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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 18, 1991 - Page 13

V.
Bi Ten boasts
big-gamea weekend
by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
This is the weekend all sports fans have been waiting for. It's
howdown time in the Big Ten: the weekend when who will go to the
Rose Bowl and who will hope for the revival of the Cherry Bowl is
decided.
Okay, so I'm exaggerating. Really it's just another Big Ten weekend
where only one game really means anything.
But if Michigan takes Indiana as lightly as the oddsmakers, the race
would be wide open and even the thought of Minnesota in the Rose Bowl
sun would become a possibility.
Minnesota (1-1 in the Big Ten, 2-3 overall) at Michigan State
(oh-fer)
Every true Michigan fan hopes for two things when the season starts.
j" hey hope for the Wolverines to go undefeated and the Spartans to go
winless.
Lets hope the Spartans continue to hold up their end.
The comatose Spartan offense did show some signs of revival last
weekend against Michigan, and should be able to move the ball against a
Minnesota defense that lives up to its nickname - it's full of holes.
However, George Perles can make a black hole out of any Gopher hole.
Say goodbve to the Snartans. Minnesota diizs it. 21-20.

Women link sters to wrap up season

by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
A season filled with highs and
lows will come to an end for the
Michigan women's golf team this
Sunday.
The Wolverines venture to
Bowling Green hoping to rebound
from a disappointing third-place
finish last weekend, when they fin-
ished 50 strokes off the pace.,
Michigan will battle host
Bowling Green, Ferris State,
Cincinnati, and St. Joseph's begin-
ning at 11 a.m.
"I think they will concentrate
hard this weekend," coach Sue
LeClair said of her Wolverines.
"Basically, our only competition is
going to be Bowling Green. They
were ahead of us the first two
rounds at Penn State, and then we
caught them in the last round."
Although each of Michigan's
tournaments this year has consisted
of 54 holes. Only 18 holes will be
played Sunday.
"It doesn't matter that it is only
an 18-hole tournament," senior
Erica Zonder said. "Like any other
tournament, we just want to play
our best."
"They won't have any time to
make up strokes," LeClair said.
"They're going to have to do it right
the first time. This is one of the dis-
advantages to an 18-hole tourna-
ment."
Junior Kristin Beilstein leads the

Wolverines with a 79.3-stroke aver-
age going into the tournament.
Wendy Bigler and Zonder follow
close behind at 80.5 and 81.4, respec-
tively. Tricia Good is sporting a 82.3
average, with Jenny Zimmerman and
Maura Hawkins at 84.8 and 86.3, re-
spectively.
Beilstein's consistency has been
one of the strengths of the
Wolverine team this season.
"I'm not surprised by her play at
all," LeClair said. "She had a very
poor spring, so I know she played a
lot of golf this summer to get ready
for the fall. She's a good player - a

good solid player with good concen-
tration."
Although the competition will
not be at the level Michigan has
faced much of the season, the
Wolverines still want to end on a
high note.
"It's not as big as the Lady
Northern," Bigler said. "It's kind
of something to keep us playing an-
other weekend. It's only 18 holes
and it won't be any of the top
schools, but it would be really nice
to have a good round to end up the
season."
Bowling Green has been a partic-

ipant in all of the tournaments in
which the Wolverines have been in-
volved. Michigan outdistanced the
Falcons by margins of 15, 11, 39, and
3 strokes at Penn State.
Ferris State competed in the
Lady Wolverine Invitational, the
Spartan Invitational and the Lady
Northern; Michigan prevailed by
69, 57, and 83 strokes over the
Bulldogs.
Cincinnati and St. Joseph were at
the Lady Wolverine Invitational.
Michigan outdistanced Cincinnati
by 152 strokes and St. Joseph's by
202 strokes.

Golfers hit west coast links

by Jim Foss
Daily Sports Writer
Entering its final meet of the
fall season, the Michigan men's golf
team is still looking to play the
perfect tournament. To the
Wolverines, this would entail all
five of the Michigan players produc-
ing their best rounds.
Until now, Michigan has had
solid play from two or three indi-
viduals in each tournament.
Although these players have alter-
nated, the team has yet to play a
tournament with three consistent
rounds from all of its players. The
Wolverines will have their last
shot this fall, at the Stanford
Cardinal Golf Invitational this

weekend.
The 54-hole tournament (36
Saturday, 18 Sunday) will take place
on the par 71 Stanford Golf Course.
The field for the tournament in-
cludes 24 teams, mostly from the
West Coast. Wisconsin and
Northwestern are the only Big Ten
teams besides Michigan that will
compete in the invitational.
The tournament should be a chal-
lenging one for the Wolverines.
Such teams as California, San Diego
State, and Loyola Marymount could
prove to be formidable foes because
Michigan is not used to playing
against them and doesn't know what
to expect.
Michigan is still looking for in-

dividual consistency from each of
its players as it enters the Stanford
Invitational. Senior Dean Kobane,
who shot 149 to finish third overall
last weekend at the Persimmons
Ridge Invitational in Louisville, is
expected to lead the Michigan
charge to Stanford. Also competing
will most likely be the other top
players at last weekend's invita-
tional, Anthony Dietz and Carl
Condon.
The weather is expected to be ex-
cellent for the tournament this
weekend. This may be a good sign
for the Wolverines, who have been
hampered by poor playing condi-
tions all season long.

Runners use weekend races to prepare for Big Tens

by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
The 13th-ranked Michigan
women's cross country team hopes
to gain confidence for the Big Ten
meet by showing its strength at the
Mini-Nationals Sunday. Hosted by
11th-ranked Penn State, Michigan's
WOME'S
competition will also include fifth-
ranked North Carolina State, No.
20 Nebraska, and No. 22 Cornell.
The Wolverines expect tough
competition. "We'll be up against a
lot of good teams, but it'll be a
pretty good gauge to see how we'll
do against the Big Ten," captain
Megan Nortz said.
Expecting to lead Michigan are
junior Amy Buchholz, and first-year
runners Karen Harvey and Kelly
Chard.
"(Chard) always races very well
no matter what the circumstances,

so you definitely can't count her
out," coach Sue Foster said.
Other Wolverine runners will
include Jessica Kluge, Chris Szabo,
Kristi Wink, and Carrie Yates.
The race starts at 1 p.m. on the
Penn State Blue Golf Course. The
course is expected to consist of a
very fast first mile, with the re-
mainder being a long hill.
"We have to watch that we don't
go out too far the first mile, so we
have enough for the rest of the
race," Foster said.
The Wolverines have been chang-
ing the focus of their practices from
strength and quantity to speed and
quality. They hope to finish in first
or second place this weekend, de-
spite the intense competition.
"We are especially gearing to
beat Penn State because they are in
the Big Ten, and the more top teams
we beat, the better our chances are to
go to nationals," Foster said.

by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
As another season winds down
for the men's cross country runners,
the atmosphere in practices and
meets is relaxed.
"I think practices are a little eas-
ier this late in the season, and the
team looks a bit more crisp," senior
Tony Carna said.
In races during the early stages
of the season, the Wolverines ran
together in a conservative effort to
see what they could do. However,
today's Central Collegiate
Championships meet may be the one
that allows Michigan to unleash its
talents. So far this season, coach Ron
Warhurst has held a tight rein on
the team's leaders.
But now that they've been given
the green light to chase anybody, the
Wolverines have the ability to run

away with yet another victory.
Michigan, coming off a defeat to
Eastern Michigan, hopes to win the
whole meet. With the Big Ten
Championships on the horizon, this
meet doesn't figure to play a major
role in the overall plan for the Blue
squad. But, the team hopes it can re-
main focused on the meet at hand.
"I think we are looking to do
well at the Big Ten meet," Carna
said. "But we also make sure we
take every meet seriously."
Unlike last week, Michigan's
top five runners will step up to the
line when the starting gun goes off
at 4 p.m. While Warhurst gave his
best runners a break last week,
nearly everyone will run in today's
meet.
However, health reasons will
keep two runners out of action.
Chris Childs is nursing an Achilles
injury and Ian Forsyth is recovering
from a cold.

This week's contest between Iowa and Illinois features two of the
nation's top quarterbacks in the Hawkeyes' Matt Rodgers and the
Illini's Jason Verduzco.
Illinois (2-0, 4-1) at Iowa (1-1, 4-1)
This game does have great bearing on the Big Ten race. If Iowa loses,
they're outta there. The Illini could survive a loss, as they still have a
shot at the front-running Wolverines.
Don't let the Hawkeyes' record fool you. They haven't beaten a good
team this season. Let me rephrase that, they haven't beaten a team that has
even progressed to the level of being a bad team this season.
The Illini have won four at home while losing their only game on the
road to Missouri. Illinois, 24-20.
Northwestern (0-2, 1-4) vs. Ohio State (1-1, 4-1) at Cleveland
Why is Northwestern in the Big Ten? You say they have great
academics? Sure, but the Big Ten wasn't formed for quiz bowl
tournaments.
Then there's the Buckeyes. What exactly is a Buckeye anyway?
Webster's says, "a horse chestnut with large burs enclosing shiny brown
eds."
It's a good thing for Ohio State that even a bad mascot doesn't matter
when you are playing the Mildcats. Da Burs, 44-7.
Wisconsin (0-2, 3-2) at Purdue (1-1, 2-3)
How could anyone pick a winner from these two losers? Does anyone
care? But wait, both teams did play Eastern Michigan. Let's go to the
numbers. Wisconsin won by a 21-6 margin, the Boilermakers by a 49-3
score. Hmmm. Add those up. Divide by two. Multiply by the average
density of George Perles' gut. Wow, there it is. I guess George has been
on a binge again. It's the Boilermakers, 134-34.

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