The controversy extended beyond the golf course, which was vandalized in November, to include a scholarship fund for a South African student to study at Eastern Michigan. Player's withdrawal has killed the scholarship, but not the golf course, which is scheduled for completion later this year.
A member of Progressive Students for Social Change in Ypsilanti said the fund would have benefited students chosen by the South African government, not students strongly opposing apartheid.
Curtis Strange was named player of the year by the Golf Writers Assn. of America. Strange, who set a PGA Tour money-winning record of $925,941 this season, also won the writers' award in 1985. Paul Azinger was second in the national balloting by the 500-member writers' group. The writers also named Betsy King the LPGA women's player of the year and Chi Chi Rodriguez senior player of the year. . . . Former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux's annual Trojan major league invitational golf tournament will be played Jan. 18 at Lakeside Golf Club. . . . The second annual Major League Baseball Players Alumni Assn. benefit tournament will be played Feb. 8 at Mission Viejo Country Club. The tournament raises money for the Orange County Burn Assn. as well as the Alumni Assn. benefit fund. Among those scheduled to play are Bob Lemon, Ernie Banks, Billy Martin, Don Sutton, Bert Blyleven, Bobby Grich, Doug DeCinces and Milwaukee third base coach Tony Muser. Muser was severely burned in an explosion in the clubhouse during spring training in 1986.
Jack Nicklaus is getting a new image. Hiro Yamagata, the official artist of the U.S. Olympic teams, will do a series of five paintings of Nicklaus, each one representing a highlight of his career from the 1987 Ryder Cup, the PGA, U.S. Open, British Open and Masters. . . . Jeff Manson of Long Beach, former UCLA golfer Kay Cockerill of Los Gatos and John Richardson of Laguna Niguel are among those honored by Golf Digest magazine as top-ranked amateur golfers for 1987. Manson, 17, was selected as the top-ranked junior male golfer of the year; Cockerill, 22, was named the top female, and Richardson, 67, was picked as the top senior.