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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Think Early! Think AhMd. Now It tlmn to rtgltttr for CHRISTMAS IN HAWAI11974 Contact... ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MAIL PHONE 321-3201 The LetKbridgc Herald THIRD SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, April Lithbritfii Offltt Fmritvi Lit Uvtf 7tti SI. thopplnf Mill Aftwta (401) 311-7411 PILING CABINETS Pages 25-36 Lee Elder will be the black orchid in the weekend bouquet There will be a new flower at the 1975 Masters at Augusta By DAVE ANDERSON New York Times Service 22 During the recent Masters was in the Bahamas for a golf NEW YORK, April tournament, Lee Elder exhibition. "They had the Masters on television he recalled today, "but 1 didn't watch it." He won't watch it next year either. He'll be in it. By winning the Monsanto Open in Pensacola, Fla., on Sunday, the 38-year-old touring pro became the first black to qualify as a competitor in the Augusta National Golf Club's annual flower show. Other blacks have been part of the Masters as caddies or waiters or locker-room boys. But on the day of the opening round next year a tournament official in a green blazer will clear the first fairway and drawl, "Now on the tee, Mr. Lee Elder fore, and the Masters tournament, famous for its dogwood and magnolias and azaleas, will have, been integrated by a black orchid. The irony is that Lee Elder automatically earned his Masters invitation at Pensacola, which he scratched from his schedule five years ago after having been insulted by spectators. "I just can't play there he said at the time. "I'm tired of being called 'nigger' and 'black boy.' I've held it underneath long enough and feel it should be brought out in the open." He later changed his mind, out of loyalty to the tournament sponsors who had treated him well. Ar.d on Sunday at Pensacola, in the western corner of North Florida, he discovered that he was the gallery favorite in his playoff with Peter Oosterhuis of England after each had tied at 274 for 72 holes. "The crowd was with he said by telephone from his Washington home. "The situation had changed." When he holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole, he was embraced by Jim Wiechers, another pro. "Jim knew what it meant to Elder reflected. "We stood there and hugged each other and shared a tear together." Wiechers was one of three white golfers involved in Elder's dramatic triumph. Hubert Green had phoned Elder's wife, Rose, and relayed a local TV description of the playoff. Earlier, on the fifth tee of the final round, when Elder had dropped two shots behind Oosterhuis after two consecutive bogeys, he looked up to see Jim Colbert, who had tied for fourth place in the Masters the Sunday before. "Don't force Colbert advised. "Just let it happen." Two birdies happened on the 17th and 18th holes to create the playoff, the third in Elder's career. He had lost to Jack Nicklaus on the fifth extra hole in the 1968 American Golf Classic and to Lee Trevino on the first extra hole in the 1972 Greater Hartford Open. Another irony at Pensacola is that the putting situation on the decisive green was similar to what it had been in the Hartford tournament. "The putts each were about 18 feet." Elder recalled, "except that Trevino's ball was slightly inside mine and he had an opportunity to go to school on how my putt broke. This time my ball was inside Peter's ball and when he missed, I went to school on his putt. I needed a break of six inches to the right and played it perfectly." On his flight out of he sat with Colbert, who suggested that they play together in the practice rounds at the Masters next year. But by then, Lee Elder hopes that another black golfer, perhaps Charlie Sifford or Jim Dent, will have won a tournament to earn an automatic invitation to the Augusta, Ga., event that is considered to be one of the world's major golf championships. "Jim Dent grew up there and once was a caddy Elder said, "so they don't have their favorite black golfer yet. But maybe by next year, two or three black golfers will have qualified." Black golfers progress slowly. Most of the touring pros emerge from families with a country-club lifestyle. But there are no country clubs in the ghettos. While white teenagers are competing in major tournaments, black teenagers usually are caddying at best. As a result, the black golfer is about a decade behind the white golfer in experience. Lee Elder, the son of a Dallas truckdriver and a high-school dropout, didn't play a full 18-hole round until he was 16 years old. After serving in the United States Army, he turned pro on the Black United Gold Association tour, a series of 36-hole tournaments on municipal courses. "I won 10 tournaments in a row one he said, "but the biggest first prize was in a Ballantine beer tournament." Other times he did what all golfers short on money do. He hustled. He once agreed to wear a rainsuit in 95-degree weather. "The guy thought for sure I'd melt, but I wrapped cold wet towels around me inside the suit. I shot a 35 for nine to win the bet." He'd like to shoot 35 for each nine at the Masters, which will be one of 1975's most important sociological events. Up to now. the gallery there has had a minimum of black spectators Perhaps a dozen or two dozen at the most. "I'm Lee Elder said today, "how many tickets I'll be able to buy for my friends." Each competitor has the privilege of purchasing a few tickets. But there is no public sale. Tickets to the Masters mostly are rationed to longtime subscribers. At the Masters, you have to qualify for tickets too. Rangers two down, but heading home Are the Flyers really 'closer to the PHILADELPHIA (CP) Spectrum for all Philadelphia Don Leonardi, a teacher and Flyers home games, has season ticket-holder at the in almost The Herald Sports Bobby Clarke is pushed in front of net LOOKING FOR A FUTURE? A career with Niagara Companies offers you: Rewarding Management opportunities with an ever expanding company. Practical experience in mortgaging, leas- ing, financing, etc. An above average starting salary and an excellent future progress dependent solely on your ability and how you use it. Security with one of nation's largest all-Canadian financial institutions. Business experience preferred but not essential. Self motivation and ambition are the only pre- requisites to a successful career. Apply in writing or phone Ptrionntl DtpMtnwnt Niagara FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED Branch Manager: R. M. (Murray) Bond 816 4th South, Alberta 328-7714 every situation his favorite hockey team produces. "Closer to the Cup" was the placard he displayed Tuesday night as the Flyers won 5-2 over New York Rangers to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of- seven Stanley Cup semi-final. Third and fourth games will be in New York Thursday night and Sunday afternoon. The rugged Flyers dominated the 4-0 opener here last Saturday night but the second game was a much harder-fought contest. It took a short-handed, unas- sisted goal by Ross Lonsberry at of the third period to decide the issue, although the Flyers had held a 2-0 lead by the midway mark on goals by Bobby Clarke and defenceman Ed Van Impe. SCORES SECOND GOAL Lonsberry scored a second goal at of the final period after Ed Giacomin had been lifted from the New York goal in favor of a sixth attacker. Rick MacLeish had given the Flyers a 4-2 lead at of the third period, his seventh goal of the playoffs. Jack Egers and defenceman Brad Park scored for the Rangers in the second and third periods. After a rugged first period in which 40 minutes in penalties were called by referee Dave Newell, things appeared to quiet down until Van Impe's first goal in 35 National Hockey League playoff games. The first-period penalties included majors for fighting to Bob Kelly of the Flyers and Jerry Butler of the Rangers at the 19-second mark, and majors to New York's Peter Stemkowski and Jim Watson of Philadelphia for another brawl. DISPUTES A GOAL Fireworks on a disputed goal involved Ranger goalie Ed Giacomin and' goal judge Charles Zavorka of St. Louis in the second period. Giacomin said he stopped Van Impe's soft backhander after it had been nicked by the stick of New York defenceman Rod Selling, but the goal judge turned on the red light to indicate a goal. Giacomin charged behind the net, slammed his stick against the protective glass and then resorted to pounding the glass with his fists after the stick broke. "I saw the puck completely over the line and I turned on the the goal judge said. Giacomin, who was replaced briefly by Gilles Villemure, had a different version. "I had my glove on the puck and when I took my glove off it, it was on the Giacomin said. UNHAPPY WITH NEWELL Coach Emile Francis of the Rangers was indignant about several calls by Newell. "They got every break in the book Francis said. "This series is one hell of a long way from over. Surely we can expect better officiating than that in the playoffs." Stemkowski was the goat on Lonsberry's winning goal. He fell inside the Philadelphia blueline as the Ranger power play unit was exerting pressure on Flyer goalie Bernie Parent. Lonsberry collected the loose puck, carried it to the edge of the New York crease and beat Giacomin with a backhand shot. In addition to his two goals, Lonsberry gained assists on Clarke's first period power- play goal and on MacLeish's goal in the final period. After Van Impe's disputed goal. Egers broke Parent's shutout string against the Rangers at 98 minutes and 16 seconds. Shero certain the puck was in PHILADELPHIA (CP) Philadelphia Flyers' coach Fred Shero said "any fool could see the puck was in the net" as goal judge Charles Zavorka signalled a goal. But New York Rangers especially goalie Ed Giacomin were upset by the call. Giacomin apparently became so incensed that he appeared to risk explusion from the game with his continued debate on the issue. It was all part of a wild second period as the Flyers beat New York 5-2 Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup semi-final against the Rangers. The man who scored the goal, defenceman Ed Van Impe said he had his back turned to the action when it went in. Van Impe had lofted what looked like a routine backhander from inside the New York blueline. Terry Crisp of the Flyers was cruising in front of Giacomin. Rod Selling of the Rangers, in attempting to protect against Crisp, tipped the puck and it skittered slowly off Giacomin's body, as the goalie fell backwards grabbing for the elusive disc. Zavorka flashed the red light. Giacomin immediately dashed behind the net, broke his stick on the protective glass, and then pounded the barrier. But referee Dave Newell ruled the goal should stand. "I saw the puck completely over the line and I turned on the Zavorka said after the game. Giacomin said he did not want to elaborate on the goal. "I had my glove on the puck. When I took my glove off it. it was resting on the the New York goalie said. Shero said that he had watched goalies who played deep in their nets pull the puck back out after actually stopping it after it crosses the goal line. Emile Francis of the Rangers said the flyers got "every break in the book." "You sure can ask for a lot better officiating than said the Ranger coach. He suggested the NHL adopt a system whereby they use only their top officials for the playoffs. PHILADELPHIA 5, N.Y. RANGERS 2 Firtt period 1 Philadelphia. Clarke 2 (Lonsberry, Bladon) 8 13. Penalties Butler major, Kelly major, minor served by Schultz 0.19. Irvm 0.37, Tkaczuk, Clarke 5.33, Rolfs 6.55, Saleski 9.17. Park 10.07. Selling 13.55. Rolle Dornhoetfer Stemkowski, Jim Watson majors 17-52 period 2 Philadelphia. Van Impe 1 10-37, 3 NY Rangers, Egers 1 (Rousseau) 18-36 Penalties Schultz 1-17, Park 2 47. MacGregor 4 34. Kelly 7-43, Tkaczuk. Clarke 8-23 Third period 4 Philadelphia. Lonsberrqy 2. 7 54, 5. NY Rangers. Park 2 (Rousseau, Ratelle) 8.10, 6. Philadelphia, MacLeish 7 (Dornhoefer, Lonsberry) 15.27. 7 Philadelphia, Lonsberry 3, 19 26 Penalties Selling 1.55, Tkaczuk, Clarke 6'23, Crisp 7-30. Neilsen, Dornhoefer 9-26 Sholi on goal by NY Rangers 10 11 Philadelphia 11 8 Attendance Bruce MacGregor is spilled by two Flyers BY THE TIME VOLVO GETS OUT INTO THE WORLD, THE WORST IS OVER. Before a Volvo ever so much as bumps bumpers with another car, we slammed dozens of Volvos into a concrete wall These crash tests helped us develop a front end that s designed to absorb a fifty mile per hour collision and still leave the passenger compartment intact. Before a Volvo will ever have to stop short on the high way, we disconnected a complete set of brakes on a fully-loaded Volvo and accelerated it to sixty miles per hour. It still stopped quickly, because every Volvo has two independent sets of three-wheel disc brakes. (If one should ever SHORT STOP AUTO SERVICE fail, the other still gives you about 80% of your braking power.) Before you'll ever give'er the gas, we gave the Volvo engine the gas for the equivalent of miles at continuous full throttle. It didn't quit. Before you'll ever swerve to avoid a big bump, the Volvo had to complete miles on our "life expectancy a special test track that combines more wrenching turns and suspension- numbing bumps than you'll probably ever face in a lifetime of driving. And before you'll ever find yourself out in the 538 6th St. S., Lethbridge middle of nowhere, almost every Volvo component that's subject to wear had to take at least three lifetimes of pounding, bumping and shaking on its own test rig. So if you're look ing for a car that can take the worst life has to offer, we can offer you something even better. A car that can take the worst Volvo has to offer. VOLVO............... Phone 328-6586 ;