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Nerltranbt Arkoiwo* TIMES, Sun., May 26, 1974 »·*»·»»» Green Stretches Lead With Foyt On The Pole Grant Hall Southern Hills Revisited: An Afternoon To Remember Last week I received a letter from my good friend Randy Reed of Arlington, Va. He had been working on his doctoral dissertation in political science at Georgetown University, but noted that he would interrupt that enterprise for a few weeks in order to return to Arkansas for some concentrated golfing. Randy's long-time four-ball partner is Thomas McNair. As seniors at Fayetteville High School back in 1966, they won the state AAA title. Last year they won the Oil Beit Four Ball at El Dorado, and they are defending that title this weekend. In his letter, Randy wrote, "I understand Thomas is playing so badly that he has resorted to practicing. I sent him a one-page lesson, starting with positive emphasis on the strong points of his swing -- this took 1V4 lines." Then turning the needle to himself, he noted, "I continue to work on my duck cut fade, with present attention to hitting the ball higher when the occasion demands, especially doglegs left so that I can start the ball out about 30 yards over the left woods and stop it in the right rough, leaving myself only a two- iron to a 375-yard hole." The sad part is that he was telling the truth. I found that out this past Tuesday at no less impressive a setting than Southern Hills in Tulsa. Randy's plane touched down at Tulsa International Airport at 11 a.m., and his first duck cut fade touched down at 12:30. He started the ball out over the left rough, causing three course attendants to scurry for cover. But the ball landed in the right rough. Back on the tee, eight onlookers had to be treated for whiplash. Streck Looks Stricken Ron Streck, the number one golfer for Tulsa University who invited us to play, looked as if he'd seen a ghost. He looked even worse after he saw Larry Rpbbins and me hit our drives. Larry normally hits his first shot between 350 and 400 yards, but that's hard to do when one's knees are knocking at address. He dribbled one into the left rough and seemed thankful for having made contact. I was equally grateful for my pop fly to center field. For the next four hours, Ron overwhelmed us with his play and we underwhelmed him with ours. Actually, Randy didn't play that badly. He had played the. course once before, with Jim McCord seven years ago. McCord won back-to-back state individual "titles for FHS in 1963-64, but Randy claimed, "He's never been invited back to Southern Hills, because his game has deteriorated." You may remember Streck as the Hurricane sophomore who shot a 72 on his first trip around Paradise Valley here last month in a match against Arkansas. The one word which probably best describes him is steady. He hit 14 greens at Paradise Valley and 13 at Southern Hills. He shot a one-over-par 72 Tuesday, including eight pars and a birdie on the back nine. Ron missed only five fairways at Southern Hills, and only one by more than five yards. He didn't three- putt all day. His most impressive shot came on the par-four 12th hole, which Arnold Palmer recently chose as one of the best 18 holes in the country. Ironically, Streck's drive found the same spot in the right rough from where Palmer made a double bogey which cost him the 1970 PGA championship. Instead of hitting into the creek in front of the green as Arnie did, Ron rifled a two-iron onto the green and made par. Lightning Strikes Twice On practically every hole Tuesday, Randy and I recalled shots we'd seen the pros hit in 1970. The most memorable one was Dave Stockton's iron shot for an eagle two on the par-four seventh. Stockton and Palmer were playing together in the last group that final day, and 99 per cent of the gallery was rooting for Arnie to win the only major title to elude him. When Stockton's thunderbolt struck, the roar that followed was more of a stunned outburst than the standard cheer of approval. Palmer shook his head back and forth all the way to the green, as if to say, "It's just not meant for me to win this tournament." Just after I reminded Randy of that, he chipped in for a birdie three at the seventh. Naturally, he shook his head exactly as Arnie had done. Stockton's shot for the eagle was only the first in a series of implausible shots that enabled him to beat Palmer that August afternoon. He went on to birdie the ninth from a fairway trap, par the tenth from the woods and bogey the'lSth from the water. On the 10th hole, all he was trying to do was hit the ball out of the trees and into a trap in front of the elevated green. The ball skipped through the trap and onto the green. That's the way golf is sometimes. For instance, I had birdie putts of five, 11 and 30 feet on the 10th, llth and 12th holes and played that trio in one over par. Lam' smashed a three-wood shot onto the green at the tough par-three eighth hole, only to three- putt for a bogey while Ron and Randy chipped up and down for pars. For most of the afternoon, though, Larry and 1 didn't even see each other until we got to the" greens. All we can really say about the course is that the ricochets off the trees are very fair, the rough is tough and the traps are honest. The fairways looked very nice; it would have been nice to hit some shots from them. One of the assistant pros at Southern Hills is Rick Collins, son of Springdale Country Club pro Dwight Collins. In clubhouse conversation, Rick happened to mention that no one had birdied the 18th hole in the recent celebrity pro-am, and that a fellow pro at the course had never birdied it. Well let history record that on May 21, 1974, ing in the same foursome, Ron Streck and Larry bins birdied the 18th at Southern Hills. But let not the latter think himself in the same class as the former. M E M P H I S (AP) -- Hubert Green, gunning for his third title of Ihc year, strelclicd his lead to three strokes with a two-under-par 70 Saturday in t h e third round of the $175.000 Danny Thomas-Memphis Golf Classic. Green, already the winner of some $103,000 this season, pul together a 54 hole total of 202. 14 under part o nlhe 7.193-yard Colonial Country Club Course and within one stroke of the best three-round totals of the year on the pro tour. Lou Graham and Bob Wynn came on to tie for second at 205. Graham, a native Tennes- seean. fashioned a five-under- par- 67. while Ihe longshol Wynn--a nonwinner in five years on the tour--had a 69. M a s t e r s champion Gary Player shot himself hack into contention with a 69 and a 200 total, just four strokes behiiu going into the last round of the chase for a $-35.000 first prize. He was tied with tour regular Don Bies, who had the day's best round, a 66 Rod Curl, the little Wintu Indian who scored a surprisi triumph last week In Fort Worth. Tex., and Tom Watson drifted back. Watson wcnl to f 74-208 and Curl a 75 for 209. Dave Hill, the defcndin L champion and a four-time win tier of this tournament, finishes with a 70-210. Lee Trcvino hac a 69-213 and is 11 shots back. Many of the game's premie itractions -- Jack Nicklaus, ohnny Miller, Tom Wciskopf iml Arnold Palmer--are skipping this tournament that is arulwiched in between two 'designated tournaments," venls in which they are re- luired to compete. Leading third-round scores iaturday in the $175,000 Danny "homas Memphis Goif Classic: Hubert Green 66-66-70--202 Lou Graham 67-71-67--205 Bob Wynn 66-70-69--205 Gary Player 65-72-69--206 Don Bies 68-72-66--206 Bobby Mitchell 71-66-70--207 Larry Ziegler 66-72-69--207 Tom Watson 6866-74--208 Rod Curl 65-69-75--209 Ray Floyd 72-68-69--209 Jini Colbert 66-72-71--209 Phils Take Opener PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jreg Luzinski drilled a three- run homer in the eighth inning, [ l o w e r i n g t h e Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Expos in the firsl game of a twi-night double header Saturday. Dave Cash opened the Phila dclphia rally with a single and moved to second on Larry Bowa's single. Luzinski then homered to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. A bases-loaded infield singli by Jimmy Lyttle scored Mon treal's third run in a ninth-in ning rally. Indy 500 Fires Off Today INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Thejare making their first start at ndianapolis 500-mile auto race. iften tragic, always speclacu- ar. is scheduled for its Mth running today and the man in he saddle is Anthony Joseph oyt Jr. The $1 million classic, return- ng after a year in which it .ried to live down a blood hath :hat was the 1973 fiasco, fires off at noon. EOT. Foyt, admittedly rearing the twilight of a brilliant career, goes off from the front row pole position In a hand-made car ·hat consistently was the fastest of the 33 starters in many days of qualifying and warm ups. "He is the man to heal, and it isn't going to be easy." said 1969 champion Mario Andretti, summing up the opinion of most drivers. "He is smart, a tough, hardened competitor, and he doesn't give up." The 33 participants in this most dangerous, richest and m o s t prestigious motoring event in the world qualified al an average speed 182.787 miles per hour, making it the thirc quickest ever assembled. SEVEN ROOKIES The starters include two vet erans already past their 46th birthday, four who are are more than 40. and seven who shop-worn Indianpolls Motor Speedway. For just over three hours of blinding speed and heart- throbbing action they will divide a jackpot that for the last four years has totaled more than $1 million. The field includes not only three-time champion Foyt but former winners Andretti, the Unser brothers, Bobby anil Al, and Gordon Johncock. Some, like the battle-scarred Lloyd Ruby, «, have been trying to win'it for at least 15 years and in some cases it has been touch-and-go, with victory in sight. Ruby says he'll quit when he finally lands in victory Lane, and may not quit until he does. Johncock a stocky little blond, was in front last year wfcen rain finally called a halt to a tragic race week that saw one start aborted by a horrifying, fire bomb crash that critically injured David "Salt" Wal- ttier and doused many spectators with flaming fuel. 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