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October 9, 1991

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) _ Gary Player enjoyed comfortable surroundings as he prepared for South Africa’s return to team golf competition.

″I just love the briskness of the Scottish autumn,″ Player said Tuesday after a practice round on the Old Course for the 16-nation Dunhill Cup team tournament that begins Thursday. ″We’ve been playing in so much hot and humid weather that playing the Old Course again in the breeze was exhilarating.″

The three-time British Open champion joins John Bland and David Frost on the South African team.

″It’s great to come back out of the cold,″ Player said. ″No one likes being ostracized but we sportsmen paid the penalty of policies decided by a handful of politicians - policies so many of us did not like.″

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NEW YORK (AP) - Meg Mallon, named the Professional Athlete of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation, says she’ll have a different outlook on the 1992 season than the one she brought to 1991.

″I just see this as a beginning,″ said Mallon, who claimed her fourth title of the year on Sunday with a five-stroke victory in the Daikyo World Championships at Cairns, Australia. ″I feel I’m young in my career and hopefully like the previous years I can use this year as a step to another level. I can’t rest on my laurels.″

Winless her first four years on the tour, the 28-year-old rocketed to prominence this season by winning two LPGA tour majors, the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Open. She banked $607,677, second on the season money list.

″Next year there will be different expectations and the expectations will be different from outside sources and it will be a new pressure to deal with,″ Mallon said. ″I can’t start the year saying I want to win so many tournaments. That is too much pressure. The next step up for me is what people like Betsy King and Beth Daniel do and that is be in the top 10 week in and week out.″

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Cliff Fagan, the first president of the Amateur Basketball Association, was named the first recipient of the Edward S. Steitz Award.

The award, named for the man who brought the 3-point basket and other rules changes to college basketball, is given to an individual making valuable contributions to international officiating and-or rulemaking.

Among his many responsibilites was membership of the International Basketball Federation and the Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations.

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