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Archive for Thursday, July 29, 1993

STUNTZ HANDS HIMSELF PENALTY AT KANSAS OPEN

July 29, 1993

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Dick Stuntz can't remember having 15 clubs in his golf bag, let alone being penalized for it.

But the Lawrence golfer did, in fact, take a two-stroke penalty during the first round of the Kansas Open on Wednesday for carrying 15 clubs, one over the limit.

He had borrowed what's known as a metal 5-wood, and he had planned to scrap his 1-iron for the round. But he forgot to remove the club. He caught his error on the first hole and notified officicials.

Stuntz wound up with a triple-bogey 7 on the first hole, but it was too early to count him out. He birdied No. 2, eagled No. 3 and birdied No. 4. Even with a triple bogey, Stuntz was 1 under after four holes.

"TO LOSE THAT much at the start and then to come back," Stuntz said, "I felt pretty good."

As you'd expect, nothing like that had ever happened to Stuntz.

"I don't ever remember having 15 clubs in my bag," he said. "Even when I'm practicing, I always have 14 clubs."

Stuntz finished with a 3-over-par 75.

-- Jeff Lee of Dallas, one of seven golfers who fired 69, two shots off the lead, carded a hole-in-one on the 239-yard seventh hole.

-- Three former champions are competing in the tournament. In the first round, Steve Gotsche of Great Bend (1990 winner) shot 69, Chris Endres of Phoenix (1989) shot 72, and Jay Williamson of St. Louis (1991) had 73.

-- Jay Hepler, a senior on Kansas' golf team, was four shots off the lead after a first-round 71. Alvamar County Club pro Randy Towner shot 74, and KU golf coach Ross Randall shot 76.

-- Other Lawrence scores: Jim Young 74, Brad Bruno 75, John Ogden 75, Jon Platz 79, William Kipp 79, Mike Moddrell 81, Jeff Moeller 84, and John Catlin 86.

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