Mayfair's even-par 280 is good enough to win Tour Championship

SPORTS DIGEST

October 30, 1995

Golf

Billy Mayfair won the $3 million, season-ending Tour Championship in Tulsa, Okla., with an even-par total of 280 over a Southern Hills course that yielded just one round below par yesterday and only 14 subpar rounds for the entire tournament.

He finished second on the PGA Tour money list with $1,543,192. Greg Norman had $1,654,959.

It was the first time even-par or worse had won a 72-hole PGA Tour event since 1981, when Bruce Lietzke won the Byron Nelson Classic at 1-over 281.

Steve Elkington won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average of the season: 69.62.

Elkington finished with a season average of 69.62 U.S. wins LPGA event:U.S. wins LPGA event: Meg Mallon shot a 7-under-par 65, helping players from the U.S. LPGA come from behind for a 19-17 victory over their Japanese counterparts at the Nichirei International in Ina, Japan. By outscoring the Japanese 13 1/2 -4 1/2 in the final day's singles matches, the LPGA posted its 11th consecutive victory.

Charles victorious:Charles victorious: Bob Charles of New Zealand made a 12-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat Dave Stockton and capture the $600,000 Kaanapali (Hawaii) Seniors Classic.

Football

After beating Colorado, Nebraska No. 1 in AP poll

Nebraska, which had been No. 2 all season, overtook Florida State for the top spot in the Associated Press media poll. The Cornhuskers got a boost from Saturday's 44-21 victory over No. 10 Colorado; the Seminoles were idle.

The Huskers (8-0) received eight fewer first-place votes than Florida State (7-0) but got three more points. (Poll, 4C)

Lavender critical:Lavender critical: Joe Lavender, a Washington Redskins cornerback from 1976 to 1982, was in critical condition after his car crashed Saturday night in El Centro, Calif., while he was allegedly driving drunk.

Colleges

Loyola women clinch first in soccer regular season

Melissa Martenak had a goal and an assist to lift Loyola's women's soccer team (10-6-2, 6-1) over Iona, 3-1, to clinch the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title.

Navy men win in soccer: Dave Cuthbert and Mike Curtis scored to lift host Navy (10-6, 4-2 Patriot League) over Bucknell (5-10-1, 1-5), 2-0, for the Midshipmen's fourth straight victory. . . . Bucknell (10-5-1, 6-0) earned a 3-2 women's soccer victory over host Navy (9-6-1, 2-3-1), but the Midshipmen still qualified for the Patriot League Championship, beating out Lehigh on a tiebreaker.

Field hockey: Christine DeBow assisted on the tying goal and scored the go-ahead goal, lifting No. 3 Maryland over host No. 20 Duke, 3-1.

Water polo: Navy (20-7) got four goals from David Silverman and won the Southern Division playoffs by beating host Princeton, 8-3.

Cross country: Loyola's women finished second to Canisius in the MAAC title meet at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. Betsy Allen finished fifth in 20 minutes, 13 seconds.

Tennis

Muster wins 12th title of year, Eurocard Open

French Open champion Thomas Muster earned his first career indoor title by beating unseeded MaliVai Washington, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win the Eurocard Open in Essen, Germany.

Muster, ranked third in the world, has 12 titles this year, leading the tour. His previous 11 wins this year came on clay.

The field included 20 of the top 22 players in the world.

Dosedel wins:Dosedel wins: Slava Dosedel of the Czech Republic, ranked 26th in the world, defeated third seed Marcelo Rios of Chile, ranked 70th, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, to win the Hellmann's Cup in Santiago, Chile.

Australian Olympian David Green defeated American David O'Connor by .2 of one penalty to win the three-day event #F championship at Fair Hill. The event also served as the first trial for the U.S. Olympic equestrian team for 1996. Green, riding Chatsby, needed a clean ride on the stadium jumping to defeat O'Connor of The Plains, Va., who had a penalty-free effort aboard Giltedge.

Bill Long of Southern Pines, N.C., beat Jim Fairclough of Newton, for the four-in-hand driving title.

The quiz

He re-cycles

Name the only player ever to hit for the cycle in both the American and National leagues. Hint: He scored baseball's 1 millionth run. (Answer, 5C)

Quiz answer

New York Yankees GM Bob Watson.

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