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March 16, 1989

SINGAPORE (AP) _ Ed Pfister of the United States fired a record 7-under-par 65 and took the first-day lead in the $220,000 Singapore Open Golf Championship Thursday at Tanah Merah Country Club.

Pfister, 22, had a flawless round, with seven birdies and no bogeys.

If his record is not broken during this tournament, he will receive $5,000.

Kirk Triplett of the United States was one storke behind at 67. Two other Americans, Casey Nakama and Scott Taylor, were tied for third with two Taiwanese at 69.


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - Eight of the world’s top seniors golfers, including Lee Elder, a black from the United States, begin play Friday in a $250,000 tournament sponsored by South Africa’s largest bank.

All eight are among the leading money winners on the U.S. seniors tour, including South Africans Gary Player and Harold Henning.

The rest of the field includes Bob Charles of New Zealand, Bruce Devlin of Australia, and four Americans - Elder, Dave Hill, Bobby Nichols and Orville Moody.

The purse for the 54-hole First National Bank Seniors Classic exceeds all other golf purses in South Africa except for the Million Dollar Challenge, another eight-man event held annually at the Sun City casino resort.

The seniors classic will be held at the Randpark Golf Course in Randburg, a Johannesburg suburb.

Elder, who last came to South Africa in 1971, said he had encountered no pressure from anti-apartheid groups to stay away.

″There appears to be a lot less anti-South African feeling now than in 1971,″ he said. ″I think it’s because a lot of black politicians and a number of black sportsmen, including golfers Jim Thorpe and Calvin Peete, have been to South Africa and they don’t seem to have found things to have been as bad as they are presented in America.″

South Africa’s main professional tour, the Sunshine Circuit, is open to black golfers, but only a few compete and they have complained bitterly about being barred from mid-week practice rounds at whites-only country clubs where the tournaments are held on weekends.

Many international sports bodies prohibit contacts with South Africa because of its racial segregation policies, but the boycott has relatively little impact in golf. South African pros play on the U.S. and European tours, and several prominent foreigners have competed in the Million Dollar Chllenge.


STEINKJER, Norway (AP) - Fritz Fischer of West Germany won the men’s 20- kilometer biathlon World Cup event Thursday.

Fischer finished 34 seconds ahead of Aleksander Popov of the Soviet Union, with the winner timed in 53 minutes, 6 seconds.

World Cup leader Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway finished third, but was disqualified for shooting his final series in standing position with a borrowed rifle after losing his own when the rifle sling was damaged.

Ernest Reiter of West Germany then was given third place with a time of 54:30.


NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets will play their entire exhibition schedule on the road, the NFL team announced Thursday.

The Jets will open Aug. 12 against Green Bay at Milwaukee. Then they will play the Philadelphia Eagles at Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 19, in a game the sponsors hope will help encourage the NFL to place an expansion franchise in the Carolinas.

The Jets’ third game will be Aug. 26 at Giants Stadium in their traditional exhibition against the New York Giants and they will finish at Kansas City Sept. 1.


AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Nine students were injured when angry fans attacked a ninth-grade girls’ basketball team as it left a game.

A fight broke out between players on the court of the Edmund Miles Junior High School during Wednesday’s game, a Suffolk County police spokesman, officer Mark Ryan, said.

The coach of the visiting Commack High team, Ree Guarriello, pulled her players off the court and called the game, Ryan said.

But as the Commack players headed for the parking lot, they were attacked by 50 to 70 boys and girls, he said.

Nine Commack students were cut and bruised, none seriously. Two of the victims said they were attacked with chains.

The injured students were all believed to be members of the basketball team, said another police spokesman, officer Robert Tooker.

Tooker said one student was treated for a bruise to the head.

Tooker said it was not known what led to the fight on the court. There were no arrests, but Tooker said the investigation was continuing.


ARE, Sweden (AP) - Lane Spina of the United States defeated two Canadians to win the ballet event Thursday in a World Cup freestyle skiing meet.

Spina, from Reno, Nev., collected 27.00 points. Richard Pierce was runner- up with 26.70 points and Dave Walker was third with 26.50. World champion Hermann Reitberger of West Germany, who had already clinched the overall ballet World Cup title, did not enter the meet.

Other Americans in the top 10 were Jeff Wintersteen of Lakewood, Colo., seventh with 24.15 points, and Scott Ogren of Pleasantville, N.Y., who tied for 10th with Craig Young of Canada at 22.90 points.

Conny Kissling of Switzerland won the women’s ballet competition with 26.10 points, beating Jan Bucher of Salt Lake City, Utah (25.70 points). Betsy Reid of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was fourth with 22.95.

Kissling won the overall ballet title earlier this season.

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