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March 25, 1966 - Image 9

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T H E I C H I A N D00, A G E iN E.

Kid, Quit with ther
Questions and Swing
He had a splotchy, obese body, pinker than a livid mollusk with
gouges out of his legs and overgrowths of white skin filling the wells.
You'd have to say that he was just this side of deformity with those
sloppy skin graphs around his ears.
Jay's wavy mahogany hair, his only attractive feature, pulsated
on the backswing, and managed to undulate on the follow through. His
hair was graceful, unkinked, coordinated. It laughed at him when
he cudgeled that cotton ball on the practice tee.
The course was made for him, baked boney fairways, emaciated
grass, blotchy greens, a wild mean rough, and pins with their flags
stolen. Ball poachers ruled the water hazards, and sold whitewashed
driving range rejects to naive kids by soliciting them with snarls on
the eighth, twelfth, and fourteenth holes.
Jay knew all this-not by experience. He'd never played Breezy
Knolls Municipal Golf Course, or "The Dust Bowl" as the regulars
called it, but' he caddied when the other caddies were taken or had
skiddadled over to the ball diamond.
No golfer ever willingly picked Jay for his caddie, but some-
times a swarthy stud with a kangaroo bag, no cart, fourteen clubs
including four woods with their own, numbered socks, a golf
umbrella, and brown and white suede golf shoes that couldn't
have been worn more than three times and obviously had been
stored over the winter in a plastic bag, with shoe trees inside them,
figured that a golf game ain't no golf game unless you gbt a
servile kid to be your mule. In such cases Jay got hired, earned
his fifty cents if he was slavish enough, and borrowed permanently
a k-28 golf ball from mister pretty shoes who always swore like a
sonofabitch about the greens if he turned his wrist on a two foot
Jay never swore on the greens, because he never played them.
"Jake, when do you think I'll be ready for the Dust Bowl, a month
"Sonny, don't rush things. You've got a full life in front of you.
Not like me. You gotta prepare and prevent failure. I know. Now, let's
see a tiny wiggle at the top of the backswing, then lock your head,
left arm stiff, then whip those wrists. Come on, Sonnly."
Jay followed the directions earnestly. The kid had no gusto, but
a surplus of earnestness. His timing matched his appearance-just this
side of hideous, firmly entrenched in the ugly sector.
"Not bad," interjected Jake, "get some zip into the hip movement."
The putrid odor of a cheap Tampa stogie malevolently trans-
forming itself into ash wafted into Jay's nostrils. Jake was a
shrunken man of 73, with mild bursitus in the arms. His source
of energy seemed to be an unoiled, unwound crank, stuck into his
back that not only made him lazy but crotchety too.
"How's that, Jake?" You'd almost think he smiled, unless you
knew better. If a llama could hold a golf club, he could have probably
swung it smoother than Jay-but certainly without his earnestness.
"Kid,' you're getting it. But you still got a long way to go. Keep
those feet anchored, and try to make it natural."
Except for maybe a backward somersault and a stepover toehold
there is no more unnatural human motion than a golf swing. What
caveman would ever think of swinging a long shafted club, head
locked in place, left arm erect, and feet anchored to the earth with
spiked shoes.
"I'll try Jake, but how do you make something that just doesn't
seem right, be right. I mean when you're clumsy how do you make not
being clumsy feel natural?"
"Kid, stop with the questions and swing. You'll never be ready
unless you swing, damn it."
It was. a Jakish retort. He spat It out like he spat a cigar tip.
Jay winced a little, kind of like a kid does when a decelerating
rubber band hits him on the cheek-more from embarrassment
than physical discomfort.
He swung, he swung, he swung, he swung. He hit the cotton-pickin
cotton practice ball four out of five times, close to his record of six
Usually you don't think on the tee-you act. But when the back-
swing, pivot, follow through become so monotonous, so tedious an
errant notion can pop into the psyche right at the moment of impact.
"Do your ears affect your coordination, Jake," he asked while
stopping his swing immediately before impact.
"Nah, kid. Don't worry about your ears, worry about your
pivot. You think you got problems? Hah. You ain't got bursitis.
I worked forty-five years to retire and play golf, and what do I
get, bursitis. The last time I played golf was two years ago. Shot
an 88, 42 coming in. You'll never ..."
The kid dropped his battered wood, picked up his cotton ball,
walked off the practice tee, strutted into the clubhouse john like he
hadn't ever strutted before.

Jay stared in the mirror at the ears that were mutilated at age
two by a deranged daddy. Then he plucked his shiny steel pocket comb
out of a back pocket, carefully parted his pliant mahogany hair, and
strutted out.
He went directly to the practice tee, took his six buck canvas
bag with the five unmatched golf sticks, ignored Jake who was
shaking cigar ash into the burnt grass, and marched to the first tee.
"Hey kid, you can't do that. You ain't paid yet," yelled a golf
bureaucrat with a park district jacket and a green hat that some
hot shot golfer had obviously lost and he had obviously found.
"Money," and then Jay threw his only coin at him, a Kennedy
half dollar.
He ran to the vacant tee, placed one of his borrowed k-28 balls on
a wooden tee as if it was a daisy petal. No warmups.

By The Associated Press
-Michigan and Indiana forged
ahead of defending champion
Southern California in the first
round of finals in the NCAA Swim-
ming and Diving championships
here last night after five events.
Michigan's 400-yard medley re-
lay team won the final event of
the day and the Wolverines mov-
ed solidly into second place, just
10 points in back of Indiana. Russ
Kingery, Paul Scheerer, Tom O'-
Malley, and Ken Wiebeck com-
bined their talents in the four
strokes to turn in a 3:33.36 per-
formance to pick up 32 first place
MSU and UCLA tied for sec-
ond, and Indiana managed only!
a fifth place finish, while the Tro-
jans of USC were in seventh.
After the first five events, In-


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diana leads with 94 points with
Michigan closing in with 84.
Southern Cal fell into third place
with 60 points.
Southern Cal's Roy Saari just
barely managed to touch out Mich-
igan's Bill Farley in the 500-yard
freestyle race which opened the
meet. Farley led all the way until
the last 25 yards when Saari, who
had been as far back as fifth
place, put on a strong finishing
kick to pass him.
Saari's winning time of 4:50.59
was seven seconds off his NCAA
record, but his clocking was only
:00.05 ahead of Farley.
Carl Robie won the consolation
500 to add seventh place points
for the Wolverines. Times in this
event were indicative of what was
to come. Because of the altitude,
swimmers' times are slower, and
no records were set the first
Hoosier Bill Utley won the next
race, the 200-yard individual med-
ley in a time of 1:58.55, followed
by Bob Hopper of Ohio State. The
best the Blue managed was a
twelfth place by Rees Orland, who
turned in a respectable 2:02.94.
Wesleyan's Jim Van Kennen
won the 50-yard freestyle with a
time of :21.39, but in the con-
solation of that race Bob Graham
of Texas Tech was clocked in
.21.37. Individual finals are di-
vided into championship sections
of the six best qualifiers and con-

solation sections to decide places
seven through 12.
Bill Groft took sixth place for
Michigan while teammate Ken
Wiebeck added a ninth place.
Ken Sitzberger repeated his
championship in the one-meter
diving for Indiana, while three of
his teammates also placed in the
top 12 to give the Hoosiers the
lead. Michigan divers Bruce Brown
and Fred Brown placed fourth
and seventh to keep the Wolver-
ines high in contention.
Other team totals at the end of
the first day were Michigan State
41, Stanford 38, Ohio State 37,
UCLA 34, North Carolina State 26,
Southern Methodist 24, and Wes-
leyan 16.

Big Ten basketball coaches vot-
ed Wednesday to recommend that
the loop adopt an 18-game round
robin conference schedule begin-
ning with the 1968-69 season.
The coaches also voted to ask
the conference to boost the maxi-
mum total of all basketball games
within a single season to 26. The
Big Ten currently has a season
limit of 24 games of which 14 are
conference games.
In the 1952-53 season the Big
Ten tested an 18-game conference
schedule but reverted back to the
14 contest slate the next year.
Michigan basketball Coach Dave

Strack explained the reasoning be-
hind the proposed changes. "It was
the consensus that in this day and
age a nine game home schedule
would be quite feasible. This of
course will allow the home fans
to see more basketball." Presently
each team plays seven home
Strack also pointed to the fact
that some teams play twice while
others meet only once on the pres-
ent system. "It would be more
equitable if everybody played two
games with each opponent, though
I feel that the present set-up is
also adequate."

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Matmen Advance in NCAA's

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NO 8-7942

Special To The Daily
AMES, Ia.-Five of Michigan's
matmen advanced into today's
round of the NCAA Wrestling
Championships on the strength of
victories here last night.
Bob Fehrs led the parade of
Maize and Blue grapplers with two
impressive victories. In the after-
noon round of preliminaries Fehrs
completely outwrestled Nebraska's
Bill Langdon and walked offf the
mat with a 14-2 decision.
In the evening set of matches
Fehrs pinned Art Sanchez at 8:07.
Porter Extends String
Heavyweight Dave Porter ex-
tended his string of pins to four
by putting away Western State's
Tom Beeson with only 2:48 gone
in the match. Porter is seeded sec-
ond in the tournament and has
been given a good shot at the title
in many amateur wrestling circles.
Others advancing included Jim
Kamman, who scored two excel-
lent victories. Kamman first side-
lined Joe Gurst with a 7-2 deci-
sion. He then came back in the
night's action to eliminate North
Carolina State's Greg H i c k s
by 10-2.
Team Captain Bill Johannesen
also advanced into today's action.
"Billy Jo" came up with another
of his tremendous efforts to oust

California's Rick Siegel, 9-3. Sie-
gel defeated Johannesen last year
6-4 in the battle for sixth place.
Lambros Advances
Tino Lambros advanced into
today's action by virtue of a draw.
Lambros' opponent is scheduled to
be Ron Gillam, a former teammate
of Lambros and a former Mich-
igan state champion.
In other action concerning
Michigan wrestlers, Cal Jenkins,
Fred Stehman, and Bill Waterman
failed to advance and dropped out
of competition for championships.
The three dropped into the con-
solation round and ,remained in
competition for third places in
their respective weight classes.

Jenkins was bested by Rick
Stuyvesant of Moorhead State 3-1
in a tight overtime match.
Stehman dropped an 11-5 deci-
sion to Cy Lucas.
Waterman was unlucky enough
to be pinned by Don Fisher of
Colorado State in 5:30.
Michigan rested in seventh place
after the first day with a total of
eight points.
Big Eight Dominates
Big Eight powers dominated the
team standings with three of them
in the top ten. Oklahoma led with
19 points. Oklahoma State trailed
the Sooners with 13 points, fol-
lowed closely by Iowa State ; and
Lehigh with 12.

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Days of Protest
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ketball team and the seven
graduating seniors "each who in
his own Way has contributed so
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