Couples Calc Cruising in California


Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Couples continued where they left off last year at the Hyundai Team Matches by routing Peter Jacobson and Scott McCarron, 5-and-4, on the first day of matches.
Couples and Calc, the defending champions, rode the strong play of the steaky Calcavecchia, who birdied six of the 14 holes they played, to reach tomorrow's finals against Rich Beem and Peter Lonard.
'I lucked in a few putts I didn't expect,' said Calcavecchia. 'I was just trying to get the ball close to the hole.'
Beem and Lenord defeated Jerry Kelly and Chris Smith, 3-and-1, in the other semi-final match in the PGA Tour group. Beem, the winner of this year's PGA Championship, is enjoying the special invites in the off-season that come with winning a major.
In the Champions Tour division, another set of defending champions moved into the finals as Dana Quigley and Allen Doyle discarded Bruce Fleisher and David Graham.
The team of Jim Thorpe and John Jacobs used their power game in ousting Bruce Lietzke and Doug Tewell, 2-and-1, to reach Sunday's final against Quigley and Doyle.
'We've known each other for years,' said Jacobs. 'Thorpe needles me, and I needle him back. It's a mutual respect.'
The ladies' final will pit Lori Kane and Janice Moodie, yet another defending champion, against four-time champs Juli Inkster and Dottie Pepper.
Moodie and Kane disposed of Grace Park and Beth Bauer in a runaway match, 4-and-3. Inkster and Pepper held off Laura Diaz and Heather Bowie, 2-and-1.
'We are just comfortable out there,' said Pepper, who missed almost the entire 2002 season following shoulder surgery in March. 'Juli and I are just comfortable with each other. We've been partners a while, but it has worked very well.'
Results from first round of the Hyundai Matches