The Professional Golfers' Association Tour trumpets the fact that its biggest winner each season is charity, although for every tour-associated recipient there are hundreds of charities across the country using golf as a vehicle for fund-raising.
The biggest winner may be charity, but it is largely thanks to corporate America, which supports these endeavors by contributing vast sums of money to ensure their success.
At the same time, however, for every national agency, such as those fighting RP, MS, cancer, heart and kidney disease, and cystic fibrosis, for instance, there are many community-based organizations that rely on golf events as fund-raisers.
In the Baltimore area alone, there are dozens of such events -- all seemingly successful, although success has to be measured in differentterms.
* Proceeds raised by the recent sixth annual Scramble for Kids, ** sponsored by the Golfers' Charitable Association, helped the organization donate $25,000 each to the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Little People's Program at St. Joseph's Hospital.
* The annual golf event sponsored by the men's club at Longview Golf Course has shown a steady growth in contributions to charity over its four-year history, going from an initial $1,500 to $7,500 this year for the Bennett Institute for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital.
* The Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore will hold a golf tournament for the first time tomorrow, when a field of about 100 amateurs and local sports celebrities will play at Chestnut Ridge CC. It reinforces the idea that deafness is not a limiting factor in playing golf while calling attention to the fact that one person in 10 has some form of hearing impairment.
The organization decided to pursue a golf tournament as a fund-raising possibility after a silent auction it held last spring. Among the sports memorabilia, there was a lot of bidding on golf-related offerings, and officials of the agency saw this as an opportunity for one of its specialevents.
* Still to come is the Fred Funk Classic, Nov. 2, at Hunt Valley Golf Club, for the benefit of Children's Favorite Things, a program begun in 1990 to help make the December holidays brighter for needy children.
Over the past two years, the charity reached more than 2,200 needy children across the state. Last year, it received the Currie Foundation Humanitarian Venture Award, a national honor recognizing a single new charity for outstanding socially valuable community programs.
Funk, the program's celebrity chairman, will be on hand to conduct a clinic, play a hole with each foursome and be the host of the post-tournament reception.
5) For information, call (410) 560-0750.
A limited number of grounds-only season-ticket packages are still available (first-come, first-served) for the 1993 U.S. Open, June 14-20, at
Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J. Each package contains a ticket to each practice and championship round, plus parking and a program. The cost is $200 (limit two per order) with check or money order to USGA, P.O. Box 1993, Far Hills, N.J. 07931.
The second annual Har-Bel Open (one round at Mount Pleasant GC, one round at Clifton Park GC) was won by Bobby O'Malley at 157, followed by Mickey Cucciella, 159, and defending champion Larry Kander, 160. . . . The Middle Atlantic PGA two-man team championship will be held tomorrow and Tuesday at Shenandoah Valley GC, Front Royal, Va., with an expected field of 47 teams. . . . The annual Middle Atlantic PGA fall meeting will be held Nov. 2 at Westpark GC in Leesburg, Va.; the organization's annual Hall of Fame awards banquet will be Nov. 13 at Rolling Road GC and its final tournament of the season will be the match-play championship Nov. 9 through Nov. 12 at Rolling Road GC.