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Friday, May 20, 197

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Fifteen "

Friday, May 20, 917 THE MICHiGAN DAILY Page Fifteen

'M' golfers aim for
second in Big Tens
By GARY KICINSKI
Michigan's golf team will try to break out of its fourth-place
rut in conference competition when the Big Ten championships
take place this weekend at Michigan State.
THE WOLVERINES, who have placed fourth in each of the
last three Big Ten meets, were encouraged by their perform-
ance a week ago against defending champion Ohio State, when
the linksters led after the first round but slipped in the second
to lose by nine strokes.
Michigan played without their number one golfer, Doug Davis
in that match. However, the Buckeyes are still heavily favored
to repeat as Big Ten champs.
"Ohio State is far and away the best team in the north," said
senior captain Ken Walchuck. "They probably have four of the
top six Big Ten players on their team."
HOWEVER, WALCHUCK maintains that "we're optimistic.
We feel we can finish second, or may be pull an upset and beat
Ohio State."
Finishing second is important, since it may mean an NCAA
tournament bid. The champion automatically qualifies for the
national meet, to be held June 8-11 in Hamilton, New York.
The Buckeyes appear primed for the conference meet after
winning the Spartan Invitational two weeks ago in a meet which
featured seven Big Ten teams. Not only did the Buckeyes win
the tourney, but their record-breaking score of 727 over 36 holes
indicates they should be more than happy to make an encore
appearance.
OHIO STATE'S Ralph Guarasci and Mark Balen finished one-
two in the '76, Big Ten meet and went on to gain All-American
~tatws at the national championships.
However, the Buckeyes get consistency from the entire team
as teammates Rod Spittle, Rick Borg, and John Cook all placed
head of the All-Americans in the Spartan Invitational.
Michigan coach Bill Newcomb is relying on his experienced
cen - Davis, Walchuck, John Morgan, and Tim Von Tongeren-
so lead the Wolverine attack. Davis and Morgan both played ex-
ol-lent on the Spartan course two weeks ago.
The Wolverines expect their chief competition for second to
come from Indiana, who placed runner-up in the Northern Inter-
collegiate and third in both the Spartan and Kepler Invitationals.
Hoosier Rob Jackson was medalist in the Northern Intercollegiate.
DARKHORSE candidates include Minnesota, who have a pair
of major tournament medalists in Miles Prestemon and freshman
Ray Pontinen, and Michigan State, who may surprise some people
oni their home cnourse.

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