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Golfers lack consistency
By JOANNE SCHNEIDER
If wishes were golfers, Tom Simon would have a very
easy job. As the Michigan golf coach, Simon each year faces
the formidable task of putting together a squad that can ef-
fectively clallenge on the fairways of the Big Ten.
In the first competition of last season, the Wolverines
travelled to Texas, to duel a field of predominantly southern
schools in the Gulfstream Invitational.
The southern teams had been playing all winter, while the
Blue linksters were forced to confine their practice efforts to
artificial enclosed surfaces.
DESPITE THE apparent handicap though, Michigan won
the tourney, while team co-captain Frank Sims grabbed
medalist honors with a strong 290 over 72 holes.
After that strong start, however, Michigan's golfing for-
tunes nosedived. In late March, a lackluster Wolverine squad
finished ninth of 19 teams in the FAC tournament, in Cape.
Coral, Florida, then coasted to a thirteenth place finish in a
field of 22 teams in the Kepler Invitational in Columbus.
The next weekend, the Buckeyes hosted the Northern In-
tercollegiate tournament. OSU easily overpowered the field,
but this time Michigan came out of the tourney with a fourth
Bouyed by their improvement, the Michigan contingent
went on to win the Wolverine Invitational, held at the Univer-
sity Golf Course.
THE LINKSTERS finished last season in early May,
playing three tourneys in ten days, starting off with the Spar-
tan Invitational. Ohio State, a perennial power in the Big Ten
on the links, walked away with the top honors, leaving
Michigan in eleventh place.
Then with just two days rest following the Bronco- In-
vitational at Kalamazoo, the Wolverines joined the othercon-
ference teams in Champaign for the Big Ten meet.
FOR SAKES FINAL YEAR:
Simon conceded first to the Buckeyes, and instead set his
sights on second. But though he returned to Ann Arbor disap;
'pointed by his team's sixth place, he still was heartened by
Steve Maddalena, a freshman from Jackson, having been
chosen to play in the NCAA tournament.
BUT WHILE Maddalena returns this year Sims, c
captain Bruce Patterson, Pete Pafford, and Jim Marshall,
all important components of the 1979 golf team, will not com,
pete next spring. All are victims of graduation.
Tom Pursel, a junior from Bloomfield Hills, will lead the
golfers in his position of team captain. Pursel is a consistent ,
performer, not given to the ups-and-downs that rattled tho,
entire team last spring.
Also returning to the Blue links will be Dave Fardig from,,
Ann Arbor. Fardig saw only limited action last season, but ;
improved immensely as the campaign closed.
AS EVIDENCE of his improvement, Fardig turned in the
best score for Michigan in the Spartan Invitational. His effor-
ts were duplicated by Maddalena. ,
This surge indicates to Simon the potential of these two,
players. "Fardig and Pursel are good golfers. I'm looking for, ,
them to improve. They're going to be very good."
Also, Dave Koch is returning to action after playing o&f
ficially in only one tournament last spring. Koch, a junior
from Birmingham, participated in the Michigan Invitational,:
and carded a 72 for his only competition of the season. Simon,
is also expecting significant improvement from Koch.
DURING THE winter and spring, while his team was
doing battle on the links, Simon was attending to some,
business regarding next year's squad. His recruiting efforts,,.
paid off in the form of a golfer named John Morse. Morse:
a Battle Creek resident, is a Michigan state amateur cham-
"Lots of schools wanted him," said Simon. "Including
some in Florida. But he chose to come here. He'll be a
welcome addition to our program.
In addition to Morse, Marty Auck
will be joining the team. Simon charac-
terizes the incoming freshman as a
good golfer who shows signs of promise.
p r o Simonlooks forward to the upcoming
r golf season ahead with great an-
ticipation and enthusiasm. "They're
ee years ago, going to be tremendous. I only wish that
best," Piston I'd discovered Michigan years ago.
said. "I know
s per game as
By GEOFF LARCOM
It wasn't as if Michigan
basketball coaches Johnny Orr
and Bill Frieder didn't have a dif-
ficult assignment already.
After falling below .500 in the
Big Ten last season, then
following that up with only an
average recruiting year, an,
uphill battle towards respec-
tability seemingly loomed for the
Then came the kicker. Center
Phil Hubbard signed a pro con-
tract with the Detroit Pistons,
forfeiting his final year of college
THE PISTONS are thus gam-
bling on the speedy recovery of
Hubbard's knee, which last
season hampered him greatly.
'Phil was the premier forward
in the country thr(
not just one of thel
coach Dick Vitales
he can make the tr
Big Ten center to
averaged 14.8 point
he slowly worked his knee into
shape. But many NBA scouts
shrugged off the possibility of
drafting him as too much of a
gamble. The Pistons apparently
Thrust now into the role of
playing the pivot will be either
junior Paul Heuerman or
sophomore John Garris. Heuer-
man improved greatly as a
reserve forward last year, while
Garris averaged under two
minutes per game in his first
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