Look out, Deion, here's Jimmy

January 23, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Deion Sanders is about to have company in the two-sports-in-one-day department.

Actually, according to Dan Hruby of the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, Jimmy Connors will try to out-do Sanders by playing two sports a day for several days, thanks to some helicopter travel. Sanders, it might be remembered, played in the baseball playoffs with the Atlanta Braves and in an NFL game with the Atlanta Falcons on the same Sunday in 1992.

Connors, 41, is scheduled to play in the San Jose Open tennis tournament and the AT&T National Pro-Am golf tournament on )) the Monterey Peninsula -- even though the events overlap, with the tennis Jan. 31-Feb. 6 and the golf Feb. 3-6.

"I don't know how he'll do it. I know I couldn't," AT&T tournament chairman Lou Russo said.

San Jose Open promoter Barry MacKay knew of Connors' plan. "It doesn't bother me," MacKay said. "Can he do it? Listen, he never ceases to amaze me."

Connors will be a busy man. Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills are challenging golf courses, with rounds often lasting 5-5 1/2 hours, and the projected helicopter rides will be about 40 minutes each way. Hruby lists a possible schedule:

Monday, Jan. 31 -- AT&T practice round in the morning; tennis doubles in the evening.

Tuesday -- Flies to Monterey for practice round. Returns to San Jose for 7 p.m. singles.

Wednesday -- Back to Monterey for another practice round.

Thursday -- Tees off in the morning for first round. Flies back for 8:30 p.m. singles.

L Friday -- Morning golf, quarterfinals tennis in the evening.

Saturday -- Third round of golf, then semifinal singles.

Sunday -- If he makes the golf cut and is alive for the tennis final, he needs to be back in San Jose for a 5 p.m. match.

One thing leads to another

Jerry Radtke of Ocean City had no idea what he was in for when he agreed to play in a charity golf tournament in Wilmington, Del., last fall.

First of all, the 30-handicapper who plays from Eagle's Landing had a career round of 90 ("There were 18 gods looking after me that day, one for each hole.") at Wilmington Country Club as part of a team competition for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Then, a member of his foursome won as a door prize, entry into the Lexus Champions for Charity tournament to be held in Palm Springs, Calif., in December.

The player was unable to use the prize and thought it only fair he turn it back to the charity to be auctioned off. Radtke told tournament officials he would donate a certain amount for the prize, and, after checking with the various organizations involved, the offer was accepted.

The competition turned out to be a two-man team event, so Radtke asked Matthew Brawn, his future son-in-law who lives in Baltimore County, to join him. Brawn also carries a 30-handicap at Eagle's Landing.

Sorry, no winning fairy tale ensued.

Even so, they had a great time, stayed at the La Quinta Resort, and wound up 69th in the 150-team field, posting a 54-hole net total of 210. They saw former Baltimorean and ex-Colts star Raymond Chester. And they were paired with such diverse types as the dentist of Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and the father of actor Tom Selleck.

The Radtke-Brawn entry was 6-under par the first day but came back to reality when "the Stadium Course at PGA West got us," said Radtke. "Still, I can't say enough for the job Lexus did, and LaQuinta couldn't do enough for the players. It was an incredible experience, one I'll never forget."

Camden "green"

Friday's weather-related postponement of the Tom Clancy Indoor Golf Tournament at Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been rescheduled for Feb. 4. By last week, the 144-player field had been sold out, but with the change, four spots became open for the 6 p.m.-10 p.m. program.

An 18-hole golf course, designed by local professionals Billy Bassler, Mike Healy and Greg Jones, will be laid out on the club level, with the competition to be followed by a silent auction. A wide range of sports memorabilia will be available for bids.

Further entry information for the event, which benefits the Leukemia Society of America Maryland Chapter, is available from Jenny McGill at (410) 788-4293.

A "Deere" Maryland team

A team representing Glade Valley Golf Club in Walkersville placed fifth overall (54-54108) in the recent John Deere team championship tournament, held in Palm Springs, Calif. An entry of club professional Jeff Ellis, golf course superintendent Mark Hahn, general manager James Reck and greens chairman Dave Marple had previously qualified for the 32-team field culled from among more than 1,000 teams that entered regional tournaments across the country. The format was betterball, with the professional playing his own ball and the other three team members playing a scramble.

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