Mark Twain once wrote, "Golf is a good walk spoiled." Well, now you can have a good walk spoiled at night, thanks to the Nitelite Golfball, a translucent ball illuminated by a replaceable Cyalume chemical lightstick. The 1�-inch cylindrical stick, which is inserted into a hole in the middle of the ball, lasts as long as six hours.
The Nitelite ball is the brainchild of father-and-son sports inventors Nelson and Corky Newcomb of Mirror Lake, N.H. The Newcombs, who have also come up with Nitelite tennis balls, fishing lures and footballs, think the golf ball will really catch on.
They have good reason to think so: Nitelite golf tournaments will be lighting up the sky all over the country this summer. A series of scramble events to benefit the American Cancer Society have been planned, culminating in the Nitelite Nationals in October at the Doral Hotel and Country Club in Miami. In addition, the Tournament Players Association, which refers to itself as the "Triple-A of the PGA," will hold a Nitelite tournament on June 3 in Champaign, Ill. Says Corky New-comb, "Clubs in England, Germany and Japan have expressed interest. We had one guy. Bill Ridge, get into the Guinness Book of World Records by playing 504 straight holes in 24 hours at the Bob-O-Link Golf Course in Lawrenceburg, Ky."
Although the Nitelite travels only 80% as far as a conventional ball, it has one great advantage: It's tough to lose. The ball has become especially popular with teaching pros who are too busy to play during the day. "A lot of pros tell me they're stopping traffic on the roads near their courses at night," says Corky. He also says no UFO sightings have been traced to a Nitelite golf ball. Yet.
ONE GIANT LEAP
If Soviet long jumper Robert Emmiyan were called Bob, and if you were to say his name quickly, it would sound very close to Bob Beamon. Last Friday night in Tsakhkadzor, located in the Armenian highlands, Emmiyan did come very close to Beamon, leaping 8.86 meters, or 29'1". That jump, a mere inch and a half short of Beamon's monumental leap at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, is the second-longest in history. Tsakhkadzor's altitude is high—6,534 feet—but not as high as Mexico City's 7,392 feet, and the wind behind Emmiyan was not as strong as the one that helped Beamon.
The 22-year-old Emmiyan, who comes from the Armenian city of Leninakan, says he dreams of competing against Carl Lewis, who held the previous No. 2 mark, 28'10�". Emmiyan is 5'10", unusually short for a long jumper. That's not the only unusual thing about him. According to the Soviet news agency Tass, Emmiyan likes climbing in the mountains, "which, by the way, he is inclined to consider as rest. Together with his coach, Mkrtych Karapetyan, he ascended the 3,500-meter Dzhardzhur Pass. They hunted, spent nights with shepherds in Alpine meadows." Tass also reports that on hikes. Emmiyan takes a cassette player and classical music tapes, an English-language textbook and a jar of his mother's special mixture of honey and nuts.
If Emmiyan does surpass Beamon's mark, spending nights with shepherds and eating honey with nuts could become part of many training regimens.
Nike, the footwear and apparel company, and the Soviet national tennis teams have come to an endorsement agreement. Nike gets the chance to introduce its products in the Soviet Union. The Soviet players, who began wearing Nikes this week at the French Open, get money for their training program and for travel expenses, not to mention free shoes. It appears that the sneaker is on the other foot.
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