Several weeks ago, there was a published announcement that the 1995 U.S. Senior Open would be played at Congressional Country Club, and now comes a follow-up indicating a possibility that the U.S. Open might return to the Bethesda course in the late 1990s.
"There is a strong possibility" that the course will get the Open, Congressional's Charles Revoile told the Washington Times last week. Revoile is the chairman of the club's green committee and oversaw the recent $1.7 million in improvements to its championship Blue Course.
Stuart Bloch, chairman of the U.S. Golf Association's Championship Committee, has confirmed that Congressional has "expressed an interest," but that was as far as he would go. It is likely the Congressional group will emphasize its "interest" in the coming months, as it seeks the return of an event it last held in 1964.
That "heat" Open, burned into the memory of those who were present, saw an exhausted Ken Venturi stagger to a four-stroke victory over Tommy Jacobs. It turned out to be the last of the Saturday double-rounds; four separate 18-hole rounds were instituted the next year at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
Recent history has indicated that the USGA puts its Senior Open at a site and follows it with THE Open two or three years later. Such was the case at Medinah, site of last year's Open, and Hazeltine, site of this year's Open.
P.J. Boatwright, longtime executive director for rules and competitions for the USGA, has been released from a New York hospital. He is undergoing chemotherapy for a tumor on his spine, and the most recent tests have been clear.
Area (and Eastern Shore) professional changes since the end of last season include Brian Morrison at Baltimore Country Club; Greg Long, Bear Creek GC in Westminster; Jeff Sprague, Bonnie View CC; Andy Loving, Eagle's Landing in Ocean City (under construction); Randy Bird, I-70 Driving Range in Frederick; Willis Johnson III, Nutters Crossing in Salisbury (under construction); Buddy Sass, Ocean Pines; Richard Loy, Patuxent Greens in Laurel; John McCloskey, Sparrows Point CC (where a few memberships are available); Craig Day, Turf Valley CC; and Eric Lawhon, WestWinds in Frederick.
Also, Jeff Leckrone, former assistant at Baltimore CC, has moved to Columbus, Ohio, CC
Greystone, the new golf course at White Hall in northern Baltimore County, has all but completed its required permitting processes, and construction of the Joe Lee-designed layout is expected to begin within a month or so. . . . The Middle Atlantic PGA will hold its spring meeting April 8 at Shannon Green in Fredericksburg, Va. The season's first event in the Northern Chapter will be a Pro-Lady tournament at Wicomico Shores April 15, followed by a regular pro-am at Rolling Road Golf Club April 22. The annual match-play championship has been shifted from spring to fall and will be held Nov. 11-13 at Woodmont CC. . . . The next regular meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents wil be April 9 at Hillendale CC. . . . The annual team matches of the Maryland State Golf Association will be held the weekends of April 6-7, April 13-14 and April 20-21. Congressional CC is the defending champion, having defeated Nassawango in the final. . . . The officers for the Mount Pleasant Golf Club are Thomas Koviak, president; Jonathon Mark, vice president; Stanley Crockett, secretary; and Robert Snyder Sr., treasurer. Entries close Wednesday for the club's season-opening event April 7. . . . The UMBC driving range has reopened. Hours are 9 a.m. to dark.