When the annual Jimmy Flattery golf tournament was held at Hunt Valley Golf Club last week, the emphasis, as always, was on the players. Still, it wasn't the same as in previous years.
Jimmy Flattery, who had been on hand for every tournament since the program's local inception in 1946, was among the missing. He recently was discharged from a hospital, but was not well enough to be on hand for the presentation of trophies.
The tournament, a fixture at Forest Park Golf Club for years, began when Flattery was the club's head professional. Known as the Ice Cream and Cake tournament, it developed slowly, then grew in popularity through the 1950s and 1960s, annually attracting some 300 youngsters ages 2-17.
Flattery retired in 1976, and the tournament followed him as he moved to other positions -- at Longview GC for a year and then to Hunt Valley, where he still does some teaching at age 78.
There likely are thousands of Marylanders who can trace their first acquaintance with the game of golf to Flattery's tournament. For every nationally recognized player, such as Carol Mann, Doug Ballenger or Ron Terry (all products of the program), there are hundreds whose Flattery trophies are their claim to golfing fame.
Annapolis Golf Club professional George Graefe won every age-group title from age 2 to 17, and when Brian Hanczaryk, 14, of Crofton played last week, it marked his 11th year of participation.
There were 105 entries for the match-play tournament, and more than 100 who are 10-under are expected for Saturday's program, also at Hunt Valley. Registration is still available through the golf shop.
The Flattery is only one of several Junior tournaments that have produced varying results for area players in recent days. And this week promises more of the same.
* George Bradford, of Columbia, a graduate of Wilde Lake High School, where he was outstanding in football and golf, won the 33rd annual Bobby Gorin Memorial tournament, beating Danny Mensh of host Woodmont CC in the final, 1 up.
* Bobby Bilbo, of Olney and Argyle CC, was the only one of three Marylanders to make the match-play portion of the USGA Juniors at Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, Mass. Bilbo lost in the third round to Ryan Armour of Silver Lake, Ohio, who, in turn, lost to defending champion Tiger Woods, 8 and 6. Non-qualifiers included Dan Falls of Montgomery Village, 82-82164, and Chris Carroll, Baltimore CC, 86-96182.
* Jenny Chuasiriporn of Hunt Valley GC tied for 36th (86-82-84252) and Kristin Dollenberg of Baltimore CC tied for 48th (84-86-89259) in the Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Hercules Country Club in Wilmington, Del.
* Chuasiriporn will be the only Maryland entry when the USGA conducts its 44th U.S. Girls' Junior championship this week at Meridian Hills CC in Indianapolis. On-site qualifying for 64 places the match-play draw will be tomorrow and Tuesday.
* A full field of 100 players, the largest group in recent years, has entered the annual Junior championships of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association Thursday at the Naval Academy GC.
* A free Junior golf clinic will be held next Sunday (Aug. 9) at the TPC-Avenel in Potomac. The three-hour program will begin at noon and feature the Dennis Walters Golf Show and a lesson clinic and "Clubs for Kids" giveaway with Middle Atlantic PGA pros. Clubs for the clinic will be provided by Taylor Made and Ram. The clinic has a limited entry, with advance registration at (301) 469-3700.