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Big Te
Favorites to win their third
team title in a row, the Purdue
Boilermakers are the team to beat
in the 41st annual Big Ten golf
Championships in East Lansing
today and tomorrow.
They also have the player to beat
in John Konsek, who has cap-
tured the individual crown twice
in their 18-hole match..
Michigan's only hope to wrest
the individual championship from
Konsek lies in Joe Brisson. Al-
though Brisson found himself on
the short end of a seven-stroke
lead in their first meeting this
year, he has proved he can beat
the best of them--Jack Nicklaus,
currently the number one U.S.
amateur player.
Nicklaus, however, iooms up as
the most formidable opponent
Konsek must overcome if he is to
keep his-string intact. The sopho-
more from Ohio State has not
only won the National Amateur
but was also a member of the
Walker Cup Team and has given
an excellent account of himself
in the various open tournaments.
Rule, Royer Figure
Jack Rule of Iowa and Ron
Royer of Indiana can also be
counted in the running. Rule has
twice beaten Nicklaus, once in
the National Jaycee Tournament

n Golfers Clash

PLAY TODAY-Michigan golfers Larry Markman (top left),
Dick Youngberg (bottom left), Bill Newcomb (top right) and Joe
Brisson Join Tom Wilson and John Everhardus today.

in 1956 and again in the semifinals
of the 1958 National Junior.
Royer, although he has not dis-
tinguished himself thus far this
spring, seems to be the best player
on a strong Indiana squad. He
squeaked by Brisson in a match
earlier this season by two strokes.
Bob Davis of Iowa, Mike Podol-
ski of Ohio State, Gene Francis
and Bob Black of Purdue, Jon
day and night rain here yes-
terday has dampened the out-
look on today's Big Ten Track
and Golf Championships. Al-
though the weatherman said
that it would clear this after-
noon, both fields of competition
are extremely wet, and probably
will hamper the meets.
golf Michigan fans have seen this
year when he edged the National
Amateur Champion by two strokes
in their eightteen-hole match.
Purdue will not be without
competition in their quest for their
third straight team title. Iowa,
Indiana, and Michigan State are
breathing hot down the Boiler-
makers' necks with Michigan a.
possible long shot hope.
Coach Bert Katzenmeyer is send-
ing a squad nearly devoid of
seniors, but experienced never-
theless, to try and match last
year's second-place finish, or bet-
ter it.
Captain Larry Markman is the
only senior on the six-man squad
that edged both Indiana and Ohio
State by one stroke last year.
Flanking him are juniors Brisson,
Youngberg, Tom Wilson, and John

Thus far this year, Katzen-
meyer's squad has been plagued
by poor physical condition. The
postponement of its spring trip
south, poor weather here this sea-
son, and irregular class schedules
have hampered the team's efforts
to get into top playing condition.
Katzenmeyer can only hope that
the squad is ready, both mentally
and physically, for the grueling'
two-day, 72-hole event.
Iowa, strengthened by Houston
transfers Jack Rule and Bill Hird,
will be fielding a squad of tre-
mendous potential and is sure to
give Purdue a strong battle.
Minnesota is a "sleeper" and
can't be counted out, as the Goph-
ers have edged Iowa this year.
MSU at Home
Michigan State, whose record
is 9-1, will be playing on its home
course, a new 6,900-yard layout,
and is given a strong chance of
challenging the champs.
Indiana, headed by a formidable
duo in Ron Royer and Jon Som-
mer, can surely be counted with
the best of them. They are some-
what of a darkhorse team and
could break loose anytime.

Nie 's Tilt
Rained Out,
Play Today,
Special to The Daily
EVANSTON-Three games re-
main on Michigan's baseball
schedule, including one here today
against Northwestern after yes-
terday's rainout with Notre Dame
at South Bend.
The Wolverines were disap-
pointed about not playing yester-
day as they wanted to revenge an
earlier 8-4 defeat by the Fighting
Irish May 3, and also make up for
last year's 21-0 shellacking.
Al Koch will be on the mound
in today's contest with the Wild-
cats, adding to his league-leading
total of 31 innings pitched. Coach
Don Lund hopes that he will be
backed by the continued power
hitting of his "sluggers." Michi-
gan has blasted seven home runs
in the last three games.
After today's tilt, the Wolverines
Journey to Madison for a double-
header tomorrow with Wisconsin,
closing out the season.
Michigan will be trying to
solidly entrench itself in the Big
Ten's first division and better
the current 6-5 Conference record
in their next three encounters.

MAN in #f$Ati


THE BIG TEN was sick. The Western Conference meeting of athletic
directors and faculty representatives at East Lansing this weekend
could have been a meeting of pall bearers paying their last respects to
the deceased corpse.
Now it is expected to be a gathering of doctors to cure the patient.
In March the heretofore healthy Big Ten Was put on the sicklist by
a hasty and ill considered action at the winter meeting at Columbus.
The representatives of the Western Conference schools went into closed
session supposedly to decide the fate of the Rose Bowl pact. When they
emerged, they had not only killed the Rose Bowl but had proposed a
ban on ALL post season athletic activities by teams or individuals
representing Western Conference members.
This position was tempered somewhat by placing the ruling under
the "White Resolution" that keeps the rule from going into effect for
60 days. During that time any school that registered an objection with
the Big Ten could have the matter brought up again at the meeting at
East Lansing, where it will have to pass again--by a majority vote.
Michigan entered the first objection and faculty groups on many
other Big Ten campuses were quick to follow suit. This proposal now
seems doomed for defeat at the spring meeting as Michigan State,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue and Northwestern have alligned
themselves with Michigan against the proposed ban. Let's hope that
this will doom any future suggestion of this course of action.
But what if the proposal had passed?
'VH ERE WOULD that have left Michigan? This school has a long
and respected tradition in athletics. Should we stand by and have
rulings imposed upon us by the have-nots of a league that would have
then outgrown its usefulness for us? Should we remain a part of a
league that would then become a second Ivy League? Should we
proselytize for top calibre athletes and then offer to them as competi-
tion the second-rate athletes of mediocre schools?
In other words-If the ban on post-season activity were passed,
should Michigan have remained in the Big Ten?






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Michigan will attempt to take
the outdoor track and field title
from defending champion Illinois
in the Big Ten meet at East Lan-
sing today and, tomorrow.
The battle has developed into a
two tean affair, for all intents and
purposes, as the -Wolverines at-
tempt to overcome the advantage
of the Illini. The latter will rest
their major hopes on Olympic con-
tender George Kerr, their great
middle distance performer. Michi-
gan also has glaring weaknesses
in some of the field events, which
will cost them valuable points in
the final tabulation.
Coach Don Canham, however,
has a few men of his own who are
out to help bring back the title.
Bennie McRae, Tom Robinson and
Les Bird are all excellent prospects
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the 120-yard highs and the 220-
yard lows. His chief opposition
seems to be Del Coleman, the
speedster from Illinois, as well as
Dick Cephas of Michigan. There
is also the possibility that McRae
will run in the 100-yard dash with
teammate Robinson.
Robinson now holds the Michi-
gan record for the 100, having
raced the distance in 9.6. He will
also run in the 220-yard dash,
where Cephas will again be a
challenger. Robinson was injured
for last year's meet, and is ex-
pected to pick up valuable points
that were denied Michigan be-
cause of his injury.
In the 440-yard dash, possible
starters for Michigan will be Bryan
Gibson and Len Cercone, compet-
ing in one of the strongest fields
at the meet.
In 880
In the 880-yard run, Michigan
has Tony Seth, the top meet choice
to beat Kerr, plus Earl Deardorff,
Frank Geist and Ergas Leps ready
to run. Coach Canham is unde-
cided exactly which men will com-
The mile should see Michigan's
Dave Martin, who last week beat
the best of Ohio State and Purdue,
and Leps as front runners, along
with Illinois' Jim Bowers.
After suffering from a stretched
leg muscle all wint r, Bird is fi-
nally ready to challenge indoor
broad-jump champion Paul Fore-
man of Illinois, in what should be
one of the most hotly contested
field events of the afternoon. Bird
has won his specialty in all the
recent meets, including the Penn
Relays. Jack Steffes is also ex-
pected to compete.
Shot Put
The shot put will see Wolverines
Ray Locke and Terry Trevarthen
challenging Bill Brown of Illinois.
Michigan's only hope in the dis-
cus goes with Reid Bushong., Ce
phas, winner at Purdue last week,
will be the main threat in the high
jump, along with Steve Williams.
The two-mile run should see
Wally Schaeffer, Dick Schwartz,
and Jim Wyman competing against
Michigan State's Bob Lake and
Ken Brown of Illinois, among
In what should be one of the
highlights of the day, Canham will
field ah excellent team to compete
in the mile relay, last event on the
program, though the names of
the performers are not definite as
yet. He has such stars as Leps,
Seth, Geist, Marshall, Dickerson,
Gibson and even McRae to choose
from in what may be the event
that will decide this year's Big
Ten Champion.

This school has a duty to the fans, to the student body and most
of all to the athletes themselves. Loyal Wolverine fans have come to
expect top performances from Michigan teams. Up until this year we
had won three straight NCAA swimming titles. Since 1947, six Michi-
gan hockey teams have skated off with NCAA titles. Our track team
has won two consecutive Big Ten indoor titles and is nationally known.
In the Rose Bowl record books there are two teams which have won
the New Year's Day classic by 49-0 margins. The years were widely
separated, 1902 and 1948. The teams? Both were Michigan elevens.
Need we go on?
This is a part of the Michigan tradition that the fans and the
student body alike can be proud of. And for the sake of those who
would cry "over-emphasis," perhaps we can add that .even as this
tradition has been growing, so too has the status of the school as an
educational body. When we rank fifth in the nation in research behind
such institutions as Cal Tech, MIT, California and Chicago, we can
scarcely be said to have compromised our educational standards in
favor of athletics. This is a great school-in every way,
And to the athletes themselves we have a duty. Can we in justice
ask an athlete-scholar to come to this school when he has the ability
to make a name for himself in his sport, if the rules of the league we're
in would prevent him from meeting the best competition in the nation?
Right now we have athletes of Olympic calibre on Michigan teams.
Swimmers Dave Gillanders, Bill Darnton, Ron Clark and Frank Le-
gacki, trackmen Tom Robinson, Tony Seth and Ergas Leps, to name
just a few. To prepare for Olympic action these men miust complete
against others of the same calibre. With a couple of exceptions (In-
diana in swimming and Illinois in track) the Big Ten itself cannot
offer this.
Perhaps the most succinct expression of the opinion of the athletes
themselves over this came from Wolverine sprinter John Gregg, soon
after the proposed ban was made public. Said Gregg, "We feel as if
we're being sold short. It's as if we were boxers that were being handled
by crooked trainers."
If the Big Ten had passed the ban on NCAA action by member
schools, it WOULD have sold short the athletes, fans and student
bodies of the Conference. If Michigan had remained in the Big Ten
and under this ruling, everyone connected with Wolverine athletics
could have considered themselves as "sold short."
This would not have been an action to be done in haste. The. Big
Ten, too, is a part of the Michigan athletic tradition. But such a ruling
as the one that is apparently doomed would be enough to force a,
movement out. If we were to leave, it is conceivable that other schools
with similar traditions would follow us out. Possibly this would have
been needed to jolt the remaining schools into reconsidering their
action. The sight of a Big Ten becoming a Little Six or Seven could
have resulted in some fresh thinking being done around the Conference.




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FORTUNATELY, IT DOESN'T appear as if that will be necessary,
the proposal should get little support at today's meetings. In fact,
some quarters have suggested that the furor over the post-season ban
may even result in a reconsideration of the Rose Bowl matter. If so,
perhaps the threat hanging over the head of all athletics may have
served a useful purpose.
But at least the actions taken in the past month by seven of the
Conference schools should guarantee that they will take the sick patient
out of the meeting well on its way to recovery from the bruised reputa-
tion it received in March. The illness could have been fatal. This deci-
sion was the only one that could have been made, for a passing of the
ban might have resulted in an announcement that complications had
set in and the patient had died in their arms.

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