Originally created 05/12/00

Prices go up for Masters practice rounds



Practice round tickets for the Masters Tournament will cost more in 2001.

Augusta National Golf Club began mailing application forms for the tickets this week to people who had applied for 1999 or 2000 practice round tickets or who had requested information. The practice rounds are scheduled for April 2-4.

A maximum of four tickets can be requested per day. Tickets for Monday and Tuesday rounds are $21, and tickets for Wednesday's practice round, which includes the Par-3 Contest, are $26. Previously, tickets cost $16 for Monday and Tuesday and $21 for Wednesday.

All forms should be postmarked no later than July 15. Successful applicants will receive confirmation in September. Tickets will be mailed out in March.

Unsuccessful applicants will not receive notification.

To get a ticket application, send your name, address, daytime phone and Social Security number to Masters Tournament, Practice Rounds, P.O. Box 2047, Augusta, Ga., 30903.

Augusta National began limited advance sales for practice round tickets in 1995. Series badges for the tournament proper have been sold out for years, with the waiting list for patrons closed in 1978. The club has not released information on series badges prices for next year.

Sophomore Jamie Elson won the Milledge Peterson Award as the most valuable player on the 12th-ranked Augusta State team at the annual golf banquet/luncheon on Thursday at the Forest Hills Golf Club.

Elson, who was named the school's male athlete of the year last week at the athletic banquet, should break the school's single-season scoring average record. Entering next week's NCAA East Regional, Elson's average is 71.00. The record is held by Vaughn Taylor at 71.61. Elson also won the Creek Foundation Scholarship award. The other award winners were Oliver Wilson (freshman of the year), Jake Adams (most improved), Michael Webb (Mikael Peterson leadership award), Robert Duck (coach's award and Jim Bible Scholarship award) and Landy Boles (scholastic award). Webb, Jayce Stepp and Adams were recipients of the Gordon Uhl Scholarship award.

Augusta native John Engler was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf team on Thursday. The junior was joined by three Clemson teammates and Matt Kuchar and Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech on the 13-member squad.

Clemson's D.J. Trahan was one of two freshman on the team. Kuchar and Johnathan Byrd became the fifth and sixth golfers to earn All-ACC honors four times. Trahan was also named Rookie of the Year while Molder was Player of the Year.

OLYMPICS:

Australia's senior IOC official saw nothing wrong with his daughter's prominent role in the Olympic torch relay, saying it was her right to carry the flame and that he was "astonished by the drama."

Kevan Gosper faced accusations of nepotism and cronyism after his 11-year-old daughter, Sophie, became the first Australian to run with the torch in Wednesday's flame-lighting ceremony in Greece.

A 15-year-old Australian-Greek student, Yianna Souleles, had been expected to be the first Australian to carry the torch, but Gosper's daughter was a late selection for the prestigious spot.

BASKETBALL:

The half-million dollar sale of the basketball advertised as the one Wilt Chamberlain used to score 100 points was called off Thursday because of questions about its authenticity.

"We've decided to pull it back until we can further investigate the claims being made about the ball," said Mike Hefner, president of Leland's, the auction house which sold the ball on April 28 for $551,844 -- a record for a basketball and the third highest figure of any sports memorabilia item sold at auction.