KAGA, Japan (AP) _ Masashi Ozaki, the winner of last week’s Nikkei Cup golf tournament, fired Thursday’s best score of 64, 8-under par, to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the $322,600 Maruman Nihonkai Open.
Ozaki, who has won 47 tournaments including two this season, picked up three birdies on the front nine and five birdies including four over the last six holes on the back nine over the Katayamazu Golf Club, a 6,980-yard, par-72 course.
Four Japanese - Katsunari Takahashi, Yoshihisa Iwashima, Futoshi Irino and Hiroshi Oku - shared second place at 67.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - About 30,000 South Koreans gathered in a mass meeting at a downtown stadium Thursday to dedicate themselves to making the Sept. 20-Oct. 5 Asian Games in Seoul a success.
Sports Minister Park Seh-jik and other speakers urged solidarity to ensure a successful staging of the games, a prelude to Seoul’s hosting of the 1988 summer Olympics.
South Korea’s 673-member delegation to the games was introduced during the meeting attended by hotel employees, movie stars, street cleaners, cab drivers and representatives from tourism, transportation and other business fields.
NEW YORK (AP) - Five-time Emmy Award winning producer Geoff Mason has been named ABC’s vice president of Olympic production for its coverage of the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, the network announced Thursday.
The appointment, effective Sept. 2, will not affect Mason’s obligations to ESPN, where he is serving as the coordinating producer of the cable station’s America’s Cup coverage.
Mason, who is a producer and director for Ohlmeyer Communications and also oversees ESPN’s PGA, LPGA and Nabisco Tennis coverage, served as a production assistant for ABC during their coverage of the 1968 Winter and Summer Olympics.
He was ABC’s director of Olympic planning for both the the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal and Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Mason, 45, then moved to NBC where he was in charge of planning NBC’s coverage of the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He later was named executive vice president of NBC Sports.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Chaim Glovinsky, who headed Israel’s Olympic team at three Summer Games, died Wednesday at age 84.
Glovinsky, treasurer of the Israeli Olympic Committee since 1952, led Israel’s delegation at the Games in 1952, 1956 and 1964.
He was chairman of the Israel Sports Federation from 1961-63, was former chairman of the national basketball federation and former president of the national soccer federation.
Glovinsky also served as the liason with the U.S. Sports Committee for Israel.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday.