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Athletes par excellence aid Olympics in golf game

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Maryland State Olympic Organization, under the leadership of two local IBM execs, Jim Sellinger and George Kirkley, is looking for a few more golfers for its Maryland Olympic Golf Classic at the Green Spring Valley Club Aug. 21.

Golfers will be joined by Olympic champions Jeff Blatnick, winner of a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles just two years after battling cancer; Marty Lang, a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic fencing team and 11 world championship teams, and the first American in 20 years to win a gold medal at the Pan American Games in the foil event of the fencing competition; Sharon Montplaisir, a three-time member of the U.S. Olympic fencing team who is considered a top contender in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta; Mike Gostigian, a world championship finalist and two-time Olympian in the grueling modern pentathlon, who also has high hopes of taking a gold in Atlanta; and Doug Burden, winner of a bronze in rowing in 1988 and a silver in 1992, who is also going for the gold in 1996.

It's $500 a person to play, which besides the opportunity to hobnob, includes registering at 10 a.m., a golf lesson, a buffet lunch, a shotgun start and an awards reception with live and silent auction items. Proceeds will be used for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team. Call George Kirkley at (410) 332-2626 for more

information.

Home-grown talent

Good news from Jay and Joan Poser in Lancaster, Pa., about their daughter, Toby, who graduated eight years ago from McDonogh School and immediately began pursuing an acting career. Since graduation, she's acted in "Greeting," an off- Broadway show; made a Japanese movie in Moscow; played the Sissy Spacek role in "Crimes of the Heart" at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, Fla.; and had the role of Lena in the current movie "The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love." Just last week she was hired as a replacement in the off-Broadway play "Ecstasy."

Her parents told me that the director tried first to get Tatum O'Neal, who couldn't do it, so they hired Toby. The Posers give a lot of credit to Toby's McDonogh teacher, John Van Meter, who, according to them, has trained many successful actors and actresses.

From the grapevine:

Two Baltimore couples, Annabelle and Richard Sher and Arlene and Arnold Weiner, spent a little time earlier this summer cruising with their old pal Oprah Winfrey. (Richard and Arlene worked with Oprah at WJZ-TV many moons ago.) According to my sources, Oprah sent a plane, which whisked the Shers and Weiners off to the Mediterranean, where they cruised for a week. Wonder if that's the same cruise actor Don Johnson went on . . .

BCI Contractors' Victor Frenkil was a hit at the CEO Forum in Annapolis recently. Frenkil, well-known for many things around Maryland including making origami initials from dollar bills, was in good form at the forum. He presented initials to the Forbes

brothers, Malcolm and Robert, and John F. Welch, CEO of General Electric . . .

Celebrities were as plentiful as the crabs at Obrycki's crab house and seafood restaurant recently. The crab cakes were a favorite at the table of Johnnie Cochran of O. J. defense-team fame, who was in town to speak at a bar association meeting. Other seafood eaters last weekend read like an Orioles who's who -- Bobby Bonilla, Scott Erickson, David Horowitz, Frank Robinson, Roland Hemond and Jeffrey Hammond . . .

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