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There were certain exceptions, though. Setting up the cameras for each new hole made a round last some six hours instead of three, so the players were allowed to take practice shots while waiting on the camera crews. Also, for the convenience of the living-room viewer, a player keeps putting until he holes out instead of following the rule whereby the player farthest away from the cup hits first.
Each week the winner gets $2,000 and the chance to win again the following week; the loser gets $1,000 and is eliminated. Anyone who scores an eagle gets an extra $500, and the man who makes a hole-in-one will find his golf ball resting in a cup at the foot of the rainbow—the hole-in-one prize is $10,000.
All-Star Golf hopes to attract plenty of nongolfing viewers as well as the 5 million or so active devotees of the game. To this end each shot is explained with care, and the announcer sometimes discourses briefly on the rules of the game.
There is also the matter of suspense. Will Porky Oliver fend off Mike Souchak on Saturday, win another $2,000 and go on to greater glory? Well, naturally the question has already been answered, since the match was filmed months ago. But the answer is classified top secret, and only a few insiders know. The rest of us will have to tune in to find out.
Joe Young, a 27-year-old resident of Salt Lake City, has a red beard, a wife, three small children and a Lambretta motor scooter. One day not long ago, he kissed his wife and children goodby, boarded his motor scooter and drove the 5,000 miles to New York City and back, collecting insects in his ginger beard as he went, the way a Ford does in its radiator. Why did Joe Young do this? Well, he is a disc jockey for Salt Lake City's Station KDYL. At stops along the way he phoned back bulletins to his public and these were recorded and played on his programs.
The trip was planned for two weeks, but took three. Not that the Lambretta was slow: ordinary motorists were astonished to see the little contraption shooting along a highway at 55 mph. ("That's its top speed," says Young, "unless you're going downhill.") The best day's run was 506 miles, the worst 130. In Cleveland, on the return trip, both Young and his scooter found themselves performing sluggishly: the Lambretta was clogged with carbon and Joe had the flu. But after two days both were fit again and on the road.
As a pioneer in long-distance motor scooter travel, Joe Young made a number of observations which will be useful to those who may follow in his wheel tracks. Here they are:
1) In tunnels never ride the middle of the lane; ride the tire tracks, for the center is slippery with oil.
2) Be especially cautious around trucks. The whiplash of the wind they create can move you sideways as much as three feet, possibly into oncoming traffic.