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Rain halts

Special to The Daily
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The rains came to
Augusta yesterday, halting play on two
different occasions and forcing the af-
ternoon players to slosh their way
through several puddles and play under
a steady drizzle in the second round of
the 1979 Masters.
Twelve golfers were also caught by
darkness and will finish off their rounds
early this morning before third round
action begins.
The first sprinkles began falling
around noon, and the intensity picked
up during the next hour. When a tor-
nado watch, was put into effect at 1;45,
play was stopped for two hours before
most of the field was permitted to
Ed Sneed, who finished before the
delay, and Craig Stadler, who survived
the minor flood, forged into a two-way
tie at nine under par 133 and stayed
three strokes ahead of the nearest com-
petitors, Leonard Thompson and Ray

Stadler fired the lowest round of the
tournament, a six-under-par 66 with no
bogies and a few iron shots that
swallowed the flagstick for dessert.
Sneed, meanwhile, teed off in the mor-
ning and shot an errorless five-under 67
which left him (and Stadler) with a two-
day total of 135:
For Stadle, a stocky 5-10, 210 former
U.S. amateur champion, the rain-
soaked round came as no surprise. His
best performance in a major cham-
pionship came last year in the PGA,
when he highlighted a sixth-place

finish with a third round 67 - in the
rain, of course.
"The rain didn't bother me much,"
said the roly-poly Stadler. "After we
went back out, the first two holes were
difficult because there was so much
casual water. But the greens weren't
any slower and I think I was playing my
best golf of the day after the eleventh
"I'm not surprised with my round af-
ter the way I started the day. I was hit-
ting the ball right at the hole all after-
noon. I was working it right or left and I
had some confidence in my putting."
Stadler's start was impressive. He
birdied four of the first five holes before
the first delay sent him to the clubhouse
at the eighth tee. When he came back
out, he birdied the eighth and went out
with a front nine 31.
Sneed did just the opposite. He made
one birdie on the front nine and four on
the back for a 67, including a 45-foot
putt which he snaked in on the par-four
17th hole. "I stole one there," he com-
mented afterwards.

Sneed also made no bogies and called
his round "the best I've ever shot here
at Augusta." He hit all eighteen greens
in regulation except the par five 13th
and 15th holes, which he hit in two for a
pair of two-putt birdies.
"Yesterday, everybody said I wasn't
excited about shooting a 68. Well, today
I'm excited about shooting a 67," said
the affable Sneed, whose best finish'this
year was a second in the Heritage
Classic two weeks ago.
"I've been playing well all year. For
the last year and a half, I've been
saying my best golf is ahead of me, and
I think I'm right. I should be winning
some tournaments."
Four strokes back at 139 were Tom
Watson and Joe Inman, who both shot
one-under 71's. Jack Nicklaus also shot
71 and was tied at 140 with Lindy Miller
and Severiano Ballesteros, who shot a
67 with the help of a 30-yard sand wedge
that holed out for an eagle on number
Of the twelve players who failed to
finish because of darkness, three were
in contention. Lou Graham was four
under at 15, Gil Morgan was four under
at 17 and veteran Miller Barber was
cruising along at seven-under for the
day when he stopped at 16. Barber was
also at four under after shooting a 75 on
Golfers soaked
With 11 of the 23 participating teams
in the clubhouse, and pouring rain, of-
ficials suspended play yesterday in the
Kepler Open. Before the action was of-
ficially stopped, however, the Michigan
team reported in with an eight-shot lead
over its competition. The scores turned
in yesterday will not be included in the
final tally, as all of the squads did not
complete the round. Tournament play
will continue today, weather permit-
Major League Baseball
American League
Texas 5, Detroit 4
Toronto 4, Kansas City 1
Chicago 12, New York 2
Milwaukee 9, Baltimore 3
N'BA Playoffs
Atlanta 100, Houston 91
Philadelphia 111, New Jersey 101

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, April 14, 1979-Page 11
Blue netters shine
as cameras click
Special to the Daily
MINNEAPOLIS-The television cameras were focused on Michigan's
tennis match with Minnesota yesterday. So were they eyes of more than 200
enthusiastic Minnesota fans who were exhorting their Gophers to end
Michigan's ten-match win streak.
But, per usual, the Wolverines demonstrated that they're not yet ready
to surrender their Big Ten crown, as they subdued the upstart Gophers, 6-3,
raising their conference-leading record to 3-0.
Unlike most of Michigan's previous matches however, yesterday's con-
test was quite a tussel. Blue coach Brian Eisner was not too thrilled with his
team's play at singles.
"We let them (Minnesota) get into the match," said Eisner. "Instead of
just playing the match, we were concerned with the extraneous fac-
tors-what happens to the NCAA bid if we lose, who's going to be named All-
"Our performance today (Friday) was mediocre at best. What hap-
pened was the people placed too much pressure on themselves. It's hard to
block out extraneous factors and concentrate on the job at hand."
Several factors may have produced a tougher than anticipated match.
The fifteen-hour car ride, the 2:30 a.m. arrival in Minneapolis, the presence
of TV and newspaper reporters, and the highly vocal crowd all may have
contributed to-the closeness of the match.
Gopher coach Jerry Noyce, whose team lost its first conference match in
five starts, expected a close encounter with Michigan. "Our NCAA tour-
nament hopes depend on how we do today," he said before play began.
"Michigan, with its national ranking (14th), will be invited whether they win
or not. We have to beat them, either here or at the Big Ten tournament next
Portions of the match were televised by three Minneapolis TV stations,
but neither the Gophers nor the Wolverines seemed too rattled by the hoopla.
In fact, Minnesota's first singles player, Mike Trautner, played what he
called "my best set in college" before falling to Jeff Etterbeek, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6
Each of the three sets was decided by a nine-point tie-breaker.
At second singles, Horwitch, playing nearly flawless tennis, cruised to a
6-1, 6-1 victory. Michael Leach followed suit at third with a 6-1, 7-5 win,
keeping the freshman undefeated at singles for Michigan.
Pete Osler, who has lost but one match this season, shook off four match
points in the final set en route to his 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 victory at fifth singles.
. However, Jud Shaufler and Jack Neinken were defeated at the fourth
and sixth positions respectively.
In doubles action, Etterbeek and Horwitch recovered from an early
deficit in posting a 7-6, 6-1 triumph. The Osler-Neinken duo prevailed, 6-4, 5-
7, 6-2 while the team of Leach and Shaufler lost, 6-4, 6-4.
Michigan travels to Iowa City today to face the Hawkeyes.
Net ters advance
Special to the Daily
COLUMBUS-After the first round of competition in the Buckey Open,
two women's doubles teams and three single netters remain in the action
and will advance to the quarter-finals today.
In doubles play, Whit Stodghill and Kathy Krickstein combined to beat a
team of Badgers, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. They went on to defeat Northwestern's Aimee
Conlan and Donna Lies in a comeback attempt, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Kathy Karzen and Barb Fischley, seeded fourth in the tournament, beat
a team from Northwestern in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. In their second match of
the day, the Blue netters were again victorious, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
In singles action, Karzen beat her Kentucky opponent 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, and
Stodghill put away Kathy Harris of Wisconsin easily, 6-0, 6-0. Playing in the
second flight, Fischley, the second seed, won her set.

AP Photo
CRAIG STADLER, tied for the lead with Ed Sneed after yesterday's action, coaxes his putt into the cup on the ninth hole
during the second round of play in the Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Rain and a tornado threat delayed
the play and forced several players to conclude their round early this morning.

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