Times flies, all right. Could it already be the 10th anniversary Lee Elder Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament coming up? Could Lee Elder already be 46 years old?
Yessir. It was a birthday announcement yesterday by Washington's man on the PGA Tour as he and wife Rose announced at their Langston course on Benning Road NE a star-studded cast for the event Aug. 22-24.
Could Lee Elder, passing up the British Open this week, be doing so because he feels age has caught up with him? No sir.
"I'm not going to Muirfield," Elder said, "because I'm hoping my presence here will help us do better this time than last year in our celebrity event, when the gate was not what I know it could be.
"I'm not going over there because right now it is cold in Scotland. And last year, when I played in the British (his first), I caught flu and was knocked off the tour the next two weeks.
"I'm not going because our tour is coming to the part where I usually make my best run -- the Sammy Davis Jr. in Hartford, the events in Philadelphia and around New York. I feel I can do it again.
"And for us to play the British is expensive, a minimum of $3,000. Last year, it cost Rose and me $5,500 -- for a first in a lifetime, we went Concorde, first class."
The celebrity tourney at Langston figures to be first class as it furthers the Elder scholarship fund, which to date has assisted a dozen youths to attend college.
Bob Hope lent his name, and vowed to lend his presence, along with household names from sports and show biz, even soap opera, to Elder's show . . .
Five days he eluded deputies seeking to serve him papers committing him to mental observation. Then John Reaves, the Minnesota Viking reserve quarterback, appeared in court yesterday and cleared the decks for preseason training.
A Tampa judge dissolved the commitment order after a psychiatrist testified that he believed the 30-year-old former Florida athlete competent and no danger to himself or others. The order had been issued after three of Reaves' friends testified he was heavily into drinking and drugs, caused a disturbance in a Tampa restaurant and threatened their lives. His wife Patti said he has been depressed about his football career. He didn't play a down last season . . .
Another downer: Eddie Johnson, the NBA all-star guard of the Hawks, arrested near Atlanta on cocaine possession charges and accused of driving under the influence and with a suspended license.
Johnson remained in Fulton County jail today, unable to come up with $26,00 bond. A police officer described his behavior in judge's chambers as "ugly." Johnson's lawyer pleaded that "Eddie is a troubled young man" . . .
The San Francisco Giants have regained one of the three first basemen they lost in recent weeks: Mike Ivie. Deciding once more to tackle the stresses of pro baseball that drove him to quit last month, Ivie will be reinstated from the disqualified list as he reports to the Giants today in Pittsburgh to begin conditioning . . . Back from 11 months out of commission to try to lend the L.A. Dodgers a hand, left variety, from the bullpen: sometimes premier reliever Terry Forster. He underwent elbow surgery last August . . .