OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) _ Dave Barr doesn’t get this much exposure all year, but when fellow Canadians watch him on the Glen Abbey golf course they’ll notice a man who seems determined not to have any fun at all.
For some of his fellow competitors coming off the U.S. Open last week in Rochester, N.Y., this is a let-down week. They’re relaxed to the point where most are having trouble getting motivated for the Canadian Open, which starts today.
But not Barr.
″Being a Canadian, it’s a major to me,″ said Barr, 37, one of 23 Canadians entered. ″It’s our national open. The U.S. guys get pumped up for their U.S. Open and it’s the same here for us.
″It’s been 35 years since a Canadian (Pat Fletcher) won and it would be a great honor. It would mean so much personally. It holds more prestige in my eyes.″
Barr, who is scheduled to tee off with Scott Verplank and Dan Pohl today, finished tied for fourth last year after placing 32nd in 1987 and 16th in 1986. Encumbered by a hook-and-draw game in 1983 and 1984, he missed the cut.
His challenge this week is dealing with the pre-tournament tension - and attention - heaped on him by patriotic well-wishers and media.
The gallery will be heard and appreciated, but not acknowledged.
″You’d like to say ‘hi’ and ‘thanks’ to all the people wishing you well, but once the tournament has started I have to keep my mind on what I’m doing out there. I have to have the old tunnel-vision going.″
That’s especially true when it comes to putting.
Barr, coming off his best year on the professional tour, is 71st on the money list with just under $110,000 in winnings. His best finish this season, after six top-10 finishes in a seven-tournament stretch last year, was 10th in the Greater Greensboro Open.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians president Hank Peters doesn’t plan to extend Manager Doc Edwards’ contract during the current season, but Peters says he has no idea where rumors got started that Edwards’ job is in trouble.
″I really don’t like to dignify them by responding,″ Peters said Wednesday. ″If Doc is in trouble, then every manager not leading a division should be in the same boat.″
The Indians have been in second place in the weak American League East for much of the season, but rumors that Edwards might soon be fired began circulating last week.
″I’d say it hasn’t affected my managing ... so far,″ Edwards said. ″I really am too busy to bother with such speculation.″
Edwards is operating under a one-year contract.
″I believe in one-year contracts,″ Peters said. ″I wish we could do it with players. It keeps people motivated.″
TORONTO (AP) - Julie Rocheleau, the Canadian hurdles champion who was suspended for two years for failing a recent doping test, will ignore a subpoena to appear at the Canadian drug inquiry, her lawyer says.
″She won’t be there,″ Nathalie Ferron said Wednesday from her Montreal office. ″I talked to her this morning and she says she does not want to come.″
Rocheleau, 25, was asked to appear Monday at the inquiry into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Canadian athletes. The Montreal track and field veteran has lived in Switzerland since her marriage to a Swiss weightlifter.
A urine sample supplied by Rocheleau on May 2, in compliance with the Canadian Track and Field Association’s random testing program, showed traces of the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol, the same substance which caused Ben Johnson’s disqualification at the Seoul Olympics.
Rocheleau was immediately suspended for two years, pending appeal.
″If she doesn’t show up, the commissioner will draw his own conclusions,″ inquiry counsel Michel Proulx said.
Rocheleau trained in Montreal with weightlifters, including admitted steroid user Jacques Demers. Demers will be called to testify Monday along with body builder Ben Levesque. Both will be asked about Rocheleau.
Ferron said Rocheleau regards the forthcoming testimony about her as pure fabrication and has no interest in defending herself against it.
″She doesn’t want to come to deny all these lies,″ Ferron said.
Rocheleau, who has denied using steroids, recently applied to join the national track team of Switzerland.
Proulx said Rocheleau, because she is living in Switzerland, is under no legal obligation to appear Monday.