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TUESDAY; SEPTEMBER, 12,1961

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE FIVE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1961 TilE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Four Veterans Bolster 'M' Golf Hopes

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By JAMES BERGER
The climax of the golf team's
season was its most disappointing
performance, the Western Con-
ference meet.
After strolling through the reg-
ular season of dual, triangular
and quadrangular meets without
a loss, the team fell apart at
Indiana and sank to a seventh
place finish. It was discouraging
and almost unbelievable, as this

Two juniors, Mike Goode and
Tom Ahern, plus sophomore ChuckJ
Newton completed the squad. I
Brisson and Youngberg have
graduated, leaving a noticeable
void in the two top slots. With'
four returning veterans, Katzen-
meyer has an experienced team,
but the ability of that quartet to;
fill in at the top for the two,
graduates is uncertain.
Bad Season
Brisson definitely had a bad
season. Katzenmeyer had counted
on him to lead the Wolverines to
a successful season. Brisson had
finished in the top ten in the in-
dividual competition for two years
in a row. He had conquered for-
mer National Amateur champ and
National Open runner-up Jack
Nicklaus in a dual meet with OSU.
But he hit a slump and was able
to recover only for the last two
meets of the season. His per-
formance in the conference meet
was one of the major reasons
for the team's poor showing.
Youngberg, second longest hit-
ter on the team, had finished in
the individual top ten in his soph-
omore year. During the year, he
played some good golf but the
conference bugaboo hit him as
well,
Frustrating End
Although Michiganwon three
Big Ten championships on the'
weekend of May 19-20, it was a
frustrating ending for the golfers.
The Wolverines started strong-
ly, leading the pack at the end
of 18 holes, but then the bottom
fell out.
They sank to fourth after 36
holes and seventh after 72 holes.
Katzenmeyer pointed to the in-
experience of three of his players1
in conference play, unable to ad-1
just to the grueling 72 holes in
two days with the constant pres-
sure.
These three will have gained
the valuable experience for theJ
next year. And the seventh man
on this spring's team, Bill Hal-
leck, will be around as a junior.
Frosh Hopefuls
The lettermen don't necessarily
have places on the team wrapped
up, because there are eight fresh-
men who move up in the ranks.
They are Bill Valuck from Muske-

gon, Gary Mouw, Dave Cameron,
Ray Levandowski, all from De-
troit, Tom Clark and Jim Flipiak
of Ann Arbor, Jeff Ferries of Mid-
land, and football quarterback
"Frosty" Evashevski of Iowa City.
If they are able to come
through, the Michigan squad
should be extremely strong. Of
course, it looked that way last
spring.
After losing two meets to Duke
and North Carolina on the south-
ern spring vacation tour, the M
sextet began to burn up the
course. They trounced Detroit, 17-
1 and the potential became more
apparent to Coach Katzenmeyer.
Quad Meet
The next encounter was the an-
nual quadrangular meet at Ohior
State's tough Scarlet course with
the competition consisting of
P u r d u e, defendingconference
champions; Ohio State, third in
the Conference; and Indiana, fifth
in the conference. When these
teams were compared to the Wol-
verines, eighth in the conference,
it is quite evident that Michigan
had its work cut out for them.
The weather was cold, windy,
stormy, but out of the rain emerg-
ed a winning Michigan team.
A triangular meet with North-
western and Illinois added further
encouragement, as the M squad
averaged less than 75 strokes a
man. The Wolverines again met
powerful Ohio State and Michigan
State and beat them.
The conference meet is history
and should provide added incen-
tive to the veterans as well as a
lesson for the varsity neophytes.
The Buckeys' Nicklaus went on
to take the NCAA title and during
the summer participated in many
of the tournaments on the regular
pro circuit, including the National
Open at Birmingham, Michigan.
A spring trip is on tap for
Katzenmeyer's charges this year,
probably to the south where the
weather is better than the cold,
wet Michigan springs.
Although the schedule isn't of-
ficially drawn up, and won't be
until early spring, the Wolverines'1
opponents will be made up mostly
of Big Ten representatives.
Katzenmeyer predicts a close
race this year, and of course feels
his Wolverines will do better than
their 1961 seventh place finish.
Ohio State, which went on to
take the NCAA team title, will be
favored to repeat its Big Ten
sweep.

MIKE GOODE
... going for top
Wolverine sextet had conquered
six Big Ten opponents in the
regular season. Ohio State, the
team which eventually won the
conference title, had fallen twice
to the Michigan linksmen. De-
fending champion Purdue had also
tasted defeat at Walverine hands.
Looks Forward
With this disaster now in the
past, Golf Coach Bert Katzen-
meyer looks forward to the next
year with a spirit of optimism.
Whether this attitude is well-
founded in material is the ques-
tion.
This spring's squad was com-
posed of three returning letter-
ien--Captain Joe Brisson, Dick
Youngberg and 1962 captain-elect
Bill Newcomb.

TRAP SHOT-Captain-elect Bill Newcomb shows how it's done as
he executes a blast out of a sandtrap on the eighth hole in a prac-
tice round over the rugged Blue Course. Newcomb will probably
be playing the top spot for the team this year.

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