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Age no handicap for a wealthier Jacobsen

Portland pro, 49, gets $720,000 for first win on PGA Tour in 8 years

Peter Jacobsen turned back the calendar last week.

The former Lincoln High star, 49 years old and a little more than seven months from being eligible for the Champions Tour, won the Greater Hartford Open. It was his first PGA Tour triumph in eight years. He's the seventh-oldest player ever to win on the tour.

'Nobody thought I could win, but it just goes to show you can't deny the human spirit,' he said.

Jacobsen earned $720,000 ÑÊ10 times his payday when he won at Hartford in 1984, when Sammy Davis Jr., then tournament host, presented him the check. He jumped from 121st to 43rd on the money list, with $1,030,495 in earnings this year. He also vaulted from 230th to 106th in the world rankings.

Jacobsen closed with a near-flawless 3-under par 67 in swirling winds and before more than 70,000 fans, including daughter Kristen. His 266 total, 14 under, beat Chris Riley by two strokes.

Kristen Jacobsen, a 21-year-old neuroscience major at New York University, took a Greyhound bus to the course in Cromwell, Conn., to see her dad capture his seventh PGA Tour event. 'This is the first tournament I've ever seen him win,' she said.

Jacobsen has battled back from injuries and hip surgery in April 2001.

'It's kind of the finish line of a long road back from quite a few years of playing hurt,' he said.

nÊThe Trail Blazers ended the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league on a five-game losing streak. Portland finished last in the nine-team league with a 1-5 record. The Blazers lost their finale 98-65 last Thursday to Denver, which was without injured rookie Carmelo Anthony.

Qyntel Woods led the league in scoring with 28.0 points per game, and Zach Randolph was third with 20.5. They also were first and fourth, respectively, in minutes per game. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and Randolph were 1-2 in rebounds with 8.3 and 8.0 per game, respectively. Josh Davis (13-20, .650) had the league's best field-goal percentage. Woods was third in 3-point percentage (3-5, .600), and Boumtje Boumtje was third in blocks with 2.0 per game.

Former University of Oregon guard Fred Jones, entering his second year with the Indiana Pacers, led an Indiana-Philadelphia combined team to a 4-1 record, averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.4 turnovers in 26.4 minutes per game. Jones shot .412 from the field, going 0 of 5 from 3-point range.

nÊLuke Jackson of the University of Oregon has made the 12-man U.S. basketball team for the Pan American Games. Eugene's Blake Stepp, who plays for Gonzaga, also will be on the team when it competes Saturday through Aug. 6 in the Dominican Republic.

nÊThe Portland Beavers open an eight-game homestand at 7 tonight against the Salt Lake Stingers.

nÊThe Portland Timbers are a close third in the A-League Pacific Division (the top two teams make the playoffs) with seven games and one month left in the regular season. Seattle leads with 41 points, followed by Vancouver with 37 and Portland with 34; all have played 21 games. The Timbers' next two matches will be against Seattle, at 7 p.m. Saturday at PGE Park and 2 p.m. Sunday at Seahawks Stadium.

nÊThe East Portland American Legion baseball team continued its path to the Class AAA state tournament with a best-of-three series against Sunset High on Monday at Grant Park.

The teams meet again at 6 tonight at Sunset. A third game, if necessary, will be played at Grant on Wednesday.

The Grant-Sunset series is one of four this week in the Metro region playoffs. The four winning teams play later in the week for three spots in the state tournament, Aug. 6-10, at Eugene's Swede Johnson Stadium.

nÊCleveland is awaiting seven other teams as the host for the American Legion Class A baseball tournament, Friday through Aug. 5, at Sckavone Field in Southeast Portland.

Cleveland coach Casey Dyer, who also coaches the high school team, says the tournament pressure should help the Warriors next season.

Cleveland High reached the state playoffs for the first time in several years last spring, but the Warriors lost to Putnam in the first round. 'We had two guys get picked off in the first inning,' Dyer says. 'We saw right there that having some playoff experience is pretty important. Our guys were just too amped up.'

Cleveland High has seven potential returning starters. One of its key players might be catcher Josh Martin, who has improved his play behind the plate and moved up in the batting order from the eighth spot to fifth.

'He's really having a great summer,' Dyer says. 'He's learned how to hit the ball hard, and his defense is much better, too.'

The Class A tournament begins with a banquet Thursday night at Oaks Park. Grant played its way into the tourney Sunday night with a series win over Benson.

The Class A tourney winner advances to the regional tournament in Spokane to play the state winners from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington.

nÊFormer Reynolds High star Shaquala Williams made the first two starts of her WNBA career last week. She helped the injury-plagued Los Angeles Sparks to wins over Washington and Phoenix, scoring a career-high 13 points in the latter game. She has averaged 28.7 minutes the last three games after averaging 4.5 minutes in the first 12 games.

ÑTribune staff