Heintzelman brothers win pro-am title 7-under-par effort nets 1-stroke victory GOLF


RISING SUN -- The brother entry of Webb and Wade Heintzelman from Glenn Dale Golf Club meshed for 32-32--64, and won the 36th annual Pro-Am championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Chantilly Manor Country Club yesterday.

The winners, 7-under par for the 6,519-yard, par 36-35 Cecil County course, had a one-stroke margin on the host pairing of assistant professional Mike Versuk and Arnie Calvert, 33-32--65. The event drew 74 teams.

The Heintzelmans dove-tailed nicely, with Wade making four birdies and Webb three. Each had birdie putts on 14 of the greens.

"The course was in great condition, and the greens -- and pin placements -- were so good, somebody could have had a field day," said Webb, at 31, three years younger than Wade. "And those are tremendous par-3's [all between 192 and 219 yards]."

This marked the first time many of the players had seen the course, so the fact most of the holes are straightforward led to some good scores. After the top two, there were five teams at 66, six at 67 and 12 at 68.

It made a good six days for Glenn Dale, as Glen Barrett, the club's head pro, and Webb, an occasional professional tour player earlier in the season, but now working at the club, finished 1-2 in last week's Maryland Open.

Wade, who admits to playing infrequently and hitting the ball frequently, spends much of his time operating a golf club repair shop in Bethesda.

Versuk-Calvert got off to a slow start, but came on strongly with their six birdies in the last 14 holes. For the last 12, both had birdie putts on 10 holes. Overall, they reached 14 greens in regulation.

Later, Versuk pointed to No. 15, a 501-yard, par-5, as the critical hole for his side, as both made par. "I told Arnie then that not making birdie probably cost us the tournament," Versuk said. The winners counted that hole as one of their birdies, as Webb reached the green in two and two-putted.

The group at 66 included Joe Franz-Michael Ewing of the Elkridge Club, and Allen Wronowski-Gary Lipski of Hillendale CC.

The leaders:

Webb and Wade Heintzelman, Glenn Dale, 32-32--64; Mike Versuk-Arnie Calvert, Chantilly Manor, 33-32--65; Joe Franz-Michael Ewing, Elkridge, 32-34--66; Allen Wronowski-Gary Lipski, Hillendale, 32-34--66; Jim Fitzgerald-Burke Hayes, Chevy Chase, 34-32--66; Larry Ringer-Del Ponchock, CC Woodmore, 34-32--66; Steve Bosdosh-Dan Van Horn, TPC-Avenel, 31-35--66.

Jeff Sprague-David Kaplan 34-33--67; Bob Fretwell-Tom Winegardner, Old South, 34-33--67; Dave Quelland-Evan Hileman, Ocean City, 34-33--67; John Miller-Howard Swartz, Piney Branch, 35-32--67; John Sarrett-Guy Steuart, Chevy Chase, 35-32--67; Charlie Briggs-Terry Stewart, Caves Valley, 33-34--67.

Michael Napolitano-Bob Steidle, Swan Creek, 34-34--68; John McCloskey-Steve Bozel, Sparrows Point, 32-36--68; Steve Papanek-Kevin Clancy, Kenwood, 35-33--68; John Romano-Dick Roulette, 32-36--68; Mark Helffrich-Scott Pugatch, Suburban, 33-35--68;

Clark Sisson Jr.-Matt Sughrue, Bethesda, 35-33--68; Lyle Williams-Mike Hillman, Woodmont, 36-32--68; Lance Poe-Tom Eshman, Elkridge, 36-32--68; Ricky Touma-Shane Patterson, Norbeck, 34-34--68; Jon LeSage-Perky Cullinane, Columbia, 33-35--68; Ted Pogorelc-Chris Coccaro, Columbia, 34-34--68; Scott Swanke-Malcolm Bund, Columbia, 34-34--68.

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