Wayne DeFrancesco of McLean, reigning District Ameateur champion, won individual honors in the weekend's 13th annual Palmetto tournament -- a shame the sporting action in one of intercollegiate golf's premier events was all but overshadowed by an old bugaboo.

The University of South Carolina pulled its team from the competition at the Country Club of Orangeburg after the school's president noted that state law prohibits spending of state funds at a facility that practices racial discrimination. Clemson, another South Carolina school, withdrew before the meet on the same grounds.

The decision, says South Carolina's coach, Bobby Foster, "Just put the whole season in kind of a state of disarray." The Gamecocks will not play in the state intercollegiate at Hampton (S.C.) Country Club April 3-5, either -- maybe no state-supported schools will.

The Orangeburg club does not allow blacks to play the course regularly, but club officials assured the 20 schools entered that any blacks on their squad could play.

Anyway, North Carolina won the team title while DeFrancesco, who calls Lakewood home base when home from school, made LSU a winner individually with his 69-67-71 -- 207, five strokes better than runner-up Gary Hallberg of Wake Forest. Maryland's five-man delegation placed 11th, 37 strokes off UNC's 1,106.

Dean Smith, for the sixth time in the lst 13 seasons, is ACC basketball coach of the year. North Carolina's genius collected 85 of the 105 votes cast by sportswriters who cover the conference; runner-up Bill Foster of Clemson, 11 -- Clemson's, not Duke's Bill Foster...

But on the national level, the media werenht as impressed with Smith as was the coaches association that last week named him tops in the country. Associated Press poll pegs as coach of the year Bill Hodges, who switched from assistant to the wheelhouse in a hurry after Bob King suffered a heart attack last fall and has Indiana State Perking along 30-0. Hodges won with 95 votes; Digger Phelps of Notre Dame was second with 45, then Gary Cunningham, UCLA, 36; Lute Olsen, Iowa, 29, and Smith 25. Hodges, accepting the award in Chicago, joshed, "The players were kidding me when they found out... They said 'Now that you're coach of the year, you'll probably want to start coaching.' I accept this award for King (ISU athletic director) and myself"...

Naturally, AP's player of the year is the fellow who made Hodges' work so simple: 328 votes for Larry Bird to 17 for Arkansas' Sidney Moncrief, nine for Michigan State's Earvin Johnson an five for -- see you next year -- Duke's Mike Gminski. Bird reiterated his distaste for talking to reporters because of alleged misquotation and besides, "If I sit out (and don't talk), the press will talk to the other players. If I let Carl Nicks and others talk to the press it helps them. Now they get the publicity they deserve."

WTTG-TV-5 weighs in with news it'll beam Penn-Syracuse in the East Regional at 7 p.m. Friday... And College Park Communications with word that, if you're on Terp campus or in Thurmont (WTHU) or Hagerstown (WJEJ) you can radio in on Maryland women's basketball. This operation, headed by '78 Maryland grad Dave Lilling, originates on WMUC, the university outlet, has been under way since Jan. 16 and continues with AIAW tournament action Friday night, Maryland vs. Valdosta State. Lilling has been trying to get a more powerful station to pick 'em up if the Terp women advance, probably to play No. 1-randed Old Dominion, on Saturday... It will be interesting if UM-ODU comes to pass, what with Old Dominion headed for two years' probation because of an illegal visit by Dominion Coasch Marianne Stanley to prospect Lynn Callander before, as Callander explains now, "I chose Maryland because I was afraid Marianne was going to get ODU into too much trouble because of the way she goes about recruiting." ODU has appealed its pending probation and awaits response from AIAW....