'MONDAY, APRIL 5,1954 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PA01HIN1 Then They Get- Hogon All's Spring Training Until They Hit Masters (NEA) By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor The Masters Tournament once was considered the end of AUGUSTA, Ga. the winter tour. Now it is the beginning of a bright new shiny season. It's all spring training until the touring professionals hit the Masters. Then they get the Augusta National course — and Ben Hogan. No longer are the shotmakers knocking pver resort layouts with a drive and a wedge and a putt, the 40th guy 3 or 4 under par and out of the money. The Augusta National, site of the 18th Masters, Apr. 8-11, is designed for every club in the bag and to punish a poor shot. It was over this beautiful 6800- yard, par 72 course, winding through pines and blooming wisteria and azaleas, that Hogan, the greatest precision golfer who ever lived, last year shot .what were perhaps the finest four consecutive rounds ever turned in anywhere. His 274 was 5 strokes better than the previous tournament record. He was 14 under par with 22 birdies and only eight bogeys. .Playing the course a full two weeks before the tournament — reading the fine print in the contract, as he describes it — Hogan found only two changes. A little has been added to the back of the second green and two bunkers have been put behind No. 11. • • » Hogan is again the man to beat, of course, and, as in the case of the Yankees' Phil Rizzuto, you wonder how much longer he can do it. For the recoxi, the pluckiest little Irishman ever to come out of Dublin. Tex., is 41. In the Masters of a year ago, Hogan served notice that he once more bad bounced back like an election repeater and teed off on the way to his spectacular Grand Slam. This edition will give a good line on whether he is to continue his domination of the United States Open. K h* pops up with a round llfc« he shot at Palm Beach Semi- oote the other Sunday — 31-30 — 0V.— everybody will go home. " The Masters is an Invitational affair, but only those who have accomplished something worthwhile will get in. It is now rated next to the U. S. Open in importance. » * * AH the old pros are here — Sam Snead, Lloyd Mangrum, Lew Wor- shain, Chandler Harper, Jimmy Demaret, Dutch Harrison, Porky Ollyer, Walter Burkemo and Johnny* Palmer. Dr., Gary Middlecoff could succeed Hogan by fastening a : stranglehold on his nerves. Ted Kroll's driving Improved steadily during the winter, which was all the Anzio veteran's game required. Jim Turnesa, Jackie Burke and jfeus Boros are sound. ^rene Littler perhaps is the more menacing of the younger set. • * * Little Bobby Toski is the hottest player coming off the tour. Peter Thomson, the Australian champion, is a wonderful young golfer. Al Mengert is tabbed for the • heights. Gardner Dickinson, Hogan's protege, only has to acquire the putting touch. Bobby Rosburg has attracted attention. Ken Ventura has won a number of amateur championships. The Masters is a real golfing occasion, a gathering of the clans and, especially at this time of the year, you know why President Eisenhower plays here. Konno Tells His Secret 'I Just Like To Swim/ Star Says NEW HAVEN, Conn. (#) — Konno, probably the world's outstanding middle-distance swimmer today, mostly claims there is no secret to. his success—"I just like to swim." t The 21-year-old Hawaiian powerhouse has been swimming for 12 years in big league competition and apparently his formula is okay judging by the Olympic and other titles he has captured. Konno .added the national A. A. TJ. indoor 1500-meter, 220 and 400 yard freestyle crowns to his collection during the three-day meet which ended in Yale's pool Saturday night. With it went the title of the meet's outstanding swimmer, a medal and almost certain choice for this country's team in the Pan-American games to be held next March in Mexico. The only world record lowered w.as in-the 400-meters, and Konno did it while shooting for the 440- yard crown and his "triple." Konno was caught in 4.26.7 as he passed the metric point, improving on ex-Yale John Marshall's 4:26.9 recorded here two years ago. Game and Fish News Water Temperature Important Factor in Fish Feeding Habits LITTLE ROCK — One of the most important influences on the feeding habits of fish is water temperature. In ponds, which usually are shallow, the largemouth bass seems to prefer some shady spot in the middle of the day. He may be resting under a clump of lily leaves, in the shadow of an old stump, or beneath a sunken log, and the minnow that comes past will promptly become a bass dinner if the bass is hungry. Lacking such hiding places he will move out into deep water to escape the heat of the sun and to be hidden by depth. In the early" morning or in the evening he moves into the shallow water to feed on minnows or on little bream which congregate there. The bream in the pond seem less concerned about midday temperatures and remaining hidden. Unless it is extremely hot, even the larger bream stay in fairly shallow water. They seem to know that the insect life they feed on is more abundant near the shore- Brush- lined banks along the edge of ft pond have an endless supply of terrestrial insect life, s»me of which seem anxious to fall overboard and supply dinner for a hun- grey bream. And the bream seem to know it. New Conditions In reservoirs and the larger lakes there is a. whole new set of conditions which affect the problem of where fish feed. The most important of these are water temperatures and the oxygen supply. Fishermen will tell you that the fishing for some particular species will "be best "when the dogwoods bloom," or on "the first full moon in May." Actually these phenomena are unknown to the fish. But there is an average temperature for the first full moon in May, and the dogwoods bloom by temperature rather than by date. Neither the trees nor the fish can read a calendar. In streams and shallow ponds there is little the fish can do about temperatures which he does not like- We know that the fish has no temperature regulation of his body as we have, and that his body temperature changes with that of the water. When a piece of water is so deep that different temperatures are available to him, simply by going to shallower or deeper water, we know that he will try to go where he is most comfortable. Why not? Like 75 Degrees Let's consider the largemouth bass, far example. They will start to feed in the spring when the water begins to warm up, but given a selection of temperatures, they will stay within the seventy-five degree range. When the surface water reaches that range, all the largemouth bass in the reservoir will be feeding on or near the surface. The plug fisherman gets his limit, and the boat dock operator is happy. But two months later the surface temperature may be eighty-five de-- grees, and the seventy to seventy- five degree water may be twenty or thirty feet down. The bass are down where the temperature suits them and never even see the fisherman's plug. Both the fisherman and the boat dock operater are unhappy, and both demand that the lake be "restocked." And, unfortunately, this situation coincides with the time when most folks take their vacations. As if it were not already complicated enough, this temperature preference in reservoirs is further altered by the oxygen supply. It puts a bottom limit on how deep any fish can go in seeking its preferred temperature. During the heat of the summer, bacteria decompose the organic matter in the bottom of a body of water. This uses up oxygen. Unless it is stirred up by wind or a strong j current moving through the lake, a basin of water in the bottom is formed which does not mix with the upper layers, and which characteristically is cold and almost completely without oxygen. It is called the hypolimnion, and your bass will not be found below this level. But more food is available along the lake bottom than in open water. So where would you go to feed if you were a bass? Why down to your preferred tern- NEW! _ « JIM BO" INTRODUCING JIM BO—the most sensational invention in the history of fishing—the artificial minnow that swims. No more live bait to buy. This is the lure sensation of the 20th century. IT SWIMS—no springs, an* no fw*; it swims tt long as yoirleave it in the water. Swims by umqiw process of balance and gravity. Fiih any desired depth—in lake, stream, gulf. bay. Any fish that wil strike a minnow will strike J|M BO. This i* no gadget. Looks and swims like a live minnow. This is the lure of all lures—beautiful silver leaf plastic. Buy one for your friends il». Satisfaction guaranteed. Send $1.00 only, for each lure. S«nd check or cash. We pay postage. X 4 R. TACKLE CO. P.O. Box 741, Largo, Fit. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WR..ES Monday, April 5 8:15 p.m. TAG MATCH Adults 60c — Children 15c Wild Man Carlo* Zimm flnd Rodriqui VI. Edward Ltittr Welch aml Welch Plus 2 One-Fall Bouts Zimm vs. L Welch and Rodrlquec vs. E. Welch Pirates 1 Thomas Is Seen as Home Run King 10000-TO-1 Nitafly • keeps a sharp eye on her twin colts, foaled at La Jolla. Calif.. Farms, and considered a 10.000-to-l chance among thoroughbreds. The sue is Atavistic. (NEA) perature layer of 70-75 degrees, and, ll/Jf J ii •y- then sideways until you came to| T? I*U mOn JLHTUTI the reservoir bottom, where the wa- j ter was just that deep- In a big lake that is where most bass feed. Bream find meir preferred tern- j The appearance of a newcomer perature range between 75 and 801 will hmhli^lu the American Lc- degrees. The smallraouth bass, on jgion's \vivsthn£ program at Memo- the other hand, is able to use food | rial Au^iun'ium tonij-'ht as Promot-j^ , ,*. • n .most efficiently when the waterier Mike Meroney presents another (Lap ft UlCK Retires temperature is between 60 and 65 four-man tag bout. By I,KS BIEDEKIMAN NKA Special Correspondent JACKSONVILLE. Fla. — (NE/U Frank Thomas isn't interested in becoming the new Ralph Kincr of The home-grown Pittsburgh sluR- Kor is content, \viih merely reimiin- SMR the old Frank Thomas. Th<- Frank Thomas who finished the 1953 .season with such power and earned himself a raise from $6000 to $12.000, Is good enough for the Pirates, too. Thomas' wurjc this spring is an inciicaUon that he hasn't lost the home mm knack. Tin? blond whacked seven round trippers in 10 gumes, hit safely in each contest. He's becoming the home run king of baseball very soon. He would be very worthy successor to Kiner since he is assuming Kiner's old left field post with the pirates. In his last 71 games last season, Thomas turned loose 78 hits, including 21 homers and drove in 67 runs. He hit homers in his last four gaems. eight in the last 10. In his last 32 games, he came through with 14 rovnd-trippers. Rood i'or 38 runs bntUxl in. He -accounted (or 12 rims butted in during the last six months. Thomas suys he's more relaxed this spring. "I came to camp in good condition." he relates, "witVi a fine con- tract in my pocket, assurance that my job was safe and this relaxed me mentally. » • * "The Garden* coining; down at Forbes Field will hamper my home runs, but all I'm looking for Is a good start. I've always finished strong." Of Thomas' 30 homers last year, 18 were hit at Forbes Field and of these seven went into the Gardens. Fred Haney visualizes Thomas as a darkhorse contender for the home run crown, despite the absence of the Gardens. "Frank has tremendous power," Haney points out, "and is slowly but surely getting to know how to best utilize it. He's a smart youngster eager to learn. He asks questions, is constantly trying to improve. "If the Gardens were still up, I'd say he'd have a good chance to win the home run title. Th« other home run hitters have * better target in their parks, but Thomas must be given a chance b*« cause of his power." Branch Rickey is exceptionally high on Thomas as a home run hitter, although he'd prefer to hav« him as a .300 batsman instead of a homer king. "If all home run hitters used the same field, I'd take Thomas over any of them," declares Rickey. "But now that the Gardens are down. Duke Snider. Gil Hodges and Roy Campanclla have a better target at Ebbets Field. "Frankly, I'd rather have Thoma* hitting .300 than winning the home run title. Hitting .300 would make him a more valuable team man. Pitchers must pitch to him now. which is in his favor. "He certainly is one of the coming hitters at 24." degrees. Wall-eyed pike do their heaviest feeding at 55 to 60 degrees, and trout can use food most efficiently between 50 and 55 degrees. , . , .. . He will (.earn with big Carlos A thermometer lowered into the, Rodriques in the tag match main LEXINGTON, Vsx. (.'V)—R. A. Making his Blyiheville debut to-1 Smith, known throughout the East [us "Capn Dick," is retiring as director of athletics at Wahinuton and Lee University alter holding the position for 33 years. He will be succeeded by E. P. <Cy) Twombly. iHAnrkiuf, iii.i oty ujc v me ucuut lu- night will be Wild Man Zimm. a rugged heavyweight who comes here highly recommended as a rough and tumble artist. water, and then drawn up and read quickly before it can change, is a big help in locating the depth at which fish might be feeding. This is worth a try on those luckless days. event. Opposing them will be two of the Welch brothers, Lester and Edward. This card has all the markings ing. Two one-fall matches are also on the curd with Zimm meeting Lester Welch and Rodriquea tak- of beinc another wild one with ling on Edward. The first bout is catch-as-catch-can tactics prevail- scheduled for 8:15. LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION BLANK For players not 13 by January I. 1954 and who arc not now members of 11 Little Lcnsur team. This registration must be n»:uh- or you will not be eligible for the try-outs to be held the- first wt:rk in May. N /VME Phone Address Date Of Birth Mail or deliver this registration blank to: Albert Taylor. Ark-Mo Power Co. Local Office. This rejristration is for all players not 13 by January 1. Those registrants not selected on a Little League team will be eligible for teams in the Pee Wee League. Lowest- priced Swank*.. 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