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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - June 27, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Today at Oak hollow drag boat races reach finals by Ronnie Hutchins Enterprise sports writer no exceptional speeds were set saturday afternoon in the first Day of the Oak hollow world championship drag boat races As the eighth place Cut off in the Speed qualifying seemed to satisfy most of the lean Fields a the biggest exception being the 23-boat Field in the Competition Fla Bottom due to the boats popularity for the purpose of skiing. Jack Ostrander Winner of the event the previous two years was one of the group that Felt Little pressure in today s running As he abandoned a serious timing run after getting a bad Start Quot nothing was wrong with the engine at All Quot he explained. Quot i just could t the High Point Enterprise sports sunday june 27, 1976. Section c seem to keep it on the . The top Speed of the Day was recorded in the blown fuel Hydro Competition by Gary Owens of Bellflower. California with a Mark of 183.29 mph. Owens who makes his living As an Interior decorator can find no better reason to pursue his newfound sport other than the fact Quot i just like to go places., and fast i be just been racing the boats now for about three years. Before that i d never had any other experience with either racing or boats Quot for Owens like the other Drivers the sport is a very expensive one to pursue. Quot it takes about 825,000 to run a boat like this blown fuel Hydro for a year. A lot of the Guys get partial backing from sponsors but its not very much. Like we re supported by an Oil company and All we get is free Owens and other Drivers running the blown fuel Competition boats must run Nitro methane. A costly fuel with a base of nitroglycerine. The estimated costs for each run on the quartering in blown Piston sends Tom Wisniewski s Craft smoking photo Chi or from notes on drag racing Ron White goes boating by Benny Phillips associate sports editor Ron White in t a noted Gambler he in t a Whiz kid with cards no magician with Dice and Seldom if Ever bets on Ball games. Ron White nevertheless May be in the Middle of the biggest poker game he s Ever seen. For seven years he was an automotive instructor at Davidson county Community College then he quit. Yes. That s right he quit. He quit and in december he was Tai the receiving end of a Hondo boat Dealership for North and South Carolina his business a interstate Marine a is located on Hyde Street in Thomasville his business ties right in with his latest crave a racing drag boats. White entered in the Hydro Competition class was third fastest in his class in qualifying saturday at Oak hollow Lake he ran the lights at 106 30 Miles per hour he was. However nearly five Miles per hour off the Pace of National debt which was the fastest boat in the class Quot i have been interested in boat racing for a Long time Quot White says. Quot i was in drag racing cars for three years and this is my first year with boats. In fact this is my third race i have been qualifying rather Well but getting beat in the races a Whites boat is powered by a 454 Chevy engine. Next year he Hopes to move into the blown Gas Competition. Quot i feel there is a real future in drag boat racing Here on the East coast. I feel that Way strongly or a have gone into the business i have entered because i realize there is a Gamble in what i have gone into Hon and his wife Lynda. Did All the work on the boat he is racing our desire this year is to win the Eastern Point championship in the class which we Are racing Lynda says Quot and right now we re third in the standings Quot hey. Want to hear a hard Luck Story then consider the Fate of Trinity s Jerry Dawson and High Rock Lake s Tommy Owens Dawson bought this boat about a month ago. It is so Ron White on 4c Tommy Owens his boat failed Jerry Dawson just for skiing Ron White Thomasville Pilot eluding warm ups is about 870 High Point s Jerry Tucker runs a less expensive form of fuel in his a blown Gas Jet but he admits there s no escaping the big costs involved in drag boat racing Quot you get involved in this sport because you really love it because there s sure no big Money to be made around Here Quot Tucker the newly turned professional laughed Quot if you won every big race of the year you still would t break for Tucker unlike Many of the others this in t his first experience with racing Quot i be been involved with pro Stock drag racing before this but i d had no Contact with boats until just a couple of years ago Quot ironically. Tucker estimates about a 815.000 Tab for the yearly Upkeep of his boat i a bargain ii Noel Osborne suffered one of the More frustrating defeats of the Day As his boat a blown fuel Fla Bottom broke Down before his qualifying run Osborne explained As he worked that Quot i usually have to rebuild the engine after every two or three races that s where a lot of the Money spending comes in it costs me Between three and five Hundred dollars every time i rebuild one., and sometimes during a weekend meet like this Iti have to do it twice Osborne from York. Pennsylvania. Estimates that he spends about 825 too a year on the Upkeep of his Craft which values at about 820 000 Gates will open this morning at to with the final eliminations getting under Way at noon Oak hollow Soat quads top owm>0f\ b run Pul had o Oft Owen Sih of it 7 47 it tit ills Calt it turnip 11 a amp a a nf4f Soli b Quot i 14 j j n f r Tuset co to v�f0�ma uni Oft Pue Myra a Boti it i a Sjo mph i to a t Norman of Lahoma Leo 100 Cav Hydro est Jackie is i mph Vii it. Mommi too Yiao Competition ,9 00vt Wright 11 0 mph 100 it hot Nylon roam Camor Quot blown Bual Ai Buh 42 i mph 112 it Tulia. Oklahoma blown Otto Tom a or it Hanmi 123 i mph Ioji i t v m i i California unt t in r i in i p�a�6ottom Bogo Wolfram >20 mph 10 3 it Wilmouth uni own Cai plat Bottom a Bob shrew or 123 pc mph to Jet Tulia Oklahoma ,.on Jim Trow Iii a mph 2 it Memphis Tam am in Bio a col Joi Council 102 ii mph Roll it Aram Abii annoy i a outboard Ali to. #2 2 mph 12 a f t of Way Ca it a Jan a Taylor set for new record try by Benny Phillips associate sports editor it was getting late Many had left the water was Calm and the Long wait for John Taylor was ewer. It was time for him to do his thing and his thing was attempting to break a world record skiing barefooted he had to make two runs averaging better than 93 66 Miles per hour to establish the record he hoped to become the first barefooted skier to break the too mile per hour Barrier up the water at Oak hollow Lake there was a Roar John was up and off on his first run through the trap it was 7 22 p in and the conditions were Good a just a slight Ripple on the surface. Down through the trap he came and the clocks caught him at 97 61 Miles per hour he would have to run 94 69 on the second in. And the world record would be his at 7 31 pm he started his second run it was like John Wayne getting beat up by the indians and outlaws a he did t make it he missed it by i 28 Miles per hour running 93 41 on the second trip through the timing lights the first run was perfect Quot Taylor said afterwards Quot it was a Good leg on the record the second time we knew we were pressed for time and the course was just a Little rough then about the time we reached 90 mph i hit a Little roller and nearly fell a the Driver knew we were in a Little trouble and held his Speed instead of increasing it he was keeping me out of danger and. Believe me i was close i was close to going head first into the rollers Waves and this would have been bad very bad i even Felt then however that we were going a Taylor on 4c a National debt pushes off from Oak hollow Dock boat pulled John Taylor in abortive attempt for record Bolo by i it a Marsh Polivka share lit Lead by Jim Pettit Enterprise sports writer Thomasville four former champions and a newcomer match nerves and skills today at colonial country club As the 12th ladies invitational tournament Heads to the wire defending Champion Linda Marsh and 1971 Winner Betty Polivka Are tied for the Lead after one Over Par 73s saturday on the humid rain threatened layout Durham s Carole Jones who swept the title in 1973. Is one shot Back at 74. Followed by 1975 state women s Amateur Champion Jan Dis que. Who is competing in the lit for the first time camped at 76 is Green Sboro t Evalyn Dom. Who won the title outright in 1967 and 1974 and shared it with lib Hedrick in 1966, Marsh a smooth swinging Lethander is competing in her fifth tournament in As see scores on Poge 4c_ Many weeks but Shook off the stress with a Good night s rest Friday and came through with one of her better opening rounds Quot this was probably As Good a Day mentally As i be had she said i had Good club selection and my shots were on line most of my Iron shots were within to to 15 feet of the pin but i did t i it Moh Jamestown a Jan Disque follows through on Way to first round score of 75 Ebesu by Sonny make Many of the putts Quot Ive had some the Jamestown resident who plays out of colonial added i had Birdie putts on 16. 17 and 18 that just mined i Felt like i needed them had them in the Hole All the Way. And could t hit them any better that s Why i in a Little disappointed although i m always Happy with a 73.&Quot i thought i played pretty Polivka who also sex eels in Bowling noted Quot its probably the Best i be played in some time i had a lot of putts on the Back nine that were close but would t go in. But i drove the Ball Well Quot Polivka who lives in Winston Salem is respectfully nicknamed a Betty bomber Quot by her fellow players in reference to her powerful drives her tee shot on no la saturday won the Day s driving contest a drive etiolated at some 235 Yards she recently returned from Tulsa okla., where she cum pc Ted in the u s open Bowling tournament averaging 195 for 24 games Jones a computer Programmer and recent Winner of the 1976 state women s Amateur had a see saw round with six bogeys and four birdies Quot ii was a bad putting round Quot she sighed i mis clubbed several times on my approach shots and that left some Long putts Many of my first putts did t come w within three feet of the Hole i m disappointed in that but other than the putting i m Happy my Confidence is much higher now especially since winning the state tournament i played real Well in the North South i guess it All started there Quot Jones Felt no disappointment she was t in a share of the Lead Quot no she smiled Quot i m right where i like to be i Don t mind if i m within one or two shots of the Lead i d a Marsh on 9ci-despite dreary financial reports Lou Fisher optimistic for olympic attorney Louis Fisher olympic committeeman by Ronnie Hutchins Enterprise sports writer As he sits behind his sprawling desk amidst photographs certificates and stacks of other material pertaining to Amateur athletics it becomes obvious that Louis Fisher is a Man with a very special that has taken him Well beyond his Normal duties As a High Point attorney and bestowed him with weeks of extra work a mass of conflict and turmoil thousands of travelled Miles and a Bounty of fulfilment. The Only setback is that he gets to reap the full benefits of his work every four years and 1976 will is one of those special years. Next month Fisher a past president of the Amateur athletic Union and a current member of the select ten Man olympic committee will leave for Montreal to participate in his seventh olympic meeting in an official capacity. Almost Twenty years from the Date he started his first olympic experience in Melbourne Australia Fisher making this trip with the duty of handling Legal matters involving the u s. Team feels that the format of the olympic games is an Ideal program and something the committee has Quot worked up to a and not Quot ended up in Quot like he hears so Many laymen express Quot i think the games Are one of the greatest things that could Ever be acting As a Strong Force of increased understanding and camaraderie Between members of our 134 s a thrill for me to see All of the Young athletes living together in the Village and trying / think the motion to Divide olympic locations and events is purely economical with Little or no consideration As to How it would affect the games a Fisher to communicate with each other 1 11 bet that when most of them go Back Home they begin to question some of the nationalistic attitudes that have always been handed to them that s an accomplishment in but As Money in Montreal grows Short and speculation tall before the july 17 opening. Fisher still gives a negative reaction to the recent speculation to possibly having to split the olympic Sites and events. Quot to begin with i think the motion to Divide up the locations and events is purely economical with Little or no regard As to How it would affect the games. By doing this they would be defeating the whole purpose of the olympics to congregate the world s Best athletes into one world although Fisher realizes that the costs for the upcoming games Are spiralling out of hand he feels that the Public a interpretation of the spending As a waste is wrong and just Quick judgement. The projected Cost for hosting the 1976 event was $3l0 million but now the Canadian City is swimming in debt As the Price tag has quickly risen to 81 4 billion. In addition to the facilities the Tab will include the Page my of a police Force that will outnumber the 8,340 competing athletes 1,135 tons of food and an Overall staff that numbers Over 25,000 the Money shortage now triple the original estimation of the total Cost is at 8995 million and the Montreal City government if contemplating a City lottery to bail out some of the expenses a but a a Fisher Points out a there s something everybody seems to forget when this talk about debt shows up first of All the hosting country pays for the facilities because they wanted the location bidder for it and got it secondly not All the Money they put into the project is lost when the games Are Over Quot in Montreal just like to Munich there will be usage later on for the highways office complexes and apartment buildings built especially for the games after they Are Over in Munich they even got an entire subway system As a result of the spending. Quot sure. Montreal May lose a Good amount of Money u begin with but i think find the experience very beneficial to the City in the Longrun too a he also Points out that the Only Money being spent on the United states athletes is that raised by Hie olympic committee through private donations Quot sure it la take Money for our athletes to go Saa Louis Fisher on 4c

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