Murdock's family tree has roots at Catonsville's Rolling Road GC

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Jenny Murdock, a rookie on the LPGA Tour, lives in Houston and plays out of The Woodlands, but may have to add Rolling Road Golf Club to her list of supporters.

Murdock's grandparents, Agnes and John Turner, are longtime members of the Catonsville club, and her parents, Pam and Andy Turner, were living in Baltimore and members there when Jenny was born in 1971.

"They were all Baltimore and Rolling Road people, but we only lived there about a year after I was born," she said after LPGA Championship rounds of 74-75 that left her out of action for the weekend.

"My father sells medical equipment, and we moved when he was transferred to Houston. We didn't mind -- it's a better golf climate."

Murdock, a graduate of the University of Texas, where she played on the golf team, achieved LPGA Tour status last fall in her second crack at the qualifying school.

"Too many 74s and 75s," she said of a season in which she has made one cut (Sprint) in nine starts. At Sprint, she opened 73-71, then spoiled it with a third-round 81.

"Tour life had been a tough adjustment, because everything is new. . . . . The first tournament, I didn't know where the registration was, where the locker room was, where anything was. You learn something new every week, but I see definite improvement. I was really nervous the first couple of tournaments, but I'm more comfortable now. Right now, I need to learn better course management."

Helping in this regard is her brother, Scott, who is caddying for her. Another assist comes from her husband, Mark, who sells commercial insurance in Houston, and comes out to see her about every two or three weeks. "He's very supportive," she added.

U.S. Open

There will be 64 pros and 18 amateurs in the local 18-hole qualifying round for the U.S. Open at Eagle's Nest tomorrow. At stake will be nine sectional places. Qualifiers will advance to one of 13 sectional sites for a 36-hole qualifier, with the nearest one June 6, at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.

The championship will be June 15-18, at Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, N.Y. Among those in the local qualifier with U.S. Open experience are Deane Beman, former PGA Tour commissioner; Gary Marlowe; and Moose Brown, a former Eagle's Nest member and club champion.

Among the other qualifiers scheduled for tomorrow is one at Glenn Dale Golf Club, where 69 players will be after six spaces in the sectional.

Kemper Open

Three more 1995 tour winners -- Vijay Singh, Ken Perry and John Morse -- have indicated they will play in the annual event, June 8-11 at TPC-Avenel in Potomac.

Singh, who will be making his Kemper debut, beat Billy Mayfair in sudden death at Phoenix; Perry won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, defeating David Duval by a stroke; and Morse won in Hawaii, leading Duffy Waldorf and Tom Lehman by three shots.

The latest confirmations also include Curtis Strange and Jay Haas.

Carroll dead at 79

Sid Carroll, of Arlington, Va., a past president of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association and Washington Metropolitan Golf Association, died last week of complications from heart disease and cancer. He was 79.

Carroll, who worked 27 years in the sports department of the Washington Post, at one time played to a 1 handicap, and competed in three U.S. Amateur championships. Before working the Post, he was general manager of the Washington Redskins for their first 10 years and used to recall having to go out to buy more footballs at halftime of the team's 73-0 loss to the Chicago Bears in 1940.

This week's schedule

Tomorrow -- U.S. Open qualifier, Eagle's Nest, 7:45 a.m. Tuesday -- Women's Golf Association, Chestnut Ridge CC and Hillendale CC, 9 a.m. Friday -- MAPGA pro-am, Piney Branch GC, 8 a.m.; Women's Golf Association team matches, 9 a.m. Saturday -- Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation 2-man team championship, Mount Pleasant GC; Sunday -- Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation 2-man team championship, Mount Pleasant GC.

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