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Prophetic Guthrie Leads by 5 Sun By Bob Baker WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS-"! had a feeling that if one of us played good today, we might break it wide open," Marshall University golfer Russell "Jay" Guthrie remarked Saturday at the West Virginia Amateur Tournament. Guthrie. a 21-year-old Wheeling native, played good. He shot a subpar 69 round and grabbed a commanding five-stroke lead in the Amateur with a 213 total for three rounds. The final round is scheduled today. Guthrie rolled in five birdie putts, with the longest being a 10-footer. "I've been stroking the ball good all week arid the putts finally dropped for me today," said the lean 6-foot-2,135-pound Guthrie. "I'm Jay Guthrie, Wheeling . 72-72-69-213 Bunny Mattison, South Chas...!."'."!"!!.""' 78-71-69-21! Jim Passero, Nitro ' 72-71-76-219 John Norton, Barboursville.. .. 73-72-74--219 Or. Mike Gocke, Morjantown 75-71-73-21* Benny Bowles, Kopperston 74-71-75-220 Harold Payne, South Chas. 75-72-73--220 Dave Cappellari, Beckley !""!""!! 75-76-69-220 James Fankhauser, Vienna 75-72-74--221 Bill Campbell, Huntington. . MackMcClain. Fairmont Jim Ward, Huntinton. 77-74-71-222 75-74-73-222 75-75-72-222 72-76-75-223 74-70-61-225 75-79-71-225 73-74-79-226 77-74-75-226 73-75-74-227 Dr. Everett Wray, Morgantown....... Bob Johnson, Charleston Danny Warren, Beckley ".'.""." Jack Forbes, Morgantown David Lester, Enterprise Randy Hillis, New Cumberland ! , ... Dr. Jack Shamblin, South Chas 75-72-76-227 Leslie Simmons, Clarksburg 82-74-74--230 Brian Kneafsey, Jr., Huntington 79-74-77-230 John Elwood, Morgantown 71-78-82-231 H. Burke Hawkins, Huntington 75-76-80-231 James Justice. Beckley 78-76-77-231 Bobby Lemley. Poca 75-K-74-231 Reid Carroll, Huntington 79-78-74-231 Mike Kohn, Barboursville 74-77-81-232 Bryan Beymer, Huntington 77-77-78-232 - Harold Harris, St. Albans 78-77-77-232 Scott Gilmore, Vienna 78-78-77-233 Ray Underwood, South Chas 75-82-76-233 Terry Johnson, Peterstown 77-77-81-235 Moon Mullins, St. Albans 76-76-84-234 Russell Sink. Princeton 74-79-83--236 Robert Rombola, Fairmont 76-79-81--236 Paul Hess Jr., Oak Hill 75-81-80-236 Marshal! Hawkins, Huntington 77-80-10-237 Brian Knealsey, Huntington 79-78-81-238 Paul Given, Richwood 81-76-82-239 Harold Cutlip, Bluefield 76-81-83-240 Matthew Martin, St. Albans 77-80-85-242 Emory Webb, Weirton 81-76-85-242 swinging well and I've got confidence in my game." Robert Melvin "Bunny" Mattison of South Charleston also fired a 69 round on the par 70 Old White course and moved into second place with a 218 total. "I got off to a bad start hut Bill Campbell talked to me and calmed me down," Mattison said. Mattison responded by sinking a 35-foot birdie putt on the seventh hole, a 50-foot chip shot on the ninth hole and a four-foot putt on the 12th hole. Mattison is a 39-year- old purchasing agent for Carbide. He was Kanawha Country Club champion three times in the 1960s and is now a member at Sleepy Hollow. "I'd take even par Sunday and not even go out," Mattison said. * * * SECOND ROUND leader Jim Passero of Nitro had trouble hanging onto his club and fell back to a 76 round and 219 total. "It was awful wet and humid and I couldn't keep my club handles dry," Passero said. "I was four over after four holes. I'm tickled that I played okay after, that and kept myself from totally exploding." Teen-ager John Norton, 16, of Barboursville stayed among the leaders by shooting a 74 for 219. Norton took off his shoes and socks and hit a ball out of a creek in front . of the 16th green. He got the ball out of the water but took a double bogey six. Norton is a husky 200-pounder who has a unique method of making his arms even stronger for golf. "I've got a 16-pound sledge hammer that I lift for a half-hour every night," Norton said. "I don't like to be outdriven." Also at 219 is Dr. Mike Gocke of Morgantown. Dr. Gocke's 73 round included one unusual shot which wound up in the back of a golf cart. Tournament director Fred Burns allowed him to drop the ball. "That's nothing. I've seen a ball bounce into a woman's pocketbook at the Masters," Burns commented. Dave Cappellari of Beckley fired the third 69 round of the day and stands at 220. The 69 rounds by Cappellari, Guthrie and Mattison are the only ones under par so far in the tournament. "I made three long 30-foot putts," said Cappellari, who had five birdies in all. Cappellari plays for the Ohio University golf team. * * * DEFENDING CHAMPION Bill Campbell managed a 71 round but he trails Guthrie by nine strokes at 222 and appears to have no chance of winning his 16th title this year. Campbell had no birdies but eagled the 540-yard 17th hole with a one- iron shot to 15 feet of the cup. "Guthrie is in a commanding position," Campbell sized up the situation. "If Jay can shoot par 70, he is home free. But there is nothing certain in golf," Campbell added. "I swung the club bad alt spring on the Marshall team," Guthrie remarked. "But my golf game has come around lately. I won the Spring Valley tournament two weeks ago, and that helped my confidence. I'm hitting my drives big for me, my iron shots are getting better and I'm putting good. This Old White is a tough putting course--almost every putt is a speed putt." Guthrie finished fourth last year in the State Amateur. He will be a senior this fall at Marshall and then plans to go to law school. "If I don't win, I hope Jay does," said his Marshall teammate Harold Payne of South Charleston. Payne ran into trouble on the 456-yard sixth hole when he drove Schmidt's Single Nips Pirates in Ninth, 3-2 PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Schmidt got his first inside-the-park hit of the season Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. And the line-drive single to left drove in Dave Cash with the winning run in the ninth inning'to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 victory over the Pirates on national television. . "It was nice to get that hit when it counted," said'Schmidt, who had just three hits, all home runs, in 24 prior at- bats against Pittsburgh. "I'll take a game- winning single like that any time instead of a meaningless home run." Schmidt was O-for-4 prior to his game- winning two-out hit-off reliever Bob Moose. "I just haven't been hitting well at Three. Rivers Stadium. They've done a good job on me." Schmidt said. The victory offset Pittsburgh's .10-9 triumph over Philadelphia Friday night and restored the Phillies' nine-game lead over the second-place Pirates in the National League East. "The next two games ought to be as interesting as these last two," Phillie Manager Danny Ozark said, looking toward Sunday's scheduled doubleheader. "You can't get them much better than this. That's the way it is when two leading teams get together." Cash, who scored from second on Schmidt's hit, had singled with one out in the ninth off Moose. He took second-when Larry Bowa grounded out and slid headfirst into the plate on Schmidt's hit, just beating a throw from Pirate left fielder Richie Zisk. The Phils opened the fourth inning by loading the bases with none out on singles by Greg Luzinski, Allen and Jay Johnstone. Maddox then hit a bouncer back to Medich. who triggered a double play. Medich threw to the plate for the force out of bounds and took a triple bogey seven. But he held his game together for a 73 round and is seven back at 220. Both Payne and Guthrie have tried to talk Benny Bowles, 19, of Kopperston into joining them on the Marshall golf team. Bowles has won five tournaments this year and finished second twice in seven appearances. The former Oceana High standout won the Heck's Open, Wyoming County Open, Triadelphia Invitational at Man, Grandview Tournament and Clear Fork Tournament. Bowles also has a backer willing to sponsor him on the pro mini-tour. "I haven't decided what to do yet," Benny said. "I've got a temporary job now working in the mines driving a buggy," he said. Bowles started off with four straight bogies and shot a 75 for a 220 total. "I putted like an ape," he said. The leaders played in the morning and finished about the time a steady drizzle descended on the course. The rest of the golfers had to play much of their rounds in the rain. Everything went wrong for lefty Bob Johnson of Charleston, who shot an 81 round to fall out of contention at 225. Johnson did snap back for birdies on 14,16 and 17 but by then it was too late. xginia Seel ion E I E Churlnton, I I . I n . , July-I. IVTfi on Luzinski, and catcher Manny Sanguil- len made the relay to first for the out on the speedy Maddox. That left Allen at third and Johnstone at second, and Pirate Manager Danny Murtaugh opted to walk Bob Boone intentionally and load the bases. Medich then yielded a walk to Underwood to force in Allen with the game's initial run. In the sixth, Allen opened with a single, took second on a passed ball by Sanguillen, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Maddox's sacrifice fly. Texas 3, Chicago W h i t e Sox 0--Righthander Nelson Briles allowed only three hits, pitching the Rangers to victory for his first shutout and fifth complete game of the season. The win raised his record to 7-5. Minnesota 2, California 0-Bill Singer of the Twins limited the Angels to five singles in outdueling Nolan Ryan. Steve Braun singled in one Minnesota run and scored the other. New York Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2--Bud Harrelson tripled in the bottom of the 10th inning and scored the winning run on a wild pickoff throw. The win was-the ninth straight by the Mets. Atlanta 4, San Francisco 0--Dick Ruthven fired a five-hitter for his 10th victory and the Braves capitalized on 12 walks. Ruthven drew a walk in the second inning and scored the first run of the game. Detroit 4, Baltimore 0--Rookie sensation Mark "The Bird" Fidrych fired a four-hitter for his first shutout, while Rusty Staub slammed a three-run homer as the Tigers defeated the Orioles before a crowd of 51,032. Fidrych is 9-1. Cincinnati 9, Houston 8--Johnny Bench tied the game with a solo home run and then drove in the winning run in the eighth with a grounder as the Reds edged the Astros for the first time in three games. Bob Bailey drove in four runs with two homers as the Reds snapped a three-game losing streak. N.V. Yankees 7, Cleveland 3-Mickey Rivers and Roy White smashed home'runs as the Yankees defeated the Indians for the second day in a row and extended extend their lead in the American League East to eight games over Cleveland. -Stafl Photo by Lawrence Pierce North's Joe Crislip Eludes South's Mark Parsons of Sissonville CHANGE North Surprises South In All-Star Revival, 8-6 By Danny Wells There were some major changes in the script as the North-South football game was revived Saturday night at Laidley Field. A crowd estimated at nearly 5,500 watched the North team dominate the game. And that's something the North players didn't do very often when the all- star game was in its heyday in the 1940s and 50s. The North won, 8-6, but the game wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates. The South holds a 14-6-3 lead. The game also lacked the offensive explosions that marked the previous North- South battles. When the series was discontinued in 1955, the South won by a 40-2 score. But Saturday night, most of the fireworks came at the end of the game when the Charleston Lions Club put off the real thing which probably came too late to perk up the fans who were expecting more smoke on the playing field during the game. * * * INSTEAD IT WAS a defensive tug- of-war and the North clearly came out with the long end of the rope. The South did show some offensive life in the fourth quarter and for awhile it looked as though the southern boys would pull out the win after all. With running backs Dan Polcari, Walter Easley and Donnie Jackson carrying the ball, the South moved to the North one- yard line with less than five minutes left in the game. After Polcari was stopped for no gain, quarterback Joey Beckett of Bluefield fumbled the ball and Jim Scott of Lewis County recovered for the North. The South got one more shot'on ottense but once again the North defense came up with the big play. Scott Long completed a pass to Easley, who fumbled and Luke Spencer was there for the North to pick up the ball and race to the South 28 before he was stopped. The North then killed the clock. The deciding points actually were put on the Scoreboard by the North defense, which swarmed around Brad Batten for a safety on the first play of the second quarter. The play came on a punt which Batten fielded on his 13-yard line. Batten tried to change his direction and found himself too close to the goal. Fred Canei landed on top of Batten in the end zone and the North was ahead by 2-0. The play apparently aroused the North offense which then took the free kick on its 41 and marched in to score. The North needed 12 plays to get to the South six. iN'orth-quarterback Joe Crislip then lofted a picture pass to Jeff Kreider in the end zone and the North was ahead 8-0. (Please Turn to Page 6E) North O S 0 0-8 South O S 0 0-S N--Safety-- Brad Batten tackled in end zone N-Kreider6 pass from Crislip (kick failed) S-Bart Batten 8S kick off return (run failed) The Statistics North First downs 7 Yards rushing 73 Yards passing 56 Passes, completed 8-6 Had intercepted 0 Fumbles-lost 5-3 Penalties 6-72 Punts 4-J7.5 South 6 77 77 9-5 3 2-2 10-80 4-33.0 Borg Routs Nastase in Finale Wimbledon Finalists Embrace Bjorn Borg (right) Defeated Hie Nastase U - ··/ By Geoffrey Miller WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Bjorn Borg demolished Hie Nastase by sheer speed and power in a sparkling performance Saturday and became the first Scandinavian ever to win Wimbledon. The athletic Swede raced about the Wimbledon center court and hit top-spin forehands like a demon to crush Nastase 6-4 6-2 9-7 in the men's singles final. He went through the whole tournament without dropping a set. At 20 years and one month, Borg is the fourth youngest men's champion since Wimbledon started 99 years ago. Three 19-year-olds have won the title-Wilf Baddeley of Britain in 1891, Rene Lacoste of France in 1925 and Sidney Wood of the United States in 1931. While Borg struck a blow for youth, Billie Jean King at 32 failed in a bid to make history. She needed to win the women's doubles with Betty Stove of The Netherlands to break.the alltime record of 19 Wimbledon titles she shares with Elizabeth Ryan. Cljris Evert, this year's Women's singles champion, and the exiled Czech, Martina Navratilova, beat the King-Stove team 6-1 3-6 7-5 in the final. Ms. King has won six singles and 13 doubles titles since 1961. Miss Ryan won her 19 titles, all in doubles play, between 1914 and 1934. Miss Ryan, now 84, watched from the stands as Ms. King failed to crack her record. Nastase, the tempramental 29-year-old Romanian, admitted he feared he had blown his last chance to be a Wimbledon champion. He was in one previous final, losing to Stan Smith in 1972. Like Borg, Nastase had gone through to the final without losing a set. Slept on Widewaiks Hundreds slept all night on the sidewalks outside the AllEngland club to see what promised to be a classc final between two of the game's idols. At first it lived up to its promise. It started with nonstop cut-and-thrust between the two men, but Nastase got an early break and moved to a 3-0 lead. - Borg came back to level at 3- 3. He started to r|it his relentless top-spin forehands and they flashed past Nastase as the Romanian went adventurously to the net. The Swede's forehand? were rifle-like shots. He hit them so accurately down the lines he might have been looking along a barrel. At 4-4 Nastase showed the first signs of c r a c k i n g . He missed with two volleys--one into the net and one out of court--as Borg bombarded him with forehands, and the Swede broke through to lead 5-4. Nastase played a lot of fine shots. In the next game he saved a set point, with a beautifully judged backhand pass, but Borg scored with two service winners and took the set 6- 4. From trailing 3-4 in the first set, Borg won 11 out of 13 games. The Swede was in devastating form, hitting every ball as if he meant to split it in two. He raced through the second set in 21 minutes, breaking Nastase's service in the third and seventh games. No Clowning Nastase was not himself. There was never a sign of the temperament that has landed him in so much trouble with umpires ^'id officials-no clowning, no tan- trums, no arguing over line calls. Once, when a service from Borg was called out, Nastase politely insisted on counting it as an ace. He was loudly applauded for this uncharacteristic gesture. Nastase's fans waited for the blood to start coursing through his veins, but it never happened. He looked nervous and subdued. Borg began the third set like a world- beater. He hit two blinding forehands and a backhand volley to break service in the opening game, and raced on towards victory. Men's Singles Final Biorn Bory, Sweden, beat Hie Naslasc, Romania, 6-4 6-2 9-7. Womtn's Doubles Final Chris Evert, Fot Laudordale, Fla., and Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovakia, beat Blllic Jean King, Long Beach, Calil., and Betty Stove, Bethcrlonds, 6-1 3-6 7-5. Mixed Doublts Final Tony Roche, Australia, and Francois Durr, France, beat Dick Stockton. _ Dallas and Ros£JMary Casals 3-6, 6-2, TSfJf

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