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y July 7 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven
Schoder paces Open field

LittIO-kNOWn American
blasts tourney officials
By The Associated Press
TURNBFRRY, Scotland--American John Schroder staged a
ste rush with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes and grabbed a
pe stroke lead after the first round of the British Open Golf
aurnament yesterday.
Schroeder, son of 1949 Wimbledon tennis champilon Ted Sch-
der, made the turn in par 35 and birdied the 10th, 11th, 17th and
ah oles for a founr-under-par 66, a record over the 6,870-yard,
r 8o Ailes course.
ONE STROKE BACK was club pro Martin Foster of England,
7o shot a 67. And looming another stroke back at 68 were Ameri-
ans Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, both two-time Open winners,
d Tor Watson.
Schroeder, the last American on the golf course, leveled a
ial blast at British officials at the conclusion of his round.
Tbey tee you off last and then they forget about you. I don't
ink that's right," the angry Schroeder said after his finish in
e lx- o-last group.
I knmw all the people want to see the big stars, the glamor
m and that's all right. That's fine.
"BUT I FEEL very strongly that all competitors should have
1 eqfal chance. We didn't. All the marshals and spotters had
ne hione. There was no one to help us.
"Cars were coming out of a parking lot and whizzing by
nking their horns and they were mowing the greens right be-
und fus and there weren't any marshals around to make them v'A
op, In help us.
"I just don't think things like that ought to happen in a major
iiklans, holder of a record 14 major professional cham-
anl hip' and the pre-tourney favorte, made doable bogey 6 on "7.
he eighth hole with a poor drive and a three putt and had to drop
fie-foot second putt to save par on the ninth.
"IT WAS AN important putt," he said. "Instead- of being three
er and on defense, I could kind of keep on going."
Hte birdied the next two holes, one on a three iron to within
ix inches and a five iron to eight feet. TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND-There's no question that the
That put him back to even par and a birdie-birdie finish put laus' performance on the links as he is shown practicing fa
'a among the leaders. He two-putted the par-5 17th and holed the Turnberry course. There have been hints and whispe
om 22 feet on the last one. of pro golf may be diminishing, but at age 37, he says he
"I was kind of tentative at the start," said Nicklaus, "but I he toak steps toward proving his point with an opening-ro
iayed very, very well on the back nine." Schroeder.
Say, isn t that NIcklaus?

fans are still interested in Jack Nick-
or the British Open earlier in the week at
ers that Nicklaus' iron-fisted domination
e is at the prime of his career. Yesterday
and 68, just two shots back of leader John

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By The Associated Press
SANFORD, N.C-Jack Nick-
us peers out of a popular
levision commercial and asks,
Do You know me?"
Reynard L. Clark of Sanford

could ask the same question,
and many people probably
would say he was Jack Nick-
So striking is the resemblance,
that Clark's 2-year-old son says,

"There's Daddy," when he spots
N ic kla u s on the television
The similarity goes beyond fa-
cial appearance. Nicklaus is, 5-
feet-11 and weighs 180 pounds,
while the Sanford realtor is 5-
feet-10 and weighs 187 pounds.
Both have blond hair.
Clark, 34, also is a golfer of
more than average skill. He's
good enough to play to a two
handicap, has played in the
North Carolina amateur tourna-
ment for the past five years and
has been the club champion at
two local country clubs.
He gets double takes, both on
and off the course.
"I was at this motel in
Charlotte and this lady spotted
me in the parking lit and
began cussing me out," he
"She told me that I had a big
nerve not wanting to play in the
Kemper Open in Charlotte,
which Nicklaus skipped this
year. She just gave me the devil
about it. This guy I was with
doubled over laughing. I didn't
have the nerve to tell her that
I wasn't Nicklaus. She wouldn't
have believed me anyway."
On another occasion, when
Clark was a spectator at a pro
tournament, he followed"Arnold
Palmer for a while.
"Palmer stared a hole right
through me. I don't think he
ever did figure it out," Clark
"Some of my friends kid me

a lot about it, and sometimes
they'll talk a starter into an-
nouncing that Jack Nicklaus is
next on the.tee. It shakes people
up, those who don't know me."

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ARD L. CIMK, a 3l year-old Sanford, N. C. realtor,
1Bore than a few looks when he takes to the links be-
" of his striking resemblance to Jack Nicklaus. Clark, a
er-thanaverage golfer, says his 2-year-old son cries
re's Daddy" when Nicklaus is on television.

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