Saturday, October 24, 1998

S E N I O R _ P G A _ G O L F

Associated Press
Jay Sigel follows the path of his tee shot on No. 8
during the first round of the EMC Kaanapali Classic.

Sigel’s 61
sets the pace

He leads by three shots
after the first round of the
Kaanapali Classic

By Bill Kwon


KAANAPALI, Maui -- Yeah, Jay Sigel had visions of a 59.

"I felt if I make the putt at 15, I would have probably hit driver at 16," said Sigel, who saw his eight-foot eagle putt curl just below the right lip of the cup at the par-5 15th hole. He tapped in for his 10th birdie and played it safe with a 2-iron off the par-4 16th tee, finishing par-par-par.

So the Senior PGA Tour is still looking for its first "Mr. 59." Isao Aoki, the 1983 Hawaiian Open winner, came the closest with a 60 in last year's Emerald Coast Classic.

But Sigel was more than elated with his 10-under-par 61 -- a career-low, Kaanapali Classic record and the best round on the Senior Tour this year.

It also gave Sigel a three-stroke lead over Bob Eastwood going into today's second round of the EMC Kaanapali Classic. Hugh Baiocchi and Walter Hall were next at 65, and local Kapalua pro Dick McClean joined Larry Laoretti at 66.

Defending champion Hale Irwin was well back with a 2-over 73 that included a double-bogey 6 at No. 18, the most difficult hole of the day. That put him a dozen shots back of Sigel, an improbable catch-up position in a 54-hole tournament.

Irwin must have wondered if Sigel and Baiocchi, who were in the same group, were playing the same par-71 Royal Kaanapali North Course.

But then, Sigel's used to shooting low numbers. He holds the Senior Tour nine-hole record with a 9-under 27 in the second round of this year's Bell Atlantic Classic. Bad news for the rest of the Kaanapali Classic field -- Sigel went on to win the event.

"It's pleasing, but there's a lot of golf left," Sigel said of his scorching start.

"I certainly was aware he could shoot 59,'' Baiocchi said. "I knew he had 29 and he didn't realize it. When he birdied 10 and 11, I thought 59 was definitely on track."

Sigel and Baiocchi said the ideal conditions -- warm and windless -- made for low scores. Forty of the 77 players in the field shot par-71 or better.

"Put a little wind on this course and it's a totally different deal. We got by with an early tee time and the greens were running great," Sigel said.

Sigel birdied eight of his first 11 holes and said he left a few birdies out there. But he added, "When you have a good round like this, you're a little disappointed it wasn't a little lower."

Baiocchi was thankful for the "absolutely perfect conditions."

"On the back nine I hit it all over the world," said the South African, who's in his second year on the Senior Tour.

Jim Colbert shot a 61 in the 1991 tournament, when the course played to a par-70. Bob Murphy had shared the record of 9-under with Colbert, shooting a 62 when the course became a par-71.

"It'll be a course record, at least for a period of time. At least until Tiger comes out here," Sigel said with a laugh.

Then Sigel caught himself. "I mean this course, not the Senior Tour."

McClean, the Aloha Section senior stroke play champion, recorded his best showing here with a 5-under 66 despite two bogeys.

"I had the favorable conditions. No pressure, starting on the back side. Now it's with the leaders in the first couple groups, and that's what you play for," McClean said.

He had a confidence booster two weeks ago when he tied for 14th in the TransAmerica at Napa, Calif.

Former Big Islander Steve Veriato, a Monday qualifier, was in a nine-way tie at 68 in a group that included Colbert.

Kauai's Dan Nishimoto, who also qualified Monday, was in a 12-way logjam at 69, joining former Kaanapali winners Bob Charles and Bob Murphy, Gary Player and Dana Quigley, last week's winner.


Kaanapali Seniors

At Kaanapali, Hawaii

Bullet First round
Par 71

Jay Sigel29-32--61
Bob Eastwood32-32--64
Hugh Baiocchi31-34--65
Walter Hall31-34--65
Dick McClean32-34--66
Larry Laoretti34-32--66
Gibby Gilbert35-32--67
Jerry McGee34-33--67
DeWitt Weaver32-35--67
Bob E. Smith32-35--67
Tom Shaw34-33--67
Bruce Summerhays33-35--68
Jim Colbert34-34--68
Terry Dill31-37--68
Harold Henning32-36--68
John D. Morgan33-35--68
Fred Gibson33-35--68
Frank Conner32-36--68
Steve Veriato35-33--68
Brian Barnes34-34--68
Bob Charles33-36--69
John Schroeder35-34--69
Gary Player33-36--69
Dana Quigley35-34--69
Bob Murphy32-37--69
Ed Sneed33-36--69
John Mahaffey35-34--69
Babe Hiskey32-37--69
Tom Jenkins34-35--69
Daniel Nishimoto34-35--69
Larry Ziegler36-33--69
Kurt Cox34-35--69
Mike McCullough34-35--69
Buzz Thomas33-36--69
George Archer34-36--70
Isao Aoki35-35--70
Bob Wynn35-35--70
Kermit Zarley33-37--70
Billy King33-37--70
Don Klenk35-35--70
Rocky Thompson35-35--70
Bobby Stroble37-34--71
Miller Barber34-37--71
Jack Rule Jr.35-36--71
David Lundstrom34-37--71
Hubert Green34-37--71
Dale Douglass35-37--72
Deane Beman33-39--72
John Jacobs36-36--72
Joe Inman36-36--72
Rik Massengale34-38--72
Tommy Jacobs37-35--72
Jose Maria Canizares36-36--72
Bob Dickson36-36--72
Tony Jacklin36-36--72
Leonard Thompson36-37--73
Jimmie Bullard37-36--73
Jim Albus38-35--73
Bud Allin35-38--73
Hale Irwin35-38--73
Bobby Mitchell35-38--73
Doug Sanders36-37--73
Walt Morgan36-37--73
Bob Duval36-37--73
Ray DeMello34-40--74
Bruce Lehnhard36-38--74
Ray Arinno31-43--74
Fran Cipro33-41--74
Bob Lunn35-39--74
Orville Moody35-39--74
Homero Blancas34-40--74
Jim Dent37-38--75
Chuck Thorpe34-41--75
Hank Cooper38-37--75
Dave Eichelberger38-37--75
Mike Fetchick38-42--80


Bridgestone Open

At Chiba, Japan

Bullet Second round
Par 72
Tateo Ozaki67-69--136
Shigeki Maruyama71-67--138
Brandt Jobe69-69--138

n Also
David Ishii72-69--141
Lee Janzen68-73--141
Gregory Meyer74-71--145
Brian Watts73-73--146
Todd Hamilton75-74--149

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