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Weiskopf fires 65

BETHESDA, Md. (/W) - Tom
Weiskopf, riled and ridiculed by
the printed taunts of a Wash-
ington newspaper columnist,
harnessed his enormous talents
ad responded with a five-under-
,ar 65 that staked him to a one-
stroke lead Thursday in the
first round of the PGA national
"Some of it was humorous,
some of it was pretty strong,"
Weiskopf said of a pretourna-
ment column in the Washington
Post in which Coleman Mc-
Carthy treated Weiskopf to a
certain amount of ridicule and
listed him as one of five players
who had no chance to win this,
the last of the year's four major
tests of golfing greatness.
"Controversy, it's part of a
major championship," Weiskopf
said. "Maybe he writes like
that all the time. Maybe he's
trying to replace Howard Cosell.
I don't know."
The sometimes tempermental
Weiskopf, a former British Open
champion and winner of 11

American tour titles, was re-
markebly composed as he dis-
cussed the column.
"I laughed about it," he said.
But he responded to it, too.
He responded with f o u r
dueces, one of them an eagle
where he holed out a six iron
shot. He had eight one-putts-
one a 20-footer to save par.-
and used only 26 strokes on
the beautifully manicured
And he neeted all these he-
roics to stay in front of Tom
Kite, the young Texan who has
played most of his career in the
shadow of University of Texas
teammate Ben Crenshaw. Kite,
who scored his first profes-
sional victory earlier this sea-
son, shot a 66 in the hot, muggy,
enervating weather.
The group at 68, three strokes
off the pace, was composed of
Lee Elder, a Washington resi-
dent and the nation's leading
black professional; former Mas-
ters champion Charles Coody,
and quick-quipping Jerry Mc-

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By The Associated Press
Toronto dubbed
TORONTO-The Toronto baseball team which starts play in
the American League next season announced Thursday its nick-
name will be the Blue Jays.
The announcement came in a statement by R. Howard Webster,
chairman of the board of directors of the club, which now will go
by the corporate name Toronto Blue Jays Baseball.
Connors downs A maya
INDIANAPOLIS-Top-seeded Jimmy Connors shrugged off an
aching back and beat former Michigan star Victor Amaya 6-2, 7-5
Thursday while No. 2 Giullermo Vilas and No. 6 Harold Solomon
became the first players to advance to the quarterfinals in the
$157,000 U. S. Clay Courts tennis tournament.
Connors twisted his lower back in a furious contest against
Australian Colin Dibley Wednesday night and won men Dibley
retired with leg cramps in the third set.
"I would have won it anyway," Connors said Thursday. "I
was leading 3-0 at the time."
The back was still bothering Connors in his match against
Amaya, and afterward, Connors indicated he might withdraw
from doubles competition.
Celts try Olympian
BOSTON-Drazin Dalipagic, an Olympic basketball star from
Yugoslavia, will fly here the last week of August to display his
talents to the Boston Celtics, according to John Killilea, the
assistant coach of the National Basketball Association team.
Dalipagic, a 6-foot-6 forward from Belgrade, led his team to
a silver medal at the summer Olympics in Montreal. The 25-year-
old, 205-pound player was the leading scorer on his team, averaging
25 points.
Frazier hangs on
NEW YORK-The New York Mets have extended the contract
of Manager Joe Frazier through the 1977 season, it was announced
Frazier made the announcement himself Thursday after the
Mets' 3-0 loss to San Diego. Frazier, in his first year as Mets
manager, said he was told of the extension Wednesday by the
club's board of governors.
-- M

Gee, who adorned himself with
a white hat advertising a na-
tional chain of hamburger
At 69, one under par on the
tough Congressional Country
Club course, a playground of
presidents that plays longer
than its listed 7,054 yards, were
Hale Irwin, Mark Hayes; rookie
sensation Jerry Pate, winner of
the U.S. and Canadian Opens,
and longshot Bob Zender, who
broke 70 for the first time this
Matching par 70 was a group
that included Lee Trevino, sur-
nrised South African Gary Play-
er, Gibbv Gilbert, former PGA
chamn Dave Stockton, former
British Open king Tom Watson
and veteran Don January.
Jack Nicklaus, the defending
champion and pretourney fa-
vorite, could do no better than
a 71 that left him six strokes
off the pace.
"Actually, 71 isn't a bad score
in the first round of the PGA,"
he said. "The winner will have
a score that high or higher.
There's only, what, 10, 12 fel-
lows in front of me? My position
isn't that bad."
Irwin, Weiskopf's playing part-
ner and another of those listed
in the Post column as having no
chance to win, said he remarked
to Weiskopf as they walked off
the first tee, "Well, we might as
well take it nice and easy today
since neither of us had any
Irwin, a two-time winner this
year and one of the major con-
tenders for this national title,
said he was "well-pleased with a
69. My objective was to shoot
around par, maybe get under if
the opportunity presented itself.
"I was really impressed with
Tom. He played a fantastic
round. Except for a couple of
missed putts there in the middle
of the round and a stroke he
jtst threw away, it was about
as good as I've ever seen."
The Leaders
BETSHESDA, Md. AP) - F i r s t
round seores yesterday in the 58th
PGA championship on the par
35-35-70, 7,054 - yard Congressional
Country Club Course:
Tom Wiskop 31-34-65
Toni ite33-33-66
Gil Morgan 34-32-66
terry McGee 34-34-6
Charles Coady 34-34-6
Lee Elder 35-33-6
Hale rwin 34-35-69
Mark Hayes 34-35-69
Jerry Pate 35-34-69
nob Zender 34-35-69
Mike Morley 36-33-69
Gary Player 33-37-70
tee Treino 34-3670
lon January 35-35-70
Dave Stockton 34-36-70
Gibby Gilbert 34-36-70
Hilt Collins 35-35-70
Tom Watson 34-36-70
Lyn Lot 37-33-70
David Graham 37-33-70
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PGA LEADER TOM WEISKOPF jumps for joy at the thir-
teenth hole at Congressional country club after canning a
birdie putt. The tempermental star fired a 66 to take the first
round lead in the last of the year's major tournaments.

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