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Page 8-Saturday, April 15, 1978-The Michigan Daily
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When he was five-years-old, at the urging of
his father, Doug Davis picked up a golf club and
began hitting a ball around his backyard in
Louisville, Kentucky. Three years later, he won
his first junior tournament and became hooked on
the game.
Not much has changed since then. Doug Davis is
Still'winning tournaments, with each win more
' prestigious than the last.°
Davis is a 22-year-old senior in the process of
wrapping up his collegiate career. He will leave
the University of Michigan with four varsity let-
ters, a school record for lowest four round tour-
: nament score, three All-Big Ten selections and a
shag-bag full of memories.
This school has done an awful lot for me," said
Davis, speaking in his slow Southern drawl. "I en-
joy Ann Arbor and I've had some good times here
that I won't ever forget."
The Michigan golf team is currently in Colum-
bus where they're participating in the prestigious
Kepler Invitational, held at Ohio State's home
course. It is the Wolverines third tournament of
the spring and Davis will be looking for this third
itraight finish in the top five individually.
He finished third in the Coastal Carolina Classic
in March, then just two weeks ago took fourth
place in the Cape Coral Intercollegiate in Florida.
These were the first two times Davis had played
this year, while most of his competition had
played all winter.
In Cape Coral, Davis surprised.everybody with
his one stroke lead after two rounds, thanks to a
five under par 67 on the second day. But one bad
hole in the third round cost him four strokes and he
finished-fourth by that margin.

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Davis bounced back the final day to shoot a one
under 71 and finish with a 289 total, the lowest four
round score ever posted by a Michigan golfer.
That's not bad when you consider Randy-Erskine
and John Schroeder, both doing well on the
professional golf tour, are ex-Wolverine linksters.
Perhaps Davis' most memorable experience
camein the fall of his sophomore year when he
won the Michigan Invitational, a tournament
sponsored annually by the Wolverines that
features the best college golf teams from the state.
"That was my most thrilling tournament,"
exlaimed Davis. "I beat some good players and
boosted my confidence immensely."
'The following summer he teamed with assistant
coach Jim Lipe to win the two man best ball at
Washtenaw Country Club. That tournament
featured Davis' best round to date, a sizzling
seven under par 65.
Although Davis' finishes in the big three
amateur events (Western Open, Michigan Open
and Michigan Amateur) have not been spec-
tacular, they have, been encouraging. He has
made the 36 hole cut in the last two Westerns, a
tournament that has the strongest field of
amateurs from the midwest. After qualifying for
the final round of 32 in the Michigan Amateur last
year, Doug lost his first round match play in sud-
den death to the eventual runnerup.
"I expect to do much better this year in the
Michigan Amateur," Davis said. "The courses are
suited to my game and I'm playing well right
Doug Davis is a firm believer in setting goals for
himself. "I think that's the only way to improve,"
he said. "Set a reasonable goal for yourself,
achieve it, and then set another one." Right now

Davis has two goals: to be selected for the NCAA
Championships in June and to make the All-
American college golf team.
Neither one of those goals is too far-fetched. "I
felt I should have been chosen for the NCAAs last
year. They only took that guy from Michigan State
because he was a senior. But I beat him every
time we played head to head."
The NCAA selection system works as follows:
the Big Ten and Mid-American~ Conference
schools compose District Four, and there are
usually two teams and three individuals chosen
from each district. There could be one team and
five individuals selected or any such combination,
whichever is expected to make a stronger district
"In my opinion, there isn't anyone who deserves
to go more than Doug," said Lipe. "We'll try our
hardest to get that committee to select him."
To be chosen for the All-American team (there
are three teams of ten players each) a player must
do very well in the NCAAs. A strong showing by
Davis (assuming he is selected) and he will have
to set a couple of higher goals.
Davis, a short limber player with a well-
groomed moustache, feels the next plateau to
reach will be the pro golf tour. "Next fall I'm
going to play in the mini tours down South and
then go for my Tournament Players Card in
February," he said. "If I don't make it in
February, then I'll keep playing on the mini tour
and try again in June. But no matter what, I'm not
going through life wondering if I would have made
The mini-tour is actually a bunch of satellite
tournaments off the major professional events.
The competition is good and there is money to be

Blue Jays soar past
TORONTO (AP)-Roy Howell's runs by Ron LeFlore and Jason Thom-
fourth hit of the game keyed a six-run son in the first inning.
Toronto sixth inning as the Blue Jays Don Kirkwood, appearing in his first-
defeated the Detroit Tigers 10-8 in their game since being acquired last week
American League home opener yester- from the Chicago White Sox, took over
day. for Toronto starter Jerry Garvin in the
The Blue Jays sent 10 batters to the third inning and got credit for the vic-
plate in the inning, collecting four hits tory.
and benefiting from two. Detroit errors. Milt Wilcox, the second of four
Only one of the six runs in the inning Detroit pitchers, was tagged with the
was earned. loss.
THE TORONTO comeback overcame The Tigers play a single game with
an early long ball performance by the Toronto today, and finish the series
Tigers that included a pair of home with tomorrow's matchup.

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the good life


'U' golf
The long winter is finally over and it's
time once again to bring out the golf
clubs from the basement storage and
see how bad the ball is slicing this year.
The Michigan Golf Course is
scheduled to open on Wednesday, April
19 and despite the harsh winter, the
course is in excellent condition. "The
heavy amount of snow acted as an in-
sulator," said head pro Tom Simon.
"The course is in the best shape I've
seen it in at this time of year."
ONCE AGAIN, the cost is $3.00 per
round for students, $4.50 for faculty,
$4.00 for "M" Club members, and $5.00
for alumni. Guests pay $7.00 during the
week and $9.00 on weekends.
For the benefit of those unfamiliar
with the course, it is a 7,000 yard layout
that is artificially carved into a soft,
rolling terrain lined with dense rows of
pine trees. It is an extremely
challenging course, as it was designed
by world-famous golf architect Alistair
It is challengirng ennijsah to haivu heen
chosen as the site for the 1978 Michigan
Open, the state's most illustrious Pro-
Am tournament. Centrally located in
Ann Arbor, the course is an ideal choice
for the Open because most of the com-
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links. up
peting golfers are from the eastern part
of the state.
"WE HAVE an option to keep the
tournament here for a couple of years,"
said Simon. "If it goes well, as I'm con-
fident it will, then we'll keep sponsoring
the tournament." Simon has been
working on setting up the \event since
January, and if it does go well, he'll
deserve much of the credit.
The 'M' course is characterized by its
large, lightning fast putting greens.
There are some difficult par threes that
always seem to wreck a good round.
Hole No. 14, which plays about 210 yar-
ds and is heavily trapped on both sides,
is particularly challenging.
Of course there are a few long par
fours, which are probably the most dif-
ficult type of hole in golf. No. 7 is
slightly over 400 yards long and No. 11

to par
is 435 yards to the green. Birdies are
rare for the average golfer on these
The Michigan Open will see the
return of Randy Erskine, a former U of
M golfer now playing on the pro tour.
Erskine considered the four years he
spent here the most frustrating of his
golfing career because of the toughness
of the Michigan course.
DOUG DAVIS, the peppery captain of
the current Michigan golf team, feels
the same way. "It's the kind of course
that doesn't always reward a good
shot," he said. "You can hit the ball 10
yards into the rough and be in the pine
trees, or you can go 30 yards into the
rough and be in fine shape."
The course record is a remarkable
eight under, 64, fired by ex-Wolverine
golfer John Fisher in the late sixties.

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Tracy chases it down AP Photo
Tracy Austin shows the determination that lifted her to a 6-4, 7-6 victory over
Rosie Casals in the Family Circle Cup tournament. Austin next faces Chris Evert
in the semi-finals.

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Special to The Daily
EVANSTON - Michigan's men's
tennis team extended its winning streak
to seven matches yesterday, mauling
host Northwestern 7-2 in Big Ten com-
It was the fourth straight conference
triumph for the netters, who share the
league lead with Wisconsin. By Sunday
evening, however, the tie will be

broken, as the Badgers invade Ann Ar-
bor for a crucial contest earlier in the
Coach Brian Eisner was pleased that
his men were not plagued by overcon-.
fidence and lack of concentration. "It's
always hard not to look ahead."
remarked the coach.'"Our match with
Wisconsin this Sunday may well deter-
mine who gets an NCAA bid. Never-
theless, we couldn't afford to let down

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against an improved Northwestern
Pacing yesterday's win was co-
captain Brad Holand, who turned in
what Eisner termed "an excellent per-
formance" in downing the Wildcats'
Joey Rosenberg 7-6, 6-3. Holland had
been experiencing difficulty in ad-
justing to the outdoor surfaces, but
conquered these problems against Nor-
Other singles wins were posted by
Jeff Etterbeek, Matt Horwitch, Jud
Shaufler and Jack Neinken, while the
teams of Shaufler-HollandPete Osler-
Ollie Owens were successful in doubles
Women wiped
Special to The Daily
COLUMBUS - While the men's ten-
nis team frolicked to a big win in Evan-
ston yesterday, their female counter-
parts had a rough time down in Ohio.
After the first round of play, Michigan's
women netters were in fourth place
(out of eight teams) in the Buckeye In-
vitational Tournament.

With only consolation matches
scheduled for today, it is
mathematically impossible for
Michigan to capture the Buckeye tour-
ney. The showing will mark the first
time this season that the team had not
won a match.
-Daily Sports
'Crossers smashed
The Michigan Lacrosse Club was
defeated 23-7 by a fired-up Bowling
Green squad Wednesday 'night. The
lopsided victory was especially sweet
for the Falcons, since Michigan nearly
upset them last year.
The Wolverine midfield accounted for
most of the scoring. Rick Bays had
three goals and one assist to pace
Michigan while Ed Anderson notched
two goals and one assist and Bob Gor-
don had a goal and two assists to round-
out the scoring.
Michigan returns to Tartan Turf in
Ann Arbor this weekened with games
against Northwestern. on Saturday at
8:00 p.m. and Purdue on Sunday begin-
ning at 2:00 p.m.


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