LAKE MILTON -- Frank Stalter, 76, of Lake Milton aced the 130-yard No. 5 hole at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course over the weekend. He used a 3-wood. Witnesses were Joe Veverka, Al Macnaughton and Mitch Blake.
YORK, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania game commissioner wants a modest fine imposed for violating his proposed limit on shooting of male deer to those with at least three points on an antler.
Gary Alt, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's supervisor of deer management, told state lawmakers last week he would defer to lawmakers on how to enforce the limit, but he would prefer to handle violations in a forgiving manner.
"If we say, 'OK, were going to give you a $500 fine and rip your license away for a year,' that can kill this program," Alt said recently at a hearing of the state House Game and Fisheries Committee.
"You report [illegal kills], pay a $25 restitution," Alt said. "We will take the head, or at least we'll take the antlers, for sure. You can take the meat home and eat the deer."
Taking the antlers, however, is key, otherwise some hunters might be tempted to shoot a six-point buck and accept the $25 fine as a small price to pay for the trophy, he said.
"We do not want hunters to get a reward for it by taking the antlers back," said Alt, who proposed the limits as a way of restoring health to the state's deer herd.
Hunters have thinned the population of young bucks, making it tougher for the herd to reproduce. Alt said restricting kills to older bucks, which have more antlers, will allow the herd to recover and mean better hunting in the long run.
Under Alt's proposal, a three-point restriction would be imposed in all but 11 western counties, where only bucks with four or more points on one side of their heads would be fair game.
Alt told lawmakers that the poor buck-to-doe ratio threatens the health of the state's deer herd, which in turn endangers Pennsylvania's forests.
Goosen struggles, but wins Walker
PERTH, Australia -- U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen won the Johnnie Walker Classic, struggling with a 1-over 73 but cushioned with such a big lead he still won by eight strokes.
The South African entered the final round of the $1.25 million tournament ahead by 13 strokes, a European PGA Tour record. Goosen tied a course record with a 9-under 63 Saturday.
U.S. womenshut out China
SHANGHAI, China -- Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Milbrett scored in the first 8 minutes to give the United States a 2-0 victory over China in the Four Nations Women's Soccer Tournament.
The U.S. team finished the four-team tourney in third place with a record of 1-1-1.
Olympic champion Norway (2-1) won the event despite losing to Germany 3-1.
Kenyan winsOsaka Marathon
OSAKA, Japan -- Lornah Kiplagat of Kenya surged past Harumi Hiroyama of Japan to win the Osaka Marathon.
Kiplagat became the first African woman to win the Osaka race, finishing in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 55 seconds.
Indoor 2-milerecord broken
BOSTON -- Regina Jacobs ran the last 200 meters of the women's 2-mile in a blistering 32 seconds to win in 9:23.38 and break Lynn Jennings' 16-year-old world indoor record of 9:28.15 at the Boston Indoor Games.
Tim Broe broke Steve Scott's 21-year-old American record in the men's 3,000-meter run.
Slovenia's Jolanda Ceplak ran the fastest indoor 800-meter time by a woman on U.S. soil, in 1:57.79.
Baumann returnsto competition
DORTMUND, Germany -- Former Olympic champion Dieter Baumann of Germany returned to competition after a two-year drug ban, finishing second here in a 3,000-meter indoor race.
Ethiopia's Million Wolde, a gold medalist at the Sydney Games, won in 7 minutes, 47.22 seconds, out-sprinting the German around the final turn. Baumann finished in 7:47.54.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy -- Stina Hofgard Nilsen won a World Cup race for the first time, edging fellow Norwegian Andrine Flemmen in a giant slalom with a strong second run.
New swim marks
BERLIN -- Zoe Baker of Britain and Thomas Rupprath of Germany broke short-course world records at a World Cup meet, raising the total to six new marks in two days.
Baker lowered the women's 50-meter breaststroke record to 30.31 seconds, while Rupprath's 50.10 in the 100 butterfly broke his own mark of 50.26, set Dec. 14.
Vindicator staff/wire reports