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San Diego Roundup : LPGA's Tournament Changes Its Site, Name

July 17, 1987

The LPGA's tournament in San Diego will have a new name and a new site.

Formerly called the Kyocera Inamori Classic, the event will be called the San Diego Inamori tournament. The tournament, scheduled for April 10, 1988, will move from Bernardo Heights Country Club to the Stoneridge Country Club.

The tournament, won this year by Ayako Okamoto, the LPGA's current money leader, was played for the past two years at Bernardo Heights. Before that it was played at Torry Pines and Fairbanks Ranch.

A world-class men's field will try to break Steve Scott's world record in the Carlsbad 5,000 on July 26. Scott ran 13:32 in last year's race, the fastest ever for a 5-kilometer road race.

Among those who will challenge Scott are Kenyans Peter Koech and Yobes Ondiecki, Gerard Donakowski from Ann Arbor, Mich., who is The Athletics Congress 10K national champion, Ed Eyestone of Orem, Utah, who is Track and Field News road racer of the year. Also contending will be Paul Williams, who is the Canadian 5K record-holder, San Diego's Thom Hunt and Lakeside's Terry Cotton. The total prize money offered is $21,500 with the winner earning $5,000.

Scott and John Walker from New Zealand designed the course with a world record in mind. Scott has predicted that both the men's and women's record will be broken this year.

The women's record (15:30) was set by Patti Sue Plummer in the first Carlsbad 5,000 last year. A top women's field, including New Zealand's Ann Audain, Allison Roe and Lorraine Moller, is scheduled to compete as well.

The invitational race begins at 9, preceded by the People's Race at 7:30.

Runners can register at Southwest Bank and Road Runner Athletics in Encinitas. Entry forms are available at most sporting goods stores. Registration begins at 6:15 a.m. at Grand Ave. in Carlsbad. For more information, call 483-9501.

The Los Angeles Kings will play the U.S. Olympic hockey team at the San Diego Sports Arena in the final game of a 10-city Olympic preparation tour Oct. 3. Faceoff is at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the Sports Arena box office and all Ticket Master locations. Loge and lower level seats are $15 each. Seats in the first 12 rows of the terrace are $12.50. The rest of the seats in the terrace are $7.50. There is a $2.50 discount for those 16 and under. Corporate and group discounts also are available. Phone orders can be placed by calling 232-0800.

The 1987 Stubbies Pro International Surfing Tournament begins July 28 at Oceanside Pier in Oceanside. The field will include the world's top 30 surfers plus 18 who qualify from a field of 128. The tournament also will include the Michelob Cup of Women's Surfing.

Two-time world champion Tom Curren of Santa Barbara, three-time runnerup Tom Carroll of Australia and Vista's Joey Buran are expected to be among those competing for the $33,000 in prize money. The winner will receive $5,000.

Trials will be held July 28 and 29. The first round of the main event will be July 30, with the main event rounds continuing until Aug. 2. The trials will be run in four-man heats and the main event rounds will include head-to-head competition.

The 34th Over-the-Line tournament sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club continues Saturday at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay. The finals in each age division will be held Sunday.

Games begin at 7 a.m. each day.

A free shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes from DeAnza Cove on Mission Bay to and from the island beginning at 7 a.m. Vehicle access to the island will closed each day at 10 a.m.

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