The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on June 11, 1968 · Page 23
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Casper Says He's The Man to Beat Tuesday, Junt 11, 19.8- THE SUN-l-7 ROCHESTER, N.Y. (UPI) - Billy Casper, hottest golfer in the business right now, toured the tough Oak Ilill Country Club course yesterday and promptly proclaimed himself as the man to beat in the 1968 U.S. Open championship which begins Thursday. For once, both Jack Nicklaus, the defending champion, and Arnold Palmer, are not getting all the support. In this one, Casper was drawing more than both of them. "I think I have a good chance, a very good chance," beamed Billy, who has won four tournaments this year twice as many as anyone else on the tour and has banked $114,243 in the process. "I'm driving well and this is a wonderful golf course," he said after playing 13 holes and then pausing before tackling the final five to make an appearance at a local shopping center. "I didn't play a ball out of the rough but I am having trouble with my putting. Unser Runaway Choice to Win Driver Award NEW YORK (UPI) - Bobby Unser, winner of the Indianapolis 500 on May .10, was a runaway choice of a blue ribbon panel of automotive sportswriters in the second phase of the voting for the Martini and Rossi 1968 driver of the year award. Sponsors of the award announced Unser, of Albuquerque, N.M., was the unanimous choice in the .second balloting. Runnerup in the balloting was Mark Donohue of Media, Pa., winner of three straight U.S. road racing championships. Dan Gurncy of Corona del Mar, Calif., won the first nhase of the balloting held early in April. There will be two more ballots before the final vote. The driver of the year receives $7,500 in cash plus a bronze sculptured trophy. That's what I have to work on." Casper, who won his fourth tournament Sunday when he captured the Indianapolis 500 Festival Open, said his initial round Monday was of an exploratory nature. "T just wanted to find out how far it was from certain points on the fairway to the green," he said. "The rough is very difficult in sports." This was echoed by several others of the advance guard of pro golf's biggest names who were testing the tightly-wound, tree-infested Oak HUT course, which stretches out for 6,962-yards and plays to a 35-3570 par. Among those finding it to be a "very tough course" was Tom Weiskopf, second leading money winner who has been working out at Oak Hill for a week. "You've got to drive straight here or you're lost," the lanky Ohioan said. Australia's Bruce Devlin agreed with him, but added "I think I can win I'm playing good enough to win." Gary Player, the muscular South African who said he hasn't been home in three months and is mighty homesick, also signified he felt he was going to be hard to beat. "I'm playing the best golf of my life this year and I nlayed this course very steadily," he said. "I'm in this to win. "The bunker play here is an important thing," he added. "The sand is very soft and the ball buries. Greens are comparatively small it's a very fair test." Nicklaus was a late arrival and likely will start the tournament a co-favorite with Casper, although Big Jack has not won this year. This is his kind of course one which insists on a strong straight tee shot, a long accurate approach and nerveless putting. Player predicted a 276 would take the title if the pleasant weather remains. Nicklaus won last year with a record 275 at Baltrusol in Springfield, N.J. N.J. While optimism ran high on this cool, breezy day, at least one golfer did not like his chances. Bob Dickson, winner of the U.S. and British Amateur championships last year and in his first year as a professional, said he thought his chances were slim. "I'm just not playing well," he said. it? m (fY lUJia ir n i,-. - m K mm ft. '.,; ' ;.:;(. f .:fc-v..:-v. . . .. . A yw y 4 Catch Him If You Can, Atlanta! UPI Tlotiot The Atlanta Braves were after Lou Brock, St. Louis' fleet and flying speedster, last night. Pitcher Phil Niekro (not shown) and second baseman Felix Mil-Ian tried to nail Brock with a pickoff attempt, in the second limine NCAA Faces Financial Crisis CHICAGO (UPI) - The nation's colleges are facing a financial crisis in providing expanded sports, physical preparedness and recreational programs for students, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said yesterday. In a report issued by Marcus L. Plant, professor of law at the University of Michigan and president of the NCAA, the association referred to general college revenue or governmental assistance in constructing and maintaining facilities to handle increased enrollments and demands for additional facilities. The report, third of a series begun in Me Is Snap Dodgers' Winning Streak At Seven With Tenth Inning Victory LOS ANGELEs (UPI) - Shortstop Al Weis singled home Ron Swoboda from tiiird in the 10th inning last night to, break up a scoreless game and bring the New York Mets a 1-0 victory that snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers' sever, game winning streak. Swoboda led off the tenth with a walk .-iiid advanced to third on Kevin Collins' single. Weis then singled shallow to center-field where Willie Davis attempted a shoestring catch, but missed as Swoboda scored. Tom Seaver recorded the victory to make his record 4-5 while Don Sutton took the loss for a 3-6 mark. Seaver allowed only four hits and walked but only one man while Sutton gave up five hits and three walks, but struck out 10. The game quickly settled into a pitching duel between the two 23-year-old righthanders. Sutton did not give up a hit until the sixth inning when Don Bosch looped a broken bat single to right field. The Dodger hurler, however, earlier walked two men before Bosch singled. Seaver was touched for a single in I he second by Bob Bailey. Willie Davis then singled in the fourth and Ron Fairly in the seventh. The Dodgers got their first runner as far as second base in the eighth inning when Paul Popovich led off with a single. He reached second on Zoilo Versalles sacrifice and a fielder's choice. But then Mets' catcher Jerry Grote picked Popovich off second to end the threat. The Mets got runners to second twice, in the third and eighth innings, both times as a result of Seaver bunts after a walk and single. Major League Standings 1956-57 and repeated every fifth year, showed participation in intercollegiate athletics by men has increased by 46,-672 persons over the past 10 years. It also showed that NCAA colleges have more than a two-billion dollar investment in their athletic programs providing sports, physical training and recreational opportunities for more than PGA Sells TV Rights to ABC PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (UPI) The Professional Golfers' Association has announced that it has sold television rights for its 1969 and 1970 tours to the American Broadcasting Company. Under the contract, ABC will telecast 11 PGA tourneys, including the PGA championship at Dayton, Ohio, in 1969 and 10 or 11 events on the 1970 schedule, again including the PGA championship. Financial terms were not announced. The contract marked the first time that the PGA championship had not been negotiated separately from the "tour package." NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. G St. Louis 34 23 .5M San Francisco 31 26 . 544 3 Los Angeles 32 27 .542 3 Atlanta 29 24 .527 4 Cincinnati 27 27 .500 5'i Philadelphia 25 25 .500 5Vj Chicago 27 28 .491 4 New York 25 29 .463 Vi Pittsburgh 21 30 .412 10 Houston 22 32 .407 lOVj YESTERDAY'S RESULTS New York 1, Los Angeles O, 10 Innings (night) Chicago 4, Cincinnati 3 San Francisco 8, Pittsburqh t St. Louis 4, Atlanta 3 (night) Only games scheduled. TODAY'S SCHEDULE New York (Selma 5-0) at Los Angeles (Osteon 5-7), nighf. Cincinnati (Culver 5-5) at Chicago (Niekro 5-4). St. Louis (Gibson 5-5) at Atlanta (Kelley 2-3), night. Houston (Dierker 5-8) it Philadelphia (Wis 4-3), night. Pittsburgh (McBean 5-5) at San Francisco (Sadeckl 6-7), nighf. AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Ci Detroit 35 20 .636 Cleveland 33 24 .579 3 Baltimore 31 24 .564 4 Minnesota 28 27 .509 7 Boston 26 28 .481 8"? Oakland 25 29 .463 9Vi New York 26 31 .456 10 California 25 32 . 439 11 Washington 24 31 .436 11 Chicago 23 30 .434 11 YESTERDAY'S RESULTS Chicago 5, New York 2 (night) Cleveland 7, Oakland 2 (night) Baltimore 4, Washington 1 (night) California at Boston, night, postponed, rain Only games scheduled. TODAY'S SCHEDULE California (Wright 5-2 and Brunei 5-6) at Boston (Culp 2-2 and Stange 2-2), night. Minnesota (Boswell 5-5 and Chance 4-7) at Detroit (Sparma 5-5 and Hiller 3-1 or Cain 1-0), 2, twi-night. Oakland (Dobson 2-6) at Cleveland (Siebert 6-4), nishf. Baltimore (Brabender 4-2) at Washington (Bertaina 4-4), night. Chicago (Horlen 4 6) at New York (Talbot BT, night. Surprise Move for Hockey Champs Canadiem Replace Blake With Ruel MONTREAL (UPI) -Claude Ruel, a 29-year-old whose credentials include experience as a player, chief scout and junior league instructor, yesterday was named new coach of the Montreal Ca-nadiens of the National Hockey League. League. Ruol's appointment, considered a surprise because of his age, was announced by Vice President and General Manager Sam Pollock. Ruel will replace Hector "Toe" Blake, who retired as head coach after 13 seasons. Blake guided the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup championship the past season and announced his retirement after the title game with the St. Louis Blues. Ruel, who came up in the Canadiens III,, Ill MllllMmMiS ' 'a JiilA farm organization and played as a de-fenseman with the team until an eye injury ended his playing days, is from Sherbrook, Quebec. Blake, after announcing his resignation as coach, said he was staying with the club in an administrative capacity as assistant to Pollock. The affable French Canadian will be the coach of several players older than himself, including such stars as Jean Beliveau, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, and Dick Duff. Rumors had been circulating that Pollock himself might take the post on a temporary basis combining it with the general manager position, until Beliveau retires from active competition in a year or so. Ruel's nomination implied that Beliveau has decided not to go into coaching. Ruel retired as a player 10 years ago. He then coached the Montreal Junior Canadiens, and won a Memorial Cup emblematic of Canada's junior championship. He spent several seasons as chief scout of the vast Canadiens farm system, and did various duties for Pollock. He returned as coach of the junior Canadiens last season. On the Airlanes UPI Telephoto TO PILOT CHAMPS Toe Blake (left), retiring coach of the world champion Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club, wel- TODAY 4:30 Angels vs. Red KMPC. comes newly appointed successor Claude Ruel, who will coach as Blake becomes the new vice-president. TONIGHT R Mets vs. Dodgers, KFI. A Roller Games, KTLA (5). 10 - Bullfights, KMEX (34). four million students and other individuals. The report was filed with Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and Congress. "The survey results confirm, in our judgment, that the colleges and universities of the NCAA have emerged as the most significant national force in providing broad sports leadership, competent athletic instruction and training, and competitive opportunities," Plant said. "Couple this with the programs of the high schools and junior colleges, and it becomes dramatically clear that this nation's educational system is the dominant force in providing the major motivation, education, training, coaching and facilities in those sports which are the most meaningful and popular in America today," the report said. In releasing the report, Plant said "It constitutes a documented response" to the request of the Vice President and Congressional leaders that new sports leadership should be exerted to place increased emphasis on wider participation and development of athletic excellence. The report showed operating budgets for 1966-67 totaled $190 million nearly doubling the budget figure for 1961-62. Expressing concern over spiraling costs, the report said the 10-year record clearly showed that college budgets were being sorely strained by the inflationary rise in costs and the pressure for more facilities and participation opportunities. Among other things the survey showed the 10 most popu lar intercollegiate sports, on the basis of the number of colleges sponsoring them, are, in order: Basketball, baseball, tennis, track and field, golf, football, cross country, wrestling, swimming and soccer. In the past five years, baseball has moved ahead of tennis and wrestling ahead of swimming. When ranked by the total number or intercollegiate participants, football is first, followed by track and field, baseball, basketball and soccer. Soccer was the fastest growing college sport. The report also showed that during 1966-67, 348 institutions made facilities available to 31 different off-campus groups to stage 84 different activities in which 372,511 individuals participated. A total of 30 sports were conducted on an intercollegiate and intramural basis. A breakdown of individuals participating showed a total of 169,306 men and women taking part in intercollegiate athletics, 1.4 million in intramural activities, 76,840 in recreational clubs, 894,224 in informal recreation, 372.511 in off-campus groups and 1.5 million physical education activities. in Colleges California Form New Conference LOS ANGELES (UPI) Five California colleges yesterday announced the formation of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association which will start competition during the 1968 -69 season in 10 different sports. Charter members of the new conference are Fresno State, San Jose State, University of California at Santa Barbara, Astros Fine Rusty Staub, Aspromontc HOUSTON (UPI) - Houston Astro General Manager H. B. "Spec" Richardson said yesterday Houston players Rusty Staub and Bob Aspromonte had each been fined one day's pay for not appearing in Sunday's Houston - Pittsburgh game. Based on the estimated salaries of the two players projected over about a six-month season, that would cost each player between $225 and $250. San Diego State and Long Beach State. Two other schools under consideration for membership but which did not join as charter members are Los Angeles State and University of the Pacific. The sports the schools will start competing in next fall are cross - country, golf, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, track and field, volley ball, water polo and . wrestling. Because of prior commitments, football competition among the members of the new conference will not get under way until 1969-70. Basketball competition will get under way for most of the schools in 1969 -70 but San Jose State and U.C. Santa Barbara will have to complete long - range commitments in that sport with the West Coast Athletic Conference. j 4 ViuytuAwtuj I ! 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