-71--145 while Meade fired 72-74-146. Linden was tied for the first round lead but lost the tourney by bogeying four straight holes (10 through 13) on the second round. Barney Thompson was fourth with a 77-70--147 score. Teen-ager Bobby Krieg shot a 50 and Frank Dainese a 40 on the front nine of their Berry Hills Country Club junior tournament match Wednesday. And would you believe that the match was all even? Krieg finally won on the 2lst hole. Loser Dainese fired a 79 for 18 holes and was heart-broken, said assistant pro Ed Carte. "I shoot a 79 and can't play any better and I still lose," Dainese told Carte . . . Terry Crislip, a senior at Parkersburg South High, won the South Hills Amateur last weekend with 72-70--142. Crislip is the starting quarterback for Parkersburg South's football team and a guard on the Patriots' basketabll team. He had to refuse a merchandise prize for his golf victory in order to keep his school eligibility. . . CIPOLETTI TOWMOTOR COMES TO YOU. To keep your Towmotor lilt trucks running at maximum efficiency, ask us about Preventive Maintenance service. Our factory-trained servicemen stop at your plant on a regular schedule, thoroughly check your lift trucks and prevent small problems from becoming big troubles. And the cost is surprisingly low. lake a hard took Your TOWMOTOR" Dealer CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA 304/949-4441 PARKERSBLWG, W. VA. 304/485-4547. HUNTINGTON, W. VA. 304/529-2486 Elder Has Burning Desire To Compete in Masters LEE ELDER Happily Tosses Ball . By BOB GREEN HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Lee Elder, one of the few black players on the pro golf tour, has one burning desire. "I won't rest easy until I win a tournament and get in the Masters," the sturdy 38-year- old Elder said. There's more than pride involved, more than becoming the first of his race.to play in the Deep South citadel that is the Augusta National Golf Club course. There's money. "I think it could mean as much as $250,000 to ,me to be the first black player in the Masters," the candid, soft-spoken Elder said. "It would come over a period of time. "I do so many exhibitions a year. If I won a tournament and played in the Masters, the number of exhibitions would'go up and so would the amount I get for them. "I'd get more endorsements and they'd be more expensive. "There'd be a lot of things. "But that's only if I'm the first. Being the second black player wouldn't mean much at all." A black has never played in the Masters, the first of the season's four major tournaments. None has qualified for the invitational event. But there's been a change in the eligibility rules. Now all winners of regular tour events are eligible. Previously a handful of non-exempt players could get into the restricted field only off a special point list. "I think it's easier now," said Elder, a Washington resident. "Before, there were only six or seven spots on the point list. Now, well, they play 42- tournaments a year. Win one of those and you're in." Blacks have won regular tour titles, but that was before the change in the eligibility format. Charles Sifford, who broke the tour's color line, and Pete Brown each have won twice. Seorge Johnson and Charles Owen have won satellite events. Elder hasn't won in his five seasons on the tour--but he has challenged a number of times. One of his fondest memories comes from his first full sea son, 1968, when he took Jack Nicklaus to five extra holes before losing in a sudden death playoff for the title in the American Golf Classic. "I showed the greatest player in the world I could hit couple of licks, too," he said. He led at one time in the 1971 Memphis Classic and finishes second there a year ago. He was third in New Orleans the same year. His best finish this season was sixth at the Mon santo Open. "If I just keep knocking on the door, one of these days it's going to open," he said. Elder has won more than $181',000 since he's been on tour; with $53,000 in 1969 his banner season. Going Back to Africa Last season he accepted an invitation from Gary Player to compete in the South African PGA, the first black American to play in that country which has a national policy of Apartheid. He's going back again this fall. "I'll play in the PGA and Gary and I have a couple of exhibitions," Elder said. "I'm also going to play in Nairobi and then I'll go to Lagos, Nigeria to defend." He won the Nigerian Open last season. That doesn't qualify as a regular tour event and didn't make him eligible for the Masters. But, he said, it will come. "I won't rest easy until I do." "One of these days I'll get if. all put together for a vreet f You'll sec," he said. Happiness is... A KING EDWARD CIGAR Another Victory South Charleston won the 13-year-old state Babe Ruth baseball title for the second straight year. Front row, from left: batboys Chris Kirkhart and Scott Kirkhart. Second row: Mike Monk, Mike Warwick, Bobbie Wick, Peter Polcari, Jesse Akers, Robert Sylvester and Mark Crouch. Third row: John Withrow, Steve Miller, Chuck Sisson, Greg Garrett, Mark Smith, Mike Galvin, Dennie Underwood and Billy Withrow. Back row: Coaches Bob Miller, Joe Shamblin and Dave Kirkhart and manager Raymond Underwood. 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