Defending champion Bill Stout will be in the lineup along with another record turnout of 192 for next week's Maryland Stroke Play golf championship at Mount Pleasant.
Adding more prestige to this ever-growing 54-hole holiday classic is the fact that capacity fields are attracted despite still another reduction in handicap limits. Single rounds are listed July 5, 6 and 7.
In order to upgrade the event last year, the committee eliminated all lower flights and called for a single championship flight. The handicap limit was set at 6.2. It did nothing to discourage the field and the committee has dropped handicaps to 5.2 this year.
Back with hopes to break his jinx in this tournament is Larry Storck of the Country Club of Maryland, Storck was runner-up for the third time when he bowed to Stout in a playoff last year. Stout, of Germantown, Md., won with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Former champions in the field are Greg Henry of Beaver Creek. Bob Kaestner of Baltimore CC and Bill Dornbusch of CC of Md.
Tyler Blue unleashed a near flawless round of golf to win the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club championship, stopping three-time winner Sandy Martin 8 and 7 in a 36-hole final.
In winning the crown for the second time, Blue gained a 3-up lead after 18 holes, then left his opponent helpless for recovery by playing the remaining holes under par.
In the semifinal, Tyler defeated Henry Blue 1-up.
Tinker Eck captured Green Spring's women's title for the fourth time, defeating Carolyn Merrick 2-1.
Among the area players attempting to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at Columbia CC Monday are: Cindy Peterka, Troy Beck, Cami Berher, Kim Kayce, Andrea Kraus, Leland Ingham, Kim Williams, Joy Bonhurst, Bonnie Fry, Tricia Gates and Jane Fitzgerald.
A field of 116, including most of the contestants competing at the LPGA Championship at Bethesda CC this weekend, will vie for 25 qualifying spots at Columbia.
Joe Rahnis, assistant pro at Rocky Point, made an early contribution to the March of Dimes golfing marathons when he played 126 holes. He started at 5:30 a.m. and gave in to fatigue at 4:30 p.m. He averaged 71 strokes for the seven trips around the course.
Baltimore's highly publicized Caves Valley Golf Club will stage its official opening on July 14.
Playing an exhibition match at the ribbion-cutting ceremonies will be the foursome of nationally known amateur golfers Jay Sigel, ++ Vinney Giles, Fred Ridley, Charles Yates. Also attending the program will be Charles Yates, secretary of the Augusta National Club, and Tom Fazio, architect for Caves Valley.
Marylanders finished fifth among 28 teams competing in the U.S. Senior Challenge Matches, staged at the CC of Virginia in Richmond. Teams competed for three days over a 54-hole test, which was led by the foursome from Florida.
The Maryland team included Charlie Harris of CC of Md., Perky Cullinane of Columbia CC, Bob Slaght of Rolling Road and Bob Bonnell of Elkridge.