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Baltimore CC revives Invitation


The bag tag says it all -- a combination of past and present.

The plastic identification card highlights a 1995 Baltimore Country Club Invitation tournament on one side and identifies the tournament's past champions on the other.

Never heard of the Baltimore CC Invitation? Not surprising, unless you remember some of those golden years of amateur golf before World War II. The tournaments attracted much more attention than their professional counterparts and a fledgling tour.

In the Middle Atlantic area alone, there was one practically every weekend.

Now, through the efforts of several Baltimore CC members, notably Norris Cook, Tom Hurst and Peter Urquhart, the old tournament is making a comeback.

The revitalized event, a 36-hole individual stroke play championship, will be held Oct. 14-15.

Among the leading entries are U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Jerry Courville Jr.; former U.S. Mid-Am titlist (1993) Jeff Thomas; 1995 Trans-Mississippi champion Ed Gibstein; Baltimore CC club champion and Baltimore City Amateur winner Bob Kaestner; and former Maryland State Amateur champions Kirk Lombardi, Dave Rasley and Marty West III.

As for the historical significance of the championship, consider the list of champions. It includes one-time U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur winner Francis Ouimet, brothers B. Warren and D. Clarke Corkran (eight titles in a 12-event span before and after World War I); Philadelphia legend J. Wood Platt; plus Harry Pitt and Earnest Caldwell, each a three-time winner in the 1930s.

The tournament turned out to be a casualty of the war, as it was not revived after the break. What turned out to be the last event was won by Caldwell in 1939.

Challenge match

Charlie Harris of the CC of Maryland won the medal with par-72, and the Maryland State Golf Association's first-time entry finished second in the seventh annual Inter-Association Senior Challenge matches at Newark (Del.) CC. The Golf Association of Philadelphia won for the sixth time with 454, followed by Maryland 456; New Jersey 464; and defending champion Delaware 471.

With the best six of eight scores to count, Harris' teammates were Frank Bart, Hillendale CC, 74; Dick Irvin, Hillendale CC, 76; Pat O'Malley, Baltimore CC, 78; Jackie Rites, CC Maryland, 78; Andy Miller, Manor CC, 78; Bob Bonnell, Elkridge, 80; and Jim Kleman, Prospect Bay, 82.

MAPGA Senior Tour

Barry Fuhrman, head professional at Woodholme Country Club, included six birdies in a round 34-3266 and had a four-stroke margin on the rest of the 32-man field at Laytonsville Golf Club.

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