Western's Williams upends Lewis in Md. Women's Amateur


Shirley Williams, with a limited background in match-play golf, scored a major upset when she defeated two-time medalist Jennifer Lewis, 3 and 2, in the first round of the 74th Maryland State Women's Amateur championship at the Suburban Club yesterday.

Williams, a physical education teacher and volleyball coach at Western High School, won the first two holes and never relinquished the lead in beating Lewis, last year's losing finalist and a five-time women's champion at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.

Three former champions were among those advancing -- defender Andrea Kraus; Jane Fitzgerald, a winner in three of the past six years; and Jane Mason, a five-time finalist with two titles in the '60s and '70s.

Kraus had the easiest time, beating Amy Longson, 8 and 6. Mason had the toughest time, thwarting Pam Soliman, 1-up. Soliman, a recent Duke University graduate, was 2-up after nine holes, but Mason rallied with three birdies. Fitzgerald stopped Sharon Pusin, 5 and 3.

Bonnie Fry, a three-time finalist and another physical education teacher/volleyball coach (C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air), got the upper hand on Joan Winchester, a three-time champion in the 1970s, 4 and 3.

Two rounds today will set up the pairing for tomorrow morning's scheduled 18-hole final.

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