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The Shag Bag
September 21, 1998
Lapping It Up: One perk for players at last week's Comfort Senior Classic was driving NASCAR race cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Larry Ziegler led the golfers with a lap speed of 145.7 mph. Steve Veriato called his laps "the highlight of my week" even after he shot 64 on Saturday. Veriato tied for fifth behind winner Hugh Baiocchi, who had turned in a 125-mph lap.
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September 21, 1998

The Shag Bag

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Lapping It Up: One perk for players at last week's Comfort Senior Classic was driving NASCAR race cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Larry Ziegler led the golfers with a lap speed of 145.7 mph. Steve Veriato called his laps "the highlight of my week" even after he shot 64 on Saturday. Veriato tied for fifth behind winner Hugh Baiocchi, who had turned in a 125-mph lap.

Chasing History: Baiocchi says that when he checked the leader board on Sunday, "I saw 61 SOSA at the bottom. I thought, Who the devil is Sosa? Did somebody sneak in with a 61?" Sosa, of course, is the Cubs' slammin' Sammy, who hit shots number 61 and 62 that day.

Don't Fence Me In: Gary McCord (below), making his second Senior appearance, hit three balls out-of-bounds on the same hole. McCord's drive at the par-5 15th at Indy's Brickyard Crossing Golf Club hit a cart path and bounced through a chain-link fence. He reloaded and watched his next tee shot do the same thing. Moments later he hit a fairway wood that struck a rock, caromed 70 yards to the nearest chain-link fence and rolled through it. After making a 10, McCord said, "Do you know how hard it is to hit three golf balls through a chain-link fence?" He finished 54th.

Meep-Meep: When pros at last week's British Masters were quizzed about their dream playing partners, Padraig Harrington chose Wile E. Coyote. After praising the hapless 'toon's "persistent pursuit of the impossible dream," Harrington missed the cut. The winner was Colin Montgomerie, who has been practicing with a laser-aided putter.

She's Se Rious: While Se Ri Pak faltered to finish 21st at last week's Safeco Classic in Kent, Wash., Annika Sorenstam claimed her fourth tide of the year. "I feel high in my game," said Sorenstam, who leads the European team against the U.S. at the Solheim Cup this week.

Great Expectations: Asked if she's worried about the stamina of Tammie Green, who is six montbs pregnant, U.S. Solheim captain Judy Rankin said, "The two of them will do fine. I hope our 13th person gives us an advantage."

Love Match: C.R. Chernick, a 13 handicapper from St. Louis, won last week's DuPont World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., but don't expect Chernick to go home and gloat. Two shots back in third place was Dee Dankocsik, his fiancee.

Oven Fresh: "I was a forceps baby, so I came out with little indentations in my head," says Muffin Spencer-Devlin. "My grandmother thought I looked like a muffin." Spencer-Devlin recently reverted to her given name. Please call her Helene.

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