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Wednesday, September 10, 1986

Page 9

The Michigan Daily

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Lady linksters sixth at Minnesota

'Expert pondering ...
... pigskin fortunes
Few admit it, but an extremely gratifying aspect of sportswriting
is "pseudo-expertise". Watch a few games, write a few articles, and
you too can be a overbearing Sports Guy.
"Julius Meatlocker doesn't make the big play," you bark at your
friends. "Ohio State is gonna be tough," you snarl at teachers. "I
need more money," you beg to your parents.
But there are some issues that baffle even the most conceited
sports journalist. As Michigan battles Notre Dame Saturday, some
questions require elementary answers, analysis even the National
Enquirer could be proud of Consider the following:
*What will the Fighting Irish ao on offense?
Notre Dame has lost tailback Allen Pinkett, graduated four
offensive linemen, and doesn't have a definite starting
"Well, uh," one starts, "they'll run the ball." Finishing with a
flourish, you say, "And they'll throw the ball, too."
Lou Holtz did wonders at Arkansas, near miracles at Minnesota
with his slashing option attack. He'll need heavenly intervention
to do the same at Notre Dame. Steve Beuerlein, the probable Irish
starter, is slower than the U.S. mail. There is no .dominating
running back; Corny Southall could start at tailback. For the wise-
cracking Holtz, there's nothing funny about that.
The real joke may be on the Michigan defense, however, who
might as, well be preparing for Rodney Dangerfield.
*How good is the Michigan defense?
After allowing only 98 points last season, Michigan lost three
All-Americas to graduation - Mike Mallory, Brad Cochran, and
Mike Hammerstein.
"Of course, they'll be good," you gush, because you want the
person who asked to think that he is stupid. "Oh yeah, my oh my,
that Michigan defense, whoo boy."
Senior noseguard Mike Reinhold isn't that enthusiastic, having
injured his heel severely in practice last week. He is lost for the
season. One also wonders if Michigan's defense can be consistent.
Remember the final game of last season, thenFiesta Bowl? In the
first half, Michigan allowed yards like the Cornhusker players
,gave away football tickets. Something for everyone.
Notre Dame qualifies as more of a tough quiz rather than a test
for the Michigan defense; Oregon State (on Oct. 20) is as difficult as
being asked to count from one to ten.-Forwards.
* Is Bo Schembechler one of the top coaches in the country?
Although Schembechler has a .773 winning percentage at
Michiga, coaching the talent he recruits Vana White ("may I have
an M', please") would find it hard to lose. In those years that talent
isn't up to par (notably 1984), Schembechler has had problems.
"Of course he's a great coach, you idiot!!!" you scream, hiding
any doubts. "What are you, a commie or something?"
The poor slob asking the question crawls into a corner to cry.
Sportswriting can be so gratifying.
Blue Banter

Good golfers are known for
their ability to 'get up and down.'
So far, in the case of the women's
golf team, up and down has been a
better description of their scores
than the manner they play.
After snagging first place in
Notre Dame's tournament on
August 30 and 31, the Wolverines
fell to a sixth place finish in the
University of Minnesota's eight
team tournament over the
weekend. While Michigan
averaged just 78 strokes a round
in the season opening tournament
at South Bend, the linksters'
average ballooned up to 84 strokes
a round at Minnesota.
PART OF the reason for the
higher scores may be the fact that
the final round in the 54-hole
Minnesota tournament was held
at Hazeltine, site of the 1991 U.S.

Open and other professional golf
tournaments, according to
Michigan head coach Sue
LeClair. The tournament's first
two rounds were played on the
University of Minnesota's home
Senior Jan Idomir proved to be
"Michigan's most consistent
golfer" over the weekend,
according to LeClair. The East
Lansing native fired rounds of
79-82-82 to finish in a five-way tie
for fifth overall. Another senior,
Terri Mage, wasn't far off
Idomir's pace, chipping in rounds
of 83-87-85.
Sophomore Noel Brisson
turned in an erratic set of rounds,
shooting 86 and 95 on Minnesota's
course before bringing home a
final round 79 on Hazeltine, a
par-75 course for women, said
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the tournament title, with 954
strokes, followed by Minnesota at
976. Iowa State held down third at
984, Iowa placed fourth with 992,
and another Big Ten foe,
Wisconsin, turned in an even
1,000. Michigan followed the
Badgers with a three-day total of
1,008, one stroke ahead of seventh-
place finisher Bowling Green.
Northern Iowa trailed the pack
with 1,041 strokes.
The Wolverines' coach
believes improvement can come,
however, as the players work on
their short games, particularly
chipping and putting. Length off
the tee, she said, is Michigan's

LeClair, as much as anyone,
seems intrigued with her team's
play in her fifth season as coach
and, like all coaches, remains
hopeful for the future. "I have
more depth than I've ever had,"
she continued, "and the younger
players are putting a little more
pressure on the seniors..."
In any case, the tournament
title at Notre Dame remains
something for the Wolverines to
build on after improving at the
end of last spring to rise from the
Big Ten cellar to eighth at the Big
Ten conference meet.
This weekend the Wolverines
will carry their clubs to Big
Rapids, Michigan, for a
tournament at Ferris State
College on Friday and Saturday.

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* Want to go to the game
Saturday? If so, bring a lot of
cash, because yesterday scalpers
were selling general admission
tickets for $90 a piece, according to
students at Notre Dame.
* The Michigan coaching staff
still has not decided who will start
at the four open spots on defense.
Three of those positions are at
linebacker and the other is at a
corner. "There is no difference
between the starters and the people
who would play second," said
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linebacker coach Tom Reed.
" Middle guard Mike
Reinhold, a fifth-year senior, is
out for the season, again. He
broke is leg to miss the '84 season
and this time he tore his achilles
heal. The injury happened in
practice on Friday.
" The Wolverines will
continue full practices this week
until they take a quick plane ride
to South Bend Friday evening.
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4. Ohio State at Washington
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