New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Nelson nabs Open
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - It would be easy to lose Larry Nelson in a crowd. No trouble at all.
He is 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, a soft-spoken, slight man, 35-years-old and fighting a receding hairline. He looks like your next-door neighbor.
Except for one thing. Your next-door neighbor isn’t the reigning United States Open Golf Tournament king
Izirry Nelson is.
Nelson captured one of golf’s most treasured crowns, shooting a 4-under-par 67 for the rain-delayed final 18 holes at the Oakmont Country Club to finish at 280, one stroke ahead of defending champion Tom Watson.
It was not as easy as it sounds.
Nelson needed a spectacular 62-foot putt to take the lead, then survived a bogey on his final hole of the day when Watson obligingly also bogeyed No. 17.
After a torrential rain storm suspended the tournament’s last round action Sunday, the two men went into their final holes Monday tied for the lead at 4-under. Watson was putting at No 14, Nelson teeing off at No. 16 when play resumed.
‘ When I went to the practice tee, I knew the distance (228 yards on tin* par-3 16th > and I would have to hit a 4-wood,*' Nelson
said. “I hit a few more than usual.”
Still, his drive didn’t seem to leave him in particularly good shape.
“I hit to the left of the green,” he said. He was some 60 feet away from the cup. “Not an easy putt,” decided Nelson.
The 16th at Oakmont is something of a roller-coaster hole.
“There are three terraces and I was on the top one,” Nelson explained. “They’re all downhill, with little left and right breaks. It’s the fastest green on the course."
Nelson, not one to challenge the course, figured he’d play the hole conservatively.
“I wasn’t thinking about anything except getting close enough to the hole to make the next putt,” he said. “You can’t make it from 60 feet "
Nelson putted and the ball started its roller coaster ride toward the hole.
“Close to the hole, it started slowing down, but it had the right speed over the last rise," said Nelson.
As the ball slid smoothly over the grass, Nelson's caddy, Buss Craver, shouted “Break! Break!”
The putt obeyed, dropping softly into the hole as both Craver and Nelson did a little dance.
“I couldn't just stand there and wait,"
explained Nelson. “You don’t hit many of those."
Armed with the lead, Nelson very nearly gave it back. After parring No. 17, he ran into trouble with a bogey on the 18th hole. It left him at 280, 4-under, for the tournament. Now, Watson, who had played par golf on 14-15-16, controlled his own fate.
“I was through,” said Nelson. “It was up to him. I had finished 72 holes 4-under. If he’s 5-under, he beats me. Four-under, we tie. Three-under, I win."
Nelson figured there was nothing he could do but sit back and wait. But he didn’t have to wait long, because on 17, Watson found problems of his own. His second shot landed in a bunker on the right side of the green.
A year ago, in a simitar situation in the Open at Pebble Beach, Watson had hit a spectacular chip shot for a birdie that clinched the championship for him.
“Yeah, I thought about making it," he said. “I thought about Pebble Beach."
He did not drop this shot but he had no complaints with it. “I hit one of my best bunker shots,” he said.
It left him with a 7-foot par putt, but he missed it. leaving himself almost the same distance coming back. This one dropped for bogey.
Navratilova, Lloyd eye streaks at Wimbledon
Editor's note: This is the last of a three-part series surveying and scouting area golf courses.
By DAVID KING Staff writer
The out-of-control golfer will see more trees than a lumberjack at tile Woodlands Country Club golf course.
The course’s nine holes — nine more are scheduled to open in September are mostly narrow and tree-lined, and they are also dotted by 25 sand traps and five waler hazards "The character of Hie course favors a straight hitter who takes controlled shots." course pro Ken Whitaker said. “The water and narrow fairways call for good placement ”
A water well provides the course with good irrigation and the five water hazards And it abo has helped make the greens some of the best in the area. Whitaker said “I think It's a good test of golfing skids,” the pro said “It's not impossible to play."
Here is Whitaker's hole-by-hole anlysis of the course
No. I 448 yards, par 4 A good drive and a good drive to tile left, since the fairway slopes to the right is needed on this long, .straight hole Two traps flank the green,
No. 2 340 yards, par 4 A short par 4. No. 2 is
one that demands accuracy from the tee, since a large water hazard lurks to the left on the fairway
No. 3 - 460 yards, par 5 This big dogleg left features aiiollier water hazard, this one all the way across tile fairway halfway to the hole Whitaker recoiiunends driving to tile right side of the fairway, (hen using a 3-wood over tile water to
lay up short of the green.
No 4 265 yards, par 4 Bunkers 50 yards short
of the green leaves the golfer with a dilemma, and two more on either front side of the green don't make later shoLs any easier.
No. 5 - 275 yards, par 4 Don’t miss the fairway here, with out-of-bounds up close on the left side and heavy woods to the right More water sits iii the crook of the dogleg IOO yards short of the green.
No 6 165 yards, par 3. One of the prettiest
holes on th** course, with an elevated tee box featuring a view of Uh* lake The green lies in a valley below
No. 7 — 160 yards, par 3 The second straight par 3. requiring a 4- or 5-iron lo reach the green
No. 8 - 397 yards, par 5. One of the two toughest holes on the course, with a dogleg left, a water hazard in Hie fairway and two big traps guarding the green Tile fairway slopes to the right, then back toward tile golfer near tin* green It takes a good shot — 240 yards — to get dose enough to the water to set up a good second shot
No. 9 510 yards, par 5. A severe dogleg right
with two traps and a water hazard makes this a memorable — and tough hole. Cutting the* dogleg is difficult with heavy woods to the right, and laying up to the hole isn't easy with the water hazard on Hie right side of the fairway near the green,
Hie back rune, which ta well on Hie way to completion, wilt be suiular to the front rune, Whitaker said
“It’ll be a litUe longer, probably, but it'll have a lot of trees, some water and traps," he said.
WIMB1JCDON, England iAPi Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert IJoyd are the top seeds in women's singles of the 1983 Wimbledon and the title for either would keep a very unportant streak uitact
Navratilova, the defending champion, is attempting to become the first repeat champion in the women's singles since she turned Hie trick in 1978 and 1979.
The woman she defeated for both those titles, and for last year’s coveted silver plate, was I Joyd
IJoyd is seeking her fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament title, as she won Hr* 1982 titles in the U S and Australian Opens and was victorious in last month’s French Open.
The Grand Slam can be achieved only by winning Uh* four titles in the same calendar year.
Navratilova and IJoyd hope to duplicate Hr* winning ways of UR*ir nude counterparts, top-seeded Jiminy Connors, win* captured Hus title a year ago, and No 2 John McEnroe, both of whom advanced to the second round with straight-set victories on Monday
Navratilova was scheduled to take on fieverly Mould of South Africa, while IJoyd was to meet Aly cia Moulton
Abo scheduled for first-round action today was third-seeded Wan Lend) of (Yechoslovakia in Hr* men's singles, and No 3 Andrea Jaeger ami No 4 Tracy Austin in tin- women's singles on Hr- famed courts at the All-England limn Tennis and
Connors eliminated Eddie Edwards of South Africa 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, while McEnroe stopped fellow American Ben Testerman 6-
But opening day did see several shockers. Nil uke Odizor of Nigeria upset No. 4 Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 3-6, 5-7, 7-6, 7-5. 6-2. and Italy’s Claudio ('anatta easily ousted No. 7 Jose Luis Clerc, also of Argentina. 6-1,6-4.6-2.
Chris U*wis of New Zealand pulled off the third upset of the day, eliminating hard-serving Steve Denton, the No. 9 seed, 6-4. 4-
6.7-6,4-6,6-3 as darkness began to fall at the All-England Championships
“I was certainly not IOO percent out there," Vilas said after Odizor staved off one match point before tiattling his way to victory. “It was at the back of my mind,' the left-hander said. referring to the one-year suspension from Volvo Grand Prix tennis handed him by the Men's International Professional Tennis Council for allegedly accepting appearance money.
Vilas had denied the charges and is in the process of updating Hie MIPTC’s action.
Clerc was never iii his match against Pana Ha
One popular w inner was IDth-seeded Billie Jean King, at 39 Hr* “Old Izidy" of Hr* women's tennis tour King, who (ms won a record 20 Wimbledon titles, delighted her fans with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Elizabeth Sayers of Australia
NB swimmers qualify for Junior Olympics
Swimming in their first meet of the season at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio last weekend, a handful of New Braunfeb Aquatic Club mem-bers brought home 14 ribbons and made several A and B tunes
Josh Hendry qualified for the Junior Olympic Age Group Swimming Championships with A times in five events and for the Texas Age Group Championships with an AA tune in (hr 50-meter freestyle Hendry’s brother, Jeff, also qualified for the Junior Olympics with an A lune in the 50 free
The Junior Olympics, a series of
regional meets leading lo a national t hamptonship, is sponsored by the McDonald's fast food chain The meet for South Texas will be held at Hr' Virgil T Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio July 9-11
TAGS is the state c hampiunship and requires a AA tune iiunuuiun in each event entered The 12 and under TAGS meet will be field at the Blossom Center, July 29-31, and the 13 and over will be held at The Woodlands in Houston, Aug. 5-7.
Other members of the NB Aquatic Club will have a chance to qualify for the Junior Olympics June 25 at Izmda
Park Pool wfien McDonald’s sponsors the official three da> qualifying meet More than 300 south Texas Swimmers wintry to qualify.
Winners in the events this past weekend are as follows
B EVENTS AA times
Josh Hendry, 11-12 boys, 50-uurter free, 30 95
Hendry, 11-12 boys, 100-nu'ter free, 1:10 13; 50-meter fly, 35.56 , 200-meter frat 3:36,61 Jeff Hendry, 15-18 boys, 50meter free,26:75
Jacob Battle, 9-10 boys, 50-meter back, 46 20 Josh Hendry , 11-12 boys, 50-meter back.39 15 Jelf Hendry, 15-18 boys, 200-meter free, 2 29.53; 100-meter free, 1:07 29
Battle, 50-meter breast, 49 39
Battle, 200-iiRter free, 3 04 42, 50-meter free, 37 84
( EVENTS B times
Josh Hendry, 11-12 boys, 200-meter individual medley, 3: IO 84
Jeff Hendry, 15-18 boys, 200-meter IM. 2 50 80 Seeoud plaee Prissy Tharp, 13-14 girls, 50-meter free, 37 03 Jeff Hendry, 15-18 boys, 100-meter fly, I 30 63 Third plaee Jeff Hendry, 100-meter breast, I 34 39 Sixth place Jennifer Arnold, 9-10 girls, 50-meter free, 47 97.
Eighth plaee Steven Mares, 9-10 boys, 50-meter free, 45 OI Josh Hendry, 11-12 boys, 50-meter breast, 51 42
76ers make Cunningham richest coach
PHILADELPHIA I AP) - Billy Cunningham has reaped hut reward for leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the National Basketball Association championship — a three-year contract making hun the highest paid coach rn the history of the league
Cunningham has signed a contract estimated at 6400,000 per year, which ended speculation he initiated that he might give up coaching
Qub owner Harold Kau told a news conference Monday. "Billy is the highest paid coach in the NBA, and probably in the history of the NBA."
Kau said the only reason it took so long to agree on the contract was Cunningham’s daciakn on whether he wanted to come bark
and devote another three years to basketball
“He took his time and as far as I'm con-
7 sincerely was thinking about leaving coaching. Harold was very flexible with me. It was a situation where a lot of coaches were moving around and there were a lot of
cerned Hie best Hung Billy does is coach, and I told hun that people should stay rn the profession that they do the best .
Cunningham, 40, said that the most important thing in his deciding to return was Kau.
"I sincerely was thinking about leaving coaching Harold was very flexible with me It was a situation where a lot of coaches were moving around and there were a lot of people available, but Harold was willing to let me clear my head and come to a decision."
people available, but Harold was willing to let me clear my head and come to a decision.'
Now that he's back, Cunningham lost no lime talking about the future "I just Hunk we have put a group of men together that will come into training camp with as good or better an attitude concerning the upcoming season and will be mentally prepared and ready to go," Cunningham said "We realized our goal and it was just such a great thing to achieve, why not try and do it again?"
No NBA team has repeated as champion since the 1969 Boston Celtics
Cunningham's old contract, which guaranteed hun $200,000 a year, expired May 31, the night the Sixers completed Hafir sweep of the Iz*s Angeles lakers Before Cunningham's new deal, Hubie Brown of Hr* New York Kiucks was about to become the highest paid coach with a 6300,000 salary next season Cunningham directed the 76ers to the best NBA regular season record (65-17), a four-game sweep of the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a 4-1 elimination of Milwaukee in the Eastern finals, and finally the wipeout of the defending champion lakers Cunningham has taken the 76ers to the finals three tunes He has more playoff victories 1561 Hian any other coach Since he became coach six games into the 1977 season, his teams have won 344 games. He reached 260 victories faster than any coach in NBA history Cunningham played ll years in the NBA.
T ravelers Ifinish 3rd in Austin
Mingo Mendez led the New Braunfels Travelers to a third place trophy in the First Annual National Mexican American Slow-pitch Softball Tourney last weekend by smacking five homeruns.
Sponsored by the Austin Vikings Softball Association, the tournament was held in Austin on the Williams Baseball Field near I longhorn Dam. Approximately 50 teams from Central and SouHi Texas attended the double elimination competition.
The Travelers won their first five games before falling to the second-place Fort WorUi Power Pack. 12-5, and the tourney champion Lubbock Sante Fe, 745.
“Both of Hr* games against Sante Fe were close," said Armando Aguirre. “We came back really well in the first one. We were down 6-3 in Hr1 bottom Hr* seventh and came back to win 7-6. Hut we just couldn't do it Sunday and we fell short."
The tournament Most Valuable Players from the Travelers were Jesse Delgado, Kono Aguirre and Mando Hernandez.
After winning their first game Saturday via a forfeit from a I ZI redo team, the Travelers blasted the Austin Haiders 18-3. Mando Aguirre was Hr* winning pitcher while Delgado went 4-for-4 with Hiree runs batted in Hernandez also had a good game with two Kills and a 4-for-4 record; Junior Hernandez Iziadm claimed one KB! and went 4-for-5. Kono Aguirre hit 3-for-4 with one HBI; and Gilbert Martinez went 3-for-4 with two
mull! Hr* third game. Mendez smacked Ins first homer to lead New Braunfels over the Fort Worth Diamonds, 7-4 The winning pitcher was Elroy Casteneda.
The Travelers won Hietr first really tight game in Hr* next match-up Playing the lzibbock Sante Fe team, they rallied from a 6-3 deficit ut Hie bottom of the seventh to take a 7-6 victory. Delgado, Bernie Gutierrez, Martinez and Kono Aguirre were the leading hitters as each went 2-for-3
Mendez picked up his second home run in Hr* game while going 2-for-4
In Sunday's action, New Braunfels started Hr? day with a 12-3 whipping of Hie Wichita Falls Padres. Delgado, Albert
McKmills and Mando Hernandez each went 2-for-4 while Martinez went 3-for-3 and Kono Aguirre went 2-for-3 Mendez smashed his third home run
The Travelers’ first loss came in their noon match-up with the Power Pack. Both teams were undefeated before the Pack crushed New Braunfels, 12-5.
Mendez Int his fourth home run, grabbed two KBls and went 2-for-4 while landin knocked in one runner and went 3-for-3. Casteneda was the losing pitcher.
New Braunfels was awarded third place after losing to Lubbock Sante Fe in their seventh game, 7-6.