GOLF; Hole-in-one slip-up
Not wanting to look like a penny-pinching sponsor, Boston's Five-Cent Savings Bank has named the women's pro golf tournament it backs the Boston Five Classic, rather than the Five-Cent Classic. Using the latter name might hinder efforts to attract top players, who turned out in force last weekend. Donna Caponi won the tourney, which is actually held in the northern suburb of Danvers, while local favorites such as JoAnne Carner and US Open champion Pat Bradley helped draw big crowds.
Unfortunately, two players had to be disqualified for signing incorrect scorecards, including all-time leading money winner Kathy Whitworth. That was awkward enough, but perhaps not as embarrassing as the circumstances surrounding Deanie Wood's hole in one on the par-3 16th.
The bank informed the players before the tournament that an ace on the par-3 6th would be rewarded with a brand new station wagon. The program, however, incorrectly listed the special hole as No. 16. Consequently, when Wood's ball ran into the cup, the gallery figured she'd won the car. Showing that sponsors can be good sports too, Boston Five president Bob Spiller worked out a compromise acceptable to Wood, who collected $3,500 -- less than the wagon cost but a lot more than not hing.