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Provo, Utah
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Sunday, April 13, 1975
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Shorter Courses Help LPGA NEW YORK (UPI) - Sandra post, a two-time winner on the LPGA tour, says the decision to trim the length of tournament courses this year has resulted in lower scores which in turn have helped boost attendance. "Let's face it, we don't hit as long as the men and there is no point in trying. Last year, many of our winners were finishing in the black (par or over) but there is a lot of red (under par) on the leader board on the final day this year. "It was depressing for us, especially when we were on television, to see our winners finish one and two over. But we're like the men now—all red," said the 26-year-old native of0akville,0nt. Miss Post, one of the glamor girls on the tour who now resides at Boynton Beach, Fla., said, "I know there are guys around who say, so what, we should break par playing over the shortened courses. But let those fellows do it during the pressure of a tournament, especially when their living is on the line. I bet you'd see a lot of high scores.'' Bud Erickson, executive director of the LPGA, said courses have been shortened from 200 to 300 yards, depending on the course. Erickson said the idea was to allow the girls to use all the clubs in the bag. "The fellows, for instance, can make the green by using anything from a five iron up on a par-5 hole. The gals, however, must often pull out a four wood or four iron, they are under an immediate handicap." Erickson said in the five tournament to date there have been 186 sub-par rounds, while there have been 47 rounds in the 60s as a result of the new rules. Sandra explained the short-, ened courses have made "the girls sharpen their putting and short iron play. Putting has become critical now that we're able to get the ball closer to the hole. "But I guess we'll all have to get our long irons out by the time the Open comes around at Atlantic City in July. That is a tough course and we'll be playing an additional round because the championship is over 72 holes." Last season Miss Post won the Colgate Far East tournament in Japan and finished with $32,149 in official winnings, her best year since joining the tour in 1968 when she caused a stir by winning the LPGA championship as an 18-year-old rookie. Oakland Has Super Sub MESA, Ariz. (UPI) - Name any pennnat winning team in the last 20 years and on almost every one there was a super sub —usually an infielder who could play more than one position and deliver a pinch-hit in a key situation. On the three-time World Champion Oakland A's the guy who fills that bill is Ted Kubiak, a man who plays three infield positions better than average and whose timely hitting belies the official averages. "Kubiak's contributions to this dub last year can't be measured by the statistics," says A's manager Alvin Dark. "He saved at least a half dozen games I can remember with big plays in the field and it didn't make much difference where he played —at third, short or second base. It's hard for me to believe we could have won last year without someone like Kubiak around to fill an infield hole." The official 1974 averages say Kubiak hit .209 in 1974. Nothing could be farther from the truth in describing his play. For instance, he filled in for Sal Bando at third, Bert Campaner- is at short and Dick Green at second during a 35-game stretch from April 20 through May 29, put together a 12-game hitting North Plans to Bunt OAKLAND (UPI)-"My goal in 1975," says Billy North, "is to hit .300. That's something I haven't done since I was in the minors and it bothers me. I know I can do better than I have the last two years, especially in 1974." North hit .260 last year and stole 54 bases to lead the American League in thefts. The year before, his first with the World Champion Oakland A's, Billy hit .285 and stole 53 bases. "If I can get to .300, I know I can steal at least 20 more bases,'' says the A's swift centerfielder. "It's simple arithmetic. If I can get on base more often, I will have that many more chances to steal. The way our team is this year every one of us regulars will have to improve to make up for the loss of'Catfish'Hunter." By way of preparing for the new season, the 26-year-old North spent a lot of time in spring training camp working on bunting. One day, for instance, he was in the cage for more than 20 minutes and all he did was bunt. In one sequence of five bunts, three of them were so perfectly placed that North would not have had any trouble beating them out for hits. "I have to face the fact that I'm not going to break any fences down with my swing," says North, "so I have to try to make up for it in another way. There are some pitchers I'm sure I can beat with a well placed bunt.'' streak and batted .370. You hardly can play better than that. Of the 99 games he entered as a replacement or pinch-hitter, Kubiak played in 71 at second, committed only one error and finished with a fielding average of .995. "I feel most comfortable at second base," Kubiak says, "although I started out as a shortstop. I like the action better at second, especially making the doubleplay." The toughest thing for Kubiak to do is get himself mentally prepared to play. That's because he never is sure where he will be needed. "Physically," he says, " I can push myself. It's the mental part of playing a different position that is tough for me. Obviously, the throws are different from all three positions, but that isn't the tough part. Getting myself to react automatically is what's difficult." Kubiak, who will be starting his llth big league season next month, doesn't like being a fillin player, but he is resigned to his fate. "Whether I like it or not," says the 32-year-old native of New Brunswick, N.J., "this is what is left to me, so I've made up my mind to do the best that I can whenever they need me. Of course, the compensation has been excellent the last three years." In Kubiak's case, being a super sub isn't all that bad. Miss Post is optimistic about the future of the women's tour, despite the sagging economy and after what happened at Houston last month when the girls refused to play on the eve of the Gulf Coast Golf News Classic after the sponsor was unable to come with the $100,000 purse, one of two six- figures purses on the 1975 calender. "What would you have us do?" Miss Post asked. "Golf is a business with us. It's our living. It cost most of us $600 in expenses to get to Houston. We were hot about to play for free, especially as the sponsor said he had several outstanding debts. "But the good people of Houston, embarrassed at the adverse publicity their city received, came through in the end. They put up $30,000 for a pro-am and that helped a lot of us to cover expenses." Miss Post, who played in 26 events last year and in seven overseas tournaments, said he still enjoys the tour. "It's a hard life, but it's what you make it, socially or otherwise, she said. "I have a steady boyfriend, but I never see him for more than two weeks at a time. Then I also have to practice. I never rest for more than a couple of days', but I'll continue playing as long as I enjoy it." Miss Post's 1975 ambition is to win the Colgate Dinah Shore tournament at Palm Springs this month. "Yes, I want it more than the Open. It's 72 holes and there is that $32,000 first prize." At $180,000, the Colgate is the richest event on the tour, far outstripping the Open which offers a purse of $55,000. " SPORT CENTERS ARTHUR ASHE TENNIS WEAR COLLECTION FROM "ARTHUR ASHE KNIT TENNIS SHIRT Airy, Kodel polyester and cotton knit shirts are textured for cool comfort & wearablllty. Heat white with loveiet yellow or deep navy trim on collar & placket, 13.00 * ARTHUR ASHE TENNIS SHORTS Rugged and durable twill weave tennis shorts In carefree Kodel polyester and cotton blends. Choose yellow, white or light blue with contrasting stripes on front slashed pockets. 12.00 * ARTHUR ASHE TENNIS SHIRTS Solid colored tennii shirts of'textured polyester ;r4 cotton blends. Choose from light blue or yellow^lth longer tail, in sizes S-M-L-XL. 11.00 WEEKDAYS 9AM TO 9PM . SATUIBAY 9 am »o 7 pm UOSID SUNDAYS wlfBlwl 1616 SOUTH STATE Players Not Happy With WCT Decision ST LOUIS, MO. (UPI) - Rod Laver and other players on the world championship tennis blue group tour expressed anger Thursday night at the WCT's decision to allow Jimmy Connors and John Newcombe to play in next week's Denver tournament. "Connors is using us as a vehicle for publicity," said Laver, who is seeking his fifth straight blue group tournament championship in the St. Louis Classic. "I'm disappointed that the WCT allowed it to happen. They wouldn't have done it last year. "Everything's on line for points in the (WCT) finals in Dallas. Something's wrong." Laver is assured of one of eight berths in the WCT finals and won't be affected even if Connors or Newcombe beats him early in the WCT-United Bank Tennis Classic in Denver. But Raul Ramirez will. Ramirez is in third place, close behind second place Roscoe Tanner in the blue group standings and battling for a berth in the finals. Villanova Withdraws VILLANOVA, PA., (UPI) Villanova University Thursday became the third team to withdraw from the proposed Eastern Independent Collegiate Basketball Association League for the 1975-76 season. Dr. Ted Aceto, Villanova athletic director, said the withdrawal of Syracuse and Rutgers from the eight original proposed charter members of the league was the determining factor in the Wildcats' decision. Syracuse recently announced its decision to withdraw and then was followed by Rutgers. Penn State, Duquesne, Pitt, George Washington and West Virginia are the remaining teams. Sunday, April 13, 1975, THE HERALD, Provo, Utah -Page 17 Owner Sees World Team Tennis Has Big Success RICHFIELD, OHIO (UPI) "My dad became a house painter and my mother a seamstress when we came here from the old country during the depression," Joe Zingale was saying as he relaxed in his mirror-walled and nirror-ceiUnged lounge high above the floor of the Coliseum. New Mexico State Accepts Applications LAS CRUCES, N.M. (UPI) New Mexico State President Gerald W. Thomas said Thursday he hopes to name a new Basketball coach at the school within two weeks. Thomas, who was out of town in recent days, said newly named Athletic Director Keith Colson and new assistant Athletic Director Joe Lopez would work with the NMSU athletic council and vice president Carl Hall in the selection process. "We are are accepting applications and recommendations from all sources," Thomas said. "We will make a selection as rapidly as possible. We hope to have a new coach named within two weeks." Thomas said the 12-member athletic council chaired by Dr. Robert Wright would review the applications and would submit to him the names of three of four candidates. Thomas said the ultimate decision on who will succeed Lou Henson will be made by himself and Hall. There are, currently 40 applicants for the post vacated when Henson accepted the head coaching job at the University of Illinois. Joe owns the Cleveland Nets of World Team Tennis and is a shareholder in three other local teams —the baseball Indians, the basketball Cavaliers and the hockey Crusaders. He has nothing to say about the operation of those three, but the Nets are all his and he is confident that team tennis is going to make it big "in another .five years." Zingale frowns when he talks about the rocky road WWT traveled in its first year, when 16 teams "were just too many" and some of the franchise owners didn't have enough money to weather the storm." "But I'm certain we're on the right road now," Joe says, and he puts his not inconsiderable money where his mouth is. He recently persuaded veteran Marty Riessen, who had shunned the new game, to sign with the Nets as player-coach for three years at a total price of $250,000. "I'm a businessman first and foremost," insists Zingale, who was born in Italy 41 years ago, "but I'm a high risk, high return man. I have a franchise which could grow into fantastic possibilities. If WTT goes the way I think it will, there's no reason why my franchise value should not go up to 5, even 10, million dollars in the future. "The league went through a rugged shaking down process last year, but that's behind us. If the world situation remains fairly stable, I think that within five years even the word 'World' in our name will have meaning, with franchises in Europe.'' Zingale sees tournament tennis and WTT traveling parallel paths, the tournaments continuing their traditional ways with success, and WTT building upon a far broader base of fans who crave the excitement of team competition and enjoy the "involvement" of feeling they are part of the drama and action taking place on the court. 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