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The Gardunos won a tiebreaker of Jim Bob and Leslie McNeil, after both
shot 96s for the 27-holes of play. Steve and Mary Kay Burkholder shot a
32-67-99 for third place in the division.
A total of 64 teams of golfers in six flights competed in the tournament
this year, including golfers from New Mexico and the Panhandle,
according to course manager Royce Cassell.
In the First Flight, Kelly Keese and Dana Henry of Odessa shot a
36-67-103 to take top honors. Ken and Teresa Winkles were next with a
37-68-105 and Doug and Shela Maxey of Monahans placed third with a
Bill Wilson ad Mary Evans were Second Flight winners, shooting a
39-64-103. Ernest Briles and Geneva Pearce of Odessa placed second, with
a 38-69-107, and Corky and Jo Ann Kizzar were third, with a 37-71-108.
In the Third Flight, Mickey Powers and Ethel Olsen of Odessa won with a
39-69-108, followed by Mike and Dona Goode at 39-71-110 and Tom ad
Jackie Pearson of Odessa, with a 39-72-111.
Lonnie and Peggy Crow won the Fourth Flight, with a 41-72-113 score,
while Steve and Cheryl Bobbit took second in a tiebreaker. They shot a
42-73-115, while Chris Perkins and Misti Armstrong shot a 41-74-115.
In the Fifth Flight, Harold and Brenda Warren won with a 43-78-121
score. Wayne and Jane Devaney of Lubbock shot a 44-79-123 to win second,
and third went to Kevin and Kim Davidson of Eunice, N.M., with a
CHICAGO, May 1 -- It was a dark and stormy night, not to mention windy,
wet and a little risky for millionaire players.
Gusts up to 60 mph whipped in their faces and swept away their hats,
while cold rain flooded their eyes.
``When the catcher would throw the (dry) ball back to the mound, it
would actually get wet,'' Texas pitcher Bobby Witt said.
``Guys were running around the bases tip-toeing. The umpires wanted to
get it in. They didn't want to have another makeup. The umpires were
caught in between.''
The Rangers finally won Wednesday night's game 6-2, one called after a
40-minute delay in the top of the seventh.
Both teams lost their starting pitchers because of shoulder problems
before the third inning, and Texas scored four in the first on Mike
Simms' grand slam, about an hour before conditions became so bothersome.
``It was very sloppy. That could be dangerous,'' White Sox manager Terry
Bevington said. ``It began to accumulate. It was just a matter of time
when it rains like that. With all the wind out there, it was a lot worse
than it looked.''
Then why did they play? That's what an irate White Sox first baseman
Frank Thomas wanted to know.
``Those are the worst conditions I've ever played in,'' Thomas said.
``We should have been out of there in the third inning. The tarp should
be on the field in those kinds of conditions; that's why we have it. The
weather cost us the game.
``Players get hurt in that crap. It was very dangerous. We lost because
we had to play five innings. It got real bad after three innings. I mean
water was gushing into guys' eyes out there; it was terrible.''
The Rangers' Ken Hill was forced out in the second inning because of a
right rotator cuff strain and was to be examined today by team doctors.
Xavier Hernandez replaced Hill, and then Witt (5-0), normally a starter,
pitched two scoreless innings to become the American League's second
``I've pitched in cold, but those were the worst conditions as far as
the wind and mist,'' Witt said. ``It was tough for both sides, but you
had to deal with it.'
Hill wasn't sure how badly he was hurt.
``I threw a fastball to Harold Baines, and I felt it; and then I threw a
split finger, and I felt it again, and I went, `Ah. I'd better not throw
it again,''' Hill said. ``It felt like a charley horse.''
Chicago's Wilson Alvarez (1-4) pitched just two innings before leaving
because of stiffness in his left shoulder, a move Bevington said was
Simms had never faced Alvarez before Wednesday night. But the designated
hitter was hitting well, .400 in his previous eight games with a pair of
homers. The grand slam was the first of his career.
``I was the lucky one. I got to DH, run up and hit and then run back in
the clubhouse,'' Simms said. ``I didn't know if it would fly because of
the wind or whether the wind would knock it down.''
The White Sox got two runs in the third on Tony Phillips' run-scoring
fielder's choice grounder and a passed ball.
Texas' Benji Gil hit his first homer of the season off Danny Darwin, a
fly ball that hit the top of the left-field fence and then carried over
in the sixth inning.
(Copyright 1997 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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