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Saturday, June 11, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Geiberger shoots 59

Page Eleven

By The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Al Geiber-
ger leaned back in his chair, an
almost embarassed smile on his
"Fifty-nine," he said. "That's
hard to believe."
BUT IT WAS 'that number that
he splashed across his scorecard
yesterday in the second round
of the $200,000 Danny Thomas
Memphis Golf Classic.
It was composed of 11 birdies,
an eagle and six pars and was
an all-time record on the Ameri-
can professional golf tour.
I never thought I'd shoot it,"
said the soft-spoken Geiberger
after his slow, apparently-casual
amble over the 7,193 yard Colo-
nial Country Club course.
"PEOPLE HAVE asked me if
anyone could ever shoot it the
50's." he said, letting the sen-
tence trail off.
No one ever had. Of all the.
great players in all their great

rounds in all the tournaments
that hav- been played in this
country-of all the Hogans and
Nelsons and Sneads, Sarazens
and Jones and Hagens, Palmers
and Millers and Nicklaus -no"
one ever before had put togeth-
er a score like that.
Geiberger may have been aid-
ed slightly by the so-called "win-
ter rules," that were in effect.
Because of winter damage to the
course, players were allowed to
lift, clean and place the ball in
the fairvways.
THE OLD RECORD of 60, set
by Al Borsch in 1951, had been
tied many times by other golf--
ers, most recently by Sam Snead
in 1957.
Geiberger began his spectacu-
lar round on the back nine, with
"a routine, little 40-footer for
birdie," on the 10th hole.
He' then proceded to sink bir-
die putts on the 12th, 15th, 16th,
17th and 18th holes. At the turn

he pitched in from 30 feet for
an eagle three, then birdied two, -<
three, six, seven and nine.
GEIBERGER'S r o u n d was,
perhaps, as nearly perfect as
can be played. He hit every fair- -
way. He hit every green. He
did not make bogey. He did not
have a "5" on his card. Perhaps
his only lapse was on an eight-
foot birdie putt that missed on
the 14th hole, his fifth of the
day. #v,
"I was nervous, but not fright-
ened, not as frightened as I
have been in other situations.
"If you took me out there
now and told me I needed a
birdie on the last hole for 59, AP Pho
I'd probably make six.
"But as it developed, I wasnt Al Geiberger - 59 "hard to believe
really scared."
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Record Belmont field to
challenge Slew's triple hid
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-A field of 10 3-year-olds has been entered for
today's running of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of thorough-
bred racing's Triple Crown.
If favorite Seattle Slew can overcome that large field, he not
only will be the first undefeated Triple Crown winner, he also will
have overcome a larger field than any of his nine predecessors.
But Slew's co-owner Mickey Taylor does not believe the large
field indicates there still are those who question the colt's ability.
"They want to put up the money," he said, "and it makes no
difference to us how many enter. Iron Constitution, Run Dusty Run,
Sanhedrin, they deserve to be in it. The rest have high hopes."
The Johnny Campo entry of Max Gluck's Make Amends and
Hey Hey J.P., owned by Campo and his wife, likely will not
make it to post at about 5:30 p.m. EDT intact, however.
Campo is expected to scratch Hey Hey J.P. and run him in
the Keystone Handicap on the same day as the Belmont, leav-
ing nine in the field.
Regardless, Taylor is not worried about Seattle Slew's com-
petition. "I don't worry about the other horses. I never have. Slew
can still gallop faster than most horses can run," he said. "And
this is our playground this time. We're the home team."
Seattle Slew, the winner of his first eight starts-four of them
in New York-including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, under
jockey Jean Cruguet, drew the No. 6 post position for the 1 -mile
Belmont which will be worth $183,000 if all 10 go. The winner would
earn $110,280.

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The Belmont field
NEw YoRK (AP) -- The field
for saturday's 5150,000-added, 1%-
Bile Belmont stakes, at Belmont
Park: Peab.
PP Horse Jockey Odds
1. Run Dusty Run, Hawley 6-1
2. Iron Constittu, Cordero 15-1
3. aey Hey J.P., No Boy 50-1
CaMake Amnds, Turcotte 50-1
5. Sie Sl, Avil' as-s
6. Seattle Slew, Cruguet 1-5
7. Leading scorr. No Boy 50-1
8. Sanhedrin, Velasquez a-1
1. Mr. Red Wing, Vasques 50-1
10. Spirit Level Graeil 20-1
I-John Campo-trained entry.
Owners-1, Golden Chance Farm.
2, Harry T. Mangurian Jr. 3, East
Pierina Stable. 4, Elmendorf. ,, La
Luna Stable. 6, Karen Taylor. 7,
Elaine Brodsky. 8, Darby Dan Farm.
9, John L. Greer. 10, Meadow stable.
Weights - All carry 126 pounds.
Gross value - $183,000 with 10
starters; $110.280 to winner, $40,436
so second, $22,056 to third, $11,018
Post time - 5:38 p.m. EDT. CBS-

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