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July 22, 1959 - Image 10

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American-Soviet Meet
May Be Run Yearly

Writer Finds PGA Course
Impossible for Amateurs

NEW YORK (.)-There is a faire
chance that the United States andC
Russia will meet in a mammouth
international track meet every1
non-Olympic year.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see
this meet become a regular thing,"
said Pinky Sober yesterday. He is1
head of the AAU's Track and Field1
Committee and acted as referee of?
the meet last weekend in Phila-.
delphia. "We've already had some
exploratory talks.."
Sober added that he was happy-
there were no embarrassing inci-
dents like sign-carrying.
There are problems, though, andI
the main one is money. The AAU
here is in a position of continuing1
financial poverty. It just doesn't1
have the money to sponsor such1
Inquirer Picked Up Tab
This year, the Philadelphia In- 1
quirer picked up the tab and re-
ports are that it came out about
even. The total "nut" was in the
vicinity of $150,000. Another angel1
will have to be found if the series
is to be continued.,
Most of the coaches, especiallyj
the Russians, would prefer to have
a return engagement staged some-
Channel Swim
Season Opens'
LONDON (AP) - The. EnglishI
Channel swimming season opened
last week-and it was enough to
make Captain Matthew Webb turn
in his grave. "
Webb's pioneer swim of 1875-
it took 21 and a quarter hours and
took, in about 50 miles-was an
epic. It ranked with the great
achievements of men.
Now, 84 years later, crossing the
channel has got a circus flavor
about it.
Altogether about 110 people
have swum the channel. They've
done it on their own and in mass
races. Swimmers have done it in
relays. They've even done it by
rowing, gliding, amphibian motor
car, canoe, motor boat, surf rid-
ing, hydrosphere, balloon, pad-
dling in a life-saving suit and on
water skis. Even a.performing seal
did it.
But somehow, swimming that
tricky 22-mile stretch of water
dividing France and England still
makes for news. Athletes want to
cross the Webb way - and every
time someone does it then it's

where other than on the University
of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.
The layout is 64 years old and the
track has been pretty well chopped
up by international standards.
Another thing Sober and Co. are
going to have to live with - and
they appear resigned to it-is that
the Russians are going to lump the
men's and women's scores together.
The AAU has it in writing that
'these are two separate events, but
has taken the position of letting
the Russians have their fun.
Will Win Every Meet
That means that in the eyes of'
Moscow, the Russians probably will
win every meet, because it's doubt-
ful if the American men can pile
up enough points to make up for
the competition-shy United States
Last year, the Moscow news-
paper, Pravda, took the Russians
to task for lumping the two scores,
but that didn't prevent coach
Gavriel Korobkov from observing
that "we won about as we figured
by eight points."
The final scores were United
States men 127 Russian men 108;
Russian women 67 United States
women 40. So Korobkov figures he
won by 175-167.
Tass, the official Soviet News
Agency, sent a story back home
last night complimenting every-
one, but pointing out that the out-
come came as a. surprise to the
Tass quoted D. V. Postnikov,
head of the Soviet delegation, as
saying the "victory" was no fluke,
that it came through intensive
training. He also thought the meets
should become an annual affair.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Playing a
championship golf course puts the
average golfing dub in a strange
and wondrous world, no matter
how many times he finds himself
trapped, in the rough and behind
trees. Associated Press sports writer
Jim Klobuchar, an unblushing
duffer, tried out the Minneapolis
Golf Club course, site of the 1959
PGA Tournament. This is what
shielded me from viewing the
scorecard when I came off the
18th green at Minneapolis Golf
Club, scene of next week's Na-
tional PGA Tournament.
It was an act of simple decency.
They could have told me the
While the professionals will
find this course exacting, fair and
intriguing, I found it impossible.
It wasn't entirely the thick,
clinging rough, 6,900-yard length,
109 sand traps and magnetic
trees that caused the trouble. I
was bullied by psychology.
Third Hole Rough
On the 565-yard third hole, for
instance, the experts said beware
of the fairway sand traps - vast
and mysterious like most on the
course _- 270 yards out. This. ad-
vice will be heeded by the Sneads,
Souchaks and Middlecoffs, who
hit that far. It went over my head.
From where I stood on the back
tee the traps formed a vague,
shimmering lift in the horizon, a
little like the dover cliffs viewed
from the French Coast. In this
situation your confidence melts.
This is bad, because most duf-
fers play golf with an aggressive
sort of mediocrity which allows


them at least to be brazen if they
can't be good.
The pros themselves don't fig-
ure to take many liberties with
this trim and attractive par 70
course, described by 1958 PGA
champion Dow Finsterwald as one
of the five best in the nation.
Can Score Low
Played accurately by long hit-
ters, however, it can, be scored on.
Finsterwald matched par recent-
ly on a difficult, windy day. The
course record of 69 - a figure I
left behind early on the back nine
-was set by Bill ,Maxwell in an
exhibition last year.
MGC's real troublemaker will
be its clover-laced deep rough,
more than a half-foot high in
some places and still growing,
with the aid of a watering system.
Scenically MGC is a mildly roll-
ing tract well .endowed with
birches, conifers, elms and oaks.
Its showpiece is the 220-yard 10th,
a spectator's delight in which the
golfer shoots from a terraced tee
over a small lake.
Hazard For Duffers
The experts told me the lake is
an actual hazard only for a duffer.
I hit into the lake.
I also hit, at different times, the
rough, five sand traps, four trees,
my caddy's toe and a utility pole.
But for a fleeting moment.I was
bigger than all that. With three
wood shots and a shaky iron I
gained the green on the 561-yard
third in four. I had a 20-foot putt
for a par and, unaccountably, it
rolled in. They tell me Frank
Stranahan lost the 1950 National
Amateur on-that hole.
I thought it was a pushover.


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