The way the area golfing scene has gone this spring, it seems reasonable that when Baltimore area Open and Amateur qualifying is held by the Maryland State Golf Association at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Tuesday there will be some Hobbit's Glen members moving on to the championships.
It's also a good bet that they will be members of "Guido's Group."
Talk to players like Mike Panos, Jay Stosz and others who helped the Columbia club score a major upset in winning the Maryland State team match title, and later have individual successes, and they will say the real winner is Columbia resident Gary Guido.
Guido took a loosely organized group of single-digit golfers, set up pairings and starting times for them on weekends, and created a structured program that is turning out highly competitive players who happen to be nice guys.
There are about 40 men in the group, which has been organized for about five years. Guido gets tee times somewhat close together for about 16-20 spots each weekend, and the results are all computerized. All of that work has paid off. Hobbit's Glen eliminated three past champions on its way to team titles at Congressional CC, Columbia CC and Crofton CC.
"We got used to playing a long course here, so I think that really helped when we played their courses, particularly Congressional and Crofton," said team member Adrian Druzgala, one of the top area amateurs.
In last week's Washington area qualifying for the two Maryland State championships, Stosz was low amateur with a 70, and Panos checked in with a 72.
* A field of 180 (including a half-dozen Hobbit's Glen members) will vie for some 40-odd spots in both the MSGA Amateur and Open championships when Baltimore-area qualifying is held at Wakefield Valley GC in Westminster. The Amateur is June 9-12 at Norbeck CC, and the Open is July 11-13 at Congressional.
Charlie Narciso, a Randallstown resident who plays from Mount Pleasant, was among four to earn spots when qualifying was held last week at Glenn Dale GC. Others to advance were: Joe Monk, Williamsburg, Va., 67; Scott Seymour, Centreville, Va., 68, and Jack Wagner, Herndon, Va., 69. Wagner won a three-way playoff to get the fourth spot, and former MAPGA member Fred Gibson became first alternate.
There will be 22 new players in the field when the fourth annual event unfolds next weekend at Caves Valley Golf Club. Defenders David Eger-Mike Bodley head an expanded 24-team program. There will be betterball and selected drive-alternate shot on Saturday and aggregate on Sunday for a 72-hole total score.
Entries for the U.S. Juniors close Wednesday, June 8, with William F. Blue at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, 1600 Bank of Baltimore Building, Calvert and Baltimore streets, Baltimore (410) The local qualifier will be June 21 at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, with the championship listed for July 26-30 at Westfield, N.J.
* This week's schedule: Tuesday--MSGA Amateur & Open qualifying, Wakefield Valley GC, Westminster, 6:45 a.m. Thursday--U.S. Women's Publinx qualifying, Springfield (Va.) G&CC;, 8 a.m.; Thursday-Sunday--Kemper Open, TPC-Avenel, Potomac, 7:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday--Chesapeake Cup, Caves Valley GC, 8 a.m.
When: Thursday through Sunday, pro-am Wednesday
Where: Tournament Players Club at Avenel, Potomac
Purse: $1.3 million, first prize of $234,000
Who: 156 golfers, including defending champion Grant Waite, reigning U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, 1992 U.S. Open winner and former Kemper champion Tom Kite, 1991 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart and two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange, former two-time Kemper champion Bill Glasson, as well as former PGA champion John Daly, Phil Mickelson and Fred Funk.
Tickets: $22 for grounds only Wednesday through Sunday, $33 grounds and Pavilion Club. Purchased at the gate.
TV: Thursday and Friday, USA Cable, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 4-6
p.m., and Sunday, 3:30-6 p.m., Channels 11, 9.