NEPTUNE THE CADDIE
If you are not quite 9 years old, have been playing golf since you were 4, hold the national Pee Wee golf championship but still are banned from most courses because of your age, where do you practice? Beverly Klass, the slender California lass who whipped the best 8 and 9 year olds in the nation to win the Pee Wee title in Orlando, Fla., improvises.
She drives into a net in her backyard. She practices her short irons in the front yard, using as a hazard a big tree with a huge V created by limbs.
"When she first started chipping at the tree she couldn't reach it," her nongolfing father, Jack, reports. "Now, after four years, she splits the V and shatters a few windows, too."
Beverly gets in some long iron and wood work at Casey Stengel's driving range in Burbank, which is normal enough, but her most ingenious improvisation is to use the ocean as a caddie.
"We go out to some remote section of Malibu," her father explained, "and Beverly uses her sand wedge and pops the balls into the ocean. When she uses her woods we place a large mat in the damp sand and she slams away into the Pacific."
Plastic balls are used and they float back ashore on the incoming waves.
THE SEASON OPENS
Every year about this time intrepid individuals begin crossing the English Channel to set some new record: on water skis, by bicycle, in a kite, submerged or by just plain swimming. Bob Platten, a London bank clerk, has previously crossed in a canoe, an iron bedstead and a barrel. Last week he poured himself into a Gilbey's Gin bottle (giant economy size), cut a hole in the side for a 4�-hp motor and set a no-deposit, no-return bottle record of eight hours 20 minutes.
While Platten is preparing for his next voyage—in a banana—a strictly conventional record may be set by Linda Carol McGill. The 19-year-old Australian competed in four events at the 1964 Olympics: the individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly, the 200-meter breaststroke and the 400-meter medley relay. She is now in London working days as a switchboard operator and nights as a barmaid in a Fleet Street pub, where bottles are for selling, not for sailing. Her ambition is to better the women's Channel record of 11 hours one minute.