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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 24

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 11, 1965
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oh Athletes Form Track Club for Competition By Vem Wolf Journal-Times Stajf BURLINGTON — Interest in track among young men here has grown from an almost non-existent stage five yews ago to the point now where six have formed the nucleus of a track club and have participated in a meet in Beloit The six are recent graduates of Burlington High School or will be seniors during the coming school year. So far only the field events of the shot put, discus and high jump and the distance and middle distance events are represented among the membership. President of the club is Glenn Blum, a 1964 graduate of Burlington High School, who specializes in the discus and shot put. During the last school year he won three letters at Carroll College as a freshman, in football, wrestling and track. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Blum, Route I, Burlington. Iselin Secretary Secretary-treasurer of the organization is Wally Iselin, a 1965 graduate of BHS, who lettered in football, wrestling and track during his high school. He is enroled at Wis- is the high jump although he competed in the 440 in high school. He is enrolled at Wisconsin State University, Whitewater, for next year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Iselin of Lyons. Doug and Don Rubach, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Rubach, Burlington compete in the half mile They will be seniors at BHS in September. They have participated in cross country, track and basketball. The glutton for punishment among the club members is little Jim Leffelman who lists as his specialty the grueling two-mile run. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Leffelman, Spring Valley Road. He has lettered in cross country, track and wrestling at BHS. Craig Middleton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Middleton, lists tlie mile as his event. He was a member of the cross country team last fall and the wrestling team during the winter and won letters in both sports. Mainly Responsible Advisor is Jerry Hili, BHS basketball and track club. He is mainly responsible for developing an interest in track competition among the boys since he joined the faculty in 1960. When asked about their training schedules the boys reported that they worked out on their own and stressed routines which were peculiar to their own special event. Blum said he worked out with the shot and discus three times a week and lifted weights daily. Iselin commented that he has set up high jump standards at home and works out by himself. The Rubach twins don't find training quite as lonesome as do Middleton and particularly Leffelman who works out by running up and down hills in the "Knobs" southwest of Burlington. All the runners said they did some sprints and speed work to sharpen up their times for their particular distances. So far the club has had four members who competed in a United States Track and Field Federation meet at Beloit and all members plan to compete in a July 18 meet there. Blum and Iselin said that Glenn Blum, Burlington Track Club president, worked with the shot put. Odds to Favor Aussie Rod Laver BROOKLINE, Mass.—(^)— Australian Rod Laver will be favored to defend his title when the $15,000 U.S. Professional Grass Court Tennis Championships begin Wednesday at Longwood Cricket Club. the club is looking for more members, particularly in the sprint and hurdle events, to give balance to the club. Clarke Cracks 3-Mile Mark LONDON — UP) — Ron Clarke of Australia set the most fantastic of all his world records Saturday — 12:52.4 for the three miles — in a history-making run at London's White Clay Stadium. Another mighty track and field barrier was broken down. No man had ever cracked 13 minutes before. The amazing 28-year-old Australian knocked eight seconds off his old record of 13:00.4. That was set at Compton, Calif., last month and is still awaiting ratification. Clarke made his new mark on a track made heavy by rain. He ran the last three- quarters of a mile on his own, with no other runner within yards of him. The 16,000 fans, crazy with excitement, rose from their seats and surged towards the barrier as the bell went for the last of the 12 laps. Clarke came down the final straight lapping stragglers in the race. The Australian also holds the world records or pending records for 10 miles, 10,000 meters (about 6 14 miles) and 5,000 meters (3 miles, 188 yards). Clarke set the pace from the start, helped by Gerry Lindgren of Spokane, Wash. They ran so fast that experts thought they could never keep up the pace. Lindgren took second in 13:04.2 — the fastest ever by an American. 4D RACINE SUNDAY lULLETiN Sunday. July II, 1*55 —AP Wlrephoto Cincinnati Reds manager Dick Sisler sampled the cooking of his wife, Dorothy, before dashing off to a night game. The Sislers have been married 23 years, but she contends she still doesn't understand baseball. Courses Fair for All Golfers Racine Center for Fastpitch Racine will become the fastpitch capital of Wisconsin in August with two big tournaments due to be played here. The district A.S.A. meet has been set for Aug. 6-7-8 and the state A.S.A. for Aug. 19-22 with the bulk of the action expected to take place at Horlick Athletic Field. Single elimination formula will be used at the district tourney, at which the top two teams from Racine and two more from Kenosha will be certified for participation in the state meet. The latter will be a double elimination affair. Teams are limited to 15 players on their roster for district play but may add two additional players for the state meet. Entries close July 23 for the district tournament and Aug. 11 for the state, according to Roger LaBrasca, recreation director in Racine and tournament chairman. CINCINNATI —m— Attractive Dorothy Sisler has been a baseball wife for 23 years but still insists, "I don't know too much about the game." But she admits she suffers with the trials and tribulations of her husband's team. Hubby is Dick Sisler, first year manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Last year, Sisler took over as acting manager when Fred Hutchinson had to quit because of what turned out to be a fatal cancer and came within one game of bringing the Reds home in first place. This year he has had his team at or near the top all season. Mrs. Sisler, a native of Asheville, N. C, met Dick when he was playing for Asheville's team in the old Piedmont League. They met through a mutual friend, and most of their early dates were at a swimming pool. "I didn't know anything about baseball, and I still don't know too much," she said in an interview after coming here from their home in Nashville, Tenn., to join her husband for the summer months. Wally Iselin, secretary-treasurer of the track club, went up and over the cross bar in the high jump. Ratzeburg Oarsmen Beat Vesper Again RATZEBURG, Germany — (JP) —The high-stroking Ratzeburg rowing eight of West Germany came from behind Saturday and defeated the Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia for the second time within a week. The Germans just pushed their bow ahead by barely one meter in another stirring race to match their victory over the Olympic champions at Henlry in the Grand Challenge Cup race. Began to Learn Within months after their 1942 marriage, Dick went into the Navy for a hitch that lasted until December, 1945. That was when Mrs. Sisler says she began to learn about baseball. For about a year they lived with Dick's parents in St. Louis. Dick's father, of course, is George Sisler, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame. "With Dick's father and his brothers all the conversation was baseball," she said, "and from there, I just picked up what I know from here and yon." About that "suffering," Mrs. Sisler says: "When Dick was a player, I suffered about him getting a hit. When he was a coach, I suffered about the players he was working with and with him managing, I suffer about the whole team." Wanted to Manage Her sparkling eyes lighted up, however, as talk turned to Dick's present job as manager of the Reds. "He always wanted to manage. It has been his dream," she said. Again, she insisted she doesn't get into the act very much. It's more like a business," she explained. "It's his business . . . and besides I say the wrong thing at the wrong time too often." What with three daughters —Sharon Lee, 18; Kathleen Ann, 14, and Patricia Barton, 12 — and a son Dick Jr., 2— Mrs. Sisler says she doesn't get to go to ball games as often as she might like. And when she goes, she doesn't keep a scoreboard. Likes to Eat "I don't think I'd know how," she explained, "and besides I like to eat so I eat popcorn and hot dogs and drink cokes." Her only hobbies are bridge and collecting antiques. "I don't have much time. I'm too busy raising a family," is her explanation. And, as proof of the fact she is busy being a housewife and mother, about that time she had to dash to the kitchen, followed closely by Touci, the family's French poodle, to fix a 3:30 p.m. dinner for Dick. There was a night game on tap, and the head of the household had to go to work. Raiders Get 1st 1965 Call Coach Eddie Race has set the first practice session of Racine Raiders football team for 7 p.m. Monday, July 26, at Horlick Athletic Field. Players from this area will report that night for tryouts and issuing of equipment. The defending champion Raiders will practice three times a week prior to the opening of the season Aug. 21 at Madison. Practices will be on a two-a-week basis during the season. First home game will be Aug. 28 against the West Allis Racers, a new entry in the Central States League. Many of last year's Raider standouts are expected to return, including quarterback Jim May and ground gaining ace Tony Lombardo. MCGINN NAMED PROVIDENCE, R.l.—m— Joseph P. McGinn, 27, was named director of athletics at Rhode Island College. By Herschel Nissenson <AP Sport) Writer) MONTCLAIR. N. J. —UB— Robert Trent Jones looks like any 59-year-old businessman —average height, starting to thicken around the middle graying, thinning hair. He has no horns, doesn't breathe fire and is kind to women and chil dren. But he is one of a rare breed — a designer of golf courses whose more than 300 creations can be found on every continent and who has been called names by just about every pro golfer who ever landed in a deftly placed trap or three-putted one of Jones' contoured greens. Worried About Image Right now, Jones is worried about his image, which takes a beating each year when the nation 's top golfers run afou of one of his brainstorms in the U.S. Open. "I 'd much rather be called the 'duffer 's friend' than the monster-creator'," says the soft-spoken Jones. "We make our courses fair for the average club golfer, tougher for the pros. The pros seem to think I have a personal ven datta against them. No such thing! 'The last thing in the world I or the U.S. Golf Association want is a hole where you hit a real golf shot and you're not rewarded for it. If we find such a hole, we change it. A golf shot should get its just reward." "Image" is Important The problem of his public image is important to Jones as the world 's foremost golf architect. Headquartered here, his company — Robert Trent Jones, Inc. — employs about 35 people with branch offices in Palo Alto, Calif., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We get most of our 'publicity' during the Open," laments Jones. "We design a course, but the U.S. Golf Association's championship com mittee takes it over for the Open and puts in its traditional built-in toughness, heightens the rough and pulls it in and determines where the pins will be. It's always part of the pattern for the pros to complain. They play all year on easy courses and under easy conditions. But I don't feel that is a test of golf which you'd want in the Open. The pros would like dead flat greens with no contours. They don't want any hole too long or the rough too deep. They feel a stroke or two might mean losing $1,000 to $2,000 for a week's work. I'd probably be the same way if I were shooting golf every day for a living." Golf Purses Skyrocketed Anyone who has seen the way golf purses have skyrocketed knows it is a big business and for Jones business is booming. Construction costs in an ideal situation and with a completely automatic irrigation system run around $350,000, and unforseen problems may make it three times as high. Jones finds himself so busy that he flies some 300,000 miles a year. He is about to build a course at the base of Mount Nasu in Japan, probably will build one on the Bataan Peninsula and has others under way in Belgium Spain, Brazil and the Virgin Islands plus a dozen or so in the United States. Born near Ince, England Jones grew up in East Rochester, N. Y. A promising golfer who set a course record at the age of 16 in the Rochester city championship, his promise as a tournament golfer was cut short by a duodenal ulcer. Can Still Shoot 75 "As a boy I played very well," Jones recalls, "and I can still play between 78-85 without any trouble, although I don't get much of a chance these days. I got into designing courses when I saw one being built within a mile of my home. I wanted to do it. But where do you go and what do you study when you have a profession that encompases many professions?" What Jones did was to attend Cornell University as a special student, working out his own course of study to include such subjects as surveying, hydraulics, landscape architecture, h o r t i culture, agronomy, economics, chemistry and public speaking. This gave him an advantage over other golf architects, most of whom were either golfers who branched out as designers or landscape architects who turned to golf. The rounded education enabled him to solve such problems as laying of drainage pipes, porosity of subsoil; determining the proper grass seed, fertilizer and watering system; ascertaining whether a soil was loam, clay or sand and determining the degree of acidity or alkalinity by chemical process. "The Lord Rested . . ." "What beats me," he once said, "is the people who have been close to golf all their lives and still think that the only thing the golf architect has to do is carve out the traps and toss some grass seed around. They seem to have picked up the idea that on the seventh day the Lord rested and created the fairways and the hazards — you know, checked all the pin areas on the Old Course at St. Andrew's." All his background, though, ails to stifle the wails of a pro who has been burned by one of Jones' courses. The moans reached a crescendo three weeks ago during the U.S. Open at the Bellerive Country Club in St, Louis, which bears the Jones stamp and was the longest of all Open courses at 7,191 yards. The world 's finest golfers failed to match par over the 72 holes, and the layout benefited the accurate hitters rather than the power boys. Makes Tees Flexible "We build long courses," Jones explains, "because there is no way of building a golf course long where the average club golfer can still enjoy it except at the tee. The difference in drives is about 90-100 yards and that's why we design tremendous flexibility in tee lengths. —AP Wlrephoto ROBERT JONES Golf Architect "At Bellerive, they went to the middle or back of the tees and the same for the greens. The longer hitters didn't have a distinct advantage because this is a 'fox' type of course where you've got to use your head. But the tee lengths were such that it could have been played at 6,600 yards and still have been a great test of golf. Golf from its origin was supposed to be a combat between the course and the golfer, using natural hazards. The English still play this way. Among golfers over there, a bogey is not a form of discredit. To us, 'bogey' becomes a penalty, a bad word. Are we supposed to comply with the pressures and desires of the pros and make the courses easy to they can score well? British Courses Rough "They talk about the rough and contours. Well, the British courses are much more rugged. And dinosaurs in the greens? Why, some of those British greens are dinosaur graves. The great courses all have contours. They're a subtle form of hazard. If you take out the contours and make the courses short, the pros will be shooting 250 for 72 holes," CADDY SCHOLARS— Among 19 Wisconsin caddies . receiving Chick Evans college scholarships this year are Loren L, LaSure, left, and Alfred W. Webber of Racine, LaSure, a Park High graduate, caddied at Racine Country Club and Webber, a St, Catherine's graduate, at Meadowbrook, All 19 will enrol at the University of Wisconsin in September and join past winners in residence at the Evans Scholars Chapter House. The scholarship, renewable for four years, covers full tuition and housing and has a value of about $3,000. „ . _ —Journal-Timss Pnoios The quartet of runners for the Burlin^on Track Club Jerry Hill, The group included, from the left, Doug we^ through pracUce under the watchl|l eyes of coach and Don Rubach .Sjim Leffelman, and Craig Middleton."^ For Something Different... TAKE A SCENIC AIRPLANE RIDE See Ihe Followinr CItlu from the Air: Rocine $3.00 Per Person Kenosho $4.00 Per Person Milwaukee $5.00 Per Person (In Groups of At Leiil 2 er 8) SYLVANIA AIRPORT On Hwy. 41 (West of Rocine) Phone 886-2517 When you purchase your next new or used automobile, consider the auto dealer's COMPETENCE The knowledge and experience that adds up to competence in the sales and servicing of automobiles is a vital factor to the auto purchaser. Trading autos with a dealer who "knows what he is doing" is reassuring to the customer. 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