The Lionel Cup will be open to all women players, including Renee Richards, and its prize money will be $20,000 a week, most of it put up by the Lionel Corporation. Tennis addicts need no longer face the prospect of withdrawal symptoms between the end of the Virginia Slims tour and the start of the European season. Thanks, Mom.
From Golf Journal, the publication of the United States Golf Association, we learn, to our pleasant surprise, that those fellows in white shirts and blue armbands who make rulings at the Open and the Amateur also make rulings while leaning out second-story windows in their undershorts.
Kenneth Gordon of the USGA was playing in an invitational tournament last fall at the National Golf Links of America at the eastern end of New York's Long Island. The National is distinguished for being one of the oldest and quietest golf clubs in America, and also for an oddity in its rules that considers the clubhouse an "integral part of the course," not an obstruction.
Gordon had lost his morning match and was taking a nap in his room on the second floor of the clubhouse when there was a knock at the door. Standing outside when he opened it were a player and his caddie. The player explained that his second shot on the par-5 18th hole had come to rest on the roof of the clubhouse and that the only access to his ball was through Gordon's room.
Gordon, who knows his rules, showed the player and his caddie to the window and then out onto the roof, where, it turned out, the ball was lying in a rain gutter. The player turned for advice to Gordon, who even in his shorts and without an armband has an air of authority about him. Gordon leaned out the window to inspect the situation, his ever-present pipe in his teeth, and then told the player he could declare the ball unplayable (Rule 29-2. The Rules of Golf), take a one-stroke penalty and drop it within two club-lengths of where it lay.
A rooftop, however, is not an ideal spot for a drop. Twice the ball rolled well beyond two club-lengths of where it had been dropped, so while Gordon watched, the player carefully placed the ball where it had been dropped the second time (Rule 22-2) and pitched it from the roof back onto the other integral part of the course—grass—where, lying four, he was still alive.
Maybe the player won his match and went on to win the tournament. Maybe he didn't. But Gordon went back to his nap, another job well done.
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Oakland A's Coach Red Schoendienst was in his hometown of Germantown, Ill., being honored on Red Schoendienst Day, when he received the following telegram from his new boss, Charlie Finley: