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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 18, 1976
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5D -July 18, 1976 · Sunday Colette-Mail ~ir^_~ Charleston, West Virginit Thomas on Inactive List By Bob Baker ^ . State Scribes to Meet at Pipestem The West Virginia Sports Writers Assn. will hold its annual summer meeting and golf tournament today and Monday at Pipestem State Park and that brings to mind an old golf story that the fellows like to remember for laughs. The story concerns the late Duke Ridgley, sports editor of the Huntihgton paper for many years. Duke was playing in the scribes' tournament one time long ago and wasn't exactly setting the world on fire.. On one hole Ridgley had a blind shot over the rise of a hill to the green. His ball came up well short of the green. Some writers in the group ahead had just finished putting on the green. 'Hey, just for fun,-let's pick up the ball and put it in the cup and see what happens," one writer said. They did and stood around the next tee watching. Ridgley and his foursome came over the hill looking for the ball. They searched for a couple of minutes until one of them happened to look into the cup and found the ball. Beaming from ear to ear, Duke picked up his ball out of the cup and exclaimed: "How about that shot? It gives me an eight on the Role." Anyway, that's the way the old-timers tell the story. State sports writers still play golf more for fun thaif'for low scores. We'll enjoy ourselves this weekend but the Pipestem course record is in no danger. The record for the Pipestem course, by the way, is 66 and was set this year by pro Jay Hardwick of Pearisburg, Va. Hardwick, a former Virginia Tech player, shot six birdies in his 31-35-66 round to break the old record of 67 held by Pipestem pro Bill Robertson. John Faulconer, former Hinton Daily News publisher and a life member of the West Virginia Sports Writers Assn., has a personal golfing record that few players can match. Paulconer has played on 284 different golf courses in his career. John is 73 years old but he's still a fine golfer. He has proved it by shooting his age twice this year with 70 rounds. John has promised to give some golf tips to the rest of us hacker's, I mean, scribes. Faulconer is public relations director for Pipestem and one of his frequent golfing buddies is Arch Knighton, the Pipestem lodge.manager. Knighton is a fine golfer in his own right and finished among the leaders in the State Elks Golf Tournament last month. On the subject of Pipestem, the state park near Princeton is really booming this year. "We have had 500,000 visitors at the park so far this year and we hope to reach the million mark," Faulconer stated. On a recent visit to Pipestem, I noticed cars from many different states in the parking lot and there was one car from as far away as the province of Manitoba in Canada. Faulconer The Charleston Charlies announced Saturday that outfielder Tony Armas has not been placed on the disabled list as orginal- ly stated on Thursday, Armas, who is suffering from an arm injury, was reportedly placed on the list to make room for Mario Mendoza, sent down by the parent Pittsburgh Pirates. Al- though Armas can't throw, he will be used as a designated hitter. ·To make room for Mendoza, outfielder Tommy Thomas has been placed on the inactive list. Thomas has left the team, with permission of the club, and gone home to California where there is an illness in the family. Paul Hahn Jr. Display His Crazy Bag of Golf Tricks He'll Perform at Watt Powell Park Thursday Night Get A Suzuki At DEALER COST i MI. .Limited Quantity---- RL250 NOW Reg. s l,189. $ 700* TM-250 Reg. $1,235. NOW '900* TM-400 Reg.'1,349. NOW S 1000* ' Price Does Not Include Dealer Prep, or Freight Complete Parts And Service Suzuki Cycles CENTER SINCE 1t64 INC. GARDEN CENTER PHONt 143.4431 Power Eqaipt. CENTER 233 Virgin St. E«t · (HAHISTON, WEST VttCMIA · tt. 20 Piptilenv W. Vo. Kanawha Women, State Juniors Need Entries Only seven women have sent in their entries so far for the Kanawha Valley Women's Golf Tournament scheduled Aug. 3-5. There are three entries from Meadowbrook, two from-Kanawha, one from Edgewood and one from Sleepy Hollow. "If we don't receive 24 entries by our deadline of July 26. we won't have the tournament," said Mrs. Marion Jarrett of the host Edgewood Country Club. "Many of our entry blanks have been taken but only seven have been returned." The Edgewood women are planning to hold three special events on the final day of the Kanawha Valley Women's Tournament and will give away some nice prizes. The tourney will be played under summer rules-n§t winter rules as announced earlier. Another tournament seeking more entries is the West Virginia Golf Assn. Junior Tournament scheduled July 26-28 at Parkersburg Country Club. "We only have entries entires so far and we were hoping for 100," said co-director Larry Christian Friday. "We are extending the entry deadline until July 24 (next Saturday)." Christian said the tournament will go on as scheduled even if the 100 figure isn't reached. "We have some quality juniors already entered," Christian commented. "But it is a surprise to me that we don't have any entries from the Princeton, Beckley and Wheeling areas and we have a very small turnout from the Kanawha Valley thus far." Entry fee is ?20 for the 36-hole tournament and includes a practice round July 26. The event is open to boys 13 through 17. Entry forms may be obtained by writing the West Virginia Golf Assn., c/o E.M. Payne III, Secretary, Drawer L, Beckley, 25801, or Larry Christian, 710 Monongahe- la'Building, Morgantown, 26505. All entries should be mailed to Christian. ProgressBeing Made on Sandy Brae Bid DIRECTOR AUSTIN Palmer said the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission is busy working on its proposal for buying the defunct Sandy Brae golf course from the Farmers Home Administration. Progress is being made and there might be some good news soon, Palmer indicated. The Herbert Hoover Conservation Club recently passed a resolution supporting the purchase of Sandy Brae. Monday will be a busy day at Berry Hills Country Club. Twelve youngsters will play there in the morning in the U.S. Golf Assn.. junior qualifier, with the best scorer earning a trip to Colorado. Then the men will take over at 1 p.m. for the first round of the Kanawha Valley Golf Assn. Tournament. Last year's champions in the KVGA tourney were Jim Passero in the championship flight and Dick Huber in the first · flight. Pro Lee Elder, famous as the first black golfer to play in the Masters, will take part in an exhibition at 1:30 p.m,Friday at the Riviera course near Huntington. Elder will play with pro Barney Thompson and amateurs Jim ward and Eddie Williams. Tickets are priced at ?5 for the exhibition and $3 for a reception .to follow. , The Elder exhibition will serve as a warm- up for the Ebony Golf Classic at Riviera Saturday and next Sunday. Director Joe Williams says 172 golfers will play in the tournament. The Ebony Classic has a strong field with such players as Benny Bowles, Jim Ward, Calvin Armstrong, Reid Carroll, Jim Passero, Harold Payne, Eddie Williams, Joe Feaganes, John Nor- Fans to Get WVU Tickets In Mail Soon MORGANTOWN-Mountaineer football · fans can expect to receive their season ticket-orders in the mail soon, according to West Virginia University assistant athletic director Paul Mill Dr. "Nearly all of our orders will have been mailed by Monday," says Miller who coor- · dinates the' operations of fund-raising, sports information, and tickets for the department. "Seating arrangements have been changed this year as noted on our pre-season ticket applications," says Miller. "Seating this year was strictly based.on our priority system which includes contributors to the Mountaineer, Scholarship Fund, faculty, staff, students, and previous ticket holders. Ticket manager Debbie Coles and her staff have filled the requests according to our policy." Miller reports that some fans may find themselves in new locations because of these arrangements. "We have enforced the priority system this year," he says, "and will continue it in the future so that fans ordering tickets for Mountaineer f otball can be assiOd that their tickets ill correspond witftheir contribution to' e Scholarship Fund." ton, Brian Kneafsey, Dave Carter, Paul MCKnight, Leon Wheeler of Columbus, Ohio, and Jim Glover of Pittsburgh. Golfers from 12 states and the District of Columbia will play. · The recent American Cancer Society benefit tournament was a success with $700 being raised at six local courses, Kirby Martin said. The winners and runners- up at each course, with the winner listed first, are: Berry Hills, Jim Tenley and Charley Hurt; Edgewood, Chuck "isbell and Tom Corrie: Meadowbrook, C. R. Harmon and James Warden; Sleepy Hollow, Jack LeRose and Darrell Allen; Kanawha, Alex Gettman and C. D. Neal; and Big Bend, Roy Blizzard and J. D. Pettigrew, Trick-Shot Golfer Hahn To Perform Paul Hahn Jr., probably the world's best living golf trick-shot artist, will bring his entertaining routine and serious instruction to Watt Powell Park at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. He is following in the footsteps of his father, the late Paul Hahn who'performed his trick-shot golf routine .for many years all over the world. Paul Hahn Sr. died earlier this year. Hahn, who travels more than 200,000 miles a year, once gave 67 exhibitions in 26 countries in 91 days. He lives in Boca West, a community in Boca Raton, Fla., where he plays golf 165 days a year when he's not performing. "IT'S A HECK of a way to make a living," says Hahn. "You get tired, catch a few hours of sleep on airplanes, in motels, or.wherever possible." Although Hahn has never played the American golf tour, he did get Involved ID the Carribean tour a little more than 10 yean ago. Why is a scratch golfer not interested in the circuit? ''I can't, putt," he admits. "And you've got to be able to sink them to compete." His routine combines a well-rehearsed blend of clinical instruction with comical fanfare. He presents some 35 shots with his crazy clubs, numbering more than 15, and. almost an equal number of crazy shots with regular clubs. His routine will precede the Charlies' game with Rochester. OPM DAILY 10.10} SUNDAY 12.6 SUN.. 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