AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Sam Snead will participate in the honorary starting ceremonies for the Masters on Thursday despite being injured in an automobile accident on his way to Augusta.
″I think Gene (Sarazen) may be the only one to hit a ball,″ new Masters chairman Jack T. Stephens said Thursday.
″Byron (Nelson) and Sam will be there,″ he said.
″They put a few stitches in Sam’s head last night,″ Stephens said. ″He’s fine. You never know about Sam. He’s got a day to recover.″
Snead, 79, was injured in a two-car collision in Waynesboro, Ga., Tuesday. He arrived at Augusta National later in the day with blood on his face and shirt.
Doug Ford, a former Masters champion, took Snead to University Hospital for X-rays on a dislocated shoulder.
Snead, a three-time Masters winner, was treated for cuts on his head and face and released.
″There doesn’t seem to be anything broken,″ Ford said.
Snead attended the annual Champions Dinner Tuesday night.
Stephens also said there was some consideration given to letting 1968 champion Bob Goalby participate as an honorary starter with Sarazen, Snead and Nelson.
″Bob Goalby has withdrawn,″ Stephens said. ″He’s not old enough.″
Goalby is 61.
Going Home:. Scott Hoch withdrew from the tournament on Wednesday. Hoch underwent shoulder surgery in February and has sat out the entire year. He was given clearance by his doctors to play in the Masters, but decided to withdraw after testing his shoulder on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Masters Money:. Former Masters chairman Hord W. Hardin had expressed concern last year that increasing purses might put pressure on the Masters to consider corporate sponsors.
Apparently the Augusta National membership is as worried about that this year.
″The Masters is going to stay competitive with our present format,″ Stephens said.
Master Plan:. A British writer’s trip to the Masters landed him in the wrong Augusta.
″I knew something wasn’t right about 10 minutes into the flight,″ said Bob Warters, editor of the British golf publication, Today’s Golfer.
After flying into Boston from London, Warters boarded a small plane.
When the plane left Boston, he noticed that the Atlantic Ocean was on his right. He knew it should have been on his left.
″It was one of those planes where you can walk up and tap the pilot on the shoulder,″ Warters said. ″I asked if we were going to Augusta. He said, yes, Augusta, Maine.″
He finally got to the right Augusta about six hours later than scheduled.
″However, I did discover that (Augusta, Maine) had a 27-hole course where you could walk on and pay $15 to play,″ Warters said.
The Winner Is ...:. Herbert Warren Wind, golf writer and historian, has been named the recipient of the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in journalism.
Wind was to receive the award at the Golf Writers’ Association of America dinner Wednesday night.
The award honors a member of the media for promotion of golf, locally and nationally, throughout a career.
Wind has written 14 books on golf. He recently retired after 4 years as a staff writer with The New Yorker.
Furman Bisher of The Atlanta Journal was elected president of the Golf Writers’ Association of America Wednesday.
Tim Roseforte of The Palm Beach Post was elected first vice president and Tom McCollister of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was elected second vice president.
Jack Berry of The Detroit News was re-elected secretary-treasurer.