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September 02, 1968


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The terms of the match, as devised by McSpaden, called for himself and Nelson to get a yard a hole for each year's difference in the combined ages of the two teams. McSpaden has this theory that an older player is no less skillful than a younger one but merely lacks his strength. Since McSpaden is 60, Nelson 56, Palmer 37 and Nicklaus 28, the McSpaden-Nelson team should tee off 51 yards nearer the green on each hole. This novel method of handicapping was possible because of the immense tees of Dub's Dread. The course can be extended to 8,101 yards. In the match, which was finally held the other day, Palmer and Nicklaus played the course at a preposterous 7,793 yards and McSpaden and Nelson (receiving a 50-yard advantage to make the distance easier to calculate) at 6,893. The handicapping produced a remarkably even match. Nelson, Palmer and Nicklaus shooting one-under-par 71s while McSpaden, tiring a bit toward the end—the match took 5� hours—had a 74. On a best-ball basis, Palmer and Nicklaus won 1 up.

"Our scores might not sound sensationally impressive," Nicklaus said, "but the course we played today should have been a 76 to 78 par. The most difficult course on the tour, Firestone Country Club in Akron, is like a pitch and putt course in comparison." When Nicklaus saw the 473-yard 10th he said, "This looks like a driver and a flip—a one-iron flip," and when he was told the distance on the 12th hole was 557 yards. Jack cracked, "Oh, a par 4." At the 268-yard par-3 16th—250 of these yards are over water—Palmer muttered, "You dumb knucklehead. How did you get yourself into something like this?" Both he and Nicklaus managed to par the hole and Arnold birdied the 574-yard 17th to win the match. He hit a 280-yard drive, followed by a 254-yard three-wood and a short wedge that put him within seven feet of the hole. He sank the putt.

Dub's Dread is right. Pro's dread, too.


At the suggestion of a Negro undergraduate student—and with the strong backing of its new basketball coach, Jim Padgett—the University of California is sponsoring a 10-week, $40,000 summertime community athletic program in Berkeley, Richmond and Oakland. The instructors are black members of Cal's football, basketball and track teams, some of them bitter and caustic critics of the school just seven months ago (SI, Feb. 12). Among the athletes are basketball star Bob Presley, long jumper Stan Royster and football players Jerome Champion, Paul and Johnnie Williams, Irby Augustine and Clyde Flowers. Wearing blue jerseys with California printed in gold across their chests, they conduct clinics and physical education classes for children from 6 to 14 at various city playgrounds. They are paid $2.91 an hour and high school athletes who assist them get $2.50 an hour, but much more is involved than money.

Bob Johnson, the student who thought up the program and has been supervising it, says, "Our main accomplishment is that we have proved to young minority people that the University of California is an institution to be respected."

The outspoken Presley, proud of his hot-summer work, says, "I feel now that I am a Cal man, in the sense of belonging. The university has shown that it respects me as a human, and I respect the university. It's a trade, and a fair one, I think."


Twenty thousand Japanese carp have been flown into Mexico to keep the Olympic rowing course at Xochimilco clear of moss. It seems a fine symbol of international cooperation, and one hesitates to carp, so to speak, but certain ecological apprehensions do arise.

The course is a 2,200-meter canal built especially for the Olympics. Initially it was filled with pure blue water, but so much moss has grown in it that Olympic officials began to have visions of an inland Sargasso Sea. Certain Oriental carp thrive on moss, and three months ago 500 Chinese carp were installed in the canal. The moss kept growing. Then it was learned that Japan breeds in abundance two gluttonous species, the silver carp and the grass carp. At maturity, they are sometimes three feet long, and Japanese farmers get double duty from them. The carp not only keep ponds clear of moss, they can be sliced raw, dipped in soy sauce and eaten. At Mexico's request the Japanese government rounded up 20,000 baby silver and grass carp and jetted them to Mexico City.

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