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Both teams tied for first in the 36-hole, two-man low ball tournament,
with scores of 130. Curtis Howard and Steve Burkholder were third, one
stroke back, after winning a one-hole playoff over Jim Bob McNeil and
A total of 61 teams were entered in the two-day tournament, which was
divided into six flights. In the First Flight, Mike Claburn and Terry
Claburn, Sr., won first place, with a 136 score, while Craig Davis and
Terry Ott were second at 139 and Craig Claburn and Terry Willingham
placed third, at 140.
In the Second Flight, winners were Travis Price and Larry Lorenz, with a
138 score, followed by Ismael Juarez and Steve Valezuela were second at
139, while Ron Contorno and Dan Contorno, Jr., were third, with a 141
Beau Jack and Beau Tate Hendrick were the Third Flight winners, with a
145 score, one stroke ahead of Carlos and Israel Nichols. Randy Watts
and Thomas Miller placed third with a 149 score.
Fourth Flight winners were Jay Nabors and Ronnie Jones, with a 150
score, while Terry Page and C.L. Edwards shot a 151 for second and Steve
Bobbitt and Herman Wilson were third, with a 153 total.
In the Fifth Flight, Wayne Brunett and Richard Espinoza were first,
shooting a 148 over 36 holes. Jesse and Ray Anchondo were second, with a 151, and Alex Gomez and Roy Evaro placed third, with a 154 score.
The rivals now are drivers named Stewart, Boat and Buhl. No more
Andrettis and Fittipaldis.
Ah, but he's still the Flying Dutchman.
Whether it's taking a drive through the grass at 220 mph when some
churlish youngster tries to brush him aside, or pushing the pedal to the
floor when the green flag starts waving, Luyendyk certainly knows his
way around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He was a link to the past in a year when the Indy 500 was full of new
faces and engines and ended with a confusing restart.
When Luyendyk made that sharp left turn into Victory Lane on Tuesday
for his second Indy 500 triumph, the politics, dwindling crowds and two
days of rain delays were forgotten for a moment.
``It does really make up for a lot of bad days,'' he said.
This is the way it's supposed to be at Indy: a still-dashing figure
savoring the chants of ``Arie! Arie!'' and slicing his way through the
hordes to grab the most delicious drink in racing.
``Let me have that milk!'' he shouted after climbing from his Aurora
The turmoil of racing doesn't matter once the 43-year-old Luyendyk
climbs behind the wheel of a race car. This victory, against a field
with nowhere near the experience of the one he beat seven years ago, was
still a victory of skill and cunning.
``I'm probably more excited than I was in 1990,'' Luyendyk said. ``We
had to run a lot harder through the whole race. ... It never let up.''
Take the near-crash about 15 laps from the finish. Luyendyk dove out of
turn two and tried to pass 26-year-old Tony Stewart on the inside.
Stewart, who has criticized the Dutchman's starting technique, drifted
low and cut him off.
Luyendyk wound up with his two left wheels skidding along the infield
``I've never had to drive through the grass at 220 mph,'' he said. ``My
car started going from left to right and I said to myself, `Oh man, I'm
going to spin here.' But I was able to put it back on the track, said a
few unpleasant words and went on my way.''
After a crash with 12 laps to go, Luyendyk and teammate Scott Goodyear
stayed on the track, gambling they had enough fuel, while others on the
lead lap pitted for a splash of gas. On the restart, Goodyear led by a
half-second, but Luyendyk got a great jump and blew by the Canadian
before the lap was complete.
When Stewart hit the wall near the end of lap 198, Luyendyk still held
the lead. The caution period lasted only one lap, and Goodyear had
visions of making the same kind of move that Luyendyk put on him just a
few minutes earlier.
Only this time, the restart for a final-lap duel had everyone confused.
The green flag came out, but the lights around the track continued to
flash yellow. While Goodyear hesitated for a moment, Luyendyk sped away
to a 0.570-second victory -- the third closest in Indy history. (Copyright 1997 by The Associated Press)
``When someone takes a stab at you on the front page of the paper, it
kind of upsets you,'' Malone said. ``I am human, contrary to what you
Malone wasn't superhuman Tuesday night, but he had his best all-around
performance of the series as the Jazz moved within one game of finally
reaching the NBA Finals by beating the Houston Rockets 96-91.
Malone scored 29 points on 11-for-22 shooting from the field, including
7-for-11 in the second half, grabbed 14 rebounds, shot 7-for-8 on free
throws and had four assists.
He also shut down Charles Barkley defensively, and several of Malone's
shots were rally-killers in the second half when the Rockets refused to
go down easily despite falling behind for good in the second quarter.
All in all, it was a strong enough performance to possibly put to rest
the criticism Malone has received despite scoring 21, 24, 21 and 22
points in the first four games.
``I read about Karl today, but Karl Malone is not the only reason the
Jazz won 64 games. They've got some other good players, and they played
well tonight,'' Barkley said. ``Unfortunately, he's the man. And he
doesn't get all the credit, but he takes all the blame.''
Malone, who averaged 27.4 points on 55 percent shooting in the regular
season, but 22 points on 43 percent this series, locked up the victory
on two free throws with 13 seconds left.
(Copyright 1997 by The Associated Press)
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