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May 5, 1988

HAMPTON, Ill. (AP) _ Bogeys, and lots of them, were par for the course.

The 74 competitors at the Worst Golfers Tournament hacked their way through two rounds that produced two excruciatingly long days of golf. But competitors and organizers were talking about doing it again next year.

The event raised $5,000 for United Cerebral Palsy and Easter Seals.

″I had a super time and I’ll definitely be back next year,″ said Tim Boehlke, of Goshen, Ind., who took home the trophy for the worst of the worst. ″Hey, the only place I can go is up.″

He averted a tie when he blew a short putt Monday on the final hole. His scores for the tournament were 172-152 for a total of 324 - 178 over par.

Runner-up was Al Mitchell of Coal Valley, who said he had played just one round before the tournament and was determined not to take home the trophy.

Boehlke said he was happy to claim the dubious distinction.

″I play with my friends and have fun doing it,″ said Boehlke, a five-year veteran of the greens.

His best-ever score for 18 holes?

″In the 130s,″ he said.

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McCOOK, Neb. (AP) - Nationality has become somewhat irrelevant at the German Heritage Days as a British family is serving as honored guests. The reason: Their last name is McCook.

Tom and Carol McCook and their children, Sarah, Helen and James, have been getting the VIP treatment in McCook this week and will serve as grand marshals of the German Days parade Saturday.

The idea for their journey began a year ago when Sarah, 13, was looking over a map and spotted the town of McCook.

″She wondered how it got its name and I said it was probably named after a cattle rustler who got hung,″ Tom McCook joked.

According to Perkey’s Nebraska Place Names, McCook was named in honor of Alexander McDowell McCook, a Union general in the Civil War.

Sarah wrote to the McCook Daily Gazette requesting information about the city in March 1987. Editor Jack Rogers sent her a centennial edition and many residents mailed letters.

Through the correspondence, she became a regular pen pal of three children and last summer a fund-raising drive was begun to bring her to McCook.

Enough money was raised to pay for Sarah and one other family member to visit, and the McCooks paid expenses for the rest of the family.

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) - More than 200 babies cooed, cuddled and cried for the cameras for the filming of a TV commercial for a New Jersey health maintenance organization.

The toddlers and their parents created little trouble at the posh The Manor restaurant, the site of the filming Wednesday to mark HealthWay’s 100,000th member, 4-month-old Nicole Paterson of Fairfield.

″There were some Cheerios and empty Gerber bottles on the floor and a little crying, but overall it went surprisingly smoothly,″ said HealthWays spokeswoman Lynn Cariou.

The babies and their parents, all HealthWays members, were invited by mail to participate in the commercial, which is to air this summer.

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