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77 qualify for Open

Brett Wayment equaled the course record in leading a group of 77 qualifers at the University Hospital-Utah Open qualifying tournament Monday at Wingpointe Golf Course.

Wayment, the 1993 Utah State Amateur champion, who is an assistant pro at Logan Country Club, fired a 7-under-par 65 on a windless day at the par-72 layout. The 65 matched the competitive course record set by Todd Barker in 1994.

Brandon Bair of Elko, Nev., was a shot behind at 66, followed by Cliff Krege of Apopka, Fla., and Salt Lake pro Jon Wright at 67. Phoenix pro Paul Coppinger, ex-BYU golfer Brad Sutterfield and local amateurs Ryan Oldroyd and Chad Pettingill all scored 68s.

Wayment had seven birdies and no bogeys on the day and said he came out of a putting slump with birdies at 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15 and 16.

The cut came at 75, where nine players survived a "scorecard playoff" with six others. Rather than take time for a playoff, scores on the back nine were used to determine the qualifiers.

The 54-hole tournament begins Friday at Willow Creek Country Club, where Warren Schutte will defend his title.

`Matchless Ball' found

BALTIMORE - A baseball autographed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and members of the 1934 American League All-Star team is back at the Babe Ruth Museum after the man who bought the stolen ball decided to return it.

Michael Gibbons, the museum's executive director, noticed the ball was missing from its display case on Friday, prompting the museum to issue a public plea for its return.

The ball is known as the "Matchless Ball" because of the number and caliber of players who have signed it. It was signed by 22 members of the 1934 American League All-Star Team.

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