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This Week May 27-June 2
Cameron Morfit
June 01, 1998
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June 01, 1998

This Week May 27-june 2

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Senior Tour
Sewickley Heights, a.k.a. Titanium Town
The Pittsburgh Senior Classic still isn't in Pittsburgh, but it's getting closer. After a five-year run at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway, Pa., the Classic has moved to a more traditional layout, venerable Sewickley Heights Golf Club, 15 miles northwest of Steeltown. The event was homeless as recently as February but now boasts a purse of $1.1 million and a field that features Gil Morgan—who may be rusty after four weeks off—plus Larry Nelson and Lee Trevino. It should be a perfect setup for Jay (Mr. 27) Sigel, who broke the nine-hole Senior tour scoring record last week at the Bell Atlantic and will be playing in his home state for the second week in a row.

Off Course
Marching to a Different Drumstick
Tom Watson loves grilled mahimahi. Other Tour pros go gaga for fresh fruit milk shakes. "What makes the Memorial different is that we let players order off the menu," says chef John Philip Souza. "They get cold-cut to death at the buffets other tournaments serve up." Souza, 42, has made the Memorial memorably delicious for 16 years. He's known around the Captain's Grill at Muirfield Village as the man who "brings music to our menus"—marching music, no doubt. The good grub is a point of pride with tournament founder Jack Nicklaus. (Not coincidentally, the International at Castle Pines, another Nicklaus course, rivals the Memorial as the Tour's tastiest venue.) Souza prepares broiled Lake Erie walleye for the Golden Bear, but his biggest hit has been the mahimahi, which Watson praised in his 1996 victory speech. "I've been a Tom Watson fan ever since," says Souza.

Flashback
Headbanger's Ball
At the 1978 LPGA Bankers Trust Classic, now called the Wegmans Rochester International, Nancy Lopez came gunning for a record fifth straight victory and shot down a dentist. In the first round of the 54-hole event, Lopez's drive at Locust Hill's 10th hole ricocheted off the head of Dr. Jerry Mesolella, who fell to the turf as if he'd been shot. "She came running to me, knelt down and held my hand," Mesolella said. "She was biting her lips, and the tears started coming up in her eyes. She made me want to cry." So popular was Lopez in 1978 that even her victims adored her. After the Roswell, N.Mex., phenom birdied four of the first nine holes on Sunday and came from five shots back to edge Jane Blalock for the win, Mesolella wasn't the least bit down in the mouth about his bruising encounter with Lopez. "It was worth being skulled just to meet her," he said.

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