At Pebble Beach, Calif., Jay Haas started off the 1982 golf year by winning the $150,000 Spaulding Invitational Pro-Am golf tournament.

Haas, a two-time winner on the tour last year, carded a final-round three-under-par 69 on the par-72 Pebble Beach course and beat second-place finisher Bobby Clampett by four strokes in the 90-hole event.

Haas finished at 337, 22 strokes under par, and earned $27,500. Clampett, who finished 14th on the money list last year, closed with a 70 and earned $14,000.

Leading finisher among the LPGA stars competing against the men was 1981 rookie of the year Patty Sheehan, who closed with a 74 for a 357 total.

Johan Kriek became the first South African to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament when he captured the $400,000 Australian Open yesterday in Melbourne, beating American Steve Denton, 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.

Kriek earned his biggest payday, $64,000, while Denton continued his climb in the world rankings and shed his image as primarily a doubles player.

Denton, who has jumped 360 spots on the Association of Tennis Professionals computer rankings in the last year, won $32,000 as he saved seven match points against Kriek.

Kriek had been ranked as high as No. 12 in the world, but slipped over the past year while taking time off to get his personal affairs in order.

Denton fought hard in the fourth set and refused to surrender despite a series of magnificent passing shots from Kriek, who broke Denton's serve in the seventh game, held serve and moved to match point on Denton's next service.

But Denton saved two match points before holding serve to go to 4-5. Kriek held another match point at 40-30, but Denton saved that before succumbing on the eighth match point.