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Great Deeds On
A Great Course
Televised golf is really healing up. F.ven v. ith the start of football sea
son, golf on television has had some
great competitions and exciting at
tractions w iih one more dandy yei u>
A couple of weekends ago we
were treated to the World Series of
Golf from the historic Firestone
Country Club in Ohio and die
National Amateur Championship in
Tennessee. Both were hotly contest
ed events. There were as many as six
professionals breathing hard over the last three holes ol the World Series
which required a three-way playoff. The old Firestone course really held its
own and w .is the reason that die top of the I ield w as hunt hed pretty close to
par after 72 holes. Tom I'ur/er who led most ol the final round prevailed in
f'ur/er has such a smooth swing and he drives with such power and ai
Curac\ that I have been surprised that he has not won more often on the pro
tour, lie always seems to be in control of his game and his emotions. I his
may be the big win that he needs to get in the winner's circle more often.
He observed that the ten-year exemption which comes with a win in the
World Series will take him right up to qualifying for the Senior Tour. In ad
dition to the cry stal and the cash he also gets an automatic invitation to pla>
in The Masters next spring.
Firestone Demands Good Golf
I he Firestone Country Club has been the sight ol some great goll and
some historic golf shots. It has always presented a lengthy challenge to the
louring professionals. There are two golf shots which I particularly remem
ber at Firestone. Both of them occurred at the difficult, par five 18th hole.
One of the first years thai the World Series of Golf was played there.
Gary Player came to the last hole needing a par to tie. or a birdie to win.
His lay up on his second shot left him stymied in ihe right rough without a
clear shot to the green. There was a tall stand of trees between his ball and
ihe green, and a large pond fronting the green. The pin was lucked in the
right comer of ihe green, near the water.
His shot had to skirt the trees, and then bend hard to the right. In addi
tion. n had to gel high enough to clear the pond and yet land softly on the
shallow green. Everyone thought he w ould opt to cut ihe hall to the left side
ot the green and senle for a two pull par. But no. Not Mr. Player.
He pulled oft a perfect w ide lade which plopped down short of ihe flag
and set up his winning birdie. A truly greai golf shot.
A Smart Choice Of Rules
A couple of years later, 1 watched Jack Nicklaus in trouble in the rough
ol the lSih at Firestone and learned something about the rules ai the same
time. Nicklaus had hit a monster drive but he had pulled his second shot in
to the trees on the left side of the fairway He had almost no route ol recov
ery. What he did was to call an unplayable lie.
In those days. 1 had read the rule book and knew the rules we used
most frequently. However my know ledge of unplayable lies was one option
short. That was the option Jack used. I knew you could call a hall un
playable and cither take a drop within two clublenglhs or go back and rehii
from the previous spot. I did not remember that you could also face the
hole and back up along the line irom the hole to the place where your ball
had come to rest. Actually you mav back up as far as you like and drop the
Nicklaus backed up about 80 yards until he had cleared the stand of
trees and t>s>k his drop With the stroke penah> which comes with an un
playable lie. he was laying three. From there he nailed a one-iron over the
|x>r.d and just behind the pin. The putt was a 10 or 12 footer which he
made, of course, for a "routine" par. That put an emotional finish to his
third round and he went on to w in the tournament the next da..
Ryder Cup Holds Real Promise
The upcoming tournament which I predict will be filled with great
golt, great shots, and much emotion is the Ryder Cup Matches at Kiawah
Island, south ol Charleston. The American PGA professionals are chewing
at the bit and can hardly wait to take on the British and European profes
sionals The outlanders. many of whom make their living playing on the
PGA Tour, have treated us rudely the past four years. They have beaten the
American team once and tied them two years ago.
The old Ryder Cup has been AWOL from U.S. shores for much too
The coursc they will play at Kiawah is a Pete Dye, links style layout,
largely along the Atlantic Ocean. Thus comes a built-in controversy. Not
only is the course new and untested, it is just the kind of design which one
might c.xpect to find in jolly old ScoUand. It is not really one of our own
pedigree. Some are asking why such a new course, and why one which, by
design, may give the opponents the edge? That will be a match worth
Way To Go, Jeremy
Before closing, I must offer my congratulations to Jeremy Grainger for
his big win in the Junior Tournament in Wilmington. His was a really
strong perlormance on a tough course. Keep walking and keep swinging,
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Cambria Wins Sea Trail Points Tournament
A1 Cambria fired a gross 8 1> and
won ihc Sea Trail Men's Golf
Association points tournament last
week with 41 points.
Mars Peters also had 41 points
hut finished second. Other top scor
ers were John Walker with 36 points
and Gene Connelly with 32 points.
The event was played Aug. 27 on
the Byrd course at Sea Trail
Rricrwood Ladies Golf Associa
tion members competed in a Nassau
event last week with winners named
lor low net scores on the front nine,
back nine and all IS holes.
First Hight winners were Hilda
Mall with 32.5 on the front nine.
Mary Schaack with 32 on the back
nine and Betty Kibble house with
net 70 overall.
Mrs. Hall chipped in at the fifth
hole and tied Mrs. Kibblehouse and
Klsie Grubbs for low putts in the top
llight with 30 each.
Peg Sawyer won all three divi
sions in the second flight with a 35
on the front nine. 37 on the back
and net 72 overall. Nearle Einstein
had low putts in the second 111 jtht
Third (light winners were I ou
Culp w ith 37.5 on the front nine and
Marilyn Alhen with *2.5 on (Ik*
buck nine and net 72 overall.
Mary Nicol chipped hi .it the 15th
hole and hail low putts in the third
Might with 3 1 .
Nancy HoiiUtin had the only
birdie ol the day. It came .it the
Members ol Ruth's Renegades
golf group counted scores on even
numbered holes only and used half
handicaps in the weekly tournament
last Thursday. Some golfers played
at Carolina Shores and other com
peted at Brierwood.
Cynthia Omundscn led the way at
Carolina Shores with a net 35.
Runncrs-up were Marie Ter/.o with
net 38 and Betty O'Rourkc, who
chipped in at the 17th hole and shot
Evelyn Wuthrich had the low
gross of 121 ami low net of 81 at
Carolina Shores. She chipped in at
i Ik filth hole.
Top finishers at Bricrwood were
IXu l-'rey with net 39 and Mary
Abeam and Alicc Struck with
matching scores of 43.5. Marion
Corbin had low gross with a 1(N
and low net with 77.
Sea Trail Ladies
Hotly Street and Cora Landers
shot net 63 and won the Sea Trail
I .ailies Ciolf Association best ball
tournament last week.
Placing second, also with net 63,
was the twosome of Shirley Hclmkc
and Adclc Stephens.
l-ouisa Nicol ami Belly Dawley
look Uiiid with a net (>7. Rosemary
Walker and Carol Young sh?>t net
and tied lor fourth place with the team
of Jane Bye and Mary Penfickl.
Kita Dugan paired the thiril hole
and fired a net 4.S to win the
Bricrwood Ninettes goll tournament
Pat Nara/.inski and Joyce Rose
tied for second with net 4X. Mrs.
Nara/.inski had low putts with IS,
followed by J inly Durham and Mrs
Rose with 14 pulls each.
Boy Scout Golf Tourney
Registration is continuing for the
annual "Swing A Club For Scout
ing" golf tournament scheduled for
Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Ocean Isle
Beach Golf Club.
"So far we're getting a good re
sponse from both team registrants
ami sponsors as well," said local
tournament director Glenn Hum
bert. "We've planned a pig pickin'
for after the tournament which will
be a little different from past years."
'The recent cooler weather
should really help bring out a lot of
people. We just invite everyone out
for a fun time of golf and eating."
The captain's choicc event is
open to the first 150 golfers.
Participants may register as a team
or individually as well with a four
some to be arranged.
Entry fee is S50 and includes
green and cart tees, refreshments,
post-tourney party and dinner and
many souvenirs and door pri/es.
Awards will he presented to the
first and second-place teams as well
as winners of closest-to-the-pin and
longest drive contests.
For more information call Bill
Wallers of the Cape rear Council of
the Boy Scouts of America at 919
395- 1 1(X) or Humbert at 754-4301.
Entries arc available at the Ocean
Isle Beach Golf Club, area branches
of United Carolina Bank or by writ
ing to the Cape Fear Council ot ihe
Boy Scouts of America. P.O. Box
7156, Wilmington, N.C. 2X4(Wv
Horseback Riding Trip
To Mountains Is Set
Brunswick County Parks and
Recreation is planning a horseback
riuirig trip io ourkemont Mountain
the first weekend in November.
The trip is open to anyone 21
years of age or older. The group will
slay two nights in a rustic log cabin
on top of Burkemont, located near
Morganton, and will trail ride Satur
day, Nov. 2.
Participants must pay a S50 de
posit by the Sept. 20 registration
deadline. The cost of the trip will be
approximately SI 20 and will cover
lodging, trail riding, five meals and
For more information, contact
Emma McGraw at 253-4357 or 1
Exercise Class Begins
A Brunswick County Parks and
Recreation Department excrcisc class
at Town Creek Community Building
starts today (Thursday) from 7:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The class will be held cach Mon
day and Thursday at the community
building on U.S. 17. The fee is S 1 5
per month or S3 per class.
The county is looking for aerobic
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class, or to become an instructor,
call Emma McGraw at the above
The Long Beach Parks and
Recreation Department will sponsor
a photography class Sept. 12, 7
p.m., at the recreation center.
Class size is limited. Advance
registration is required. There is al
so SI0 lab fee, and students will
need to bring two rolls of black and
For more information, call Jim
Forsyth, 278-3223, or the recreation
The Long Beach Parks and
Recreation Department will sponsor
youth art classes starting Sept. 5,
for ages 7-9, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30
p.m. at the recreation center.
Ages 10-12 will meet Sept. 8
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lor more information, call Joan
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invited To Compete
Local soilball teams arc invited
lo compctc in tlic 3rd annual
Sundrop Tournament Sept. 20-22.
hosted by the Marine Corps Air
Station, New River, Jacksonville.
The open competition has no home
run limitations and will cost $100 |vr
team. Entries must he received no lat
er than 6:30 p.m. Sept. IS.
For registration information con
tact Ted Curry, (911)) 451-67 14.
Calabash golfer Jack Hayncs was
one of 35 (light winners in the
eighth annual Dupont World A
mateur Handicap Championship
played last week on 50 courses
along ihc Grand Strand area of
coastal North and South Carolina.
Hayncs capturcd lop honors in
flight 10, which had a field of 101
golfers with handicaps ranging
from 12 to 12.5. He placed 10th in
the championship round last Friday
at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach,
The World Amateur is the largest
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attracted 3,3(X) male and female
golfers from 4X states and 16 for
Saturday, Sept. 7, 12 Noon
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