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The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday-April 15, 1991- Page 7
7d Woosnam wins The Masters
Associated Press

The Michigan golf team has experienced new success behind the leadership of its coach, Jim Carras. Carras
has had to show patience in molding his young team into a competitive squad.
Carras leads Blue duffers
along course to success

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The little
one finally won a big one.
The Welshman Ian Woosnam,
who has labored in the shadow of
his more famous European friends,
made a par putt just about as long as
his 5 feet, 4 inches to turn back Tom
Watson on the last hole Sunday and
win the 55th Masters.
He won his first major with a
scrambling par to finish off a final
round of par 72 and a 11-under-par
277 total.
Jose Maria Olazabal, a 25-year-
old Spaniard, took second, one shot
back after the 41-year-old Watson
double-bogeyed the 18th.
Olazabal, who also bogeyed 18,
shot 70.
Watson, who played with
Woosnam in the final group on the
Augusta National Golf Club
course, rode a pair of eagles into a tie
for the lead going to the final hole.
But then it all came apart for
Watson, who was grimly attempt-
ing to snap a 4-year non-winning
string.
He drove into deep rough on the
right, bunkered his second, came out
long and missed a 25-foot downhill,
par-saving putt.
After Woosnam had holed out
the winner, Watson missed his 8-

foot comebacker, and saw his come-
back dreams end on a 3-putt double-
bogey.
The closing 73 dropped him into
a tie with Steve Pate, 1984 Masters
winner Ben Crenshaw and 41-year-
old Lanny Wadkins at 277.
Pate, who started the day's play
nine shots off the pace, scored an ea-
gle-3 on the eighth hole, played the
par-5's five under and saved a 65
with a 45-foot par putt on the final
hole.
Crenshaw also had an eagle, his
on the 15th, but didn't give himself
a chance on the last three holes. He
had a 68.
Wadkins missed two short putts
and twice stubbed chip shots in a
frustrating 71.
Jodie Mudd, Australian Ian

Baker-Finch and Andrew Magee
were tied at 280. Mudd shot 69 over
the final 18 holes of the year's first
major golf championship, while
Magee and Baker-Finch each had a
70.
Woosnam's triumph over a host
of contenders - at least seven men
had a chance to win it over the back
nine - extended European domina-
tion of this event, as well as world
golf.
His last-hole par, manufactured
from a drive far to the left onto a
members' practice tee, marked the
fourth consecutive year the green
jacket of a Masters winner has been
draped over a Briton's shoulders.
Sandy Lyle of Scotland won in
1988 and Nick Faldo of England the
last two years.

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by Adam Lutz
* Daily Sports Writer
In order to be a prominent
golfer, one needs to have ability, de-
termination, and a lot of luck. This
season the Michigan men's golf
team is missing the last factor. The
uncompromising spring weather has
caused the cancelation of one tour-
nament, the elimination of two
rounds in another, as well as provid-
ing an inconsistent practice sched-
ule.
However, the April showers
have not dampened the aspirations
of this young golf team that feels
that no goal in unattainable. Under
the guidance of coach Jim Carras, the
team has shown signs of continual
improvement, which excites the
veteran coach. He feels that his pro-
gram is finally heading in the right
direction.
"We have been a down program
that finally has some stability and
direction," Carrras said. "This sea-
son, we have to be more successful
than we have been in the past. I think
that we've received major support
from the administration, and
everything is on the plus side right
now."
Carras' early-season expecta-
tions were to aim at a combined top
four scores in each round of a tour-
nament of 300. That would put the
squad in an excellent position to
achieve its second goal: Placing in
the top half of each tournament.
Thus far, the team has proved Carras
rather prophetic, as it has finished in
the top five spots in two of its three
tournaments.
With no starter older than a ju-
nior, Carras was concerned that the
youthful club would experience in-
consistent play. In the previous
tournaments, the team has shown
this inconsistency, but this may be
due more to the weathers' effects on
their practice schedule.
The enthusiastic Carras provides
the stability needed for such a young

team. "We have a very fine group of
young guys, whose camaraderie is
excellent," he boasts. "I personally
feel that this team is the foundation
for what I think could be some good
teams in the future."
Carras claims that he is more of
an organizer than a coach. His chores
include that of a fundraiser, driver,
travel agent, doctor and confidant.
Meanwhile, he doesn't attempt to

alter his players' individual talent,
rather he tries to simply encourage
their performances.
"We don't change any swings.
We teach them course management,
which is how to play smart - not
to give away shots that they
shouldn't. Even if they do, to not
let a bad shot come from bad think-
ing, but rather through their execu-
tion." See GOLF, Page 8

Helping
is Learning

J
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Wolverine men golfers take the fifth

by Jim Foss
Daily Sports Writer
While the world's best golfers
were at Augusta National this past
weekend playing in the Masters,
Michigan's finest visited the Guyan
Country Club to compete in the
Marshall University Invitational in
Huntington, W. Va.
The Michigan men's golf team
captured fifth place out of an 18-
team field with a 54-hole team total
of 890 strokes. Ohio State, ranked
18th nationally, narrowly edged out
16th-ranked Kent St. for the overall
team championship, 872-873.
Louisville at 880, and Miami (Ohio)

at 883, also finished in front of the
Wolverines.
The Wolverines lacked consis-
tency individually, but several play-
ers used a low round to post strong
performances. Dean Kobane was the
low Michigan scorer, carding a 217
to capture fourth place overall. A
78 first-round score kept Kobane
from medalling, as he was just three
strokes back of the three individuals
who tied for first place.
Anthony Dietz, who broke into
the starting lineup last weekend,
finished second for the Wolverines,
shooting a 222, including a 72 last
round score.

James Carson was the third best
Wolverine scorer in the match, fin-
ishing with 229, while Denny
Sikkila was just one stroke behind at
230. Bob Henighan was fifth for
Michigan at 233, although his scores
counted in two of the three rounds.
Individually, Michigan players
have shown that they are capable of
playing well and carding low
scores, but they have yet to do it for
three rounds. "I like the way we are
shooting low numbers," Michigan
coach Jim Carras said, "but we don't
have the consistency that I am
looking for yet."

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