Sparrows Point pro-am has Blind Golfers qualifierNational...


Sparrows Point pro-am has Blind Golfers qualifier

National tourney to benefit RP

Worth Dalton, scheduled to make his second appearance in the Baltimore area when he participates in a pro-am tournament at Sparrows Point Country Club next month, is among 22 players who have qualified for the U.S. Blind Golfers Association 47th annual national championship Friday and Saturday at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

The defending champion is Pat Browne of New Orleans, a 15-time winner, including the past 14. The 36-hole tournament benefits the Baltimore-based RP Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Browne's challengers include seven-time titlist Joseph Lazaro of Waltham, Mass., and David Meador of Nashville, Tenn., the last player to beat Browne in this event (1977).

Qualifications for tournament entry include total blindness and two attested scores under 120. The Rules of Golf apply, except for being able to ground a club in a hazard. Blindness makes golf a team sport, as each player requires a coach to select a club, line him up and tell where the shot landed.

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited progressively blinding diseases that causes the degeneration of the retina. In the case of Dalton, 46, it led to total blindness 10 years ago.

Pro-am information is available from the RP Foundation, 1401 Mount Royal Ave. Call (410) 225-9400.

Vaeth to be honored

Joe Vaeth, in retirement after 26 years as a professional aClifton Park GC, will be saluted with a testimonial tournament at the course Friday. Information is available from the Clifton Park pro shop, (410) 243-3500.

Junior stars

Justin Klein, of Phoenix and Hunt Valley Golf Club, is one of 40 Juniors (ages 13-18) competing in the third annual Canon Cup, which concludes today at Bloody Point Golf Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C. The competition, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, matches 10 boys and 10 girls from the East against their counterparts from the West.

The event, using the Ryder Cup format, consists of fourball, mixed fourball, foursomes, mixed foursomes and singles matches. Two-time U.S. Junior champion Tiger Woods, of Cypress, Calif., heads the West squad.

* In last week's AJGA event at the Cornell University course in Ithaca, N.Y., Joshua Cupp, of Rome, N.Y., won with a 54-hole total of 220. Others in the boys 15-18 division were Steve Goodley, York, Pa., 72-75-80227; Chris York, Bethesda CC, 77-77-75229; Eddie Lipski, Hillendale, 81-79-79239; and Tim Walko, Hunt Valley, 77-84-81242.

Eunice Choi, of Laguna Hills, Calif., was the girls winner73-79-78230, and other finishers included Mallory Crosland, Chevy Chase Club, 90-82-85257; and Kristin Dollenberg, Baltimore CC, 89-90-92271.

U.S. Amateur

Henry Blue of Green Spring, Michael Wah of Wakefield Valley and Jim Cangiano of Holly Hills are among the nine Maryland qualifiers who will participate in the 92nd U.S. Amateur championship this week in Dublin, Ohio.

On-site qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday will reduce the 312-man field to 64 for match play. Play will be over The CC at Muirfield Village and the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Defender Mitch Voges and 1982-83 winner Jay Sigel are the only former winners on hand for the nation's oldest -- by one day over the U.S. Open -- championship.


Gary Carpenter of Crofton and Jenny Chuasiriporn, of Timonium and Hunt Valley GC, are the Middle Atlantic representatives in the annual PGA National Junior championship, scheduled for Tuesday through Friday at PGA National GC, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. . . . There are 141 Maryland residents among the more than 3,300 entries for the annual Du Pont World Amateur Handicap tournament, which begins a four-day, 72-hole run over 50 courses tomorrow in Myrtle Beach, S.C. . . . Defending champion Jerry Iorizzo of Crofton CC and runner-up Jim Castagna, the 1988 titlist, head the list for the Maryland State Mid-Amateur tomorrow and Tuesday at Woodmont CC. Two other past runners-up, Mike Sanger of Green Spring and Nick Aquilino of the Naval Academy GC, are also in the 105-man field. . . . Entries for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship close Wednesday. The event will be held Oct. 10-15 at Old Marsh GC, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

This week's schedule

Tomorrow-Tuesday--Maryland State Mid-Amateur, Woodmont CC, 8 a.m. Tomorrow--Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Am, Caroline CC, 8 a.m. Tuesday--Women's Golf Association, Elkridge Club-Green Spring, 8:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday--MAPGA/Mount St. Mary's Pro-Am, Holly Hills CC, 8 a.m.

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