William Molloy Jr., an assistant professional at Eisenhower Golf Course since 1984, has been named the club's head professional by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. He succeeds Robert Fretwell, who resigned recently to accept the position of head professional at the Old South Country Club in Lothian.
Molloy, 28, a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, grew up in Crofton, learned the game from his father and later took lessons from Crofton professional Bill Sporre. "I still go to him for lessons," Molloy says of Sporre, who finished fourth in the Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association Seniors championship last week.
A graduate of Arundel High School, Molloy attended East Carolina University and graduated from the University of Maryland. He won the first tournament in which he competed as a pro, the old Chesapeake Classic at Eisenhower, and since has been a regular contender in Middle Atlantic PGA events. He also has qualified for and played in the Kemper Open and the United Services Life/Armed Forces pro-am.
No immediate changes are expected, although Molloy said he will meet soon with Joseph McCann, the county's director of recreation and parks, and William Rhinehart, parks administrator, discuss ways for improving the operation.
Eisenhower, located in Crownsville, is the only 18-hole public golf facility in the county.
Defending champion David Partridge of Richmond, Va., heads the 140-man field entered in the annual men's amateur championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association at Woodholme Country Club this week.
A 72-hole event, the full field will play Thursday and Friday, with a cut to the low 60 and ties for Saturday and the low 40 and ties for Sunday.
Among the leading entries are former Maryland Amateur (match play and stroke play) and Maryland Open champion Doug Ballenger, a Baltimore native living in Augusta, Ga.; Maryland Stroke Play titlist Bill Stout; former Metropolitan champion Richard Holland, a U.S. Amateur qualifier last month; and Junior sensation Chris Couch of North Lauderdale, Fla., winner of 92
NOTES: The monthly meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association will be held Tuesday at Woodmont Country Club. . . . Bob Bonnell of the Elkridge Club will defend his championship in the Free State Seniors championship Wednesday and Thursday at Carroll Valley GC. . . . Walt Grabowski claimed his third straight Mount Pleasant GC club championship when he posted a 27-hole total of 113 (a rainstorm washed out the final scheduled nine holes of one round). Tom Lynn, Glen Watts, and Ken Smoot tied for second at 120.
This week's schedule: Today--Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation two-man team championship, Mount Pleasant GC, 7 Tomorrow--Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am, Poolesville GC, 8 a.m. Tuesday--Women's Golf Association, Turf Valley CC, 9 a.m. Wednesday--Free State Seniors championship, Carroll Valley GC, 8 a.m. Thursday--Middle Atlantic Amateur championship, Woodholme CC, 7:30 a.m.; Senior Olympics championships (men at Mount Pleasant, 7:10 a.m.; women at Longview GC, 10:30 a.m.); Free State Seniors championship, Carroll Valley GC, 8 a.m. Friday--Middle Atlantic Amateur championship, Woodholme CC, 7:30 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am, Crofton CC, 8 a.m. Saturday--Middle Atlantic Amateur championship, Woodholme CC, 7:30 Sunday--Middle Atlantic Amateur championship, Woodholme CC, 8 a.m.