This Week

September 27, 1998

Sept. 23-29

PGA
LaCantera Texas Open, LaCantera Golf Club, San Antonio
Golfers try to be like Mike (Souchak), whose 257 at the 1955
Texas Open is the Tour record

LPGA
First Union Betsy King Classic, Berkleigh Country Club, Kutztown,
Pa.
Se Ri Pak, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb hope to deprive King
of her own trophy

Senior
Boone Valley Classic, Boone Valley Golf Club, Augusta, Mo.
Hale Irwin hits the boonies, defending a title he won without
making a single bogey

Europe
Linde German Masters, Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Cologne
Three-time winner Bernhard Langer attempts to outgut Colin
Montgomerie and Vijay Singh

PGA Tour
CHUNKY LUMPY'S BUMPY RIDE

Tim Herron, the 1996 Honda Classic champion, got his second Tour
title at last year's LaCantera Texas Open. The 28-year-old pro
known as Lumpy has taken his lumps this season, going winless
and dropping from 33rd to 51st on the money list. Still, a
repeat victory in San Antonio, over a field that includes Justin
Leonard and U.S. Amateur champ Hank Kuehne--playing on a
sponsor's exemption--would give Herron his third win in three
years and a shot at playing in his first Tour Championship, the
season-ending bash to which only the top 30 money winners are
invited.
GOLF CHANNEL, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 4 PM

LPGA
MORE REIGN FORECAST FOR SORENSTAM

With apologies to CBS's The King of Queens, Annika Sorenstam
(above), with two wins in the Betsy King Classic's two years of
existence, is the queen of Kings. As for the event's eponymous
Hall of Famer, King missed the cut here in '96 but joined
Sorenstam in the final pairing last fall and tied for third.
This year the King boasts a new title sponsor, First Union Bank,
and a fatter purse of $650,000, up $50,000 from a year ago. Both
Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak are shooting for their fifth victory of
the season.

Senior Tour
THE $2 MILLION MAN COMES BACK FOR MORE

Dan Dierdorf may be the biggest celeb among Boone Valley Golf
Club's members, but the football talking head, who outweighs
Hale Irwin by 100 pounds, takes a backseat to Irwin when the
Senior tour comes to town. The two-time all-Big Eight football
player--Irwin, not Dierdorf--needed nary a member's bounce last
year as he shot a bogey-free 200 to win the Boone Valley
Classic. Irwin went on to set a single-season record for
earnings on any tour. Having already broken that mark by raking
in $2,344,670 this year, he's as close to an odds-on favorite as
any golfer can be.
ESPN, SAT., 5:30 PM; ESPN2, SUN., 6:30 PM

COLOR PHOTO: J.D. CUBAN [Annika Sorenstam]

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)