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SPORTS
Thursday, October 7, 1982 Page 9
FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR WOMEN LINKSTERS
Cherney leads freshman golf crop

By TAM BENTLEY
What happens when a team starts the season with
only three returnees, seven freshmen and a new
coach?
Answer: The team can only get better. ,
"I'm sure we'll improve a lot next year, but it
might be hard because we'll lose Karyn (Colbert) and
she's really good," said Luanne Cherney, one of the
squad's new freshmen. "But the rest of us will be
together for awhile so in two years we should be
really strong."
Cherney, who consistently shot in the low eighties
this season, alternated with Sandy Barron playing
spots two and three on the team. "She's valuable to
the team because her score counts every time, it's
just a matter of her getting confidence in her ability,"
said rookie coach Sue LeClair. "She's played well but
not up to her potential because at the start everyone
was nervous. They (the freshmen) hadn't been faced
with that type of competition before."
THE GIRLS are much more competitive in college
golf, since the caliber of players is much higher, ac-
cording to Cherney, who was a standout for

the Birmingham Marian high school team.
"There's more of an importance on competition in
college," she said. "But for me, this year has been a
learning experience. I'm happy with the way I'm
playing-of course I'd like to play better-but con-
sidering all the adjusting with school and everything
else, I think I'm doing okay."
The Bloomfield Hills native says her goals for the
next year are simply to break an 18-hole score of 80
consistently. "I don't really want to be number one, I
want to keep the team attitude we have now where we
all play together instead of for the individual;" said
Cherney. "I just don't want to go into a slump or go
backwards."
Other than golf, Cherney holds a great importance
for education, which she claims comes before her
golf. Undecided as yet on a major, she feels she has
too many interests now to decide, but thinks the
Business School or a Communications major are
possibilities.
A CAREER in golf also holds an interest for Cher-
ney. "I would like to pursue golf and tour pro but I
don't know if I'm good enough. It's going to take

summers hacking away in the pits!" said Cherney.
"But you never know until you try, and I'd like to
try."
A brand new coach and a team full of freshmen
would seem to present problems, but not for Cherney.
"The majority of the team is freshmen but we're all
coming in new, so we go out and try to do the best we
can and try to keep it all in perspective," Cherney
said. "There's more to life than golf."
As for the new coach, she seems to be getting
nothing but rave reviews. "If you need help she'll of-
fer you advice and all," said Cherney. "She's really a
lot of fun though, almost like one of the kids."
Although a varsity sport takes up a lot of time, ac-
cording to Cherney, there is room to work other
things in too. "Golf hasn't been around too long at
Michigan like at other schools, but each year, as
more and more people find out about it, the team will
get better," she said.
"It's a commitment but I usually have time for
everything. You just have to learn to balance your
time effectively, and besides," joked Cherney
"bread and golf-that's what I live on!"

Zahn faces Brewer bats

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Luanne Cherney displays intense concentration as she pitches out of a san-
dtrap. Cherney is a freshman on the women's varsity golf team.
Mercer not among
missing Wolverines.

By BOB WOJNOWSKI
Contrary to reports that surfaced
e'sterday, Michigan running back
rian Mercer says he has not quit the
Wolverine football team.
An article in yesterday's Detroit
News said that Mercer, a 6-2, 200-pound
sophomore out of Cincinnati, was
disgruntled over his lack of playing
time and had gone home. But Mercer
was in practice yesterday and said that
he was still a member of the squad and
that he had no intentions of quitting.
.MERCER joined the Wolverines last
ear as a highly-touted tailback, , but
Ws slowed by a kidney injury and
carried the ball only once for two yards.
He has yet to carry the ball this season.
Another promising tailback, fresh-
man Thomas Wilcher out of Detroit, is
apparently being given a try in the
Michigan defensive secondary this
week. Wilcher was considered the best
prep tailback in the state last year, but
the Wolverines' wealth of running
backs has forced the Michigan
*oaching staff to give him a shot at cor-
nerback. "He has not been switched,
we're just taking a look at him," said
defensive back coach Lloyd Carr.
It was also discovered yesterday that
the, following players had left the foot-
eers
to test.
new 'D'
tonig t
The Michigan hockey team will test
its new defense tonight-against the
Michigan hockey team. The annual
Blue-White game will showcase coach
John Giordano's reconstructed defense
against a stronger offensive team than
the fans saw last season.
This year's squad returns last
season's top two scorers in center Ted
Speers (23 goals, 16 assist, 39 points in
89 1-82) and left wing Brad Tippett Q14-
2-36). The defense, however, will have
only three players with Michigan ex-
perience, and is therefore out to prove
itself tonight.
Mike Neff and John Hawkins will
spearhead the defense along with
Michigan-Dearborn transfer Al DiMar-
tino and a group of untested freshmen.
Jon Elliott, last year's most colorful
rookie, and sophomore Mark Chiamp,
who played well during the preseason,
ill share the goaltending chores.

ball team sometime during the first
four weeks for various reasons:
Sophomore offensive tackle Bruce,
Brown and junior defensive back Harry
Gosier (both academically ineligible),
with receivers Earl Allen and Ricky
Davis and linemen Robert Dana and
Mike Odioso (quit for personal
reasons).

By JIM DWORMAN
What will it take to beat the powerful
Milwaukee Brewers in the American
League playoffs?
"A lot of luck and a lot of runs," says
the California Angels' Geoff Zahn. "To
pitch against them you really just try
to keep it in the ballpark."
AND ZAHN should know. The
Michigan graduate has the unenviable
task of pitching against the hard-hitting
Brewers tomorrow night in Milwaukee.
Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Cecil
Cooper, Ted Simmons, Ben Oglivie and
Gorman Thomas batting one after
another is enough to instill fear into any
pitcher, but the man who really
frightens Zahn is Don Money.
Who?
"DON MONEY," repeats Zahn.
"He's been tough for me all along. I
don't know why. If I did, I wouldn't
have so much trouble with him."
Fortunately for Zahn, Money is not a
full-time Brewer starter. When in the
lineup, he bats seventh in the order.
Money aside, Zahn is confident
California can overcome Milwaukee's
potent offense. "All year long we've
just pulled together and picked each
other up," says Zahn of his teammates.
"If our pitching goes bad, our hitting
picks us up. When the hitting went bad,
our pitching came through."
INDEED it did.
California's well-traveled (Zahn's
with his fourth big-league team),
veteran starting rotation developed into
one of the league's finest and it was
Zahn who led the way. Going into the
1982 season, -Zahn had managed only a
69-78 record in his nine-year Major
League career. This year, his record
skyrocketed to 18-8, tops on the Angels
and fourth in the American League.
"A good portion of it (the turnaround)
is the team behind me," explains the 35-
year-old. Zahn does, however, give
himself some credit for the sudden suc-
cess. "I did start to throw a slider this

year and it's helped me a great deal. I
also throw a lot more change-ups."
ONE THING is certain-Zahn doesn't
overpower any hitters with his fastball..
Teammate Don Baylor jokingly calls
the control-oriented pitcher "a soft-
throwing lefty."
, Zahn refers to himself as "an off-
speed, sinkerball pitcher. I move the
ball around and rely on keeping it on the
ground."

also finds his name listed next to a 12-2
career record in the Michigan book.
But school books, not record books,
was the reason Zahn came to Michigan.
"I was dreaming of pro baseball but I
wanted the education so I would have a
profession if baseball didn't work out,"
recalls Zahn. "I was a realist. I knew
the odds of making the majors weren't
good."
So he left his hometown of Toledo for
Ann Arbor on the advice of high school
friend Jim Detwiler, then a football
player at Michigan.
"I DIDN'T know a whole lot about the
school except for its academic
reputation," says Zahn. ° "But I really
like Moby (Benedict, former baseball
coach) when I met him. I turned down
a pro contract so I could= get an
education."
Zahn earned his degree, a major in
physical education with minors in
biology and health, in 1968 and joined
the professional baseball ranks shortly
thereafter.
He still follows Michigan athletics
and hopes to attend the homecoming
football game versus Minnesota.

But that's a long-range plan. Zahn's
more immediate concerns involve a dif-
ferent game, tomorrow's baseball
playoff in Milwaukee.

Occasionally, however, the ball
leaves the turf. Zahn's 3.73 earned run
average - solid but by no means out-
standing - attests to that.
IRONICALLY, ERA is the statistic
which earns Zahn his most prominent
place in the Michigan record book. In
1967, his last year wearing the Maize
and Blue, he compiled an ERA of 1.19,
ranking him second on the all-time
Wolverine charts. The 6-1, 175-pounder

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