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November 13, 1987

GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) _ American Craig Stadler shot a 7-under-par 65 to share the lead today with six Japanese at the midway mark of the $667,000 VISA Masters golf tournament.

The round, the best of the day, left Stadler at 137, two shots ahead of American Tom Watson and eight players from Australia, Taiwan, West Germany and Japan after two trips over the 7,072-yard Gotemba course at the Taiheiyo Club.

Sharing the lead with Stadler are Hajime Meshiai, Seiichi Kanai, Koichi Suzuki, Yoshiyuki Isomura, Futoshi Irino and Toshimitsu Kai.

Meshiai and Kanai shot 68, Suzuki and Isomura 66, Irino 67 and Kai 65.

Among those tied with Watson are Australian Graham Marsh, Taiwanese T. C. Chen, Bernhard Langer of West Germany and first-round leader Hiroshi Ishii.

Among other Americans, Tom Kite shot 71 for 140; Curtis Strange, the 1987 U.S. PGA Tour’s leading money winner, 72 for 145; J.C. Snead 71 for 146, and Larry Nelson, the U.S. Open champion, 71 for 149. He failed to make the cut.


SASEBO, Japan (AP) - Taiwan’s Tu Ai-yu one-putted 11 times today en route to a 2-under-par 70 and the one-shot lead in the opening round of the $185,000 Saikai National Park Women’s Open golf tournament.

Keiko Tagawa shot a 71 and was alone in second place after the opening round at the 6,203-yard, par-72 Mikawachi course at the Sasebo Kokusai Country Club.

American Holly Hartley carded a 76.


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Vicki Fischel of Denver has an eight-pin lead over Lorrie Nichols of Algonquin, Ill., after five rounds of the $100,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Sam’s Town National Pro-Am.

Nichols had rolled a 300 game Thursday to help erase Fischel’s 242-pin fourth-round lead.

But Fischel, 26, rolled a closing game of 236 to regain the lead after 36 games, 8,033 pins to 8,025.

Fischel, who won her first career title in the LPBT Fair Lanes Classic in Denver on Saturday, averaged 220 to finish the opening round of match play.

Donna Adamek of Duarte, Calif., was in third with 7,990 pins and Anne Marie Pike of LaHabra, Calif., was fourth at 7,759. Debbie Bennett of Akron, Ohio, and Wendy Macpherson of San Diego, Calif., were tied for fifth with 7,720.

The top five bowlers will advance into Saturday’s stepladder finals.


LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) - Lisa Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., is the winner of the the $50,000 Circus Circus Ladies Touring Players Association bowling tournament, defeating top-seeded Jeanne Maiden of Solon, Ohio, 247-188.

Wagner closed with four strikes and a spare Thursday to clinch her 15th tournament title, including three this year and the second in two weeks.

She won $9,000 and the use of a new car for a year. Maiden won $4,500.

Wagner rolled a 747 series, averaging 249, for her three victories in the stepladder finals.

She advanced to the finals by beating Patty Costello of Scranton, Pa., 243-168, and Leanne Barrette of Oklahoma City, 257-233.

Costello won the opening match 224-175 over Nikki Gianulias of Vallejo, Calif.


CHICAGO (AP) - John Cox, former assistant general manager of the Chicago Cubs, is now director of scouting with the Cincinnati Reds.

Cox’ resignation Thursday came one day after Jim Frey was named executive vice president in charge of baseball operation for the Cubs.

Cox, 44, had been with the Cubs since 1975 when he was named a staff assistant under General Manager John Holland. In 1978, Cox became the Cubs’ farm director under Bob Kennedy and the following year he was promoted to assistant general manager, a position he held until his resignation.

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