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Chris Owens was more fortunate than most career women in finding a golf home, but she hasn't forgotten what the old days were like.

Owens, a Towson attorney, became addicted to the game several years ago through a series of group lessons with a local teaching professional.

"I played the public courses when I could, and found a friend who would venture out there with me to play, but it was hard. It's what a lot of women face every week," Owens said.

More recently she joined the Country Club of Maryland, and "my handicap came down 10 strokes because I could play regularly."

A newspaper note about the formation of a Washington chapter of something called the Executive Women's Golf League caught her eye last year, and she sought further information.

"Actually, I talked to some friends and decided there was enough interest to form a Baltimore chapter," Owens said. "It turned out the EWGL is a national organization with some 75 chapters across the country, and growing all the time.

"The league combines a chance to get instruction and play every week with an opportunity to meet other businesswomen for a sharing of ideas.

"We're set up for five-week and eight-week sessions, playing nineholes on Tuesday nights at Turf Valley Country Club. They have been very gracious in accommodating us.

"We are also looking into monthly outings at other clubs in the area and a joint venture with the Washington chapter."

It's not surprising that a program geared to helping working women would be a success. The National Golf Foundation, which delights in putting out statistical surveys, has stated 81 percent of the Fortune 500 chief executives play golf, and 70 percent of them admit to doing business at the golf course.

This caught the attention of Nancy Oliver, who didn't play despite being president of a Palm Beach, Fla., golf-marketing firm.

She wanted to learn, but not by herself. Or, as she explains it, "When you learn to snow ski, you can go over to the beginners slope and not worry about embarrassing yourself because everybody else is just as bad as you.

"However, try taking up golf on a weekend."

The newly formed Baltimore Chapter of the EWGL will hold an introductory get-acquainted program at Turf Valley CC on March 23.

Reg Murphy, a vice-president of the United States Golf Association and former publisher of The Baltimore Sun, will be the guest speaker.

Information on the program and other EWGL activities is available from P.O. Box 10043, Baldwin, Md.

New MAGA officers

Barry Koch of Virginia Beach, Va., was elected president of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association during the organization's annual meeting at Columbia CC Friday.

Joining Koch on the executive committee are vice presidents Peter Urquhart, Baltimore CC; Mart West III, Columbia CC; Clyde Luther, Springfield, Va.; Joel Kaye, Woodholme CC; Charles Revoile, Congressional CC; Leonard Isaacs, Richmond, Va.; Mike Cumberpatch, U.S. Naval Academy GC; John Price, Fairfax, Va.; secretary George Taylor, Worthington Valley; and treasurer Robert Swindell Jr., Elkridge Club.

Environmental leaders

Bruce Cadenelli, golf course superintendent at Caves Valley Golf Club, has been honored for his work by two national suppliers of products used by superintendents, Ciba-Geigy and Rain Bird.

The two firms created Environmental Stewards awards to recognize course superintendents for their work to protect or enhance their local environment.

In addition, the two combined to give the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America $12,050 for its scholarship and research fund.

With one national award given in each of three categories, Cadenelli was selected for private courses, and was joined by Don Tolson, Lakewood, Colo., public, and Tim Long, Austin, Texas, resort. When Cadenelli was honored, Caves Valley GC donated $500 to the GCSAA fund.


Mike Healy, head professional at Geneva Farm GC, has

named Mike Homer, one-time assistant professional at Turf Valley CC, and more recently the head pro at the Golf Club of Strasbourg in France, as a teaching pro and Brett Bennett, formerly at Manor CC, as an assistant. . . . The third annual Mid-Atlantic Golf & Travel Show will be held next weekend at Reckord Armory on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

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