December 4, 1987 |
Fulton Allem of South Africa, the least-known of the eight golfers in the Million Dollar Challenge, shot a six-under-par 66 Thursday to take the lead in the chase for the richest prize in golf history at Sun City, South Africa . Allem, a last-minute replacement for countryman Mark McNulty, who has pneumonia, won the first of four $50,000 prizes for the best round each day. Aside from these bonuses, only the winner will get a check Sunday--for $1 million.
December 7, 1986 |
Juli Inkster and Tom Purtzer had shot an opening-round 61 to tie a J.C. Penney golf tournament record, but they insisted it was no more enjoyable than the 66 they shot Saturday. Inkster and Purtzer have a four-shot lead going into today's final round of the $650,000 mixed team event at Largo, Fla. "This round was a little more satisfying," Inkster said after she and Purtzer held off Lori Garbacz and Craig Stadler, and finished the third round with a 54-hole total of 20-under-par 196.
February 15, 1998 |
It could have been worse. There could have been worms. As rain pelted the Oakmont Country Club, forcing postponement of the Los Angeles Women's Championship early in the second round, players were reminded of the creepy, crawly, good-old days. In the mid-1980s, the Glendale course played host to three wintertime LPGA events, all of which suffered through varying amounts of rain, fog and even hail. It rained so hard during a 1986 tournament that worms squirmed up from the flooded greens.
August 5, 1988 |
Ed Fiori and Doug Tewell battled oppressive heat Thursday en route to 6-under-par 66s that gave them each a share of the first-round lead in the $750,000 St. Jude golf tournament at Memphis, Tenn. Fiori, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour in the past decade, and Tewell, a four-time career winner, each had bogeyless rounds. They held a two-stroke margin over Tim Simpson, Peter Jacobsen and Jodie Mudd. "It was hot and sweaty, pretty miserable," Fiori said.
December 4, 1988 |
Mike Hulbert and Lori Garbacz, a last-minute pairing, and the veteran team of Larry Mize and Martha Nause shared the lead in the third round of the $800,000 J.C. Penney golf tournament at Largo, Fla., Saturday. Garbacz, who replaced injured Val Skinner as Hulbert's partner, and Hulbert, who finished second with Skinner 2 years ago, combined for a 7-under-par 65 over the par-72 Bardmoor Country Club course.
August 3, 1985 |
Amateur Scott Verplank played what he called an "unconscious" back nine--six birdies in his last eight holes--and stretched his lead to three strokes Friday in the second round of the $500,000 Western Open in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook. Verplank, 21, an Oklahoma State student from Dallas and the current national amateur champion, shot another 68 and finished two rounds over the difficult Butler National course in 136, eight-under par. "I was kind of nervous over the first nine holes.
June 22, 1986 |
Hal Sutton, vowing to play with an aggressive style in today's final round, moved into a two-shot lead in the $500,000 Georgia-Pacific Atlanta golf tournament Saturday with a five-under-par 67. "I'm going to be thinking birdie from the time I tee off tomorrow," Sutton said after posting his 201 total to wrest the lead from second-round leader Doug Tewell, who fell into a tie for second place with Scott Hoch at 203. "I'm trying to think aggressively," Sutton said.
February 3, 1986 |
Ayako Okamoto, her back problems over with, never gave her pursuers an opening Sunday, shooting a steady 1-under-par 71 to win the second LPGA tournament of the year by a stroke over Muffin Spencer-Devlin. Okamoto, who went into the final round with a one-shot lead, finished the $200,000 Elizabeth Arden tournament with an 8-under-par 280, tying the tournament record set last year by JoAnne Carner.
July 21, 1986 |
After winning the U.S. Women's Open championship in a playoff last week, Jane Geddes found the LPGA Boston Five Golf tournament to be a breeze. Geddes birdied the final two holes for a 68 Sunday to beat rookie Deb Richard by one shot and win the $275,000 tournament at Danvers, Mass. "I was relaxed," Geddes said after finishing with a 281 total. "I wasn't as shaky as in the Open and I felt I had a good chance to win. "This feels great, it's a great July.
January 26, 1986 |
Front-runner Hal Sutton, despite some erratic drives and a balky putter, still managed to shoot a three-under-par 68 and stretch his lead to four strokes Saturday in the third round of the $500,000 Phoenix Open golf tournament. "It could have been a lot lower," the former PGA champion said. "I had some opportunities I didn't capitalize on."