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scrambles for
Akron Golf lead

AKRON, Ohio (A") - Jerry McGee, a
non-winner in seven years on the tour,
scrambled and strained to a wildly er-
ratic 69 that tied Ray Floyd for the
second round lead yesterday in the $170,-
000 American Golf Classic.
The quick-quipping McGee, who got a
sponsor's exemption into this invitational
event, had to birdie three of his last six
holes to offset some early problems and
put together a 36-hole total of 136, four
under par for two tours over the famed,
7,180-yard Firestone Country Club course.
"The way I started, I didn't know what
I was gonna shoot," McGee said. "Then
I kind of regrouped."
FLOYD, the first round leader with a
65, slipped to a one-over-par 71 in the
hot, humid, hazy weather.
"I'm not disappointed," he said. "But
it's kind of frustrating. I actually played
better than I did yesterday. I could have
shot 66 or 67 real easy"
One shot back midway through this
chase was Jim Colbert, who had a 67 for
137. Dwight Nevil and Buddy Allin fol-
lowed at 138. Nevil had a 68 and Allin,
already a two-time winner this season,
went to a 72.
Hale Irwin, who won the U.S. Open
last weekend, rebounded from an open-
ing 77 with a 68.
"There was a certain amount of per-
sonal, professional pride involved," said
Arnold Palmer birdied his last two
holes for a 73-143. Defending champion
Bruce Crampton of Australia had a 69
for 141.
Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary
Player and Johnny Miller are not com-
McGee, a happy-go-lucky guy who has-
n't led a tournament for at least three
years, spent much of the second round
wandering through bunkers, flailing

away in the woods and occasionally cha-
ing his ball to other fairways and other
But it didn't bother him.
"EDDIE PEARCE, one of the guys I
played with, started calling me 'lumber-
jack,' 'cause I hit so many trees," McGee
said. "But I'll take a 69 on this course
any way I can get it."
He had five birdies and four bogeys.
He wrapped two early bogeys, both
from bunkers, around a wedge shot that
left him a three-foot putt for a birdie
on the second hole.
His adventures began on the eighth
hole. He hit a screaming hook off the
tee that caught a tree and bounded over
by the 12th tee. His three-iron second
shot hit another tree. He had to use a
three-wood for his third shot on the par
four hole, reached the green and two-
putted for a bogey.
McGEE birdied the next hole from 15
feet, then salvaged his round on the
10th - with a bogey.
He hooked into the woods again, again
hitting a tree. le hit trees on his next
two shots and still was 100 yards from
the green. He lofted a wedge shot to
within six inches of the cup "and man-
aged to wobble the putt in," he said.
"It really made the round. I was look-
ing at double bogey, probably worse, and
I got away with bogey."
McGee struck a four-iron to within
four feet of the flag on the 13th, then
birdied the 15th and 17th with putts of
35 and 20 feet.
Floyd's only birdie on the front nine
came from five feet. He missed twice
from six feet and had two other 15-foot
birdie putts that lipped out of the hole.
A bogey on the 15th hole dropped him
back to even for the day and he bogeyed
the final hole - for the second day in
a row - after plugging his drive under
the lip of a fairway bunker.

AFTER SUFFERING through seven barren years on the PGA tour, Jerry
McGee got a moment in the spotlight when he shot a 69 for a two-day
total of 136, tying him with Ray Floyd for the lead in the American Golf
Classic at Akron, Ohio.

Toronto gets NBA
franchise in '75

Youv'e spent years getting your
degree. Are you willing to spend
three more months getting a

ay The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The National
Basketball Association's Board
of Governors announced yester-
day that it had awarded an
NBA franchise to Toronto for
the 1975-76 season.
Toronto will be the league's
19th franchise, joining the
league only one year after the
NBA's 18th franchise, New Or-
leans, begins play.
This will be the second
time Toronto willtbe in the
NBA. The Toronto Huskies
were a charter member of
the league when it started as
the Basketball Association of
America in 1946, but disband-
ed after one unsuccessful
In their one year in the
league, the Huskies had a 22-38
record and finished in a fifth-
place tie in the six-team East-
ern Division.
However, during the 1973-74
season, the NBA's Buffalo
Braves played nine regular-sea-
son games and one exhibition
in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gar-
dens, the Board of Governors
apparently was favorably im-
pressed by the support the To-
ronto fans gave to the Braves.
Football already
LUBBOCK, Tex. - Heat
reaching 120 degrees on the
Astroturf floor of Jones Sta-
dium weas expected to greet the
East-West combatants tonight
in the 14th annual Coaches foot-
ball game which signals the op-
ening of the football season

that doesn't end until next Jan-
Both East Coach Johnny
Majors of Pittsburgh and
West Coach Barry Switzer of
Oklahoma agreed that exhaus-
tion could provide for some
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