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[JNE 27,1961S THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Test M' Course

SOPHOMORE GETS $100,000:
Freehan Signs Tiger Pact

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other Arizona State golfer, Susan
Meerdink, a 4 and 3 defeat in the
semifinals.
The wind, rain and cold weather
obviously bothered the two final-
ists, as they both wrapped them-
selves in blankets between shots.
The weather was less of a handi-
cap to Miss Hoetmer, as she said
she had some experience playing
in windy and rainy tournaments
in the Pacific northwest. The
Seattle coed wore a sunvisor the
final round despite the sunless
skies.
Miss Hoetmer's brilliant short
game was a big advantage in the
tourney. Time and time again her
chip shots put the ball close to
the pin.'
One down at the end of the
first nine, the 20-year-old colle-
gian quickly squared the match by
taking the tenth, when Miss Schull
dubbed an approach shot next to
the fence bordering the course
and was left with no chance to
take the hole. They halved the
11th, and then traded holes, Miss
Schull winning the 12th and 14th
(on a birdie deuce) and Miss
Hoetmer capturing the 13th and
15th. j
The two contestants, shivering
as the drizzle increased, halved the
16th with par fours. Miss Schull
missed a seven foot putt on 17
for a bogey, while Miss Hoetmer
carded a par three, putting her
one up. Then she held on to tie the
18th for her crown.
The new champion was coached
in her links career by her father
who is club professional at Sand-
point Country Club in Seattle. He
has also coached Miss Gunderson,
who is a native or Seattle. Miss
Hoetmer first started playing golf
seriously at 14 and last year won
the Pacific Northwest and Seattle
City tourneys.
This was her third national col-
legiate meet. She was a finalist in
the championship flight consola-
tion bracket in 1959 and lost the
playoff for a championship flight
berth last year at Stanford. She
will compete in the women's na-
tional amateur tournament Aug.
21-26 in Tacoma, Wash.
Top competitive round for the
entire tornament was shot in the
semifinals of the first flight by
Andy Cohn of Northwestern, who
carded a one-under-par 75. Miss
Cohn went on to take the first
flight championship.

Catcher Bill Freehan, the sopho-
more sensation who sparked the
Michigan baseball team to a Big
Ten championship and a NCAA
playoff berth this year, has signed

feel they have a star of the future
in the 6'3" 210-lb. All-American
catcher from Royal Oak.
"We're expecting great. things
from him," said John Fetzer, own-
er of the Tigers.
Freehan takes with him to the
play-for-pay game a list of impos-
ing statistics. As a sophomore he
hit .446 for the Wolverines in 32
games, including 10 home runs and
44 RBI's. He led the team in vir-
tually every offensive department,
his 42 runs, 54 hits, seven doubles,
two triples, and 95 total bases also
being good enough for the team
leadership.
Big Ten Champ
The husky receiver captured the
Big Ten batting title in his first
year of varsity competition with
a record .585 batting average. He
is only the second player to hit
over .500 in Big Ten competition.
The previous high was held by an
all-time Purdue great, Bill Skow-
ron, the slugging first' baseman
for the New York Yankees.
Freehan also Iid the Big Ten
in hits, with 24, aid in runs batted
in, with 18.

Bill was wooed for two years by
20 major league clubs-including
the two new national entries, New
York and Houston-but signed
with the Tigers because "I think
the Tigers have a sound organiza-
tion.
"I feel the people I dealt with
are trustworthy and I like the
opportunity in Detroit."
Freehan was also an end on the
Michigan football team and was
being counted on by coach Bump
Elliott for next fall.
It was originally believed that
the 19-year old standout would not
turn professional until after he
graduated from Michigan. Just be-
fore the NCAA playoffs began
Wolverine baseball coach Don
Lund confidently stated that Free-
han would not sign until he re-
ceived his degree.
However, after the Wolverines
were edged by Western Michigan
in the District 4 playoffs, Freehan
decided not to accompany Lund
to South Dakota, where he is man-
aging a NCAA-sponsored summer
league.

BILL FREEHAN
... from Wolverine to Tiger

a bonus contract in excess of
$100,000 with the Detroit Tigers
He was immediately shipped to
Duluth-Superior of the Class C
Northern League.,
Freehan's bonus, just one of
many six-figure contracts to have
been inked lately, was the highest
ever shelled out by the Tigers. The
previous high was the $72,000
given to Frank House in 1948.
Future Star?
House, also a catcher, was a flop
in the big time, but Tiger officials
Hood To Lead
D ,iamondmen
Outfielder Ed Hood has been
elected captain of the 1962 Mich-
igan baseball team.
Hood, who lives in Detroit, bat-
ted .195 in 28 games this year.
Included in his 18 hits were two
doubles, one triple, and two hom-
ers. He knocked in 15 runners and
touched home plate 17 times him-
self.
He is also a halfback candi-
date on the football squad.

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