Handicapping slope is too steep


The U.S. Golf Association's slope system for handicapping is struggling for popularity.

In Maryland alone, the state association is in its second year of rating courses and the job is far from complete. Jack Emich, executive director of the MSGA, claims that even with as many as 60 volunteers assisting, Bob Bonnell, chairman of the course rating committee, is involved in an overwhelming task.

While MSGA tournaments require contestants to submit handicaps showing index tabulations under the slope system, only a percentage comply. The committee faces the task of converting handicaps into single figures at the start of each tournament.

Something could be said of the accuracy of the index handicapping in yesterday's State Senior Women's Championship at Suburban Club.

Out of a field of 80-plus players, only one posted a net score of under par. That means that out of 80 attempts, only one player performed better than her established handicap. If matters had slipped too favorably for subpar handicap scoring in the past, it now has swung the other way.

* Joan Lins, in her first year of eligibility, captured the Maryland State Senior Women's title with an 80 at Suburban Club. Lins, 50, of Turf Valley, edged Jane Mason of Green Hill and Joan Winchester of Rolling Road by a stroke. Lindy Crismer of Rolling Road was next with 82.

Still the most hailed score was posted by Jane Emich of Baltimore CC, who tied for the overall fourth place, despite competing in the 70-and-over age group.

Low gross winners in the various age groups were: (50-54)-Lins 80, (55-59)-Crismer 82, (60-64)-Marty King 84, (65-69)-Eleanor Appling and Rolande King 90 and (70 and over)-Emich 84.

* Tom Hardinge has announced the Baltimore lineup for the annual Baltimore-Washington team match tomorrow at Congressional, starting at 12:30 p.m. Included on the Baltimore team are:

Charlie Harris, Chuck Ebner and Art Daddazio all of the Country Club of Maryland; Tim Dilli and Tim Lynck of Hunt Valley; Gary Mason of Hobbit's Glen; Joel Kaye of Woodholme; Michael Sanger of Green Spring; Frank Burns of Fountain Head; Nick Aquillino of Naval Academy; Greg Henry of Beaver Creek and Mike Gillis of Chartwell.

Baltimore was a decisive winner of the match last year.

* A group of golfers at the Naval Academy course have become involved in an international competition.

In the first of what is to become an annual event, the Annapolis golfers hosted and defeated a side of 16 golfers from Moor Park, England. The score was 18 to 10.

Patterning the play after the format used in professional Ryder Cup matches, the Annapolis-Moor Park test has been dubbed the Runners Cup. The teams plan to play their next match in England next year.

* A group of Rolling Road members traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the wedding of former club mate Paul Celano. Now serving as head professional at the Grand Cypress course in Florida, Celano had Greg Norman as his best man. Also in the wedding party was Payne Stewart.

* Among early entries for the Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship at Woodholme CC on Oct. 4-7 are David Partridge, defending champion from Richmond, Va., and John Baldwin, the current New York Metropolitan titleholder.

* Evening Sun baseball writer Jim Henneman is the latest member of golf's hole-in-one club. Henneman scored his ace on the 162-yard 11th hole at Clifton Park . . . Starting times still are available for the Middle Atlantic Senior Championship at Turf Valley Tuesday.

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