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-_ _ _The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 23, 2000 - 9A

0 THE DAILY GRIND

*An average golfers'guide: Identifying Sunday Hackers

Men's track steps
outside for Stanford

My golf game, if you can call it that, leaves
plenty to be desired. I do not consider
myself even an average golfer, and despite
enjoying the sport, I harbor no illusions that I am, in
fact, Tiger Woods.
But nevertheless, I belong to
an elitecircle of golfers, where
membership is more of a privi-
lege than atbone of those swank
country clubs. You see, every
spring and summer I join with
other second-rate golfers nation-
wide to form what is known as ANDY
The Sunday Hackers. LATACK
We meet once or twice a
week on local courses, engaging Latack
inwhat looks to be golf, but
could not possibly be the way
the game was intended to be played. We hit a nice
shot or two, but only hear words like 'birdie' and
'par' when we are watching the Masters on television.
But some of you more advanced golfers have little
patience with us Sunday Hackers. In fact, many of
you are downright disdainful when you happen upon
us;in the clubhouse, sorting through the bucket of
used balls that are marked down to a dollar.
But Sunday Hackers are a very predictable species,
so-by taking the necessary precautions, it's likely you

can avoid us all together. Just like exercising caution
when hiking in bear country, there are a series of
steps you can follow to avoid Hackers and make your
golfing experience safer and more fun for everyone.
1. Avoid common Hacker habitat. Translation: pub-
lic golf courses. We hackers aren't good enough to
justify spending any more than 20 or 30 dollars to
play 18 holes, especially factoring in the money we
blow on balls. Therefore, we're sticking to the city
courses, thanks.
Finding a hacker on an expensive private course is
akin to spotting a polar bear in Arkansas. Every now
and then, a Hacker might wander astray - this is
usually a sign of dementia, and this Hacker should be
avoided at all costs - but it's not likely.
2. Learn to recognize signs of Hacker activity. Just
like animal tracks, Hackers leave signs that they have
frequented an area and are about to return.
See that strange ball that's lying in the middle of
your fairway, even though you have yet to tee off?
That's a sure-fire sign that you are about to spot a
Hacker. He will likely jog briskly onto your fairway,
take a choppy swing and send the ball back toward
where he originally intended it to go, wave kindly and
jog off. Please do not tee off again, trying to see
which member of your party can pick off the Hacker
like a duck in a shooting gallery. This is not appreci-
ated.

3. Do not startle a Hacker. If you are going to
observe a Hacker in its habitat, please do so unan-
nounced. Hackers are very easily flustered, which
results in them losing any hint of golf skill they migh
have mustered from spending those countless hours a
the driving range - hitting ball after ball until their
hands bleed and they still can't hit a freaking 3-iron.
Anyway, Hackers know they are not as good as
you. So when you pull up right behind their cart and
watch them tee off, it makes them nervous.
And a nervous Hacker is a dangerous Hacker. If a
Hacker feels extra eyes on him when he is preparing
to tee off, the ensuing tee shot can be unpredictable
and perilous. I've seen tee shots that fire directly at a
90-degree angle from where they were intended to go
(okay, not only have I seen them, I've taken them). S
if you crowd a Hacker, be prepared for the worst.
Following these simple rules can ensure that you
avoid conflict with any Sunday Hackers. Hackers pay
their greens fees too, and have just as much right to
the course as you do. Besides, we get our money's
worth, using as much of the course as possible. You
guys just use the fairways and the greens.
- Once when golfing with a fellow Hacker last yea,
Andy Latack had to drive back to the clubhouse in thi
middle ofthe game to buy more used golf balls foi
both of them. He can be reached via e-mail a
latack@umich.edu

By David Mosse
ht Daily Sports Writer
at
Sunny skies loom ahead for the
Michigan men's track and field team,
which travels to California this week-
end to take part in the Stanford
Invitational. The meet represents the
Wolverines' first real test of the out-
door season.
Last week, eight Wolverines, most-
ly field-event specialists, got their
first taste of outdoor action by com-
o peting in the Florida State
Invitational. This weekend the rest of
the squad rejoins the fray as the
Wolverines take on the likes of
Stanford, Washington and Oregon in
a meet they hope will jump-start their
season.
"The start of the outdoor season is
r very similar to spring training in
e baseball," Michigan coach Ron
r Warhurst said. "It takes you a while
t to get your feet on the ground."
. Michigan will have two notable
absences in Palo Alto. Triple jump
specialist Oded Padan will be side-
lined for the second consecutive
week by a nagging leg injury. Padan
has undergone X-Rays, bone scans
and MRIs, yet his status for the
remainder of the season is still
unknown.
In addition, senior distance runner
Jay Cantin will not make the trip.
Cantin is still bothered by an ankle

injury that hampered his perfor-
mance in both the Big Ten and
NCAA Indoor Championships. The
good news is All-AmericanSteve
Lawrence will be available after
returning from the World Cross
Country Championships. Lawrence,
along with sophomores Mike
Wisniewski and Mark Pilja will
anchor the Wolverines' distance
corps.
Michigan should also benefit from
the return to health of sprinter Ike
Okenwa. Okenwa suffered a ham-
string injury in the latter stages of the
indoor season and was not 100 per-
cent for the conference champi-
onships.
His injury played a major role in
Michigan's disappointing sixth-place
finish.
But what really has Warhurst excit-
ed is the eventual return of distance
runner John Mortimer, an All-
American, who missed the majority
of the indoor season with an ankle
injury.
While Mortimer is still a week or
two away from returning to action, he
has impressed Warhurst in practice
and his presence could make all the
difference in the world.
"Mortimer is a guy who couldbe
worth 20 points," Warhurst said.
"You put him in Big Tens, and we
may have finished second instead of
sixth."

California beckons women

By James Mercier
Daily Sports Writer
Maybe all the Michigan women's track
team needed was a vacation. The
Wolverines spent Spring Break on cam-
pus, but they finally got their chance to
soak up a few rays at the Florida State
, eloys last weekend. Competing in
nasty 80-degree weather, the team
shrugged off its disappointing indoor
season and started the outdoor campaign
with a bang.
This weekend the Wolverines hope to
find California to be equally hospitable.
The team travels to Palo Alto for the
Stanford Invitational, held tomorrow and
Saturday. The level of competition is
'xpected to be stiff.
"Stanford should be a good meet'
'Fish' empty on
opening y - game
cancelled by weather
-The Michigan baseball team will
have to wait another day before kick-
ig off their home schedule of the
2000 season.
Opening Day at Ray Fisher Stadium,
set for yesterday, was postponed due to
unplayable field conditions.
Rain from last weekend combined
" with the cold weather left the diamond
too soggy<to host yesterday's sched-
uled game between the Wolverines and
Eastern Michigan.
* Opening day at 'The Fish' is now set
to occur tomorrow when Michigan
hosts Minnesota for the first of a four-
game series.
The Golden Gophers, who fell to
Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament
finals last season, will be Michigan's
first conference opponent of the sea-
son.

freshman distance runner Colleen Lang
said. "It will definitely be tougher than
Florida State. In our events, we really
expect a challenge."
Michigan coach James Henry consid-
ers this weekend's meet to be a chance for
the team, which features a number of
underclassmen, to continue its develop-
ment. The trip to Palo Alto was scheduled
ata strategic point in the season.
"We set it up (the schedule) up this
way," Henry said. "We wanted to com-
pete at a warm locale beforehand. After
Florida State we'll be more prepared for
this one. We'll bring our full allotment of
30 athletes, but some runners will proba-
bly be moved around. I hope we'll be a
little better now that it's the second meet"
Freshman middle-distance runner
Nicole Johnson is excited to visit the

Golden State.
"It should be nice," she said. "We're
definitely looking forward to it."
The Wolverines can look to this week-
end with eager anticipation after putting
on an impressive showing at Florida
State. Michigan finished no lower than
fourth in any of the six relays that it com-
peted in, and also captured first place in
the 400-meter and long jump.
To duplicate those performances, the
team will have to adjust to the different
weather conditions in Northern
California.
"I understand that Stanford can be a
pretty windy place - windier than
Florida State - and the temperatures
will probably be in the low to mid 60's,"
Henry said. "Of course, this being
Michigan, we're more used to that"

MEN'S TRACK
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
March 25-26: Stanford Invitational,Palo Alto,
Calif.
April 7-8:Duke lnvtation, Durham,N.C.
April1416:N Mt.SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif.
April22: Ohio State Quadrangular, Columbrs
April 27-29: Penn Relays, Philadelphia

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*Iowa State cleared of
wrongdoing in
basketball recruiting
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Now that
Ernest Brown appears headed for the
NBA, the NCAA has closed its inves-
tigation into how the 7-footer ended
up at Iowa State.
0 The Big 12 school on Tuesday said
it has received a letter from the
NCAA which said it was satisfied
with the results and "no further action
will be taken."
The Tribune of Ames, however,
reported Tuesday that it appears
unlikely that Brown will ever play for
the- Cyclones, choosing instead to
play professional basketball.
Browntransferred to Indian Hills
unior College last year after one sea-
on at Mesa Community College in
Arizona. He committed to Iowa State
after Tres Chapman, a former Mesa
assistant coach, joined the Cyclones'
staff.
Mesa athletic director Allen
Benedict said the NCAA asked him
late last year if Chapman played any
role in getting Brown to Iowa State
and if Iowa State had recruited Brown
luring a "dead period," when contact
with recruits is prohibited.
The university had maintained all
along that it had done nothing wrong.
"We have been totally forthcoming
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