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DeFrancesco has winning words for his rival Winters Woodholme pro's advice pays with assistants' title


Wayne DeFrancesco, a teaching professional at Woodholme Country Club, may think twice before offering advice the next time a fellow pro asks for it.

Dennis Winters, in his first year as an assistant at the University of Maryland Golf Course after a stretch at Eisenhower GC, recently went to DeFrancesco for a lesson.

The two had battled on courses in the past -- DeFrancesco beating Winters in a playoff for the 1994 Maryland Open title and more recently in the Middle Atlantic PGA's Northern Chapter championship, which the Woodholme pro won by six strokes (eight over Winters).

Winters did gain some measure of relief when he won the Northern Chapter Assistants' championship.

Two weeks ago, Winters and DeFrancesco were part of the winning five-man MAPGA team (with Rob McNamara, Bud Lintelman, and Jack Skilling) that defeated a Philadelphia PGA team, 369 to 370, at Wyncote GC in Oxford, Pa.

McNamara, from Farmington CC in Charlottesville, Va., led the 40-man field in the Players Championship with a 1-under-par 71, collecting a check for $4,500 from the $21,500 purse.

"[DeFrancesco] had given me a lesson before we went out for the National Club Pro championship in Palm Springs [Calif.], and then he reinforced some things out there," Winters said of his rival's aid last week. Winters had just completed an effort of 69-68137 to win the MAPGA Tournament of Champions by three strokes over Frank Ferguson and by five over DeFrancesco.

"He helped me a lot," said Winters, who shot 1-under-par 287 to finish tied for 38th in the Club Pro, in which he was the highest Middle Atlantic finisher. DeFrancesco, who missed the 54-hole cut in the national event, said with a laugh: "That's the last time I help him."

Winters, a perennial top-five finisher in the Tournament of Champions, earned $1,018 from the $8,020 purse at Old South CC. This was the final stop in the first-year, 10-tournament Molson series, with Woody FitzHugh, from Woody's Range in Herndon, Va., claiming first ($3,000), trailed by Winters $2,000).

Baltimore CC Invitational

When the 36-hole stroke-play tournament is held next weekend at Baltimore Country Club, the most prominent display item will be the sterling silver trophy commissioned for the first one, held in 1911.

On one side of the trophy, which is 24 inches tall and 8 1/2 in circumference, is a finely etched depiction of the original Roland Park clubhouse (it burned in 1930), with golfers at the first tee.

Current Baltimore CC members Tom Hurst, Peter Urquhart, and Norris Cook were instrumental in putting the beautiful old trophy back into active service (the original event was conducted 1911-1938), and a 24-man field, which includes some of the top amateur players in the country, will participate in the renewal.

The field:

John Baldwin, Doug Ballenger, Jay Blumenfeld, David Brookreson, Ben Brundred III, Jerry Courville, Claudio Deluca, Bob Gaertner, Ed Gibstein, Richard Holland, Bob Housen, Scott Inman, Bob Kaestner, Joel Kaye, Eric Kirsch, John Lewis, Kirk Lombardi, Robin McCool, Dave Rasley, Allan Small, Joe Sommers, Pat Tallent, Marty West III and Vince Zachetti.

Maryland Team Cup

Mitch Stead and Benjamin Ward, from Chester River Y&CC;, won low gross in the second annual event (two-man teams with nine-hole scramble, nine-hole alternate shot format) held last week at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links. A playoff sorted out the net leaders after a five-way tie at 67.

Gross leaders: Mitch Stead-Benjamin Ward, Chester River, 69; bTC Ralph Vanni-Kevin Miga, White Plains, 72; Bill Brogan-Kevin Wright, Caroline, 74. Net leaders: Tom Mullica Jr.-Tom Mullica III, 67; Richard Fleetwood-Gary Horsey, Chester River, 67; Don Smith-Mark Kreutzer, Wakefield Valley, 67.

This week's schedule: Tomorrow -- Free State Seniors championship, Hillendale CC, 10:30 a.m. Thursday -- Middle Atlantic PGA Senior Tour, Montgomery Village G&CC;, 10 a.m. Saturday -- Baltimore CC Invitational, 11:30 a.m. Sunday -- Baltimore CC Invitational, 9 a.m.

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