TELLING IT LIKE IT IS...;
It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if a large number
of people were found late last Sunday afternoon
trodding in a southwardly direction along
highway 21 mumbling to themselves in undistin
guished monotones. '
They would have had sufficient reasons for
There is nothing in this world (known to
mankind) that is more harmful to one’s pride
than a poor round of golf. An amateur or
professional will beam long hours following an
impressive round of his favorite pasttime and he
will sulk Quietly for davs following a rnnnri
during which everything went wrong.
It seems that everything went wrong for most
of the golfers in the Greater Griertown Open Golf
Tournament last weekend at Crystal Springs
long and difficult Golf Course.
Sponsored annually by the Par-Busters Golf
Group, the GGO is a funfested affair that
attracts amateur golfers from far distances.
They were from such far away places as
Washington, D.C. with the intent to take home
one of 18 beautiful trophies and to gain some
measure of fame as one of the top golfers in the
Some came with subpar reputations. Others
:« were supposed to be the best in Columbia, S.C.
and Greensboro, High Point and other places in
Crystal Springs, which is nestled along more
than 7,000 yards of treacherous farmland in
South Carolina wasn’t impressed. And, with the
" tees set in impossible places, and with water,
traps, rough and other hazards lurking within
range of each shot, Crystal Springs wasn’t about
to yeild to subpar golfers or their lessor known
playmates. The greens were as slick as glass,
contributing to the hazardous downfall of the
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posted the best round on Saturday. He was one of
only three golfers who managed to shoot in the
70’s. His 75 was three better than Cornelius
Howell’s 78 and four better than Ed Kennedy’s
79. Par is 72.
No one shot in the 70’s on Sunday. Frank
Liston, who won the third flight, had the best
round, an 80. Ten others finished in the 80’s, only
> six finished in the 90’s and the majority went
• skyward, soaring over the century mark.
Hence the reason for the trip southward. There
: were rumors that some tried to sell their golf
; clubs in the parking lots while others gave their
treasured belongings away free. There were
some who left cussing the golf course, the GGO
officials and everybody else within range while
j others gathered under the coolness of the tall
• trees to enjoy football on T.J. Greene’s colored
television in an effort to forget the horrors of the
' day. They also tried to drown their sorrows with
a large variety of cool ones.
ONE WILL GET YOU TWO THAT
Johnson C. Smith will get by Virginia Union in
their CIAA football headliner in Richmond, Va.
Saturday night and A&T’s popular Aggies will
get sidetracked by South Carolina State College
in Greensboro in the MEAC Game of the Week.
tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Sixth
.Whitney M.- Young Jr. Memorial Football
Classic. Mayor Abraham D. Beame bought the
first one. Look for S.C. State to introduce the
“Hungry Senior” to the Aggies of North Carolina
A&T State in Greensboro Saturday night.
^Who’s the “Hungry Senior”? He is Mickey
Sims, 6-5, 265 pound defensive tackle, who
earned Black College All-American status a year
ago. Incidentally, did you know that S.C. State is
the winningest football team in the Palmetto
State. The Bulldogs are 23-6 with a pair of ties for
their last 31 regular season contests.
No wonder they call Willie Jeffries, the
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Manager Herman Thomae'
speedy crew, who hovered
near the top of the standing
in the 18-team league all sea
son, crushed the Charlotte
Chiefs, 25-8, before a large
crowd at Harding High
School's athletic field Satur
day afternoon to remove all
In winning their 30th game
in 35 contests this season, and
their fourth straight in the
tournament, the Rangers
didn’t encounter much diffi
culty after the first three
innings. The Chiefs, who bat
tled their way through the
8-team tournament with two
impressive victories and a
setback to Morris Field, didn’t
have much fight left after the
They pushed ahead 1-0 in the
first inning, then fell behind
4-1 in the second before com
ing back for a 4-4 deadlock in
the top of the third. That’s
when the floodgates opened.
The Rangers rallied for four
runs in the bottom of the third,
added six in the fourth, a
singleton in the fifth and nine
in the sixth to win going away.
"It was our best offensive
display in the series,” Thomas
said. “As a matter of fact, it
was the best offense we’ve put
together all season. We had
six players to hit .500 or
Thomas had praise for his
pitchers. Deservedly so. For
...Most valuable player
Larry Wright worked the first
five innings, giving up only '
five hits while striking out six.
He was the winning pitcher.
Londell McClary and James
In the meantime, the Ran
gers lambasted four Chiefs
pitchers for 20 base hits, in
cluding four homeruns. Keith
Koster was the starter and
loser. Ike Williams, Dave Yost
and Don Medlin were the other
pitchers who could not stop the
Wright, who was named the
tournament’s ‘‘Most Valuable
Player”, led the cannonading
with a pair of homeruns.
Londell McClary hit a triple,
double and a homerun and
Bobby Reynolds contributed
two doubles and a triple,
Kevin Staley a double and a
single as did Billy Whitmire,
and Tim Morris hit a home
The Chiefs jumped ahead in
the first inning when Minnie
Mendoza walked, stole second
and scampered home on Jim
Erwin’s single. Morris Field
went ahead when Kevin Staley
opened the second inning with
a walk. Reynolds followed
with a double and McClary
cleared the bases with a triple.
McClary scored on Alfred
Thompson’s sacrifice fly and
Wright produced the fourth
run of the inning with a
homerun blast over the 340
wall in left field.
The Chiefs came fighting
back when Steve Helm started
the thrid with a single. Men
doza followed with his second
hit and both runners breezed
home on an error. Nestar
Valesquez, who went all the
way to third on the miscue,
brought home the third and
tying marker on a sacrifice
Morris Field immediately
broke the deadlock with four
tallies on doubles by Randy
Falls, Staley and McClary and
singles by Thompson and Ha
rold Adams. The Rangers also
stole three bases during the
It was no contest thereafter.
“Our pitching was terrific,"
Thomas concluded, "It got us
through the tournament."
Uolden Bulls Take On
Tough Virginia Union
in response 10 me praise
heaped upon his football team
by many of the fans of the
Johnson C. Smith University
Golden Bulls, Head Coach
Eddie McGirt, smiles and
says, “Well, I am not gloating
over the victory.”
“We should have scored
more. We should have taken
advantage of our scoring op
portunities. Our offensive line
didn’t get off the ball well
enough and our defense didn’t
adjust to the Lenoir Rhyne
wishbone as well as I thought
they should have."
He continued, saying that
his team really blew an early
play whereby Lenoir Rhyne
got its first touchdown.
“I think that we have inex
perienced quarterbacks and
anytime you do you can expect
to have rough spots in the
opening ball game,” added the
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The quarterbacks in ques
tion are senior Wayne Banks,
junior Curtis Johnson and ju
noir Anthony Dawley.
McGirt said Johnson will
probably get the nod in Satur
day’s game against the Virgi
nia Unioir Panthers in Rich
mond at 7:30 p.m.
The Bulls will take a 1-0
record to Richmond where
the Panthers are 1 and 1,
losing to MEAC contender
North Carolina A&T and win
ning over Fisk of Nashville.
McGirt expects it to be a
tough ballgame and although
he refuses to make a predic
tion as to the success of his
program this year, he says his
initial encounter is one his
team needs to win to be in
contention for the Central In
tercollegiate- Athletic Confer
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