BMGC to tee up a two-man team competition at Mount Pleasant

Area golf notebook

September 11, 1990|By George Taylor | George Taylor,Special to The Evening Sun

The Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. is taking on still another new project.

The latest is a 36-hole two-man team competition, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 at Mount Pleasant.

In recent years, efforts by the BMGC guided the Maryland Stroke Play Championship into major area golf status. The event now is considered one of the section's top three tournaments of the year.

More of the same can be expected with the two-man team Fall Classic. While limiting the field to 60 teams the first year, Mount Pleasant professional Jim Deck reports a sellout is assured.

"We think the same organizational efforts that have gone into the stroke play tourney will be in evidence again with the team play," said Deck. "In fact, I've had a lot of the same volunteers who made the stroke play such a success, offer to be on hand again."

Format for the team test will be better ball scratch totals for 36 holes. There are no geographic limitations for accepting entries.

Entry fee of $160 per team will include greens fees for two days, carts and a bull roast at the conclusion of play.

Other competitions sponsored by the BMGC are a Team Baltimore junior squad, a night golf tournament, revival of the Publinx Championship and a two-player team event for women. The first women's test was won by Bonnie Fry and Shirley Williams, scoring 74. Carleen Jones and Joan Peddicord were second with 78.

There were 300,000 rounds of golf played at Baltimore's five municipal courses last year and that total will be surpassed in 1990.

* Selectors for the annual Cup Matches face a difficult task this year. With the Baltimore vs. Washington team play scheduled for Sept. 15 at Congressional, the only unquestionable selectee in the Baltimore area is Charlie Harris of the Country Club of Maryland. Harris won both the Maryland State Amateur crown and the City Amateur title.

There have been no other double winners this season, making way for new faces in the lineup. Baltimore defeated Washington 13-5 last year.

* Jim Cosgrove, president of the MSGA, announced that the new date for the washed-out Father-Son Championship is Oct. 26 at Towson Golf and CC. Those from the original field who wish to play on the new date are asked to respond by Oct. 2.

* More than 120 exhibitors will participate in the 1990 Golf Merchandise Show of the Eastern United States, Sept. 23-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Heading the teaching program will be Bob Toski.

* The Middle Atlantic area lost one of its most popular golf figures with the death of Ray Bassler. For many years, Bassler was associated with distribution of PGA golf equipment. A former two-time club champion at Rolling Road Golf Club, Ray was the brother of golf professionals Charlie and Bill Bassler Sr. Charlie formerly was pro at Rolling Road until succeeded by Bill Sr., director of golf at the club. A nephew, Bill Bassler Jr., is current head professional at Rolling Road.

* Two weeks after winning the Women's Canadian Amateur Golf Championship, former Baltimorean Sarah LeBrun Ingram captured the Middle Atlantic Championship at Wintergreen, Va. Ingram, defending champion of the event, carded rounds of 72 and 73 for a two-stroke victory over Leland Ingham. Jane Fitzgerald, the Maryland state champion, was third with 149, and Donna Martz, the Virginia state titleholder, was next with 151.

Ingram, who played out of Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, now is a resident of Nashville, Tenn. Baltimoreans made a clean sweep of divisional honors. They included Sue Sherwood, Leigh Farrell, Susan Tucker, JoAnne Salerno and Rosalie Rothe.

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