Tennis pro Coleman can hit the smaller ball, too


Another Ellsworth Vines he is not. At least, not yet.

But, if potential has a place in sports, Woodholme Country Club member Ross Coleman could be the next athlete to play both tennis and golf professionally.

It was Vines who startled the sports world some 40 years ago by abandoning a string of famed tennis championships to become a pro golfer. He enjoyed amazing success in both worlds.

As for Coleman, 26, he already is a tennis pro, but only a once-in-a-while golfer. If he decides to get serious about the game, however, it could be because of his explosive round at Woodholme this week.

For just three of the holes Coleman played, he dipped 5-under-par. Included in his first nine holes were a birdie, an eagle and a hole-in-one. He aced the par-3 third hole, dropped a birdie putt on the par-4 seventh and pitched his second shot into the cup for an eagle on the eighth hole.

Despite this performance, Coleman had an erratic round of 37-51--88 on the par-73 course. It is not known whether he will give golf a stronger tumble in the future. If he does, it could be interesting.

Coleman, winner of several state and sectional tennis championships, has played portions of both the U.S. and European tennis tours. He teaches tennis at Worthington Swim and Tennis Club in the summer and at Carroll Racquet Club in Finksburg in the winter months.

* Two area courses have new clubhouses under construction. Wakefield, which already has advanced its facilities to 27 holes, is within three months of completing a $2 million project.

Rolling Road Golf Club plans to open its new $3.5 million clubhouse sometime in August. In both cases, the new buildings will not be incorporated with existing structures.

* Hunt Valley upset Maryland Golf and CC in second-round play of the Free State Senior match play tournament. In other matches, Chartwell defeated Elkridge, Hillendale downed Holly Hills, Fountain Head topped Lakewood, Rolling Road beat Piney Branch and CC of Maryland defeated Eagles Nest.

Included on the two-time CC of Maryland senior squad are Bill Dornbusch, Lew Sleater, Charles Harris, Jack Cobo, Chuck Beeler, Art Daddezio and Jerry Phipps.

* The annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament will be completed at Sparrows Point CC today.

"As a father of two children with cystic fibrosis," said Jeff Fick, "I am encouraged that events such as this are moving us closer to the goal of a cure for cystic fibrosis."

Fick, a Baltimore golfer, is considered one of the longest drivers in the nation. He once was runner-up in the National PGA competition.

* Former Baltimore golf professional Dick Sleichter died in Florida at age 73. Sleichter, winner of the Middle Atlantic PGA Championship in 1962 and 1963, was the second professional hired at Chartwell CC.

* The annual Green Spring-Elkridge Invitational golf tournament is scheduled this weekend. Tomorrow's first round will be played at Green Spring and Sunday's action at Elkridge.

* Among pro changes in the area:

Larry Ringer has switched from the Naval Academy course to Prince George's . . . Brian Morrison is new head professional at Baltimore CC . . . Charles Briggs and Bob Fikac are new assistants under Dennis Satyshur at Caves Valley . . . John Stavely has moved from Suburban Club to Swan Point . . . Jeff Sprague has replaced Mike Killian at Bonnie View, and Jimmy Estes, after a fling on the Hogan Tour, has joined Sprague's staff at Bonnie View.

Craig Day has taken over as head professional at Turf Valley after Charlie Herling's retirement, and John McClosky is head pro at Sparrows Point . . . Former Maryland Amateur champion Kirk Lombardi has joined the pro ranks . . . Also, leading amateur contender Moose Brown is serving on the pro staff at York CC.

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