N. Virginia seniors lead Marylanders


The Northern Virginia Seniors swept three matches for six points and took a 9 1/2-2 1/2 lead over the Free State Seniors after the first day of their annual Potomac Challenge competition at Cattail Creek Country Club yesterday.

The format calls for four nine-hole events -- foursomes and alternate shot the first day; two-man aggregate and individual match play the second. Andy Miller-Bill Stricker won a four-ball match, Jerry Phipps-Charles Stouffer won and John Stecklein-Ned Longson halved in alternate-shot matches for the Free State points.

U.S. Seniors: Dave King, current Maryland State Seniors champion from Bethesda Country Club and Sterling, Va., defeated Fred Rowland of Leawood, Kan., 2 and 1, in the morning, then lost to Curtis Wagner, Peachtree City, Ga., 4 and 2, in the afternoon, as play moved through the second and third rounds at the Portland (Ore.) Golf Club.

U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur: Andrea Kraus of Baltimore and Leland Beckel of Bethesda each won first-round matches at Cherokee Country Club in Atlanta. Kraus stopped Carolyn Harper, Lake Kiowa, Texas, 3 and 2, and Beckel defeated Brenda Williams, Minnetrista, Minn., 4 and 3.

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