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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas New Landa Park course record set Sports calendar Leonard Tuch set a new men’s Landa Park golf course record this past week with a score of 63 — bettering the old record by one. Tuch’s playing partner was Lamar Strickland. The current ladies’ record is a 74, established by Rose Tuseth. In the Landa Ladies Golf Association tourney played April 6, Sara Delashmutt clinched first place in the low gross division of A Flight with an 82 while Tuseth won the low net title with a 72. Virgie Van Kleef won the low gross honors for B flight with a 94 while Marion Fox took the low net with a 73. Mary Boyer was low gross winner for C Flight with a 109. Arlene Jarchow won the low net with a 74. New officers for the Landa Ladies Golf Association are Carol Hansen, president; Sarah Delashmutt, vicepresident; Kitty Cook, secretary; and Christine Kerulis, treasurer. In the Guys and Dolls tournanment on April 7, two teams tied 65, forcing a playoff. The winning team was B. Thompson, H. Kimball, C. Strickland and J.T. Wood. The second place team was Al Jarchow, H. Harborth and Mr. and Mrs. H. Johnson. Closest-to-the-pin was won by Bob Thompson. E.L. Reid won the first flight of the New Braunfels Golf Association’s Added Money Tourney with a net 135. R. Sledge placed second with a net 137 and D. Hart was third with a net 140. F. Gutierrez and R. Acevedo tied for fourth with a net 143. Low net for the Sunday round was Sledge with a 66. In the second flight, the winner was L. Saurez with a net 135 while R. Hansen placed second with a 137 and J. Moeller and J. Crossland ties for third with net 139s. Low net for the Sunday round was Hansen with a 67. C. Shaw’s net 133 won the third flight with D. Boyer placing second with a net 142. C. Messer was third with a 143 and J. Swendemen fourth with a 144. Low net for the Sunday round was Shaw with a 66. In the fourth flight D. Miller took top honors with a net 135 while S. Hebert and H. Harborth tied for second with net 143s. A. Adams placed third with a net 144. Low net for the Sunday round was Miller with a 66. Closest-to-the-pin on No. 12 was B. Thompson and on No. 15 was R. Sledge. The next Sunday Scramble will be April 17 at noon. The annual three-day Golf First Tournament will be April 22-24. At that time, the course will be closed to all outside play. For more information contact Bill Halbert at the Landa Park Golf Course,(512) 625-3225. Baseball: Today: Kerrville at Canyon, 4:15 p.m.; Smithson Valley at Boerne, 4:15 p.m.; New Braunfels at Hays, 4:15 p.m.. Track: Saturday, April 16: Canyon boys at Cuero Relays, Smithson Valley Boys at Pflugerville Relays. April 23 — Regional IV girls track meets. Members of New Braunfels and Canyon track teams will compete at Gregory-Portland High School in Corpus Christi while members of the Smithson Valley team will compete at Texas A&I in Kingsville. Austin Sportsfest: Through April 17. Roundup Ski Tournament, Lacrosse and Rugby tourney begin Saturday on Auditorium Shores. Call Austin Chamber of Commerce, 512-478-9383 for more information. Golf: Sunday, noon. Landa Golf Course weekly Sunday Scramble. Golf Fest Tourney — April 22-24, Landa Golf Course. During the tourney, the course will be closed to all outside play. (If you or your sports group would like your local sports anouncement to appear in the Herald-Zeitungsporis calendar, mail the announcement to P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels, TX, 78130 or call (512 ) 625-9144 and ask for the Sports department.)Sports Harald-Zeitung Tuesday, April 12, 1983 Tiny runner beats her adult competition Masters Ballesteros takes 2nd green coat By KARI MITCHELL Sports editor Four foot six inch Shannon Albrecht has an unusual — but enviable — problem. “It’s called hyperactive feet.” laughs her mother Jeanette Albrecht. “They can’t be still Just watching her can get you out of breath. Everywhere she goes, she’s got to go fast. And that means she HUNS — around our house, to her friend’s house, to the mail box .’’ and across finish lines. “I can’t help it." says the shy ten-year-old with a grin. "I like to run better than anything else It gets me there faster.” And in top speed Placing first in the Houston Pepsi Challenge 10.000-meter run this past weekend. Albrecht qualified for the regional meet in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a time of 44 33 — besting her old 6.2-mile record of 47.52 by almost three minutes. “You should have seen her after the race," said her mother “She was so proud, so excited People started coming up to her and congratulating her on her tune — telling her what a good job she did. That means a lot to her It's the main thing that keeps her going." Her coach.' marathoner Joan Heed, agrees. “She needs the encouragement at this age,” she said. “to help her avoid the mental block against winning. She doesn’t have it (the block) now and I don’t think she’ll ever get it — she s too good, too competitive And has been since she began running at age eight. That was when sh£ started the 440s and 880s," her mother recalls. “Larry Smith, the coach at Dobie Middle School rn Schertz, lives down the street tthree miles) and used to see her running back and forth to her friend's house and told me he thought she’d make a great long distance runner and wanted to try her in competition. “Well, the first time she ran she ran a 440 at Judson and it was like 102,103 degrees. I walked up to coach Smith and whispered to hun how far is a 440°' He said it was once around the track and I said all the way around the track? That's too far for my little girl But. she went out and ran the whole thing and when she got through her face was beet-red. I went running out there and grabbed her after the race was over — she placed third — and then coach said let’s let her do the 880. “I looked at hun like he was nuts and said there s no way she’s going to do the 880' Can't you see how red she is after a 440 * But, Shannon looked at me and he (Smith) said, Jeanette really, I think she’s a distance runner, so let’s try it. It was up to her then. She ran it and then ran a 1500, placed third and qualified for the Georgetown race the next weekend as an alternate “Every since then, it’s been running." A distance runner since November, the elementary school student has already won seven first place medals — four rn the six mile, one in the three mile and two in the 440. “The unusual thing," said Heed, “is that she doesn’t tram very hard. She doesn’t run but maybe 23 miles a week — 30 if you count her races on Saturdays — but she’s been handled right. She’s got natural ability and she’s not pushed at home.” “I don’t believe rn doing that,” Shannon’s builder mom explained. “She’s got to do it because she enjoys it. I don’t want it to be like some kind of chore to her. Hight now. she loves it. People recognize her and say 'There goes Shannon!’ and she eats it up. That’s the most important thing right now — her interest. When it reaches the point where the interest isn’t there anymore, it won’t be worth continuing." At the present, traveling and running every weekend doesn’t interfere with Albrecht’s social life’ — except for movie going — but it does force her to make certain decisions. Just how serious is she about running’’ “I want to do a triathlon when I’m 12," she said. “That's my first goal and then I want to be as good as Stephanie Pepperell! • a San Antonio 12-year old whose best time in the 10k is 39 seconds i She alw ays beats me ...but. Joan says for me to keep trying and maybe one day. ITI get to the Olympics." “She's got the spirit for it," said Heed, who placed fourth in the nation in womens’ marathon two years ago. “and she s a good athlete. I won t be surprised if she wins when she goes to regionals. She’s stronger and faster than most. But. her toughest training starts this summer.” In order to compete in the triathlon. Albrecht must be able to complete a one mile swim across Canyon (.ake, bicycle for 30 miles immediately after crawling out of the lake and then hop off for a 10,000-meter run. "It’s going to be rough on her," said her coach “But. she ll do it It’ll take a good year to train and I first have to get her to be a decent swimmer — but she’ll make it., and beat Stephanie, too.” Why not. she can almost beat her coach. “The time she just ran (in the Pepsi challenge), is my best overall,” joked Reed. “And I’ve been running distance since 1979. She's really very good It’s all natural talent.” See ALBRECHT. Page 12 AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Seve Ballesteros left no room for drama in the 47th Masters golf tournament. The makings were there for a dramatic finish — four former Masters champions separated by only two shots going into the final round. Seve’s birdie-eagle-par-birdie magic on the first four holes quickly took care of that as the handsome Spaniard outdistanced three of the game’s top players and strolled to a rather easy four-shot victory Monday in the season’s first major golf event. "I played 4-under the first four holes, and I think that was probably the key,” Ballesteros said. “That put me 9-under and put my confidence straight up." It also put more pressure on the third round co-leaders, Raymond Floyd and Craig Stadler, playing one group behind him, and on playing partner Tom Watson, who had hoped to capture his third Masters crown. The 26-year-old Ballesteros, who also won this tournament in 1980, lost that three-shot advantage only once the rest of the way. That came when Watson knocked in a 35-40-foot eagle putt on the par 5 eighth to move within two shots of the lead. But, a Watson charge wasn’t to be. Ballesteros rolled rn a 15-foot birdie putt on the ninth and Watson, one of the game’s top putters, lost his touch on the greens. He three-putted Nos. 9 and ll and also bogeyed the 10th, and the game was over for the reigning U.S. and British Open king. Stadler and Floyd never got anything going, and the only ones who did. Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, were too far back for it to matter. Ballesteros closed with a 69 for an 8-under 280 total in the day-late finish on the still-soggy 6,905-yard Augusta National Golf Club course. Crenshaw had the low round of the day. a 68, and Kite fired a 69 as the two tied for second place at 284. Watson and Floyd finished at 285 with scores of 73 and 75, respectively, and Stadler, the defending champion, struggled to a 76 and was tied at 286 with Hale Irwin, who had a 69. Watson dosed to within three shots with a birdie on the 13th, but had a double bogey 6 on 14. Watson said the 14th “sealed the coffin. The lights went out." "I told my caddy after 13 that from here to the last hole we have to play in par,’ Ballesteros said. “I did. Who are these guys in Ranger uniforms? Staff photo bv john Sente/ Shannon Albrecht rounds the curve (above) and cools down following a workout. An AP Sports Analysis By DENNE H FREEMAN AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP I- Who are these escape artists masquerading in Texas Hanger uniforms atop the American League Western Division7 They are the Texas Raders, errr. Hangers, that’s who. Kookie major league manager Doug Rader has taken basically the same team that lost 98 games last year and injected some pride into them. Texas won five out of six games in its opening home stand and came from behind to win in every one of them. It was a season’s worth of rallies rn one week compared to last season’s dismal sixth place club. The biggest comeback of them all was Sunday when the Rangers spotted the Boston Red Sox seven runs and charged back to win 9-7. Rader, who was never known to accept losing gracefully in his playing days with the Houston Astros, started shouting in the dugout after Boston piled up the big lead. ‘‘He wasn’t mad, he was just shouting encouragement,” said Bill stain- Stein got the point. He delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning. Buddy Bell, the Rangers’ Gold Glove third baseman and longtime sufferer through Texas’ losing ways, said, “I don’t think you would have seen last year what happened here today.” Rader made all the right moves in his first full week as the Ranger manager. He was a successful manager on the minor league level at Hawaii in the Pacific Coast league. ‘ We’re playing very loose," said catcher Jim Sundberg. “We’re not supposed to be any good." Bell said, “Doug has helped give everyone a positive attitude. We’re having fun.” Rader got two of his disabled starting pitchers balk Sunday as Danny Darwin and Charlie Hough worked in relief. Hough picked up the victory. Darwin was recuperating from an ulcer and Hough was coming back from knee surgery. A tough nine-game road trip, starting in Cleveland today, should tell the Rangers how good or bad they are going to be.Astros find new way to lose, drop 7th in row By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Winning isn’t everything — and for the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs these days, winning isn’t anything. The Astros, off to the worst start in the 22-year history of the franchise, have dropped their first seven games, the latest an U-inning 4-3 heartbreaker Monday night to I>os Angeles. And the Cubs, starting their midsummer swoon a bit early, have dropped six in a row without a victory, their latest a 5-1 decision Monday in Cincinnati. In the only other National league game, Atlanta blanked San Diego 4-0. Bob Knepper was two outs away from his — and Houston’s — first victory of the year when Derrel Thomas singled and, with two away, plnch-hitter Mike Marshall singled just over the glove of leaping second baseman Bill Doran. Then Steve Sax tied it 3-3 with a liner through the box. “Going into the ninth I didn’t feel that strong," said Knepper. “I made two bad pitches, to Thomas and Marshall. If Mar shall's hit is an inch lower, the game is over. Doran catches it. Sax hit a good pitch. The ball came right at me. It caught me flat-footed. I couldn’t get off the ground to get it. "I’m generally happy with my pitching,” Knepper added, “but I’m not overjoyed we lost again.” They lost it in the lith when Julio Solano walked Thomas, wild-pitched him to third and walked the bases loaded. Dave Smith took over and got Sax on a pop-up before Bill Russell’s suicide squeeze brought Thomas home. It brought cheers for Russell from the crowd which had booed him earlier for his erratic fielding at shortstop.Reds 5, Cubs 1 The Cubs are off to their poorest start since 1962, when they lost their first seven games. “We’re off to a poor start, but we’ve got a good ballclub,” Chicago Manager Lee Elia proclaimed. “Once we start cooking, we’ll be all right. Things are just magnified now because of the start of the season. “They’re not quitting,” he said of his players. "Maybe they’re trying too hard as a team ... Down deep every guy on this ballclub knows we’ve got a good ballclub.” Joe Price pitched a two-hitter for the Reds, one of them Wayne Nordhagen’s home run, and Dann Bilardelio hit a two-run double and Cesar Cedeno added a two-run homer, both in the second inning against Dickie Noles.Braves 4, Padres 0 Pascual Perez stymied the Padres on five hits to stretch Atlanta’s winning streak to five games. “He was super, just great,” Braves Manager Joe Torre said. “This was his best. He’s now put two complete games back-to-back.” Terry Harper hit a run-scoring single in the fourth inning, then Bob Horner and Harper hit successive home runs in the fifth.Royals 6, Red Sox 2 The Kansas City Royals probably proved last year that Dennis leonard is crucial to any hopes they might have of winning the American league West championship. I .ast May the hard-throwing veteran broke two fingers, stopping a line smash with his pitching hand. The Royals spent the rest of the season in a futile duel with California, leonard missed 16 starts and the Angels won the flag, finishing three games ahead of the Royals. But after Monday night’s six strikeouts in a 6-2 victory over Boston, leonard and Manager Dick Hawser were resting a lot easier. “leonard threw the ball as well as he can tonight," said Howser. “He had as good a fastball as he is going to have. I have been very impressed with the way he’s thrown four of his last five times. He was mixing his pitches very well.” I .collard’s six strikeouts included the heart of the Boston order in the third — Dwight Evans, Jim Rice and Tony Armas. In the fourth, he struck out Dave Stapleton and Glenn Hoffman. An inside-the-park home run and a fielding gem by shorstop U. L. Washington helped leonard beat the Red Sox. With the score tied at 2-2 in the fifth, Washington ripped a pitch from Bruce Hurst, 0-1, into the left-field corner that eluded Rice It gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. In the first inning, Washington deprived Boston of at least one run. With one already in, two runners on base and two out, he went to his left to stop Stapleton's hot grounder and flipped the ball behind his back to Frank White for the force at second. Red Sox Manager Ralph Houk said Hurst performed better than the score would indicate. “I thought Hurst pitched good enough to win,” he said. “He just didn’t get too many breaks. leonard is a good pitcher, one of the best in the league.” Angels 6, Mariners 1 Tim Fob drove in four runs for California with a pair of singles and left-hander Tommy John scattered seven hits for his second complete game in two starts. Bobby Grich went 4-for-4 for the Angels. “When I get into a groove and find my rhythm, my confidence level goes way up,” John said. “I have confidence in throwing some pitches I might not throw were I struggling.” ;