Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Rintoul Takes Lead In Houston Golf Event

Steve Rintoul got an early clue it would be a good day of golf.

He sank birdie putts of 4 and 15 feet on the first two holes - evidence that his putting problems may be over - and finished with a 6-under-par 66 Thursday for a 1-shot lead after the first round of the Houston Open.

"I made a couple of good putts to start with," Rintoul said. "On the second hole I had a very difficult putt. It was only 15 feet but it was up and over and down. It was very quick going toward the hole. It was just like it was perfect. I went, `Oh wow, this is pretty fun.' "

Rintoul played early in the day and then watched as others tried to beat his score. He had six birdies and no bogeys and a par-saving putt on No. 10 kept his momentum going.

Peter Jacobsen, the tour's leading money winner, led a group of four 1 shot back at 67. He was joined by hometown favorite Billy Ray Brown, Wayne Levi and Jim Furyk.

Jacobsen's round featured a 30-foot putt for an eagle on the par-5 No. 15.

"I really stepped on a drive and hit a 3-wood right on the middle of the green and made about a 30-footer for Masters champion Ben Crenshaw finished at 70 and defending champion Mike Heinen was at 72. Belleville, Ill., resident Jerry Haas was at 71 and St. Louisan Jay Williamson shot 73. GOLF Three Tied In LPGA Event

Dottie Mochrie, Colleen Walker and Kris Tschetter shot 6-under-par 66s to take the first-round lead in the Sprint Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sixty-two golfers from the field of 144 broke par in the first round of competitive golf at the new course that's part of the LPGA's national headquarters.

Mochrie, Walker and Tschetter share a 1-stroke lead over Dawn Coe-Jones and Marta Figueras-Dotti, both of whom posted 5-under 67s.

Seven players were 2 strokes behind the leaders, while 16 were three strokes behind at 69. HOCKEY U.S. Soars In World Championships

The United States has not won a medal in the World Hockey Championships since 1977. Now a poorly prepared team manned by minor-leaguers, collegians and two European-based players is off to a 3-0 start in Pool B and brimming with confidence.

The Americans, who didn't play a warm-up game and worked out only twice on the large European ice rink before the tournament, held off the Czech Republic 4-2 Thursday to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

"Our goal was to get to the medal round," U.S. coach Jeff Sauer said. "It's tremendous from our standpoint."

Former Blues goalie Pat Jablonski, now Toronto's third-string goalie, had another outstanding game for the Americans. …

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