Area high school golf coaches will get a chance to improve their teaching skills when the third annual National Federation Golf Coaches School is held Friday and Saturday at Turf Valley Hotel and Country Club.
The two-day program, held in conjunction with a national coaches and officials conference in Washington, will be preceded by a tournament on Thursday. More than 70 coaches from 16 states are expected to attend, and interested coaches from this region not already registered may obtain information from Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA, at (410) 767-0376.
Members of the Middle Atlantic PGA will serve as instructors, headed by Bill Strausbaugh, professional emeritus at Columbia CC and a former National PGA Teacher of the Year; Rick Krebs, teaching professional at Turf Valley CC; Steve Bosdosh, assistant professional and teaching director at TPC-Avenel; and John Madden, assistant professional at Westwood CC in Vienna, Va.
Clyde Luther of Burke View, Va., a highly regarded rules official whose most recent assignments were the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, N.Y., and the U.S. Senior Open at Congressional CC, will conduct a rules seminar.
"We simply want to teach them to be better coaches," said Randall Hallett from the public information office of the National Federation of State High School Associations, in Kansas City, Mo.
Said Sparks: "This will be a valuable way to pick up good ideas. It is something that is not done very often with this sport."
More than 100 Maryland high schools sponsor varsity golf
programs, and the MPSSAA conducts championships for boys and girls.
Defending champion Wayne DeFrancesco of Woodholme CC heads the 153-player field (85 amateurs, 68 pros) for the 74th Maryland Open, which runs tomorrow through Wednesday at Chartwell CC. Included are Dennis Winters, last year's playoff loser; two-time winner Larry Ringer, coming off a tie for 21st in the U.S. Senior Open; and amateur Marty West III, a three-time titlist.
Fathers and sons
Two two-time winners are among the 68 pairings entered in the annual Father-Son championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association tomorrow at International Town & CC.
Ralph-Bruce Bogart of the Chevy Chase Club won in 1971 and 1989, and Ed-Terry Burke of Congressional CC in 1981 and 1993. Other past champions in the field are Griff-Richard Holland; Dock-James Jew, Alain-Olivier Coune, and Mike-Joe Difato. Joe Brown, the son half of the 1973 winners, returns with his son, Philip.
U.S. Women's Open
Tina Barrett and Sarah Ingram will be in the field when the 50th anniversary U.S. Women's Open begins Thursday at Broadmoor GC in Colorado Springs, Colo. Barrett has earned $33,805 in 12 LPGA tour starts, and in Ingram's latest effort, she reached the semifinals of the Women's Western Amateur, losing to eventual winner Cristi Kerr, 4 and 3.
Barrett qualified with a 68 at Atlantic City CC, and Ingram, six months pregnant with her first child, was an automatic qualifier as a playing member of last year's U.S. World Amateur team. Patty Sheehan is the defending champion.
USGA team tournament
The USGA has announced plans to hold national state team tournaments for men and women this fall in Florida. Each state is eligible to enter a three-member team in the 54-hole event in which the best two gross scores will count each day.
With each team to be selected by state and/or regional associations, the Women's Golf Association of Baltimore is asking interested women players to respond in writing to P.O. Box 585, Riderwood, Md., 21139.
Entries for the U.S. Amateur close Wednesday; entries for the Baltimore Junior Championship close Friday with the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation; entries for the Jimmy Flattery Junior at Hunt Valley GC close July 16; entries for the Maryland State mixed two-ball close July 21; and the Maryland State Father-Son entry period is open and will close July 31.
This week's schedule
Tomorrow -- Maryland Open, Chartwell CC, 7 a.m.; Middle Atlantic Father-Son, International T&CC;, 8 a.m. Tuesday -- Maryland Open, Chartwell CC, 8 a.m. Wednesday -- Maryland Open, Chartwell CC, 8 a.m.; Women's Golf Association Greiner Titleholders, Caves Valley GC, 8:30 a.m. Friday -- Middle Atlantic PGA pro- am, Bowie G&CC;, 8 a.m.