The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 16, 1967 · Page 9
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 16, 1967
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BIythevllle (Ark.) Courier Newi - ftlto. 11. M» - P«jl Not an Amateur, Palmer Says of Eventual Winner By BOB GREEN ..Associated Press Sports Writer ; SPRINGFIELD, N;J. (AP) ' Arnold. Palmer, who had said an . amateur' couldn't win the U.S. ' Open, set out in pursuit of one today with two strokes to make : up and very,' very little to say about the non-professionals. ':'. "I had a lot of luck," amateur "'Marty Fleckman shyly commented Thursday after he had startled an elite field with a three : under-par 67 and a two- stroke lead in the United States . Open Golf Championship. .'..--Palmer, the golfing million. : aire. from Latrobe, Pa., and six more established stars of the game ivere tightly packed into a compact group at 69. .... They included Gary Player, " the little South African who won the title in 1965; flamboyant Chi :' Chi Rodriguez; Art Wall; Bon -January; defending champion : Billy Casper and rookie pro . Dean* Beman. * * * • One wore stroke back after , the rain-interrupted first round, ..and even with par at 70 for the - 7,015-yard Baltusrol course, were former British open cham- . pion Kel Nagle of Australia, -: 1965'PGA champ Dave Marr, -..ageless Dutch Harrison, Gard... ner Dickinson and George Arch -: er- .•'.'•' ••'.'.-Jack- Nicklaus, who had stormed over the .lush course in - record 62 in his' last practice •round, had just posted his 71 "•-. when the torrential downpour— ; accompanied by thunder and .- lightning—sent the gallery of 15,-.': 787 .and a handful of golfers scurrying for cover. - Among the latter was Ben Hogan, 55-year-old winner of four U.S. Open titles, who had just finished the B23 yard 7th- .longest hole in Open history— and was one-over par. : After play was resumed 31 minutes later, he took a bogey six on the final hole and finished with a 72. Fleckman, who learned, his golfing lessons at the knee of the great Byron Nelson, was practically unknown among the field of 35 pros and 15 amateurs, and certainly wasn't in Palmer's mind two days ago. Palmer, the 6-1 favorite going into the tourney, said the field was so good and the course in such fine shape that "any number of players could win it — maybe as many as 50." "No, I don't think so," Arnie answered. "That's taking it too far. No, not an amateur." * * * The odds are still against it. An amateur has not won the Open since 1933, when Johnny Goodman took it, and he's th« only one to do It since the immortal Bobby Jones. And an amateur has not even led since 1954, when Billy Joe Patton took the first-round lead over this same course. Did this sort of history bother Fleckman? 'Gee, no," he said, a surprised look crossing his darkly handsome face. "I hadn't even thought about it. Fleckman, 23, is a native of Port Arthur, Tex., where he works in his father's lumber business. He's a recent graduate of the University of Houston where, he won the NCAA championship, and started taking lessons from Nelson two years ago. He was the first alternate to the U.S. Walker Cup squad and gained his spot on the team only when Beman turned pro a couple of months ago. Frank Beard, one of the pre- tourney favorites, took a 73, while Julius Boros, a two-time Open champ and winner of three tourneys this year, finished with a 75 after taking a triple bogey seven on. No. 5. UFO Is Greene: He Joins 9.1 Club By LARRY PROVO, Utah (AP) — Charlie Greene tied the world 100-yard dash record and refused to talk about it. Gerry Lindgren humiliated his opposition in the six-mile run and scoffed at the altitude factor. Those were among surprises Thursday night in the opening round of the 46th annual NCAA Track and Field Championships at Brigham Young University. Another surprise was the decision of two world record-holders not to try for double victories. Jim Ryun of Kansas, the world mile champion, easily won a qualifying heat and then bypassed the' half-mile — an event in which he also has the fastest time on record. Tommie Smith, the 220 and 440 record- holder, decided to run only in the 220. He also had been entered also in the 100 and 440 but said he did not want to risk an injury. All .of the favorites came through the qualifying in fine form, but some darkhorses also Welshman Falls To Saldivar By BOB WATTS CARDIFF, Wales (API-Vicente Saldivar of Mexico began a European holiday today, his world featherweight boxing title still' intact after a blazing defense Thursday night. Saldivar, 24, blasted Britain's Howard Winston* into a 15- round point* defeat before a crowd of 30,000 Welshmen in Cardiff's epen-air Ninian Park Stadium. English referee Waliy Thorn scored it 73% points for Saldivar and 73Vi points -to Winston*— a two-round margin on the British scoring system. But Saldivar, a pocket version of Rocky Marciano, punished the slullful 28-year-old Welchman so effectively in the closing rounds that the narrow points margin did not reflect the Mexican's final, superiority. The fight was almost an exact replica of Saldivar's title victo- j ry over Winstone in London in September 1965. Saldivar, who weighed 125%, dropped Winstone with a flurry of blown for a count of eight in the '14th •• round, but couldn't knock out. th«. courageous Welshman. .;•.-. Winstone' weighed 125 pounds. "I'm looking forward now to a nice holiday, is Europe," Saldivar said. ."'•'• The little Mexican said he is going to France. on Monday and will carry out a short tour on the Continent before returning to * hero's welcome IB Mexico. Saldivar, who has now won 30 of his 31 pro fights, said he had no idea whom he will fight sent. ' TOKYO (AP)-Yoihiald Nit snata, Japan's new world junior lightweight boring champion had nig hopes of becoming * professional baseball player: But a friend changed KM whoVe life by secretly entering Numt- ta in an amateur boring competition six years ago. "Today, the 22-yeu«eld bear from »*«*». **«»'• northernmost main island, fo' Will ef the 130-peuad division in hii dt> cision victory over 35-year-old Flash Elorde of the Philippines Thursday night. A catcher of promise in baseball and a basketball player, Numata quit high school because of financial difficulties. He heard of a boxing tournament sponsored by a promoter and television station in Sapporo, Hokkaido's big city, and wanted to enter. His father, a poor bicycle repairman, refused to let him compete. A friend, however, entered his name and Numata, followed up. He passed the test with flying colors. Numata climaxed his meteoric career Thursday by winning a majority decision over Elorde before a capacity crowd of 10,000 in Kuramae Stadium. It was his 25th consecutive victory. Referee Alex Villacampa of the Philippines called it a draw, giving each 69 points. But Japa- nene judge Takeo-Ugo, 72-66, and Hal Drake, 71-66, and American judge, voted for Nu- mata. The AP scorecard had Numata ahead, 71-68. Numata's record now is 32-4, including nine knockouts. He weighed 129% to 130 for Elorde. Richard 6ilmor« V8 POWER NOW IN GMC PICKUPS — ALSO — and 1-6 Engine* :urned up. One was Lennox Miller, a Southern California sophomore who ran the 100 in 9.2 seconds and the 220 in 20.5. Miller's fine 100 heat came jjust minutes.before Greene, wearing prescription sunglasses at night, joined Bob Hayes, Harry Jerome and Jim Hines as the only men to clock 9.1. Greene refused to talk after the race. A Nebraska teammate, quarter-miler Clifton ?prbs, said Greene just didn't feel like talking. . . "It's a personal thing," Forbes said. He would not elaborate, but he said it appeared to lim that Greene stumbled Slightly coming out Of the blocks. Forbes said he was standing behind Greene when the race started. Greene might have been solemn, but Lindgren was jjovial after .running away from the field in 23:44.0 in the six-mile, the night's Only final. Although the time was some 37 seconds slower than his winning effort in last year's NCAA meet, Lindgren said the 4,500-foot altitude was no factor. 'The conditions were excel, lent," the little runner said, "The altitude had no effect" Lindgren comes back Saturday night to defend the three-mile title, which he also won last year. Ryun also said he was not bothered by the altitude. 'It hasn't had any'effect on me yet." he said. 'But I don't really know because I haven't pushed myself." NATIONAL LEAGUE Batting (110 at bats) - Clemente, Pitt., .368; Cepeda, St.L., .351. Runs — Aaron, All., 44; Rose, Cin., 44; Clements, Pitt., 44; Brock, St.L., 44. Runs batted in — Clcmente Pitt., 44; Wynn, Houst., 43; Aaron, All., 43. Hits - Brock, St.L., 84; Clemente, Pitt., 77; Rose, Cin., 77. Doubles — Cepeda St.L, 18; R. Allen, Phil., 16. Triples — Williams, Chic., 5; Pinson, Cin., 5; Gonzalez, Phil., 5. Home runs — Aaron All., 17 Wynn, Houst., 14. , Stolen bases — Brock, St.L., 24; Wills, Pitt., 14. AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting (110 at bats) — Kaline, Del., .343; F. Robinson, Bait., .341. Runs — Tovar, Minn., 47; F. Robinson. Bait.. 45. Runs batted in — F. Robinson, Bait., 53; Killebrew, Minn., 49. Hits — Carew, Minn., 74; F. Robinson, Balti., 72. Doubles — Tovar, Minn., 16; Mincher, Calif., 13; Yastrzem- ski, Bost., 13. : Triples — Buford, Chic., 5; Monday, K.C., 5; Versalles, Minn., 5. Home, runs — F. Robinson, Bait., 18; Killebrew, Minn.,. 17. Clay Pondering Stay in the Tank DBtROIT (AP)-Cassius Clay, two boxing exhibitions behind him and a court fight facing him, sprawled on a bench in Detroit's Cobo Arena Thursday nlglil, watched his seconds pack up his gear and contemplated his future in the ring. "Sitting, down a year, two years ... even three years won't hurt me," said the dethroned heavyweight champion who faces trial in U. S. District Court at Houston Monday because of his refusal to enter the Army. He has been stripped of bis title by many of boxing's governing bodies. "Three years," he said again, contemplating a jail term. "If I SPRINGFIELD, N. J. (AP Miller Barber of Texarkana, Ark., shot a first-round 35-36—71 in the U. S. Open Golf Tournament here Thursday, four strokes off the pace set by amateur Marty Fleekman with a 32-35—67. R. H. Sikes of Springdale, Ark., had a 38-36—74 over the 6,015-yard Baltrusol Golf Club course. NATIONAL LEAGUE Pitching (7 Decisions) — Lemaster, All., 7-1, .875; Queen, Cin., 7-1, .875. Strikeouts — MaricfoaJ, S.F., 115; Cuellar Houst., 97; Nolan, Cin., 97. AMERICAN LEAGUE Pitching (7 Decisions) —Hor- eri, Chic., 7-0, 1.000; McGlothlin, Calif., 6-1, ,857. Strikeouts — Loribord, Bost., 92; Peters, Chic., 89. leave the scene three years, I'll conic back. 2 'I'll be 28 years old in three years. Lots of boxers have won the championship when they were older." I Clay, 25, who prefers to be I known by his Black Muslim I name of Muhammad Ali, had ! just breezed through a pair of three-round exhibitions with a pair of young heavyweights. He had little trouble in the first, a match against plodding, 235-pOund Orville Qualle of Chica [i o. bill Alvin "Blue" Lewis, a : cocky, 24-year-old hopeful from j Detroit "made "a good show at (trying to upstage Clay in the • second bout. 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