Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 6, 1983
Bauer is on par
By PHIL NUSSEL
There is something special about the number 83 for
Michigan golfer Missy Bauer.
Not only is it the year of her high school graduation,
but even more significantly, it is her average score
for 18 holes so far in her collegiate career.
THE FRESHMAN linkster lit the course on fire this
past weekend in Iowa to lower her team-leading
average to less than 83 with scores of 78, 75, and 78.
Her performance placed her 17th in a field of 95
regulars in the meet.
Has all this success been a surprise to the team and
its coach, Sue LeClair?
"No (it's not a surprise), basically because she's
played a lot of tournament golf before in Indiana and
Ohio," LeClair said.
BAUER, WHO hails from Concord, Ohio, said that
last summer she played about two tournaments a
week to prepare for her collegiate career. This prac-
tice obviously was a key to her improvement. "My
game is steadily improving," she said. "It has im-
proved a lot this year.
"At the beginning of the summer," she continued,
"I was happy to shoot in the low 80's, but now I'm in
the 70's. My game as a whole (has improved). If I hit
a bad drive, I know I can still make a par. That's why
I'm shooting so well right now. It's all
Except for playing on the boy's golf team at Mentor
Lake Catholic High School, Bauer has had little ex-
perience playing a team concept of golf. She has had
to adjust to this while still being as competitive as
possible. "I like it a lot more than individual golf,"
she said, "because the girls on the team are real
BAUER'S ROOMMATE, and teammate, Val
Madill, who is second on the team with an 18 hole
average of under 84 also feels no inter-team rivalry.
"I don't think we compete with each other at all
because we're on the same team," she said. "We're
all just happy that the team is doing well."
Bauer, along with the adjustment from individual
to team golf, has also had to adjust to collegiate golf.
BEFORE, IN the junior tournaments," she said,
"there might be less than 10 scores in the 70's, now
there's over 20 (in the college meets)."
Along with college golf, Bauer has also had to get
used to college life in general.
"The tough part (of college athletics) is telling
teachers that you have to miss a test or assignment,"
she said. "I (also) don't get to practice as much as I'd
AND STILL another change is on the way for Bauer
to contend with - the split season. She plans on using
what she termed as The Maximum Golf Program.
"In this program," she explained, "you do exer-
cises with a weighted club and professional help. It's
exhausting, but it really helps your swing."
Bauer started playing golf when she was 10 years
old in Kingwood, Texas. In 1976, her family moved to
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and it was here that she
learned how to play tournament golf playing on the
boy's team of Bethlehem High School her freshman
and sophomore years.
She placed 10th in the state girls competition as a
sophomore and later qualified for the PGA National
Championship (17 and under division) from the
Bauer's family moved again in 1981 to Concord, a
suburb of Cleveland and although she attended Con-
cord High School, she played for the Mentor Lake
Catholic boy's team. LeClair learned about Bauer
from the Mentor coach, Robert A. Ludwin, and of-
fered her a scholarship.
Indeed, the number 83 has a lot of significance to
this linkster. But without a doubt, as the years go on
to 84, 85, 86, and 87, Bauer's scores will go on to 82, 81,
81, 79, and...
Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
Missy Bauer of Concord, Ohio shows the putting stroke that makes her one of
Michigan's top women golfers. The freshman placed 17th out of 95 golfers
last weekend in Iowa.
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Ex-'M' golfer Schroeder putted
through 13-year PGA career
By PAUL HELGREN
In 13 years on the P.G.A. tour, John
Schroeder had a respectable, if unspec-
tacular, career. So it is unfortunate that
the former Michigan golfer is probably
best remembered as the "slow poke"
whose tendency to take his time on the
course twice made him the center of
Forgotten are his 1973 U.S.
Professional Match Play Championship,
his fourth place finish at the 1981 U.S.
Open, his third place, one-stroke-off-the
-pace finish behind golf legends Jack
Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in the 1970
Byron Nelson Classic.
REMEMBERED are the 1980
nationally televised tournament where a
miked Tom Kite blasted Schroder for
his slow play and the 1981 U.S. Open
where a United States Golf Association
executive director tried to penalize
Schroeder two strokes, once again for
excessively pokey play. Schroeder, who
retired from the pro tour one year ago,
thinks he was a victim of his reputation.
"I had some problems (with slow
play) when I first joined the tour," said
Schroeder, in a telephone interview
from his home in Del Mar, California.
"Once you acquire a reputation, it's
hard to shake. Later in my career I was
no slower than a lot of guys."
Schroeder's reputation for,
deliberateness was etched in stone in
1980 when fellow golfer and one-time
who was in a foursome playing behind
Schroeder's, was angered at what he
considered too long a wait and com-
mented to fellow golfers that Schroeder
should be fined and suspended. Kite's
comments created a backlash in the
"THAT WAS Tom Kite, shooting his
big mouth off - and you can print
that," Schroeder said. "He slandered
me on national television." The next
day Schroeder went on television to
defend himself, Kite apologized, and
the U.S.G.A. scrapped the microphone
But problems continued for the 1968
graduate of the business school. A year
later at the U.S. Open, P.J. Boatwright,
an executive director of the U.S.G.A.,
penalized Schroeder and Forrest Fezler
for finishing 20 minutes behind the
group ahead of them. A makeshift
committee met and decided 3-1 not to
penalize either man. A big influence
on the committee was former NFL
quarterback John Brodie, who played
with Schroeder and Fezler as an
amateur. Though he thought the two-
stroke penalty was unfair, Brodie
agreed that Schroeder's play was too
"John's a close friend," Brodie said
after the committee's decision. "But he
is slow and makes playing golf a
misery. But my argument was, he
didn't play any slower than he always
does." All the hubbub overshadowed a
leading money earner Kite criticized
the former Michigan golf captain as a
national television audience listened in.
In a classic PR-move-that-backfired,
the U.S.G.A. allowed golfers to be
miked during tournament play. Kite,
surprising fourth-place finish for
Schroeder in the prestigious tourney.
SCHROEDER'S fourth-place finish in
the Open was a major highlight in a
professional career marked with strong
showings but few victories. Unlike his
father, tennis star Ted Schroeder, who
captured the 1949 Wimbledon single's
championship, John never won a big
tournament. Not that he didn't show
some promise of being a big money
After a successful collegiate career,
where he was second-team All-
American his senior year, and a one-
year delay due to draft status
problems, Schroeder hit the pro tour
with a bang.
In one of his very first tournaments in
the spring of' 1970, Schroeder out-
gunned Nicklaus and Palmer in the
final two rounds of the Byron Nelson
Classic in Dallas. Schroeder's torrid
pace left him one stroke behind the
links giants, who tied for First (Nicklaus
won the sudden-death playoff). It also
left him brimming with confidence.
"WHEN YOU beat the two best
players ever," said the southern
California native, "it gives you con-
But confidence did not translate into
victories for Schroeder. Outside of
championship in the now-discontinu
U.S. Professional Match Play Cha
pionship, highlights were few and fa,
between. But Schroeder was not a-com
plete bomb - far from it, in fact. Wher
he called it quits last October
Schroeder had earned $540,000 ii
tournament play, good for 84th on the all
time money list. Good money, but no
enough to make his decision to retire
Said Schroeder, "I wasn't beatin
anybody. I wasn't even coming clos
There comes a time for every athlete
when he can't compete likehe wants to.
That time came for me."
With one career behind him,
Schroeder looks forward to the one
ahead of him. Besides being part-owner
of a golf club manufacturer, Schroeder
has done golf commentary on NBC
ABC, and ESPN. He added that he i
looking for a full-time job as a -spo
tscaster in the San Diego area, eve
ethough he admitted jobs like that ar
"extremely hard to come by."
But if Schroeder has to wait awhile
for his broadcasting job, at least he car
look on the bright side. No one will
penalize him two strokes if that takes
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