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December 08, 1990

K.C. golf club reverses itself, would admit Jew

The elite Kansas City (Mo.) Country Club voted yesterday to admit Henry Bloch, whose denied membership caused professional golfer Tom Watson to withdraw from the club in protest.

In a special board meeting, club leaders unanimously agreed to approve the membership application of Bloch, if it is resubmitted. Bloch is Jewish and the co-founder of the nationwide tax preparation service, H&R Block.

The 400-member club has no Jewish or black members. The revelation last week that a secret membership committee had rejected Bloch's application led to Watson's resignation.

Watson, who grew up playing golf at the club, said he would not tolerate being part of an organization that bars Jewish members. Watson is not Jewish, but his wife and children are.

Basketball

Ramon Ramos, 23, whose career ended in a near-fatal car crash last Dec. 16, returns to his native Puerto Rico today.

"You've been so good to me," he told the staff at the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon in Portland. "Thank you very, very much."

Ramos, 6 feet 8, who helped Seton Hall to a second-place finish in the 1988 National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament,

signed with the Portland Trail Blazers as a free agent and had just been activated by the team when his car, traveling at a high rate of speed, hit a patch of ice, flew 40 feet and rolled eight times.

Colleges

Ray Perkins interviewed for Mississippi State's football coaching position, but negotiations apparently have broken off over Perkins' demand for extensive control of the football program.

* Houston football coach John Jenkins said he had been offered a blank check by Mississippi State athletic director Larry Templeton, but said he hopes to remain at Houston.

* Navy (4-1) wrestlers won seven of 10 bouts, including two by pins, and defeated Wilkes (3-2), 29-11. The Mids trailed, 6-0, after Wilkes' Chris Rickard pinned Robert Weis in the 118-pound division. But at 126 pounds, Navy's Mark Smith (9-0-0, 5-0,0 in dual meets) pinned David Russo, his second pin of the season. Navy won four of the next five matches, with one draw, to open a 20-8 advantage. One of the wins was posted at 167 pounds by Jake Garcia, an exchange student from West Point.

Bits and pieces

The Maryland Majors soccer league championship will be held tomorrow at Herring Run Park at 12:30, pitting La Dolce Vita

against defending champion Hummers.

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