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114 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 The 2002 Christmas golf book gift guide It's time for the annual collec- tion of mini-reviews of golf books that should be great for holiday gift-giving. "America's Linksland: A Centu- ry of Long Island Golf" (Sleeping Bear; $55 SRP) is a coffee-table style book that is not only impres- sive for the beautiful photographs by L.C. Lambrecht that grace its pages. Long Island also has a re- markable historical heritage in American golf, and William Quirin does a good job of explain- ing how and why this spit of land was so influential. The Island is blessed with linksland that made Scottish golfers think they were back home, as well as rolling tree-lined hills that helped develop the park- land style of golf course architec- ture. The fact that Long Island was a haven for rich New Yorkers who sunk their money into creat- ing these courses probably didn't hurt, either. The book includes a nice mix of old and new photographs, as well as hole-by-hole descriptions of some of the more famous layouts such as The National. One picture of the fifth green at Bethpage Black was takep from nearly the exact spot we stood during most Fritz Schranck Running Continued from page 113 State course and not sitting at the airport in Baltimore or Chicago waiting for the planes to be de- iced. In 1992, I flew stand by for over a week with track stars Willie, Taiwan, Princess and Janelle Savage as we attempted to get home from Sacramento, Calif. to Baltimore. This time around, Mother Nature is putting a mix in- to our travels as I sit here on a Wednesday night waiting for the snow to begin. The races are held every half- hour on Saturday, Dec. 7, and will begin at 9:30 am. The team will return on Sunday, Dec. 8. The fol- lowing is a list of the 19 athletes that will compete. Bantam Girls: 1.9m - All Con- ing, Erin Ricker and Veronica D'Amico. Bantam Boys: 1.9m - Andrew Ricker Midget Girls: 1.9m - Brittany Morris Midget Boys: 1.9m- Brett Morris, Jon Moore Youth Girls: 2.4m - Ashley Johnson Intermediate Girls: 3.1m- (Team) Amy Mallamo, Becky GOLF of the third round of this year's U.S. Open. ItlVL..D .',It LDATtD TH00PGA GOLF At first glance, "The PGA Man- ual of Golf" (Warner Books; $34.95) looks like a coffee table book. Don't be fooled. It's actual- ly a very good instructional primer on the basics of golf- e_ grip, the stance, the address, the takeaway and the forward swing. Riedel, Marybeth Betts, Maggie Treffel, Cristina Garmedia, Caitlin McGroerty Intermediate Boys: 3.1m- (Team) Andrew Rogan, Evan Mock, Steve Peet, Andrew Perci- ful, Jordan Rollins 5K FLASHBACK - Scattered results of the 1986 Dam Mill 5K in Millsboro. Salisbury's Rich Williams won the race in 15:42, while Leslie Wright runs 16:36 in second. Ocean View insurance man Eric Beam ran 16:48; John Weiss, 17:26; Jack Powell, 17:34; Lou David, 17:45; Tim Bamforth, 17:49; Darren Purcell, 18:04; Alan Quillen, 18:16; George Pep- per, 18:49; Karen Kolobielski, 19:46; Ray Parker, 19:53; Tom Sombar, 19:54; Ray Quillen, 20:30; David Landis, 20:59; Cris Snarsky, 21:14; Sonja Friend, 21:17; Dave Knobelspiess, 21:51; Brian Marrin, 22:02; Lloyd Heite, 23:26; Roger Gourley, 23:50; Steve Botchie, 23:53; Paul Collins, 25:24; and Marian Lise- hora, 27:23. This list is just a small group of runners that are known in the Cape Region who were among the field of 144 run- ners. The Darn Mill event will celebrate its 20th year in August of 2003. The book is filled with stop action photographs and short pieces on the different parts of the golf swing, as well as segments on routine tactics, such as chipping, sand play, and dealing with the wind. Rick Martino, PGA of Ameri- ca's Director of Instruction, helped by long-time golf writer Don Wade, rarely misses an op- portunity to suggest readers should use the Manual along with a regular course of instruction by their favorite PGA professional. (That's not just marketing, that's just good sense.) For the last couple Christmases, some of my family members have given me a book from Dr. Richard Carlson's "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" self-help series. Maybe they're trying to tell me something. The editors of the Don't Sweat Press are now cash- ing in on the brand, with their own "Don't Sweat Guide to Golf" (Hyperion; $10.95 SRP). Carlson chipped in, as it were, with a fore- ward for this little paperback. The book's structure mirrors the famil- iar Don't Sweat format, with 99 short pieces of useful advice. "Perry Maxwell's- Prairie Dunes" (Sleeping Bear; $45 SRP) is a beautiful reminder that the heartland of America is home to gorgeous, challenging golf cours- es. Unlike many coffee-table books, this one focuses on a single layout. Mal Elliott, a long-time sports writer in Wichita, Kansas, chose wisely in writing about how Okta- homan Perry Maxwell became a golf architect and was selected to design the new course outside Hutchinson, Kansas, on links-like property that seemed out of place with one's normal mental image of the Midwest. The mix o Maxwelrs talents and the recep- tive canvas on" which he worked led to this 20th Century architec- tural masterpiece. John R. John- son's fine photographs whet one's desire to finagle an invitation to play the course. Finally, I didn't really appreci- ate how right-handed most golf instruction books are until I read one dedicated solely to the needs of left-handed golfers. PGA pro- fessional Steve Anderson and golf writer Paul deVere joined together to publish "On the Other Hand" (Saron Press; $15.95), and this pa- perback should be a godsend for left-handers looking for a book they don't have to hold up to a mirror. It covers all the basics of the golf swing and course manage- ment, this time from the left per- spective. After reading it and struggling through-the mental translation required for my right- handed brain, I have a much better appreciation for the real contribu- tion Anderson and deVere made for the lefties among us. Milton's Jim Pride rolls perfect game By Jim Cresson It took a lifetime of trying for Milton bowler Jim Pride Jr. to roll a perfect game. When the 32-year- old left hander nailed the big 300 at Millsboro Lanes, Nov. 18, it was his first night bowling on a new team in the Monday night mixed league. Pride said he survived shakey pin action in frames eight, nine and 10. 1 was hitting the pocket all night, but the pins were slow going down toward the end. I've had 11 strikes in a row a number of times, so frame 12 was a real knee-shaker." "Everybody in the house stopped rolling and gath- ered behind me on lane two as I rolled that twelfth frame," he related. "When the pins all fell, I don't know who was more excited, me or my new team, the Gutter Balls." Pride began bowling at age eight in the old Re- hoboth Bowling Lanes on the Avenue. When he was 11, he joined the Milford Junior League. He has rolled thousands of games for several adult teams since then, and his average is a respectable 212. "I normally bowl with in the Wednesday night ABC Classic mens league at Millsboro Lanes," he said. "My wife, Brandy, and I were asked to fill some slots on the Gutter Balls. I just bought a new Ham- mer blade reactive 15-pound ball, and decided to join the Monday night league, too. It was Nov. 18th, I was born on the 18th and I'm the 18th bowler to hit a perfect game at Millsboro Lanes." Pride's best bowling buddy has rolled six perfect games. "He says it gets easier; I sure hope so. I'm waiting for my ABC perfect game ring now. If I do it again, I'll upgrade the ring." After a stellar first night on the team, Pride's six- game average is 233. His tips.to new bowlers: "Prac- tice, practice, practice." Submitted photo Milton's Jim Pride Jr. rolled a perfect game at the Millsboro Lanes.