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April 12, 1979 - Image 11

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By Bob Emory
e s

The Michigan Daily--Thursday, April 12, 1979--Page 11
No special'K' for Orr

Master stroes ..
. master quotes
A SHORT CRUISE down the winding Magnolia lane and all of a sudden,
I was standing on a circular drive in front of the Augusta National
Clubhouse. I just stared at it, with all the things I've heard and read about
this storied golf course rushing through my head like a waterfall.
After somehow managing to check in at Quonsot, the huge green army
barrack that very efficiently accommodates a press corps of over 1,200, I
decided to meander over to the clubhouse and see what it was all about.
Upon entering this charmingly old two-story country cottage, one finds
himself in a small lobby surrounded by creaky white walls that hold old-
fashioned pictures of past Masters champions and a few wooden-shafted
clubs that Bobby Jones or Walter Hagen used to chip with. Actually, almost
every champion has donated the club he feels was most instrumental in his
Masters victory, and they all rest eternally in a glass case here at Augusta.
There's a gold placque secured on the wall at the foot of a narrow stair-
way that leads to an upper-porch veranda. The placque reads, "Gentlemen
Only," so I figured that meant me and I went charging up the stairs without
looking where I was going. Sure enough, I bumped chest first into Tom Wat-
son, who was on his way down.
"Oh, hi... excuse me," I sputtered.
"Excuse me," he said, and went on his way.
An inauspicious entrance
I stared at him as he went off and as I turned around I ran right into
another body, only this time I was bulled backwards a little. Glaring down at
me wearing his familiar straw hat was Sam Snead. He smiled a little smile
as he went past me.
Just when I was thanking the golf gods for not throwing me out for my
clumsiness, my right foot caught the lip of the top stair and I went stumbling
out onto the upper veranda, almost falling on my face.
Of course, that pretty much shot any illusions I had about making a
grand entrance into my first Masters.
The Mater quote machine crank aw i ...
Jack Nicklaus, talking about his recent slump, which is perhaps the
worst of his career: "I've been asked 35 times what my problem is, and I'm
getting sick of answering. The reason is, frankly, I haven't played well at all.
No reasons or excuses, I just haven't played well lately. I see where you guys
are writing all my obituaries again, like you did twice before. I expect you to
write that, but I still don't like to read you."
Gary Player, the defending champion, on who he thinks has a good
chance to win this year: "I would say Andy Bean. If we get that little rain
we're supposed to it will weight down the fairways, while slowing the greens
down, and because Andy hits the ball so far, I think it will be a big advantage
for him."
Arnie's throng
Arnold Palmer, defending the almost too-loyal and too-noisy Army that
swarms him constantly at Augusta: "They understand that I understand
them. What the hell, they're a part of me. I still like to try to give autographs
to people, but with penalties and fines for slow play, I haven't been able to as
much I'd like to. That doesn't means I don't like to give autographs. I get a
real kick out of it. And if it's a pretty girl with a nice outfit, then I get even
more of a kick out of it."
Odds and ennds on th' ver of the firt round...
The players that have been asked agreed to a man that the course is in
the best shape it's been in in ten years.
There is a possible threat of rain for today's round, as cloudy skies have
dared to hover above Augusta for the past two days.
Did you know that blue dye is dumped into the ponds on the fifteenth and
sixteenth holes before the start of every Masters? This is to make the water
sparkling bright for the CBS TV cameras so everyone at home will believe
God had a two handicap, because how else could he have made a paradise
like Augusta National?
I don't care what anyone says, the real treat of the day came when Gene
Sarazen ambled out of the clubhouse to play in the annual par three tour-
nament. He was dressed in lime-green knickers, a soft white sweater and a
green Masters cap. At 75 years old, Sarazen has lost a little height and
gained a few pounds, but his swing is still smooth as honey. As Sarazen hit
fifteen or so sweet wedge shots on the practice tee, one couldn't help but feel
that with each hit,a piece of Masters glory was swinging by one last time.

The speculation and tension which
surrounded the decision of Clark
Kellogg, Ohio's AAA Player of the
Year, was laid to rest yesterday mor-
ning when Kellogg announced that he
would play his college basketball at
Ohio State.
Kellogg had been Michigan's top
prospect, a sure-fire pro prospect, ac-
cording to Michigan coaches Johnny
Orr and Bill Frieder, and the 6-8 center-
forward had narrowed his choices to
OSU and Michigan prior to yesterday's
press conference, giving little in-
dication as to which way he'd go.
AND NOW THAT Kellogg has opted
for the Buckeye road, Ohio State stands
a strong chance of competing for the
top spot in the Big Ten, with possibly a
shot at NCAA honors as well.
Michigan assistant Bill Frieder was
naturally disappointed in Kellogg's
decision, yet said in effect that the
recruiting war must go on.
"You always prepare yourself for
blows like that," said Frieder. "We
have to concentrate on 8-10 kids each
year so that the loss of one won't ruin our
program. We definitely would liked to
have gotten Kellogg, though. If he'd
have signed with us, we'd have been
right in there next year."

liked both places. I think he just wanted
to stay in-state. It's like the Earvin
Johnson situation with the pressure to
stay close to home. "
Despite the loss of Kellogg, Frieder
termed yesterday "a pretty good start"
in' the signing of recruits, referring to
the decisions of Joe James, Leo Brown,
and Ike Person to attend Michigan next

"The fact that Kellogg went to OSU
may have had something to do with
James' signing with us," said Frieder.
"It looked like he was going to go to
Ohio State or Duke earlier this week.
But he knows he can step right in here
and contribute."
Like James, Brown grabbed Ohio All-
State honors this year. He was named

this year. Orr describes Person as "a
strong rebounder, in the mold of former
Wolverine John Robinson."
Frieder and Orr's next task will be
the landing of either Granville Waiters
of Ohio or Joe Bresnahan from Illinois,
two candidates they hope can fill' the
vacant center's role at Michigan.
The seven-foot Waiters has yet to
visit a school, while the 6-11 Bresnahan
still has several trips to make beforeihe
will decide. Frieder left today for
Columbus in hopes ,of firming up
Waiters' plans.

'IfZwe'd gotten him, w>'d hare been right in there.
OSU will now be fighting hor a spot in the national
-Bill Frieder


The signing of James did much to sof-
ten the loss of Kellogg. The 6-5 forward
from Youngstown Rayen was billed by
Orr as "a player who should step in and
help our team immediately."
IN HIS SENIOR year, James
averaged 23.3 points per game while
leading his team to a 23-1 record. He
was named AA Player of the Year in
Ohio the last two years, as well as
making both the AP and UPI All-State

to both the AP and UPI Class A squads
and received Player of the Year honors
while playing for Mansfield St. Peter.
"BROWN'S A GREAT player, both
inside and outside," said Orr. "He's
aggressive on the boards and he can
shoot extremely well."
Rounding out yesterday's signees is
Person, a 6-7 forward from Berrington,
Illinois. Person averaged 21.4 points
while shooting 57 percent from the field



Drip, drobatsmen sopped

Those joyful strains of "Take Me
Out To The Ballgame" faded away into
the ominous sky above yesterday, as
once again, the Michigan baseball
team's home opener was cancelled
because of rain, sleet, snow, or
Although the heavens above Ann Ar-
bor have been frowning upon the bat-
smen, the Kalamazoo clouds were kind
enough to quit weeping on
Tuesday-just long enough for Western
Michigan to drown the 'M' nine 4-3 and
At least all the rain has not been for
naught, as it gave the batsmen time to
cast their ballots -for catcher Jim
Capoferi for captain of the 1979 team.
Ticket trouble
Wolverine football fans will be
digging a little deeper into their pockets
next fall. Student tickets will cost $4.50
apiece, and general admission seats
will be $9 each, according to Assistant
Athletic Director Charles Harris. This
constitutes an increase of 50@ for
students and $1 for the general public.
"I can give you the reason in one
word - economics," Harris said. The
fixed costs of running the Athletic
Department have risen sharply, accor-
. ding to Harris. "Utilities have tripled.
In 1971, a gallon of gas cost 294. It's 82ยข
a gallon now."
The addition of ten women's sports
over the last eight years has also
drastically affected the budget, Harris
said. "Those fixed cost increases have
a much greater effect now. .. Not only

are trips (to other schools) made by the
men's teams, but the women's teams
will take trips as well . . . those in-
creases really add to the budget."
Harris emphasized that the public
should be made aware of where its
ticket money goes. "A lot of people
have no idea that student fees don't go
for Bo Schembechler's salary," he said.
In addition to supporting the various
teams, the Athletic Department must
also pay for the upkeep of its buildings.
"Football revenue must support (the
upkeep of) Yost Ice Arena and
Michigan Stadium," Harris asserted.
"None of these things have to come out
of the general fund because of foot-
A price rise such as this one is not
unusual. In the past, ticket prices have
risen about $1 every other year, accor-
ding to Harris.
Stickmen romp, 14-5
Michigan's lacrosse club roared out
to an 8-2 lead and proceeded to use a
balanced, powerful attack to run the
Detroit club into the Tartan Turf last
night, 14-5. The victory upped the
Wolverines' record to 5-3.
"It was a combination of an
emotional high," said Blue Coach Bob
DiGiovanni, who was referring to the
team's revenge motive playing for the
first time against the two defecting
members from last year, "and the fact
that we are at the top of our game
tonight. We won the game in the first
quarter, and all 35 players got to play."



Blue netters squash EMU,


eather uppers
are a

It was expected to be easy, and it
was easy yesterday for the Michigan
men's tennis team. Very easy indeed.
The Hurons of Eastern Michigan,
outmanned in the beginning and
tloroughly outplayed at match's end,
hid enough, trouble just returning
Wolverine shots, much less winning a
set, as the Blue netters crushed their
bpckyard rivals, 9-0.
-FORCED INDOORS due to rainy
weather, Michigan gained its sixth
sfraight shutout, as it toyed with
Eastern throughout the meet. The
Hurons failed to take a single set from
the Wolverines, currently ranked 14th
in the nation.
-EMU coach Ellis Freatman *as
gracious in defeat. "Michigan is un-
derrated," he said. "They definitely
belong in the top ten, in my opinion."
The Blue's number one singles player,
Jeff Etterbeek, was up to par as he
dismantled Rick Shaheen 6-1, 6-2.
Number two Matt Horwitch dominated
** **** * **** *** ** *** * ****

Dave Chandler 6-2, 6-0, while Mike
Leach, slated third, ripped Ken Prebble
AT THE FOURTH singles, Jud
Shaufler, who missed Tuesday's meet
with Kalamazoo College due to a
fraternity "hazing" incident, was back
in action and won easily in straight sets.
Peter Osler at number five and Jack
Neinken at number six also posted two-
set wins.
About the only excitement of the day
occurred in the third doubles match.
Michigan's Mike Green and Sheldon
Katz, both seeing action for the first
time this year, were down 5-2 in the first
set before storming back to win 7-5, 6-2.
Coach Brian Eisner praised the effor-
ts of the two. "I was very pleased to get
Katz and Green in--they were under

.pressure and they did very well," said
THE NUMBER ONE doubles tandem
of Etterbeek and Horwitch sat out their
match, forcing Leach and Shaufler into
the top slot. They rolled past Chandler
and Prebble 6-2, 6-2. Second doubles
Neinken and Ihor DeBryn likewise
triumphed with ease in straight sets.
Michigan raised its '79 record to 10-1,
while Eastern fell to 7-6. Eisner was
already looking ahead to the weekend.
"We're getting ready for Friday's mat-
ch with Minnesota. The Gophers look to
be our toughest challenger for the Big
Ten title," said Eisner.
Following their match with the
Gophers, the Wolverines will complete
their weekend series by facing Iowa in
Iowa City.


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