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Page 14-Friday, April 10, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Miller, three others lead Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Johnny
Miller, golf's comeback kid, conquered
slick, fast, greens with a new putting
grip, shot a solid 3-under-par 69 and tied
three others for the first-round lead in
the 45th Masters.
Miller was once the game's Golden
Boy but a struggling also-ran in the
throes of a long, mysterious slump until
he turned it all around a year ago. He
shared the top spot in this annual
spring classic withGreg Norman, an
Australian holding guady international
credentials but a golfing unknown to
most Americans, Lon Hinkle, one of the

longest hitters in the game, and Curtis
Strange.
JACK NICKLAUS, who pushed his
record collection of major professional
titles to 17 with victories last year in the
U.S. Open and the PGA, and Tom Wat-
son, the outstanding player in the game
over the last four seasons, put them-
selves in positions to challenge for this
coveted title.
Nicklaus, winner of a record five
Masters, shot a 70 despite a poor start
and a balky putter. Watson was another
stroke behind at 71, only two off the
lead.

"I'm pleased with the 71," said Wat-
son, who has been fighting swing
troubles all season. "It very easily
could have been a couple of shots bet-
ter. My swing was a little more comfor-
table. I hit some good shots. I'm en-
couraged."
NICKLAUS WAS BOTH pleased with
his ball-striking and very displeased
with his putting.
"As far as striking the ball is concer-
ned, this is one of the best rounds I've
ever played here," he said. "If anyone
else had been putting for me, it could
have been a very good round."

He missed at least five times from six
feet or less, including a birdie attempt
on the 18th hole that would have given
him a share of the top spot.
HE WAS TIED WITH Hubert Green,
Australian David Graham, Jim
Simons, John Cook, Isao Aoki of Japan,
runner-up to Nicklaus in last year's
U.S. Open, and amateur Jim
Holtgrieve, a 33-year-old salesman
from Kirkwood, Mo., who, when asked
to describe the highlight of his round
replied: "the highlight of my round was
playing with Arnold Palmer."
Tied with Watson at 71 were Ben
Crenshaw, Jerry Pate, Gibby Gilbert,
Don Pooley and Peter Jacobsen.
Bruce Lietzke, the cross-handed put-
ter who won two early-season titles,
was another shot back at 72. South
African Gary Player, a 3-time winner
on these flower-bedecked hills, shot 73.

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JACK NICKLAUS HITS out of the sand on the second hole during yester
day's first round of the Masters Golf Tournament. Nicklaus shot a 70 and is
one shot behind the leaders.
NCAA re-moved from
Wil son eli case
By RON POLLACK
University of Illinois quarterback Dave Wilson has evaded one of his opponents
in his drive to be the Illini quarterback next year.
Judge Harry Clem of Champaign County dismissed the National Collegiate
Athletic Association as a defendant in Wilson's eligibility lawsuit. Now, the only
opponent that stands between Wilson and a spot on the gridiron is the Big Ten.
THE ISSUE AT stake consists of whether or not Wilson has used up his four
years of eligibility. In 1977, Wilson was injured in his first game at Fullerton
(California) Junior College. After this injury, Wilsbn dropped out of college
without attending a class or playing in any further games.
In 1978, he returned to Fullerton, where he played football for two years befor
transfering to Illinois, expecting to play in 1980 and 1981.
However, the Big Ten ruled that Wilson was academically ineligible for the 1980
season. The conference decided that 1977 counted as his freshman year in college,
and therefore declared Wilson a senior. However, Wilson did not have sufficient
academic hours to be eligible to compete in 1980 as a senior.
WILSON DISAGREED, stating that he should be considered a junior. So he sued
the Big Ten and played the entire season under a court injunction.
The Big Ten also stated that Wilson was only entitled to play one year for Illinois,
because he had played in California for three years. The basis for this argument
was an NCAA rule which prohibited a junior college athlete from sitting out a ye
withran injury and then using that year of eligibility for major college play in the
future.
Steve Morgan, an executive assistant of the NCAA, said that the dismissal of the
NCAA as a defendant in the case stems from the fact that the situation does not fall
under the NCAA's jurisdiction. "The parties determined that the NCAA didn't
have a rule regarding the Wilson situation. It is a Big Ten rule that covers the
issue," Morgan explained.

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