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THE MICHi4GAN DA ILY

Thursday, September 8, 1977

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, September 8, 1977

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By GARY KICINSKI
"Every year I find myself saying
that this year's golf team will be the
best since I've been here, but this
year I really feel we do have our
best team,"
So says Michigan assistant coach
Jim Lipe, who this coming season
may finally get ° the" results to back
up' his optimism.'
WHILE THE LINKSTERS finished
fifth in the Big Ten -this past spring
and fourth for three seasons before
that, .Lipe and coach Bill Newcomb
had a sneaky suspicion that the team
was really better than its perform-
ance had indicated.
"Our problem has been one of in-
consistencies," said Newcomb,' who
is entering his tenth season as Michi-
gan's golf coach. "In golf, your sixth
man is every bit as important as your
first 'man. Sometime we'd have three
or four guys who'd play really well,

but also one or two who had disaster-
ous rounds and would up the team
score."
This year, though, Newcomb and.
Lipe are counting on an experienced
squad to eliminate those dreaded in-
consistencies.
"THIS WILL BE odr oldest team,"
said Lipe, who is in his sixth year
under Newcomb. "We have four re-
turning seniors, three of whom were
starters for us all last season. We've
also got three juniors who were
among our top players.
Indeed, if upperclass experience,
counts for anything, Michigan should
have no trouble improving on its Big
Ten finishes .of the 'previous four
years. Only one player was- lost from
last year's squad through graduation.
Last year's number :one and num-
her two golfers, Doug Davis and John
Morgan, will again pace the Wolver-
ines.

DAVIS, WHO HAD -one of the low-
est stroke averages in the Big Ten
last season but missed out on an
NCAA. invitation because of a weak
perforinance'In the conference meet,
called by' Lipe "one 'f the best in
the Big ':Ten, a guy who is - mentally.
tough and hates to lose."

champion last year as a member of,
Birmingham Seaholm's squad.
"I'LL BE VERY surprised if he's
not one of our top six," said Lipe
eagerly. "Golf is one sport where a
freshman can come in and beat out
a senior, whereas in football and
other sports a youngster may sit on
the sidelines while he develops. All
we're looking for is a boy with ma-
turity and a good. mental attitude."

Lipe says Morgan, a native of
Southfield, is a "very "good player
who is-very mature. I don't see any
flaws in John's play - he just had
a lot of bad luck last season."
The other two seniors are Bruce
Patterson and Tim Van Tongeren,
who Lipe says has "steadily im-
proved each year at Michigan." Re-
turning unior starters are Frank
Sims and Jim Marshall.
But these players don't necessar-
ily have spats locked up on the team.
The coaches have recruited several
Michigan golfers, most notably Dave
Koch, who was the state high school

more centrally located, and we're
limited to golfers within the state,
"They also have a much more fav-
orable climate, which puts them a
good two months ahead of us every
year"
OTHER THAN THE Buckeyes, Lipe
said only Indiana may have a better
team than the Wolverines. "We're
the third best team, but that doesn't
mean we can't finish higher than
third," he said.
When they begin their regular
season, the golfers will be playing
big brother'to the newly-formed wom-
en's golf team, which will be starting
its first" year as a varsity sport at
Michigan.
Tom Simon, the golf pro and mana-
ger of the University course on West
Stadium, will coach the women's
team. Simon plans on carrying a
squad of 10 women to participate in
at least four invitationals with other
Big Ten teams.

As for this year's Big Ten outlook,
both coaches concur that Ohio State,
as always it seems, is the team to
beat. The Buckeyes swept to their
second straight Big Ten title last
year with a record - shattering team
score at the conference. meet. What
makes the Buckeye squad even more
enviable is that they have their en-
tire team returning.
"Ohio State has the best location
recruiting-wise," Lipe said. "They're

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By BRIAN MILLER
What is a tennis team supposed to do
with a Junior, .two sophomores. and four'
freshmen? Why, win the Big Ten title, of
course, if that team is Michigan.
"This was the year that we were supposed
co be rebuilding," said. Michigan's coach
Brian Eisner. "But I guess there are no
questions anymore about how good our
young players are."
IF EISNER SOUNDED like a proud father,
he had good reason to be. The Wolverines
compiled a 16-4 record in -their "rebuilding"
year, starting off the season with 14 straight
wins - topping all nine other Big Ten schools
in the process.
The regular season started successfully
enough way back on February 12th when
Michigan defeated Mid-American Conference
champion Miami of Ohio.
BUT, MICHIGAN'S BIGGEST weekend
came one month later, !on March 7-8 when
the Wolverines downed the two other .pre-
season favorites-Indiana and Ohio State.
But the Wolverines were finally .stopped
when tney found Texas Christian too tough
to handle down in Fort Worth. Michigan
ended up 2-3 on that southern trip and re-
turned home to host the Big Ten Champion-
ship next.
SOPHOMORE JEFF ETTERBEEK, fresh-
man Jud Schaufler, junior Brad Holland and
freshmen Mark Freedman and Jack Nein-
ken won their first through fifth singles,
matches, respectively.
The doubles teams. of Etterbeek-Schaufler,
Holland-Neinken and Freedman-Ollie Owens
also advanced.

And after the second day of competition,
Michigan had virtually sewn up another Big
1'en title.
It'wlasSeeman's victory in the consolation
finals that clinched the title for the Wol-
verines.
Michigan wrapped up the, meet with 70
points, easily outdistancing second place In-
diana's 40.
INDIANA'S BILL RENNIE defeated Etter-
beek for first singles, but Schaufler, Freed-
man and Neinken won at second, fourth and
fifth singles respectively. To top it off, all
three doubles teams notched individual Big
Ten titles for the Wolverines.
Unfortunately though for Michigan, its
joy of winning the Big Ten title was short-
lived at the NCAA meet a few days later.
Texas, who defeated Michigan earlier in
the year did it again and convincingly. The
Longhorns eliminated the Wolverines from
any further competition, 9-0.
THE UP AND COMING season should pro-
vide as much success as the past season
gave Blue tennis fans.
Michigan won't lose a single player from
this 'past year's title winning team.
Not only that, some fine players will be
joining the Wolverines in the fall. They in-
clude:
: Matt Horwich, the best 18-and-under
player in the Chicago area.
* John Debryn, the number one-ranked
player in Michigan.
0 Peter Osler, the top-seeded number four
singles player in the Big Ten tournament,
who is transferring from Indiana.

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