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Anderson adds to his pile of chips in Celebrity shootout

Even if he didn't own an insurance agency and four cellular phone stores, Dick Anderson wouldn't have to rely on pensions and/or Social Security now that he has left the glamor of the sports spotlight. The former football star is adept enough at golf to make a good living.

Anderson, 49, won the Celebrity Challenge Shootout at Black Diamond Ranch for the second consecutive year Saturday and pocketed $25,000. That brought his earnings for 1995 on the Celebrity Challenge Tour to about $40,000, he said.

"I made more money on the tour last year than I did in my first six years with the (Miami) Dolphins," Anderson said. "I won $75,000 at Lake Tahoe and around $125,000 for the year.

"I've tried to concentrate on a smooth tempo in my golf game as opposed to hitting it hard and long as I did in my younger days. One key is to keep your head down and still in order to create good tempo."

Anderson embarked on the athletic road to success early. He and pro golfer Hale Irwin played football, basketball and golf together in high school in Boulder, Colo., and later were college teammates. Anderson jokingly said, "I taught Hale everything he knows."

Anderson defeated basketball great Rick Barry in a chip-off at Black Diamond in 1994, and this year he knocked off ex-major league pitcher Rick Rhoden via the same chip-off route.

The 544-yard No. 9 hole gave both Rhoden and Anderson a chance to win the shootout in regulation. Each player hit his approach shot a bit short, with Rhoden bunkering his ball.

Anderson was again short of the green with his third shot, then pitched to some 7 feet beyond the cup. Rhoden came out of the sand trap too strong and flew the green before chipping back past the hole. Both men two-putted for bogey-6.

Black Diamond director of golf Gary Owens sent the two players to the left of the ninth green on a tough downhill lie for the one-shot chip-off. Anderson's shot came to rest 3-4 feet from the hole. Rhoden wound up 8-9 feet away, and left with a $10,000 check for second place.

"Dick (Anderson) hit a fine shot," Rhoden said. "I was hoping he wouldn't hit it good and I could duff one down there."

About 50 parking passes were sold to the public at $20 each for the shootout, Owens said. That raised nearly $1,000 for the American Cancer Society, chief beneficiary of the two-day event.

A pro-am tournament Friday enabled sponsors to play with 27 past or current players from the ranks of baseball, hockey, football and basketball. Scores shot in the pro-am by the athletes determined which eight would advance to Saturday's shootout. Anderson and Florida Gators head football coach Steve Spurrier already held exemptions.

Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt was another exempt player but bowed out of the event Thursday after injuring his back at his Jupiter home, tournament director Jim Yarbrough said.

Friday's thunderstorms made it impossible to complete play, so Yarbrough said a complex formula to weight scores based on holes completed before the rains came was used to figure out who went into the shootout.

The eight joining Anderson and Spurrier were baseball's Rhoden, Hal Lanier, Jim "Mudcat" Grant and Shane Rawley; hockey's Pierre LaRouche and Rick Martin; and basketball's Charlie Criss and Len "Truck" Robinson.

One golfer fell out of contention on each shootout hole as follows: LaRouche on No. 10, Martin on No. 11, Criss on No. 12, Robinson on No. 13, Lanier on No. 14, Spurrier on No. 15, Grant on No. 16, and Rawley on No. 17.

Lanier, a Dunnellon resident, may well have summed up how the athletes felt about their visit to the Tom Fazio-designed course.

"Black Diamond is fabulous," Lanier said. "You don't expect anything like this in Florida. You can play this course every day and never get tired."

Citrus Hills keeps cup: Citrus Hills defeated Glen Lakes 6-4 Friday in the second of two matches in the Citrus Cup Challenge series and thus holds on to its prize with an overall 12-8 victory. The format was two-person best-ball with 80 percent handicap.

Citrus Hills match winners on their home course were: team captain Duke McKearney and John Schuttler, Joe Piscopio and Bill Larson, Art Avery and Ken Holland, Lee Cooke and Bob Parrington, Ray Jarzyna and Guy Symons, and Kervin Ray and Bob Schulze. Winners for Glen Lakes included: Pete Crombie and Ed Noe, Janet Daly and Cora Marshall, Wayne Williams and Ernie Posgai, and Priscilla Oriel and Mary Jane Rice.

"(Head pro) Chuck McNeight's "hired guns" of Twisted Oaks will be the next challengers at an undetermined date pending ESPN's coverage of the two six-time cup holders," McKearney said jokingly.

Kuntz picks up first Florida win: Single-file marching was the order of business at Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs during the recent North Florida/West Central Chapter PGA tournament, and golfers in the seniors division were unable to keep in step with Seven Rivers pro Ross Kuntz.

Kuntz shot consecutive rounds of 75 June 26-27 on the 6,557-yard, par-72 Island course to win the seniors division, which had 12 participants. Plantation Inn head pro Jim Brennan also played in the event.

The victory was the first in a section event for Kuntz since he moved to Florida from Indiana 10 years ago.

"I was like Corey Pavin (not winning a major until the U.S. Open)," Kuntz said in joking fashion. "I won everything back in Indiana but couldn't win anything here. I finally have the monkey off my back."

The Island and Copperhead courses at Innisbrook were inundated by 7{ inches of rainfall June 24-25. All the water only added to the difficulty faced by golfers.

"The Island course is very tough," Kuntz said. "You have to walk single-file on several holes. There's no landing area, and it's tight and demanding.

"It played almost 6,600 yards long and you got no roll. You never were able to leave off the thinking cap. Not for a minute."

Cioe 10 back: Crystal River's Joe Cioe earned $2,250 by shooting 277 in the four-day Nike Philadelphia Classic that ended Sunday at Huntingdon Valley, Pa. He posted rounds of 65-69-75-68 to tie for 18th place.

This is an off week for the Nike Tour. Play resumes July 13-16 with the Nike Buffalo Open.

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