nne 12-Thursday. June 28, 1979-The Michigan Daily
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By Bob Emory
Promising amateurs .. .
. going for the green?
Someone once said that playing golf with the pros would be like walking
naked through a church service. But for an aspiring young amateur, there
has to be that first time: the first time playing with the pros ina tournament,
the first time playing in front of a crowd that consists of more than just a few
coaches, parents, friends, and a greenskeeper or two and the first time hit-
ting drives through the thick air pressure of a big-money event.
Well, for four young women golfers from Michigan that time has come.
Linda Drillock, a sophomore at U of M; Cindy Figg, a sophomore at Texas;
Sue Ertle, a senior at Michigan State and her teammate, Beth Sierra all
grabbed one of the six spots open for amateurs in this year's Lady Stroh's
Open II, which begins today and runs through Sunday on the tight, tree-lined
fairways of Dearborn Country Club.
Drillock's 75 led the qualifying event, which was held here June 4th.
Figg, a Mt. Pleasant native who chose to head to Texas so she could play golf
all year round in a very intense program, strolled home in second place with
a 77. Ertl was next with a 78 and Sierra shot 79.
Drillock came to Michigan mainly for the academics, but she ended up
joining the golf team after talking with one of the players, Robin Sobota.
Drillock is the first to admit her lack of tournament experience, having
played in only six college events in her first year. So playing in the Strohs
alongside the Sandra Posts, Cathy Whitworths, and Jane Blalocks is defi-
nitely an experience for her.
A lot of nerves
A phone conversation with Drillock yesterday went something like this:
Obnoxious reporter: "Was your 75 in the qualifying round a super good score
or did you feel your game had been coming around to that point?"
Drillock: "It was one of the best scores ever for me. I just shot very well and
Tom Simon (Michigan golf coach) has really helped my game out."
Annoying reporter: "What are some of the things he has done to improve
Drillock: "He has eased down my swing and made me a smarter player."
Persistent reporter: "How do you feel about playing in the Stroh's?"
Drillock: "Excited, very luck to be here."
Stubborn reporter: "Are you nervous?"
Patient Linda: "Yes."
Me again: "How nervous?"
Very patient Linda: "More nervous than I've ever been for anything in my
Of the four sparkling amateurs, only Figg has played in a pro
tournament before, that being last year's Inaugural Lady Stroh's. For the
record, she missed the cut by four strokes with rounds of 81, 79.
This time around, however, Figg appears to have a solid game plan.
"The thing you have to remember," she said on the practice tee yesterday,
her long brown hair blowing vigorously in the wind, "is not to try and play
Keep your mind on the course
"You just have to go out there and play the course and forget about the
great players; they'll get you into playing a game that I don't have enough
experience to play."
But Figg can certainly hit the ball as far as the pros can. She averages
about 230 yards off the tee and she's worked hard on her game. "Right now
I'm just trying to be consistent. I feel good about my swing, and I think I've
found my groove."
And after college?
"I'm not really sure about playing pro golf at this point," she said. "But
when I think about how much time and work I've put into it, I don't think I
can just blow it off after I'm through with school."
Ertl, being the only senior of the bunch, has been playing in big tour-
naments for four years now. In fact, she just last week won the Spring Lake
Classic, a highly competitive women's amateur toruney held each year out
near Grand Haven. To win, Ertl had to beat-surprise, surprise-Cindy Figg
on the second extra hole of their final match.
"I'm thrilled to death to be playing with the pros," said Ertl, a short-
haired blonde with freckles on her nose. "The pros are the last thing to shoot
for as far as personal goals are concerned."
And, Ms. Ertl, are you nervous?
"Yeah, I'm nervous. But probably not as nervous as I'll be tomorrow
morning at 8:00 when I tee off.
"But I don't think this is nearly as bad as walking through a church
naked. I would really hate that."
Yeah, me too. Even obnoxious sportswriters have some dignity.
Tigers, Bosox mired
Last night's Tiger game was delayed by By the Tiger third, it looked like the
rain in the ninth inning with the Boston ice would be broken. Alan Trammell
Red Sox leading 2-1. singled and scooted to second with
Dwight Evans' relay from rightfield,
By ALAN FANGER which was targeted for first, scam-
Special to the Daily pered by Finch.
DETROIT-It's by no means easy That rally died quickly, however.
to shut out the Boston Red Sox when Trammel was picked off while darting
they're playing up to their usual level. to third on Dave Machemer's grounder.
Pat Undrwood came ever so close to Machemer then followed Trammel by
doing that last night as the Tiger rookie being picked off himself-he was
southpaw managed to hold the Bean- caught taking too large a lead off the
towners scoreless through seven in- bag at first.
nings. The Bosox attempted a rally of their
Unfortunately, Underwood didn't own in the fourth. Underwood hit Rick
have quite enough. He was knocked for Burleson in the chest with a pitch and
a run in the eighth inning then quickly after Fred Lynn struck out, hot-hitting
pulled in favor of Dave Tobik. But Jim Rice sent Burleson to third on his
Tobik fared o better-the Sox heated single.
up for anothe run in the ninth to forge
into a two run lead. Yet another scoring opportunity
With the game scoreless in the seven- loomed in the Tiger fourth with one
th, the Tigers tallied their only run of down, Rusty Staub doubled off the
the evening. Champ Summers ripped a barrier in right. Finch then walked
fastball off Boston starter Joel Finch Steve Kemp and Lance Parrish to load
that made its way to the fifth row of the the bases.
left centerfield seats. The two-out hitter, Champ Summrs,
Boston came back with a run of their took a called third strike, but the ball
own in the eighth, and pushed across eluded catcher Gary Allenson and
another in the ninth. Jim Rice doubled, bounced to the backstop. Summer
and after Bob Watson was walked and couldn't outrun the throw to first,
Carl Yazstremski had lined out, came however, and the Bengals were once
home on another double by Butch Hob- again stymied in their efforts to break
son, the scoreless tie.
Baseball's Top Ten
(Last night's games not included)
g ab r h pct.
Smalley Mn ........ 69 261 51 94 .360
Carew Cl ........... 51 186 35 66 .355
Kemp Dt ........... 65 240 45 84 .350
Bochte Se .......... 71 260 41 91 .350
Downing Cl ......... 68 245 45 85 .347
Wilan KC ........... 65 208 43 69 .332
GBritt KC .......... 73 311 59 103 .331
Grish Cl ............ 74 255 43 84 .329
ABannstr Ch ....... 66 243 38 79 .325
Rice Bsn ........ 70 277 54 90 .325
Lynn, Boston, 19; Rice, Boston, 17; Thomas, Mil-
waukee, 17; Singlelton, Baltimore, 16; Grich, Cali-
Lynn, Boston, 62; Baylor, California 59; Bochte,
Seattle, 56; Rice, Boston, 54; Horton, Seattle, 64.
g ab r h pct.
Brock StL .:........ 52 171 26 60 .351
Hendrick Sti ....... 66 236 36 80 .339
Foster Cin ......... 65 245 40 82 .335
Rose Php .....,.. 73 283 40 94 .332
Mazzilli NY ........ 67 253 38 84 .332
Winfield SD ........ 76 282 42 93 .330
Simmons StL ....... 62 221 41 71 .321
KHrnandz StL ..... 67 273 46 87 .319
Matthews Atl ....... 72 289 53 91 .315
Templeton StL ....,. 63 275 39 86 .313
Kingman, Chicago, 26; Schmidt, Philadelphia,
.21; Foster, Cincinnati, 19; Simmons, St. Louis.
18; Lopes, Los Angeles,18.
Runs Batted in
Foster, Cincinnati,s 3; Kingman, Chicago, 60;
winfield, San Diego, 55; Simmons, St. Louis, 52;
Clark, San Francisco, 51.
Strikers steamrolled by
Trevor Express,' 8-2
PONTIAC (UPI( - Keith Furphy and
Ted MacDougall each scored three
goals last night to lead the Detroit Ex-
press to an 8-2 victory over the Fort
Lauderdale Strikers at a North
American Soccer League game at the
The win was the third straight for
Detroit, now 9-10, while Fort Lauder-
dale suffered only its second setback in
10 games to drop to 10-7. The eight goals
are the most scored on the Strikers in
the club's history.
Detroit's Trevor Francis snapped a 2-
2 deadlock at 35:57 with his third goal of
the season. Francis' shot threaded a
needle between Strikers' goalie Arnie
Mausser and the right goalpost.
The second half was all Detroit. Fur-
phy scored twice, boosting his season
total to10 goals, MacDougall lodged his
seventh and eighth of the year and
David Bradford tallied his first of the
Goals by Furphy and MacDougall in
the first 18 minutes of play gave Detroit
a 2-0 lead but Fort Lauderdale tied the
score on markers by Gerd Mueller at
20:11 and Ray Hudson at 26:22.
Texas 4, Calornia 2
Chicago11, Philadelpa 4
St. Lois 5, Montreal o
New York 12, Pittsburgh 8
Detroit8, Ft. Lauderdale 2