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Home and away, it's been banner year for DeFrancesco


Wayne DeFrancesco received national recognition when he was the only club professional to make the 36-hole cut in last summer's PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

The teaching professional at Woodholme Country Club was equally proficient at home. He numbered a second straight Maryland Open title (the first to do so since Leo Wykle in 1967 and 1968, and fifth in the event's 74 year history) among his wins, and finished more than 100 points ahead of his closest challenger in the race for Player of the Year in the Middle Atlantic Section.

At the end, DeFrancesco, the first to earn the honor in successive years since Bruce Lehnhard in 1990-1991, and fifth since 1955, had 467.50 points.

Rob McNamara, an assistant professional at Farmington CC in Charlottesville, Va., was the runner-up (350 points), with Dennis Winters, an assistant at the University of Maryland GC, a close third (345).

DeFrancesco will be among award winners to be saluted at a MAPGA breakfast tomorrow morning, before the organization's fall meeting in Fredericksburg, Va.

Larry Ringer, head professional at CC at Woodmore in Mitchellville, who finished among the top 24 in the U.S. Senior Open at Congressional CC last summer, was the MAPGA Senior Player of the Year. He won the Senior title in the Northern Chapter and Head Pro championships.

Ringer had 242.50 points to 170 for Lehnhard, who won the section's Senior championship and was the low qualifier for the Senior Club Pro championship during limited appearances.

Among the MAPGA honorees are Robert Fretwell, Old South CC, Lothian, professional- William Madonna, Baltimore CC, teacher frank Laber, Longview GC, club relations; Richard Miner, Carper's Valley GC, Winchester, Va., education, and Richard White, Dominion Club, Richmond, Va., Junior leader.

Fretwell, a 16-year PGA member, has been the head professional at Old South since 1990. Before that, he was at Eisenhower GC in Crownsville for seven years. He has been a section officer for six years, the last two as president.

Madonna, teaching professional at BCC, also will be cited in the January issue of Golf magazine as one of the sport's top 100 teachers.


Rolling Road Golf Club, which led 33 area teams in local qualifying, recently competed in the ninth annual John Deere team I championships at Wild Wing Plantation, Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Catonsville club was represented by David Rudinski, course superintendent; Billy Bassler, professional; Terry Scerba, club manager; Gene Fields, president; and DannFinch, area John Deere distributor from Westminster.... The monthly meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents will be held Tuesday at the Chevy Chase Club.... Chartwell CC recently dedicated its new golf services building, a two-story, 6,000 square-foot facility that will house a pro shop and areas for bag storage and indoor storage of 72 carts.

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