Trained, indoctrinated and dedicated, college football and basketball players look just about as somber in action as they do in the examination hall. By contrast, the college kids' battles last week for championships in golf, swimming and—you better believe it—pool were full of infectious joy and wacky vitality. A dashing golfer (right) played a flirtatious round in Texas and almost won, coeds shot pocket billiards in Indiana without ripping the felt and an Ohio swimming meet ended in the happiest dunking since Colonel Glenn hit the Atlantic
This is an article from the April 9, 1962 issue
GAY CABALLERO OF COLLEGE GOLF
The University of Houston won its All-America Intercollegiate Invitation Golf Tournament last week—as usual. Not only did Houston win the team championship for the fifth straight year, it took all five other titles as well. Although Homero Blancas (right) was second in medal play to Fred Marti (next page), he was first in the hearts of the coeds—also as usual. Blancas, of French, Cherokee and Mexican descent, gaily romanced five dazzled chicks during the final round and, laughing, lost by a stroke.
VICTORY TALK BY A WILD ONE
Fred Marti (left) is known on the University of Houston golf team as The Wild One—not because he sprays shots into the boondocks but because of his outspoken approach to his approach shots. "Whoa!" or "Bite!" or "Stop, now!" Marti commands as his irons strike. Last week the ball obeyed frequently enough to enable him to win medal honors in Houston's intercollegiate tournament. Marti carded a three-over-par 291, defeating 63 competitors from 16 colleges. His fine golf is in the Houston tradition—Pros Jacky Cupit and Phil Rodgers are recent graduates—and raises Houston's hopes of regaining the NCAA title, which the school lost in 1961 after winning it a record five years in a row.
A JOYFUL BAPTISM AT OHIO STATE
This imminent mass immersion concluded the NCAA swimming meet at Columbus, Ohio last weekend. Jumping in for joy is the Ohio State team, which won its 11th championship but first since 1956. It had been a frustrating year for the Buckeyes. The faculty decided the undefeated football team couldn't go to the Rose Bowl, and the first-ranked basketball team lost to archrival Cincinnati in the NCAA finals. But, paced by diver Lou Vitucci and backstroker L. B. Schaefer, each of whom won two gold medals, and a record-breaking medley relay team, Ohio State defeated runner-up USC 92-46, and the victory bell, traditionally reserved for football triumphs, rang loud and clear.
ANOTHER KIND OF POOL AT INDIANA
Red-bearded Douglas Saunders and redheaded Marian McKibben are far-out types to encounter in the murk and glare of a pool hall. But Saunders (below), an engineering student at the University of California, is the three-cushion champ of the National Intercollegiate Billiards Tournament, which was run off at Indiana University. Miss McKibben (right), who studies Russian at Bradley, finished third in coed pocket billiards. "I like to dance with girls so why shouldn't I like to play pool with them," says Saunders. "I had some obstacles at first," admits Miss McKibben. "People looked at me as much as to say, 'Mother told me there would be girls like that when I went away to college.' "