Golfers' Charitable Association set to chip in for a good cause


One of the area's longest-running charity tournaments will be held tomorrow, when the Golfers' Charitable Association conducts its 28th annual program at Caves Valley Golf Club.

A full field of 128 entries will be joined by 32 Middle Atlantic PGA professionals for afternoon play, followed by an awards dinner. The highlight will be the presentation of $25,000 checks to St. Joseph's Pediatric Center and the Woodbourne Center.

These donations will bring to more than $1.5 million the amount the GCA has contributed to charity since its inception in 1967.

At that time, the city was in danger of losing the LPGA tournament, which had been held at Turf Valley Country Club for its first five years.

A group that included Paul Hampshire, Tom Dukehart, Rip Mann, Gil Kunz and Bill Lambdin founded GCA, recruited enough funds for a tournament purse, and the LPGA moved over to Pine Ridge for the first of what turned out to be a successful 14-year run.

Middle Atlantic Amateur

This championship will have an unusual situation Thursday, when Marty West III becomes the first president of the sponsoring Middle Atlantic Golf Association to tee off as the defending champion -- and at his own club, too.

The 72-hole event will be held at Columbia CC in Chevy Chase, with five-time champion West at the top of the 144-man field. Other past winners entered are Barry McCarty, Richard Holland and Vince Zachetti.

Other top entries include Alberto Valenzuela, a two-time French Amateur champion (1987 and 1992); former Virginia State Amateur titlist Scott Inman; Jeff Thomas, a title contender last year; current Maryland State Amateur winner Dave Rasley, and reigning Baltimore City Amateur champion Bob Kaestner.

This week's schedule

Today: Maryland Amateur Stroke Play, Mount Pleasant GC, 7 a.m.

Tuesday: Women's Golf Association, Hillendale CC and CC Maryland, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday-Sunday: Middle Atlantic Amateur, Columbia CC, 7:30 a.m.

Thursday: Middle Atlantic PGA Senior Tour, Laytonsville GC, 10 a.m.

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