Three reigning state champions will be among the six players representing Maryland in the first USGA Centennial State Team tournaments for men and women this week outside Orlando, Fla.
Women's amateur champion Jane Fitzgerald, of Norbeck CC, will be joined by Andrea Kraus, of Woodholme CC, who made the Round of 16 in the U.S. Women's Amateur and Women's Mid-Amateur; and U.S. Women's Amateur qualifier Jennifer Lewis, of Woodmont CC, in the 43-team women's championship at Lake Buena Vista Club.
Amateur champion Dave Rasley, from Lakewood Country Club; and Mid-Amateur champion Joel Kaye, of Woodholme CC, will be joined by Kirk Lombardi, of Norbeck CC, a losing finalist against Rasley and a top-five finisher in the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play and Middle Atlantic Amateur. They will be part of a 47-team field playing at Lake Nona GC.
Each state is eligible to enter a three-player team, with the best two scores counting toward the team's total. Play will be over 54 holes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The field will include 13 USGA past and present champions, including current Mid-Amateur titlist Jerry Courville, Jr., of Norwalk, Conn., who won at Caves Valley Golf Club, and is in town competing in the renewal of the Baltimore Country Club Invitational at Five Farms.
Among the others are John Harris (Minnesota), Tim Jackson (Tennessee), Jim Stuart (Georgia), Danny Yates (Georgia) and Jeff Thomas (New Jersey), all of whom played in last month's U.S. Mid-Am.
Headlining the women's field is Carol Semple Thompson, of Sewickley, Pa., a former Women's U.S. and British Amateur champion.
Women's Golf Association
Connie Pifer of Hunt Valley Golf Club and JoanKay Kent of the CC of Maryland were honored as the high-point champions for the year by the WGA at its fall awards luncheon Friday at Green Spring VHC. Pifer had 18 gross points and Kent 35 net points.
Pifer was followed by Andrea Kraus, 17; Joan Winchester, 16; Leigh Farrell, 11; Joan Lins, 11; Sally Casey, 10; Tinker Sanger, 9; Kathy Franz, 8; Susan Schuh, 8; Kenya Chintrisna, 7; Young Ja Kim, 7; Pat McCarthy, 7; Bonnie Fry, 6.
Kent's closest pursuers were Hortie Amernick, 32; Lucy Preston, 24; Jane Emich, 23; Young Ja Kim, 21; Judy Mehrling, 20; Joan Marconi, 19; Frankie Sherwood, 19; Midge Thursby, 19; Susan Bartnick, 18; Ethel Davis, 18; Clara Linkoff, 18.
The officers for next year are: Lucy Preston, Baltimore CC, president; Glena Wirtanen, Hunt Valley, vice president; Joan Winchester, Rolling Road, recording secretary; Harriet Pelisek, Sparrows Point, corresponding secretary; Ann Gillespie, Chartwell, assistant corresponding secretary; Tinker Sanger, Green Spring, treasurer.
The annual two-man scramble for Middle Atlantic PGA members from the Northern and Central chapters will be held tomorrow at Sparrows Point CC, with 57 teams competing over 27 holes. . . . A team of seniors representing Northern Virginia defeated a team from the Free State Seniors Golf Association, 16-14, at Elkridge Club. The format called for four nine-hole segments (foursomes, fourball, aggregate medal, individual match) over two days. Seven of the closing individual matches were won or lost on the last putt. Bob Slaght of Rolling Road GC and Bob Bonnell, Elkridge, led the Free State side with four points each. . . Jenny Chuasiriporn, a freshman at Duke University, has been named a second-team Rolex All-American by the American Junior Golf Association.