Fran Rhoads took a golf lesson from John McNaney recently -- the two Frederick County professionals have played several rounds together in past weeks -- and yesterday the two found out it meant mixed blessings in a Middle Atlantic Professionals Golfers' Association pro-am at Rolling Road Golf Club.
The two, taking advantage of their local knowledge of the tight and demanding Catonsville course, shared first place with rounds of 3-under par 67 to lead 61 pros in the club's traditional event.
McNaney is a former Rolling Road assistant now teaching at the Country Road Golf Center. He shot 32-35 in the afternoon to tie Rhoads, who grew up in Catonsville, is an assistant at Holly Hills CC, and had posted 33-34 earlier in the cold, windy day.
"He gave me a couple of swing keys, some things to think about," Rhoads, 31, said of McNaney's lesson. "We've known each other about 15 years. He's a great teacher, and is always willing to help."
Rhoads had shot 69 in this event twice before, as an amateur and as a pro, but cited a 30-43 round of a year ago for his motivation. "There was a revenge factor. I was a little pumped this time."
Paul O'Leary, the Greystone course superintendent, had 36-34 for a par-matching 70 and low gross among the amateurs. A 7 handicapper, he also helped a foursome led by Eagle's Nest pro Mike Welsh to the team net prize, 125.
NOTES: Bob Bilbo, head pro at Argyle CC, had nine birdies in his last 14 holes, but also had six bogeys and a double in the round for a 1-under 69. . . . McNaney and Rhoads each had six birdies, three bogeys. . . . Columbia CC assistant Jack Skilling, who shot 65 at Wicomico Shores last week, missed a 10-foot putt on his final green and settled for 68. . . . The course was in excellent shape, especially considering the weekend of rain, and the greens were hard and slick.
Fran Rhoads, Holly Hills, 33-34--67; John McNaney, Country Road Golf Center, 32-35--67; Jack Skilling, Columbia, 35-33--68; Bob Bilbo, Argyle, 34-35--69; Bob Boyd, Woodmont, 34-36--70; Mike Ahrnsbrak, Shenandoah Valley, 35-35--70; Jimmy Hyams, Woodholme, 32-39--71; Don Slebodnik, U. Maryland, 35-36--71; Marty O'Rear, Active Member, 34-37--71; Butch Butler, Cedar Point, 34-37--71; Glen Barrett, Glenn Dale, 37-36--73; Brian Lehnhard, Glenn Dale, 36-37--73; Jim Estes, Bonnie View, 37-37--74; Tom Hanna, Harbourtowne, 36-38--74; Charlie Briggs, Caves Valley, 36-38--74; Billy Bassler, Rolling Road, 38-36--74; Jimmy Nees, Argyle, 41-34--75; Ron Scales, U. Maryland, 39-37--76; Art Scott, BWI Golf Center, 38-38--76; Rich Loy,
Patuxent Greens, 37-39--76; Chris Staab, Chevy Chase, 37-39--76; Jamie Childs, Talbot, 39-37--76; Norm Vacovsky, Active Member, 37-39--76; Mike Welsh, Eagle's Nest, 38-38--76; David Oates, Loudoun, 38-38--76; Bob Bowes, Wicomico Shores,
Amateur gross: Paul O'Leary, Greystone, 36-34--70; Bob Kaestner, Caves Valley, 34-38--72; Butch Smith, Rolling Road, 366-37--73. Amateur net: Jim Wilburn, Rolling Road, 81-15-66; Kim Davies, Beaver Creek, 80-13-67; Tony Narciso, Bon Air, 75-8-67. Team gross: 136 -- John McNaney, Country Road Driving Range; Dick Shear, Hobbit's Glen; Bob Lutz, Hobbit's Glen; Terry Scerba, Rolling Road, 65-71. Team net: 125 -- Mike Welsh, Art Harduvel, Eagle's Nest; Paul O'Leary, Greystone; Ed Corcoran, Rolling Road, 63-62.