Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa FOR GREAT VODKA, ALWAYS SAY POPOV A.J. Doesn t Have the Pole Position Locked Up 12 Thp Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tumi., Mar 14, 1974 Billie Jean Sets Example By I he Associated Pi cis Billie Jean King, player* A State Record Catch John Lapointe, 17 (left), and Ron Goranson, 16, both of Mason City, admire a 28 pound, seven ounce muskie they caught last weekend at Clear Lake. The fish is more than five pounds over the previous state record catch and measures out at 48 inches. Controversy Swirls Over Hill And Houston s Golf Tourney coach of the unbeaten Philadelphia Freedoms, sets an impressive example Ms. King. 197.1 Wimbledon titleholder, won her ninth consecutive set in World Team Tennis play Monday night and led Philadelphia to a 34-26 victory over the Baltimore Banners. The Philadclpia player coach, who at one point ran off 13 | straight pointe, registered 6-3, 6 2 victories over Betty Stove Baltimore's Jimmy Connors overcame Buster Mottram 7-6, 16-3 in mens’ play. After winning i the first set on a 5-4 tiebreaker, | Connors led 5-3 in the second set when he attempted to go into the stands after a heckler. Connors was restrained by a guard and admonished by the umpire. The Freedoms wrapped up their fifth straight victory when the mixed double? team of Fred Stolle and Julie Anthony captured a 7-5, 6-3 decision from Bob Carmichael and Joyce Williams Hume. Elsewhere on the WTT cir-c u i t, Toronto-Buffalo beat Hawaii 33-27; Houston beat Minnesota 30-23, and the Colden Caters beat Florida 30 28. JUST to clarify a major »J [Hiint, A J. Poy I. does not have (he pole position for the Indianapolis 500 lucked up Reason is the qualifying rules have been changed and the fastest man on the first day of time trial? no longer has the guarantee of sitting on the pole Under the new rules, all drivers waiting in line by the ll a.m. deadline on the opening day (last Saturdayl of qualifying have a shot at the top spot. When the rains halted Saturday’s activity, ll drivers were waiting their turn. So that means next Saturday they’ll get an opportunity to surpass the 191.632 time posted by Foyt, the only only three-time winner of the 500-rnile classic. Fifteen drivers have already qualified After the next ll take their runs in an effort to pick up the approximately $10,000 prize money that goes to the polecat, the other drivers will have an opportunity to fill the rest of the field. HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Open ended in a swirl of controversy involving the sponsors and winner Dave Hill. Hill touched it off with charges that the organizers had mistreated him last year. The executive director of the sponsoring Houston Coif Association responded with a countercharge that Hill lied. It ended with Hill taking on the local press. The varied incidents were just the latest in a long series of problems and unhappy affairs involving the Houston Golf ( Association, the local news He s Unhappy media and some touring play ers. rector John Davis, “so maybe we shouldn’t care anything about them ” Some players contend the HOA doesn’t. Had Problems The tournament has had its problems since it moved to the Quail Valley Country Club from the prestigious Champions Golf Club four years ago. Last season, for example, the tournament boosted its purse to $205,000. making it one of the richest on the tour in the hope of luring some of the game's leading players. It didn't work. So this season the sponsors cut the purse to $150,000. The leading players again skipped, “The players don’t seem to care anything about the sponsors ” said HOA executive di- “I don’t like the HGA,” the stormy Hill said Saturday, recounting a story of how he was refused permission to withdraw from the 1973 Houston Open, flew into town, played the required one round and then—as he’s entitled to do—withdrew. “The only reason I’m playing here is to win and get even,” he said “I’m hot at the HGA. I’ll continue to be hot. Even if I win.” His remarks appeared in the local newspapers, and Davis said Hill had “several lies in the statement.” The next day. after his victory. Hill tooK off at the press. “I don't like to talk to the press,” he said. Every time I do it comes out wrong. Every time I do. they out me. OI' Da-vey don't have much blood left. They don’t hear what I say. They hear when they want to hear. “It's very upsetting to see some of these things in the paper.” He said he had no quarrel with the HGA, “just one man,” and that he would return to defend his title next year. Hill’s comments, the charges and counter-charges all are just the tip of the iceberg, however. Other players have complained of hotel rent-car reservations that went astray, or of promised courtesy cars that failed to arrive. In any event, the tournament, which has been played on three courses in the last four years, will be moving from its present site. The HOA has signed a 10-year contract to stage the tournament at a new residential and recreational development north of Houston, Moodlande. “We hope to be able to play there in 1975,” HGA president Bill Chapiine said. Most of the players are in favor of the move from Quail Valley, which winds through an expensive residential area. To get from the green to the next tee. players tromp through backyards, down alleys and across suburban streets. “When you go out to play,” laid former Houston Open champ Hubert Green, “you have to get your kitchen pass. lf you don’t have it, you can’t go through the kitchen to the next tee.” Engen Named to Indee Cage Post I N D E P E N DENCE - Dick I Engen, 36, has been named head basketball coach at Independence replacing Randy Spahn, who resigned earlier this spring Engen, a graduate of Northern Iowa, is also head baseball and sophomore football coach at Independence He will retain those positions. Engen has an overall 91-67 record as a sophomore and junior varsity coach and served as an assistant to Ames’ George Duvall during the 1965-66 cage season. Girls Track Invit. At Kennedy Canceled The Kennedy girls invitational 1 track mee<t. originally scheduled for last Saturday and reset for Wednesday, has been canceled, according to Kennedy athletic director Don Shupe. Schedule conflicts and the upcoming state meet were prime factors in canceling the meet, according to Shupe Tie-Breaker Lets Wash Nets Win Keith Larson's fifth and deciding point in the tie-breaker game of the number five singles let Washington defeat Kennedy 4-3 in a tennis dual Monday at Kennedy. While Kennedy’s Mike Oster won the top singles match and combined with Martin Stockdale to win the number one doubles, it was Larson’s 13-12 win over Bob Gerber that decided the match. Singles: Mike Osier, K, clef. Dan Nem-mers, 12-7; Kurl Smith, W. def. Rick Bakerville, 12-5; Martin Stockdale, K, def. Dave Woito, 12-10: Jeff Shuttleworth, W, def Kirk West, 12-3; Keith Larson, W def Bob Gerber, 13-12. Doubles: Oster-Stockdale def. Smith-Woi-to, 12-7; Nemmers-Shuttleworth def Gerber-Bflskerville, 12-4. Torre Death ST LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Joe Torre left the National League club Sunday on notification of his mother’s death in New York. I Judge Doesn't Go Along on Class Project CINCINNATI i AP) — An Ohio to go out and do something University art student told the that's public and tough for them judge it was a school assign- to do — something that’s eminent when he interrupted Sat- harassing,’’ Jewett said, ad-urday’s baseball game between ding that he had discussed the the Cincinnati Reds and Hous- project earlier with Ater. tori Astros by running onto the “We had one girl dress up like field at Riverfront Stadium. s ^ e was pregnant and walk around the streets and another Rut Municipal Court Judge . . . # . . Dupont Doan fined him $100 and impersonated a fat person, for court costs Monday for criminal instance - . 4 , . “You have to start breaking down your personal inhibitions trespass. Jonathan Ater, 19, of Chesa-he in order to realize your true po- peake, Ohio told the judge n. tenli al as an arlist. only expected a “B-plus grade J( , we|| sajd he wou|d s ,. p what because he did not make it ail ^ CO uld do about asking the the way across the field before cour( , 0 , ower Ater s finc for police caught him. criminal trespass Ater said it was part of a “i’m going to see what I can project “to discover the fears ^ to i essen the financial impact that stop you from functioning ' 0 f hj s project.” a? an artist. _ find your to be a little far afield,” said the judge. “In the future, I suggest you confine yourself to Little League.” But the judge wished him success in “your future educational endeavors.” At Athens, Ohio, Wayne Jewett, an instructor in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, confirmed that Ater’s dash across the field was part of the assignment. “I asked everyone in the class Johnny Rutherford, last year’s pole-sltter, and Al Unser, the Indy champion in 1970-71, have eliminated themselves from a clear shot at the pole position. They blew engines in practice Saturday morning before the time trials and were late getting their cars repaired and into the qualifying line by the ll a m. deadline. Both are expected to make the 33-car field, but a starting position better than the sev-tnth row seems highly unlikely. Given the hest bets to unseat Foyt are Gordon John-cock, who won last year’s race, and Mario Andretti, Mike Hiss and Salt Walther. Johncock will bo the first man in line next Saturday. Fans of Jan Opperman will be happy to learn the USAC sprint division leader passed his rookie tests Sunday and will probably attempt to qualify Saturday. Three years ago, Jan won the National Super Modified championship at Knoxville, while piloting the Burger King Special for the Cahill brothers of Cedar Rapids. Also, since Iowan I^ee Kunz-man of Guttenberg has been ruled out because of an injury. it appears Jerry Grant will put Kunzman’s Cobre-Eagle through the paces Saturday. 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