Furyk, Fergus (67) Share Lead in Hawaii
Jim Furyk and Keith Fergus, playing in the first and last groups on a windy day in Honolulu, shot five-under-par 67s Thursday to share a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the $1.2-million Hawaiian Open.
With 35-m.p.h. winds gusting over the Waialae Country Club golf course, Furyk, in the first group, birdied the 539-yard first hole and was off and running.
Fergus, in the last group, was one under through 15 holes, then finished with birdies on 16 and 17 and an eagle on the 552-yard closing hole.
Tom Lehman heads six players at 68.
Helped by a hole in one on No. 17, Barb Mucha shot a four-under-par 68 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Tournament of Champions, the year’s opening LPGA event, at Orlando, Fla.
“I hit a six-iron kind of fat,” Mucha said of the hole in one on the 164-yard hole. “It hit about six paces on the green and kept rolling. I really thought it was going to be short but it was dead on line. Then it just kept rolling and rolling and then it was, ‘My God, it went in!’ ”
One stroke behind was Beth Daniel. Betsy King and Tammie Green were at 71.
Quarterback Scott Frost enrolled at Nebraska after spending one year at Stanford.
Frost, considered a front-runner to replace Stanford senior quarterback Steve Stenstrom, will sit out next year and then have two years of eligibility.
Oregon all-state quarterback Cade McNown of West Linn said that he will attend UCLA.
Former Miami quarterback Bryan Fortay and his father, Peter, secretly and illegally tape-recorded 16 conversations with former coach Dennis Erickson and two other coaches, university attorneys alleged.
The conversations are part of Fortay’s $10-million federal lawsuit against the university alleging breach of contract because Erickson started Gino Torretta ahead of Fortay in 1992.
Nebraska receiver Reggie Baul will plead guilty to charges of receiving stolen property in the theft of a wallet last fall.
Insulted by a $500,000 offer from the Seattle Mariners, college catching phenom Jason Varitek added them to the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros as teams he has snubbed and signed with St. Paul of the Northern League for $1,200 a month.
The Toronto Blue Jays have postponed this weekend’s tryout camps for replacement players in Long Beach and Woodland Hills because of heavy rain. The Angels will have a tryout camp on Jan. 20 at Cal State Fullerton.
Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport defied a leg injury and a rally by 14-year-old Swiss Martina Hingis to win their second-round match, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, and advance to the quarterfinals of the New South Wales Open in Sydney, Australia.
Vince Spadea reached the quarterfinals of the New Zealand Open in Auckland, beating Germany’s Carl-Uwe Steeb, 6-3, 6-1.
Names in the News
Indiana midfielder Brian Maisonneuve and North Carolina forward Tisha Venturini were named winners of the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top college soccer players in the United States. . . . Said Aouita of Morocco, former Olympic and world champion distance runner, is making a comeback at 35 and will run in the 3,000 meters at an indoor meet tonight in Hamilton, Canada.
Mike Thibault of the Omaha Racers of the Continental Basketball Assn. was named coach of the U.S. men’s team for the Pan American Games. . . . World Cup star Romario’s transfer to his club in Brazil was slowed when Barcelona club officials declined to give final approval, despite having received a $5-million transfer fee.