Do golfers really drive for show and putt for dough, as the saying goes? According to an article entitled "Determinants of Success Among Professional Golfers" published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, the answer is yes.
Purdue researchers James D. Davidson, an associate professor of sociology, and Thomas J. Templin, an associate professor of phys ed, studied the performances of 119 PGA players for 1983 to determine the relative importance of putting, driving, reaching greens in regulation, sand saves (finishing a hole out of a sand trap in two strokes or fewer) and number of tournaments entered. Their conclusions: The most important factor in achieving a low-scoring average is hitting greens in regulation, with putting "a close second" and driving far less significant. However, the study also found that "putting had the most effect on money earned," with hitting greens in regulation second and driving third. Sand saves and number of tournaments entered were said to be almost negligible factors in both scoring average and money earned.
TRIO OF THREES
Three Michigan State athletes were first-team All-Americas this year: football player Lorenzo White, basketball star Scott Skiles and hockey tri-captain Mike Donnelly. Certainly they're all accomplished athletes, but it seems a little too neat that the 10-member committee charged with voting for the school's male Athlete of the Year should arrive at a tie. Nevertheless, Michigan State's athletic department insists that the balloting was honest and that the vote was hopelessly deadlocked at 3-3-3, with one abstention. "It's nice it worked out this way," said Donnelly, who should be happy that White wasn't on the selection committee. Said the running back, "If I had to vote for this award, I would have had to vote for myself."
SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY
Everything is in perfect order: Jack Nicklaus won the Masters, Bill Shoemaker took the Kentucky Derby, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup and the Boston Celtics are closing in on their 16th NBA championship. If you're experiencing d�j� vu this spring, that means you were probably a sports fan back in 1965, the last time these familiar personages and teams earned those laurels all in the same year.