1991 Lady Keystone Open set for June 14-16 with $400,000 purse

October 14, 1990|By John W. Stewart

A spokesman for the Lady Keystone Open has announce that the 1991 tournament will be held June 14-16 at the Hershey, Pa., Country Club, and that the purse will increase to $400,000.

The official '91 schedule for the Ladies Professional Golf Association will not be released until later this month, but a spokesman has indicated that the McDonald's Classic in Wilmington, Del., will be held June 20-23, and the LPGA Championship will return to Bethesda CC, June 27-30, rather than late July-early August as had been the case with Bethesda events during the past three years.

Speaking for the LKO, Ted Lick, president of Keystone Sports Foundation, said: "[The] $100,000 increase [in the purse] has been our goal for several years. We are entering into a new three-year contract with the LPGA, and with its tournaments having shown steady growth in recent years, we felt it was time to follow suit."

Through recent tournament changes, the 16-year-old LKO has become the oldest official LPGA event, other than its majors.

* Area entries in the recent Professional Golfers' Association Club Professionals championship at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., were less than successful. Of the Middle Atlantic PGA players in the 356-man field, only Bob Boyd of Woodmont CC and Bruce Lehnhard of Locust Grove, Va., survived the 54-hole cut to the low 100.

Boyd shot 288 and tied for 36th; Lehnhard, 293, tied for 72nd. The low 40 qualified for next year's PGA Championship, but through a tie-breaking procedure, Boyd, the 1988 Club Pro champion, wound up 41st and first alternate for the 1991 championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.

* The Taylor Made Golf Co. has awarded 93 scholarships to Apprentice Program members of the PGA to underwrite Business School II expenses. Successful completion of the advanced school is required for PGA membership.

Among those who received aid were Holly Anderson, Columbia CC; Eugene Harding, Woodmont CC; and Ronald Shockley, Kenwood CC. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of Business School I performances, Junior golf and community support, and the playing ability test.

* The recent Middle Atlantic PGA Seniors championship also determined four qualifiers for a new PGA Senior Club Professionals championship to be held Nov. 7-11 at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Del Snyder of Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va., led the group, followed by Dick Canney, Chantilly National in Centreville, Va.; Bill Sporre, Crofton CC; and Life Member Mac Main, who defeated Mike McGinnis, Holly Hills CC, with a birdie at the first extra hole of a playoff.

* Tournaments: Jack Skilling of Columbia CC, headed for the PGA Tour's qualifying school, shot 6-under-par 65, and Rick Broderick of Piney Branch GC was low amateur with 74 in the seventh annual Clyde Kelly Memorial tournament at the University of Maryland GC.

* The four Middle-Atlantic representatives in the United States Mid-Amateur championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., failed to qualify for the match-play portion. Greg Tilton of Bowie and Tim Vigotsky of Centreville, Va., had 79-81--160; Joe Le Favor, Annapolis, 89-80--169; and Seppo Iso-Ahola, Robin Dale, withdrew after nine holes.

* There are 48 teams entered in the annual Middle Atlantic PGA two-man team championship at Shenandoah Valley GC, Front Royal, Va., tomorrow and Tuesday. The 54-hole event calls for 27 holes each day with a 9-hole scramble, 9-hole alternate shot, and 9-hole better ball.

This week's schedule: Tomorrow -- Middle Atlantic PGA two-man team championship, Shenandoah Valley GC, Front Royal, Va., 8 a.m.; Anita Vitale Memorial tournament, Chestnut Ridge CC, 9 a.m. Tuesday -- Middle Atlantic PGA two-man team championship, Shenandoah Valley GC, Front Royal, Va., 8 a.m.

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