Charlie Briggs, assistant professional at Caves Valley Golf Club, had his round divided in half by an hour rain delay, but handled the dry-wet conditions almost equally well in shooting a 5-under-par 33-3366 in a Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association pro-am tournament at Chestnut Ridge Country Club yesterday.
In winning his first pro-am, Briggs, 29, shot the last 14 holes in 6-under, after making his only bogey at No. 13, his fourth hole. Three of his birdies were two-putt efforts on par-5s, and the other three were on putts inside 10 feet.
A birdie at No. 9, his last hole, enabled Briggs to cut John Huber, Glen Barrett and Brian Lehnhard out of a share of first, as they finished with 67s.
Sheldon Kalish of Woodholme CC had an eagle-3 on the first hole, a birdie-3 on the third and went on to shoot 33-3568 to earn low gross among the amateurs in the 48-team field.
WGA team matches
The Hunt Valley Golf Club used a 3-0 win by the No. 2 pairing of Glenna Wirtanen and Jenny Chuasiriporn over Rita Gillham-Joan Lins as a springboard to a 7-5 victory over Turf Valley Country Club in the championship match for the Hutzler Trophy (top eight clubs ranked by total team handicaps) at Chartwell CC.
In the companion Legg Trophy event (for the remaining nin clubs), Arlene Birnbaum-Bonnie Oletsky squeezed out a 2 1/2 - 1/2 triumph over Ann Gillespie-Karen Parker to give Woodholme its second straight Legg title, 6 1/2 -5 1/2 over Chartwell CC at Hunt Valley GC.