Tourney caters to high handicaps


For golfers with perhaps a double-digit handicap who would like the opportunity to play in a state championship tournament, this one is for you.

The Maryland Team Cup format calls for two-man teams, using 80 percent of their handicaps (they must be within seven strokes of each other -- it avoids a one and a 36 destroying a field), playing nine holes scramble and nine holes alternate-shot.

This would be in contrast to a scratch event, which caters to the low-handicap players.

It's the brainchild of Alec Brogan, a Chestertown native and the head professional at the Liberty Golf Park in Eldersburg.

"Basically, I saw the Maryland State had championships for the better players, but there was no competition for the average players," Brogan said last week. "I knew a lot of the clubs had interclub matches and this simply expands the idea statewide."

Some clubs have held qualifying events already, and others are planning to complete the process before the Sept. 25 deadline. The idea has generated plenty of interest, but some clubs have said they have scheduling problems or want to wait and see how the first one goes, then get involved next year.

"For those clubs, we'd like to invite them to send one team as a representative. There is a nominal entry fee, suitable gifts for all entrants, and prizes at the state level," added Brogan, a former assistant professional at Woodholme CC.

Although not included this time, plans are under way to have a women's division next year.

Further Maryland Team Cup information is available from Brogan at the tournament office in Timonium (410) 560-3100.

Family affair

The Joseph Soliman family of Lutherville has accomplished something that is perhaps without precedent. Joe, two sons and a daughter have accounted for four club championships this summer at Towson Golf & Country Club.

Joe, a neurosurgeon, collected the men's senior title in his first year of eligibility; Jack, a Vanderbilt University graduate, took the men's stroke play for the first time and the match play for the second; Pam, a Duke University junior, earned her third women's crown in four years; and Michael, 16, a student at McDonogh, completed the sweep when he captured the junior prize for the first time.

Wife/mother Ella, not to be outdone, added another title when she won the women's President's Cup championship.

At Golf Digest magazine, research specialist Lois Haines, while admitting the publication did not necessarily have all the records, said the best it had that included a father and/or mother and children was three, a feat that had been accomplished on several occasions.

Women's World team

Sarah LeBrun Ingram, of Owings Mills and Nashville, Tenn., former Bowie resident Wendy Ward, the current U.S. Women's Amateur champion from San Antonio, and Carol Semple Thompson, of Sewickley, Pa., have been named to the U.S. team for the World Amateur Team competition, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, at the National Golf Club in Versailles, France.


There will be 33 five-man teams for the Oldsmobile Scramble qualifying at Wakefield Valley on Tuesday . . . . Chris Epperly is the defending champion for the Middle Atlantic Women's Amateur, which has drawn 79 entries for its 36-hole championship Wednesday-Thursday at Cripple Creek CC in Rehoboth Beach, Del. . . . . A field of 156, including defending champion Charles Harris of the CC of Maryland, has entered the Maryland State Seniors Friday at Woodmont CC . . . . The annual Baltimore-Washington team match of the Maryland State Golf Association will be held Saturday at Congressional CC.

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