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July 21, 1978 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 21, 1978-Page 15
Lopez trails
by a stroke
in U.S. Open
champion Hollis Stacy birdied the last
two holes for a 1-under-par 70 and a 1-
stroke lead over rookie sensation Nan-
cy Lopez early in yesterday's first
round of the U.S. Women's Open Golf
The bubbly, bouncy Stacy dropped an
18-foot putt on the last hole to tie ob-
scure rookie pro Vicki Fergon for the
top spot with well over half the inter-
national field of 153 still out in hot,
humid, hazy weather.
"I'm relieved to get that first round
out of the way and get in with a good
E score,"Stacysaid.
Fergon, like Lopez finishing her
rookie season An this International
Championship, has missed the cut in 11
of 19 starts this year and has won only
$5,300. She rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt
on the 18th hole to take a share of the
/ early lead.
Lopez toured the hilly, 6,115-yard
Country Club of Indianapolis Course in
K> par-71.
"That's a good score for the first
day," said the 21-year-old Nancy,
whose sparkling personality and un-
matched accomplishments have caught
the fancy of golfing America.
"Now I can improve. If you shoot a
really low score in the first round it's
hard to improve and it affects you men-
Lopez, winner of seven titles and a
record five in a row and holder of the
rookie money-winning record, was tied
among the early finishers.
Current National Amateur champion
AP Photo Beth Daniel shot a 75 and pigtailed Janie
y cellar-dwellers Blalock, considered a top contender,
ch Garcia over a was a stroke lower at 74.
plate, not Scott, Among the late starters were veteran
se while the ball JoAnne Carner, winner of her last start,
and Amy Alcott.

ins mmi moAunE sKEnrvrEs may uc in seconu piace int sAmerican League East, ut they re smci
when it comes to intelligence. Here Brewers Charlie Moore and Lary Sorensen argue with plate umpire Ri
call made at home moments earlier on Boston's George Scott. But that's Butch Hobson sliding across the
as the Brewers neglected to ca1 time while protesting and the alert Hobson scored all the way from first ba
was resting on the ground.

Rookie leader 'learning to think'

joined the Ladies Professional Golf
Association tour at the same time as
Nancy Lopez, but that's about the only
similarity between the two.
While Lopez has earned more than
$160,000 and won seven tournaments
since last July, including a record five
in a row, Fergon has earned $10,000 and
has never finished higher than third.
"I started off well as a pro, finishing.
third in my fifth tournament, but then I
took the winter off and never got my
game back," said Fergon, whothas
missed. the cut in 11 of 19 LPGA tour-
naments this year.
"I'm just now starting to play bet-
ter," said the 22-year-old, 5-foot-8 blone
from El Cajon, Calif., who finds herself"
in contention for the prestigious U.S.
Women's Open championship after one.
Fergon shot a par-35 on her first nine
holes and was 1-under for the second
nine, recording a 70 on the 6,115-yard,
par-71 Country Club of the Indianapolis
course, tying her with defending cham-

ter her opening round yesterday. "I'm came last week whenshe tied for 11th at
going to stay out on the tour until I Dublin, Ohio.
make it."
"I was doing all right until I took a
Fergon's best performance this year triple-bogey in the last round," she
Detroit, Windsor
may.ors plan to bid
for 84 Olympics
WINDSOR, Ont. (AP) - The mayors solidarity represented by the Olympics.
of Detroit and Windsor met yesterday He said he would assign a staff member
to discuss the possibility of the two to study it.
cities bidding for the 1984 Summer The two officials also discussed a
Olympic Games. feasibility study on an aerial tramway
THE MEETING was arranged after to join both cities across the Detroit
Windsor Mayor Bert Weeks called River.
Coleman Young, mayor of Detroit, on YOUNG SAID the study has been
Wednesday following reports that Los completed and that a suitable location
Angeles may withdraw its bid to hold is being sought.
the Games. He said there was some opposition to
Young said he did not think the the idea from the operators of the Am-
Olympics had ever been held inter- bassador Bridge and the Detroit-

said. "But, overall, I felt I had a very
good week. I was tied for the lead until I
took that triple bogey on my ninth hole.
"I was a little bit nervous because I
hadn't realy been in that situation
(leading in the final round) before . . .
I get very nervous and I have to calm
myself down. That's what I did today. I
got a little bit nervous on a couple of
shots and I hit it kind of quick. If I can
just keep myself consistent and smooth,
that's really the key to the whole
thing," she said.
Fergon shot her round using her
driver only twice, a strategy which
most of the women did not use. Stacy,
for instance, used a driver on 12 holes.
"I will stay with the same game
plan," said fergon. "I just feel I can get
into too much trouble if I pull the driver
out, I can hit it in too many places. I'd
rather hita 3-wood and have an iron to
the green than be in the trees. I'll do the
same thing tomorrow and every other
day on this course."
She said the low round should help
her confidence.
"I've got the feeling I'm in contention
and as I make more holes, I'm getting
more confidence. I'm learning how to,


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