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4E --July 4, 1976 'Sunday Gasette-Mail Charltst'on, Wfst Virginia Greenbrier Being Toughened But No 'Monster 9 WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - The sounds of bulldozers have mingled with the click of golf balls during the West Virginia Amateur Tournament. ( The Keith Dewar Construction Co. of Palm Springs, Calif., started work last Monday on the Greenbrier course -- one of three golf courses at the Greenbrier Hotel -- to improve and strengthen it for the 1979 Ryder Cup matches between U.S. and British pros. i Jack Nicklaus. a fine golf architect as well as player, is redesigning the Greenbrier course. Nicklaus does everything first class and his plans for the Greenbrier could turn it into one of the most spectacular and unusual golf courses in the coun- ,tny. , Jim Searle. the director of sports activities for the Greenbrier Hotel, took me on a :tpur of the course Friday in his land-rover and pointed out the changes being made. "I get excited every time I drive over it. I think we're really .going to have an outstanding golf course." Searle said, and his enthusiasm was contagious. How about these for conversation -pieces: .. ,»The 18th green of the Greenbrier bourse will be on the right side of a huge double green with the 18th green of the Lakeside course on the left side. "The green is going to be 260 to 270 feet long," Searle said. The Old Course at St. Andrews. Scotland, is famous for its large Double greens but they are very rare in the U.S. ','. ,.\ creek will run through the middle of a sand trap on the ninth hole. How about that for a double hazard? "I don't know if it's going to work or not. If it doesn't, we'll divert the creek," Searle stated. ··Another sand trap on the course will extend 100 yards along the side of a fairway. A number of large trees will be left standing right in the middle of the trap. » About 150 railroad ties will be used to build up another hole. The Greenbrier should have no trouble getting them from its owner, the Chessie System * * * Nicklaus Is iVof Designing 'Monster Course' The redesigned Greenbrier course wil) play about 6,800 yards from the back tees and 6,400 yards from the regular men's tees to a par of 72. "It is not going to be any monster course," Searle stated. "We want it to be fun for our hotel guests to play as well as a demanding challenge for the pros." Nicklaus' plans call for 18 new greens and 25 new tees. "He is putting in a lake that will affect play on the second, 16th and 17th holes," Searle pointed out. "Jack has also reversed the 10th, llth and 12th holes to bring a creek mqre into play. He has taken six of the weaker holes and turned them into six strong water holes." Nicklaus has been at the Greenbrier four times already to study the terrain and he is expected back to inspect the construction progress. "Jack went out and hit balls to try out the new holes. He's all business. He puts as much effort into it as a major golf tournament," Searle said. Searle stopped to talk with Fred Bolton, the superintendent for the Dewar Co. and a former touring pro buddy of the late Porky Oliver. Searle pointed to some trees and asked Bolton, "Are you going to cut them down?" "No. We are not going to cut down any more trees unless Jack gives bis okay," Bolton replied. Bolton's crew has built three golf courses designed by Nicklaus, including the Muirfield Village course near Columbus. "Jack is the best architect I know for making a course tough but fair for the golfer," Bolton said. 5 50 Eagles Members of the 1950 Morris Harvey College football team reminisce about their Tangerine Bowl victory, symbolized by trophy at right.'during a reunion at the college Saturday afternoon. Among a large group attending were, from left, end Roy Brown, quarterback Pete Anania, assistant coach Sparky Adams and Dr. Leonard Riggleman, president of the college at that time. ( S t a f f Photo b y L a w r e n c e Pierce) Bad Memory of 75 to Haunt Pate As British Open Begins BIRKDALE. England ( A P I - Jerry Pate. America's new golf hero, has a heavy old score to settle when he plays in the British Open Championship over ~lh~e" Royal Birkdale links this week. List year, when he still was an amateur, Pate played for the United States team in the Walker Cup matches against Britain at St. Andrews and set a wrong kind of record. He was the first American in the history of the series to lose all four matches--two foursomes and two singles. The t a l l , l e a n 22-year-old Texan, following his recent triumph in the U.S. Open, will be the center of attraction when the British classic starts over Birkdale's 7,001-yard, par 34-38-72 course Wednesday. But Jack Nicklaus will start as the favorite--as he always does in Britain. You can go into the betting shops in any British town and bet on Nicklaus at 5-1. Next on the bookies' lists are Johnny Miller, 8-1; Hale Irwin and Tom Weiskopf, each 12-1; Gary Player, 14-1, and Lee Trevino, 16-1. Pate is way down the list at 25-1, along with Ben Crenshaw, Ray Floyd and last year's winner, Tom Watson. Damaging Droughts Whatever success Pate has in the tournament, another Pate will play a big part " in it. Doug Pate, Birkdale's greenskeeper, has supervised a massive rehabilitation job on the famed links following a damaging series of droughts. Many of the long fairways have been re- turfed in the last year. Pate and his men "also have reconstructed some of the bunkers, many of which were in such a bad state that when a golf ball pitched into the face of one, it did not hold. The course is reported in good condition again now, but it is tougher to play than when Arnold Palmer won his first British Open here in 1961, or when Trevino edged Liang Hyan Lu of Taiwan by one stroke in 1971. *'" ' M " - The 450-yard first hole now is a par four X Jerry Pate Unenviable Record instead of a par five. The sixth hole, 468 yards, which used to be a five, also is rated a four. One of the most notorious bunkers on any British course, guarding the left approach to the green at the 184-yards 12th, now is more difficult than ever. Players used to pitch near it from the tee and escape. Now they must land on the left hand side of the green or go into the trap. Winner Gets $13,125 Prize money totals ?131,250, the saoe as in last year's championships at Carnoustie, Scotland. The winner gets $13,125. Like many of Britain's seaside golf courses, Birkdale changes dramatically with the weather. If the recent fine andfcalm weather continues, it will be good for the big hitters. When the Open was first played here in 1954, Peter Thomson of Australia won the title. There was so little wind that he went around for four days hitting off ifcst of the teen with a three-wood. ''* Thomson won again at Birkdale in 1965. Palmer and Trevino were the other British Open champions here. Nicklaus won the British Open at Muir- field. Scotland, in 1966 and at St. Andrews in 1970. Since then he has finished fifth in 1971, second in 1972, fourth in 1973, third in 1974 and tied for third in 1975. Last year, he finished the 72 holes only one stroke behind Watson, who grabbed the title in a playoff with Australia's Jack Newton. Trevino, in 1971. was the last man to win the U.S. and British Opens in the same year. He was the first golfer to accomplish the feat since Ben Hogan in 1953. Sports On the Tube Here are the sports shows scheduled for local coverage this week: Today 1:30-NFL Championship Games, 8 4--Bicentennial Sports, 8 4:30-World Invitational Tennis, 13 6-Sports Challenge, 8 Saturday 2--Major League Baseball, 3 3:30-Women's U.S. Open, 13 4:30-BritishOpen, 13 4:30-CBS Sports Spectacular, 8 "We plan to have the Greenbrier course ready for play by June of next year," Searle said. "We hope to have Nicklaus and somebody like Tom Weiskopf here for an exhibition to show off the course. If the new greens are In good enough shape, we may play the State Amateur on it next July- Why was the Greenbrier course chosen for the Ryder Cup rather than the more famous Old White course? "We thought about the Old White course at first. Jack even drew up a design for it that would have changed every hole except the first hole," Searle said. "But we felt that many of our guests love the Old White course just the way it is now." The ABC television network has already signed a contract to televise the 1979 Ryder Cup matches here.'Searle said. Another major renovation project is taking place at the Greenbrier's casino, which houses the golf shop and a renowned buffet luncheon. The casino is being enlarged 30 per cent and is expected to re-open July 27. "In addition to our afternoon buffet, we are going to serve an informal evening meal there which our guests can come to in casual dress," Searle remarked. * * * Old Trophy Donated by CO in 1925 Is Found An old trophy, donated by the CO Railroad in 1925 to the West Virginia Amateur Tournament, has been located and will remain at the hotel as a permanent trophy Nicklaus Schwabe for the tourney. "We are calling it the Greenbrier Trophy," said West Virginia Golf Assn. President Albert Schwabe. "It is a beautiful sterling silver trophy and must be worth at least $3,000. The trophy hasn't been used since 1962. Jim Searle found it around the hotel and had it cleaned up and the names of the last 14 champions engraved on it to join the previous champions." The State Amateur will be held at the Greenbrier again next year on the July 4th weekend, Schwabe said. There has been some talk of moving it around the state but Schwabe said, "We took a poll of our tournament field two years ago and 96 per cent of the golfers voted to remain at the Greenbrier." E. M. "Ned" Payne III of Beckley was elected vice-president of the WVGA at its annual meeting Wednesday night. George Cobb, Jr. of Glad Springs was elected secretary-treasurer and Burke Hawkins of Huntington was named a director. "Hawkins will head up a committee to look into a statewide computerized handicap service for member clubs," Schwabe remarked. "As part of the program, we Burns would measure and rate all golf courses in the state." There is n o t h i n g d e f i n i t e yet but Schwabe said the WVGA may go to regional qualifying sometime in the future. "We could hold regionals in Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling and other cities around the state. The low 40 or so qualifiers would then come here for the Amateur,'' Schwabe said. The Golf Assn. is sponsoring its first state junior tournament July 27-28 at the Parkersburg Country Club. "We hope to have 100 youngsters playing in it," said Larry Christian of Morgantown. "Bill Campbell has agreed to come up and talk to the players." A final note: it's great to see former Huntington sports editor Fred Burns on hand again to direct the State Amateur. Burns was afraid he might have to give up the job because of eyesight problems. But he has prevailed to serve as tournament director again, and he is doing his usual outstanding job. Nobody knows how to . direct a tournament better than Fred, and you had better play by the Rules of Golf with him around. OLYMPICS U.S. Hoping to Regain Track, Field Dominance By Dan Berger LOS ANGELES (AP) - Track and field is the house the United States built, but in . the last decade the immigrants have moved in with their luggage and four years ago they declared they were permanent residents. Evicting the intruders in the 1976 Olympic Games doesn't figure to be easy, but when the runners, jumpers and throwers take the spotlight in 19 days they'll try to overcome the worst track performance ever by a United States team four years ago. A blend of youth and experience emerged from the men's U.S. Olympic Trials'last month in Eugene, Ore., Such Americans as Rick Wohlhuter, Mac Wilkins, Arnie Robinson, Edwin Voses and Dwight Stones figureto be prime candidates for gold medals. However, in the 100,200,400 and the pole vault, events which have been dominated by U.S. athletes for years, the picture is changing; Americans will be fortunate to duplicate the feet of the past. Wohlhuter, Wilkins and Stones are perhaps the top three gold miners. Each stands as a world record holder; each has dominated his event in 1976. After a recent world record, his overwhelming dominance and his love of pressure, Stones may be the surest pick. Even Stones acknowledges, "I'm the favorite. Everyone else is saying so, so I guess I'll admit it, too." He won the NCAA title with a world mark of 7 feet, 7 inches which he predicted he'd get in that meet two weeks earlier. "And I'd like to set a world record in the Games, too. About 7-8Vi or so. That should beat the rest of them by 2 or 3 inches." Less Confident Wohlhuter is less confide , but he's expected to be favored in the final of the 800 on July 25--exactly three weeks away. The former Notre Dame speedster has run 1 minute, 44.8 seconds this year and feels 1: 43.7, the world record, is possible. Two teammates might give him as much trouble as the nonAmericans. Wilkins' world mark of 232-6 in the discus figures to offset his lack of international competition. The bearded 250- pounder has been the finest discus thrower of 1976. Robinson, with four 27-footplus long jumps this year, leads the world. His bronze medal in Munich indicates he won't be awed by his competition--even if it is Randy Williams, his teammate who won the gold medal four years ago. Moses has raced the 400-meter hurdles for only three months yet is the third fastest man of all time. The Morehouse College flash has run 48.30 and has yet to race his best. The new American record holder figures to be among the finalists in Montreal. In the 100 and 200, America's best sprinter won't be around. Steve Williams came up injured in the Olympic Trials. Harvey Glance and Millard Hampton, each 19, won the two dashes, but neither of them has any international experience. Fastest Man Ineligible The fastest 400 man in the United States is John Smith of the International Track Association--ineligible for the Games. Maxie Parks, won the Trials and will take on a host of fast one-lappers. The 1,500-meter run, the.5,000 and 10,000 all look like the domain of non-Americans. Wohlhuter, however, might be a surprise in. the 1,500 since the favorites--Filbert Bayi and John Walker--might overlook Rick's late speed. Dick Buerkle won the 5,000 at the U:S. trials and Frank Shorter won the 10,000, but neither appears capable of beating the favorites--Lasse Viren of Finland, Tony Simmons and Brendan Foster of Great Britain and Carlos Lopes of Portugal. The steeplechase is another event in which Americans face a tough road. Doug Brown has run 8:27.4 this year, but that's 12 seconds off the leader of the event in 1976, Anders Garderud of Sweden. Five others have done 8:21.0 or better. The pole vault, too, could present problems, even though the United States has won all but the 1972 vault and brings to Montreal the last two world record holders in the event-- Dave Roberts and Earl Bell. Bell set the world mark at 18- 7'A and then Roberts upped it by an inch at the Olympic Trials, but they'll have their hands full with three Polish vaulters, Tadeusz Slusarski, Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz and Wojciech Buciarski. Woods Favorite George Woods won the 1968 and 1972 silver medals in the shot put and he might be considered the favorite, even though his teammate, Al Feuerbach, has a better throw this year, 71-4 to 70-11%. The triple jump again, appears to be the property of Soviet ace Viktor Saneyev, winner of the gold medal the last two Olympics. James Butts and Tommy Haynes have chances for medals, but the gold looks like it's going to Saneyev again, or perhaps Joao Carlos de Oliveira of Brazil, who set the world mark of 58-8'A last year. In the hammer throw, no American appears able to move into the top six. Four from the Soviet Union and two from West Germany all have thrown the 16-pound ball-and-chain well over 250 feet this year. America's best, Larry Hart, is 24 feet short of that. Stones' top challenger could be Sergey Senyukov of Russia, whose 7-5 didn't bother Sior--.j when he heard about it. Jesper Torring of Denmark, a 28-yearold doctor who has not competed much this year to gain a psychological advantage over his foes, is also around. Wohlhuter's main foes in the 800 are Mike Boit of Kenya, who ran 1:43.8 last year; Luciano Susanj of Yugoslavia, 1: 44.1, and Ivo Van Damme of Belgium, a bearded 22-year-old who has improved rapidly. In the 1,500, Bayi of Tanzania and Walker of New Zealand are expected to fight it out. That should give Wohlhuter and his compatriots. Matt Centrowitz and Mike Durkin, a chance to sneak in for places if the top two falter, Shorter raced a lifztime best 27:51.4 in ' finishing fifth in the 1972 Olympic 10,000. Even though he's a longshot for a medal in that race, he's one of the favorites in the marathon, which he won four years ago. The Boulder, Colo., attorney won the U.S. Trials in 2 hours, 11 minutes 51 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Bill Rodgers. Both could win in Montreal. Long Jump FoesS Robinson's long jump foes, besides the 22-year-old Williams, include Yugoslavian Nenad Stekic, two Soviet jumpers -- Aleksey Pereverzyev and Valeriy Podluzhniy -- and Poland's Grzegorz Cybulski. The intermediate hurdles was won four- years ago by John Akii-Bua of Uganda in · world record time of 47.82 seconds, in' spite of the fact that Akii-Bua ran in-the inside lane, considered hardest for the one-lap race. However, the amazing Moses, an "A" student in engineering and physics, was in lane No. 2 when he clipped off his fast 48.30 and his teammates, Quentin Wheeler and Mike Shine, also have shown speed in the race. Akii-Bua, a 27-year-old police superintendent, might have company at the finish this time. America's chances of medals in the 400 and 1,600-meter relays appear strong. In the shorter race the coaches have at their disposal the rapidly developing Glance, Steve Riddick, Hampton. Houston McTear, Arizona schoolboy Dwayne Evans and even faststarting high hurdler James Owens, who has a chance to win the hurdle race if favored Guy Drut of France falters. In the longer relay race, the candidates are Parks, Fred Newhouse, Herman Frazier, Benny Brown and James Robinson. Newhouse, third fastest man in the history of the 400 in 1972, failed to make the team which went to Munich, but he atoned for his lapse in the '72 Olympic Trials by makng the squad this year. He's a prime candidate for the relay as well as a contender for a medal in the 400 along with Parks. Alberto Juantorena of Cuba appears unbeatable at this time, however, with his 44.70 clocking. Robinson and Mark Enyeart could be with Wohlhuter in the final of the 800. Both have the ability to win the race. WANTED TO BUY Baseball Card Collections Now buying old Kahn's Wieners, Pbyball Goudy, Topps and Bowman Baseball Cards as well as other sport series. Also stamps and pre-1950 non-sport K ;v fl£TR0J - seres. CALL 744-9619 and ask for SAM ·f WHITi: S«i layMN SitttmlUIJftilfJL + P. O.Boxl802 NcAULIFFF. CHorle»ton, WV25327 ».«« GUASANTCED TOIOOK'MOKE NAJUKAL THAN ANY HAIR RfWACEMENTEVBi FREI Information or Consultation

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