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After 11-1 season, Essex looks to tee up NJCAA regional title


Essex Community College, backed by its most successful season in years (11-1), will be one of the favorites for the team title when the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX championships are held tomorrow and Tuesday at Eisenhower Golf Club in Crownsville.

The Knights lost their opening match to Frederick Community College, but have beaten that team twice since in compiling an 11-match winning streak.

The individual leaders include freshmen Bobby Mokros (Archbishop Curley), Jim Bennett (Overlea), Tim Rahnis (Chesapeake-BC), Dean Stout (Calvert Hall), Ed Miller (Kenwood), and Ed Quick (Calvert Hall).

Bennett and Rahnis were 1-2 in last year's Baltimore County championships.


College report: Shawn Hlavay (Arundel), a senior at Robert Morris College, was the medalist with 38-36--74 in last week's match with Carnegie-Mellon and Duquesne at Longvue Country Club in Pittsburgh. . . . UMBC is competing in the East Coast Conference championships today and tomorrow at Pocono Manor Golf Club in Pennsylvania. The players include junior Ray Pippin (Mount St. Joseph) and freshmen Pat Coyner (Dulaney), Brad Bausman (Dulaney) and Alan Grace (Chesapeake-BC). . . . Arantxa Sison, an Oklahoma State sophomore who plays from Glenn Dale GC, won the recent Big Eight individual women's championship with a 54-hole total of 220 at Manhattan, Kan. Teammate Stephanie Miller was second, 224, and the Cowboys won the team title by 24 strokes over runner-up Oklahoma.


People: Two area teaching positions have been filled in recent days, as Chris Peddicord is now affiliated with Night Hawk Golf Center in Gambrills, and Dave Beardmore has started a lesson program at the Severna Park Golf Center. . . . Byron Nelson, 80, who has had two recent hip replacement surgeries, played an 18-hole round on Easter for the first time in 21 months. He shot 86, and now wants to break 80. . . . Ian-Baker Finch, current British Open champion, will play a nine-hole blind exhibition match tomorrow in Orlando, Fla., against Worth Dalton, a U.S. Blind Golfers Association officer and spokesman for the Baltimore-based RP Foundation Fighting Blindness. . . . Fred Couples shot 74 on the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to set the target score for National Golf Day, due Aug. 22. On that date, golfers across the country who donate $5 to the PGA Foundation may attempt to beat Couples' score, using their full handicap. Suitable prizes will be awarded to those who are successful.


This week's schedule: Tomorrow-- Poor Robert's tournament, Bretton Woods Recreation Center, Potomac, 8 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Am, Evergreen CC, Haymarket, Va., 8 a.m. Tuesday -- Women's Golf Association, Chartwell CC, Severna Park, 9 a.m. Thursday -- Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-President, Wakefield Valley GC, Westminster, 1 p.m. (shotgun start). Friday -- Maryland State Golf Association Two-Man Team championship, Old South CC, Lothian, 7:30 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Am, Herndon GC, Herndon, Va., 8 a.m.; Women's Golf Association team matches, various sites, 9 a.m.

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