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S SUNFLOWER SKINS CELEBRITY GOLF BENEFIT, BUT HIS CHARITY STILL CAME OUT $1,000 RICHER.

May 10, 1998

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— Marty Schottenheimer won two holes and Roy Williams one during Saturday's Sunflower Skins celebrity golf benefit on Saturday at Wakarusa Pitch and Putt Golf Course.

Schottenheimer, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, took home $7,500 for his charity, Children's Mercy Hospital. Kansas men's basketball coach Williams won $1,500 for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Douglas County.

Royals' Hall-of-Famer George Brett didn't win a hole during the nine-hole competition on the par 3 course, but still netted a $1,000 check for the Keith Worthington ALS chapter from meet organizers.

``I'd like to play a few more holes,'' Schottenheimer said after an impressive outing. ``It was head-to-head with two guys who are great competitors. Roy hit it very well. None of those putts of his would fall. George had a couple that wouldn't go in. And I made a couple when I had to.''

Schottenheimer won $1,000 for charity by winning a skin with a par on the No. 2 hole. It marked Williams' only bogey of the day.

The golfers then tied holes 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, meaning the eighth hole was worth $6,500.

Schottenheimer plopped a pitching wedge within two feet on the 58-yard hole. He calmly tapped in for birdie and the big payday.

``A long time ago I asked Mason Rudolph, a former professional golfer, how he could take the putter back if it involved all that money. He said, `Marty, as long as you don't have to reach in your own pocket to get it, it's a lot easier,''' Schottenheimer said.

Williams won the final hole with a par. He played solid golf, knocking his tee shots closest to the pin on six of the nine holes.

``I struck the ball well. I couldn't get any putts to fall,'' Williams said. He played 163 holes of golf on a vacation to North Carolina last week. ``The first and third holes I had birdie putts go in and come out. Maybe that was the way I should have felt it'd be the whole day.

``Marty made a great shot on 8. It was a great thrill for me to be here with two of my heroes. It was a lot of fun.''

Williams knows how Schottenheimer felt as he won the lucrative skin on the No. 8 hole.

``Last year at the Crosby (Tournament), I was on the 18th hole. I had an eight-footer for par. I said, `My gosh, this may be worth $10,000,''' Williams explained. ``I had to back off a second. I stepped back over it, knocked it in and went over to the scorer's tent and found out it was worth $10,000.''

Schottenheimer applauded his competition after emerging the victor. His wedge on No. 8, however, could have earned his charity $5,000 if it had dropped for an ace.

``I hit a pretty good shot. Up to that point, I'd not hit many well off the tee,'' Schottenheimer said. ``I'm glad it was a short putt.''

Brett wasn't despondent after winning no skins.

``Marty played great on the money hole,'' Brett said. ``It was an experience. My strength on the golf course is distance. That's where I feel I can get those two guys. If we do this next year, hopefully I'll get my short game in order.

`` I couldn't get out and practice last week,'' he added. ``My wife was on vacation and I was the babysitter for three kids.''

-- Gary Bedore's phone number is 832-7186. His e-mail address is gbedore@ljworld.com.

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