An ambitious golf club is abuilding at Rochefort-en-Yvelines, and club officials feel that the international tournament heightened interest in their enterprise. Next year their 18-hole course on hilly, wooded land 25 miles from Paris will be inaugurated, along with France's first pitch-and-putt nine-hole links. Rochefort also expects to introduce night golf on the pitch-and-putt.
Topping it all, the ruling bodies of golf, pleased with the handling of the Canada Cup match, have asked the French Golf Federation to organize a new kind of Eisenhower Trophy match, this one for women. The French have agreed eagerly, and women golfers from a score or more of countries are expected to compete October 1-4, 1964 at the Saint-Germain-en-Laye links. Another tangible result has been the city of Grenoble's decision to build France's first municipal golf course. In addition, several other French towns are examining the desirability of establishing their own city links.
How do you say "fore" in French?
THE ABOMINABLE SHOEMAN
Squirrel hunting in Alabama's Coosa Valley, Robert Bearden came across the tracks of a huge foot, 15 inches long, equipped with claws that dug deeply into the ground. Contemplating the inadequacy of his squirrel rifle, Bearden sought heavier armament from a farmer, Coy Holsombeck, who decided the big tracks must have been those of a gorilla. A professor from Alabama College confirmed that they were indeed the spoor of a heavy animal not indigenous to the region. Pretty soon the Coosa Valley was filled with hundreds of heavily armed hunters.
Pete Pickett had wanted the valley, his favorite turkey-hunting ground, to himself. After reading in a Sherlock Holmes story how the hooves of horses were shod to resemble those of cows, Pete equipped himself with imitation gorilla feet and tramped all over the valley. The idea was to scare hunters out of the area—not to bring them in. But that is just what the stratagem did. Now the turkeys are all stirred up by the crowds and Pete is madder than a harried gorilla.
Though it will not be announced until after the teams play their final games, it appears to be definite that the University of Mississippi will face Alabama in this season's Sugar Bowl. As might have been expected, the integration-segregation issue played a part in the selection. Integration lost. New Orleans' bowl officials had wanted Pittsburgh as one of the teams and, since the bowl has no policy against Negroes appearing in the game and its seating policy is now one of integration, it seemed likely that Pitt might accept. But the bowl could guarantee desegregation only in the stadium, none whatever in New Orleans restaurants, theaters and social functions. Rather than embarrass any member of its team, Pitt turned its back on the offer. Good for Pitt.
Good also for Baylor University, which has now decided that any student, white or black, may take part in intercollegiate athletics. Thus Baylor joins the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University in opening sport to all men.
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