Bob Boyd, who walloped the field a year ago, will be in the spotlight again when the Maryland State Golf Association holds its 71st Open championship this week at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville.
Boyd, 35, head professional at Woodmont CC in Rockville, made his first Open appearance one to remember, as he set tournament records for low 18 (62), 36 (133) and 54 holes (197), and winning margin (nine shots) in shooting 71-62-64 at Bretton Woods Recreation Center.
A year ago, he had seen the Bretton Woods course once in a pro-am; this time, he is hoping to get his first look at Prospect Bay late this afternoon.
Familiarity with a course has not made a lot of difference to the University of Maryland graduate, who won two Player of the Year awards while dominating the Carolinas Section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America. He moved into the Woodmont shop in the fall of 1989.
Since shooting 75-75 and missing the cut by three shots at the U.S. Open at Hazeltine CC, last month, Boyd has made two competitive pro-am appearances, shooting 66 at Lakewood CC and 70 at Redgate GC.
"I'm playing well, and I'm excited about the tournament," he said one day last week. "I feel good and I'm hitting the ball the way I want to. Still, it comes down to putting and getting a good break when you need one -- the ball bouncing the right way instead of into trouble."
The field of 127 pros and 77 amateurs will be cut to the low 60 and ties for the second round, and the low 40 and ties for the final round.
Other past champions entered are Bill Sporre, Larry Ringer, George Graefe, Chris Peddicord and amateur Marty West III. West has won three times dating back to 1975; Ringer won in 1972 and 1980, and Graefe is the only one to have won as an amateur (1976) and a professional (1981).
Area players accounted for nearly one-third of the 24 qualifiers for the Middle Atlantic PGA Section finals of the Chrysler National Long Driving championship to be held Sunday at Shannon Green in Fredericksburg, Va.
From there, the top 12 will move on to the District 10 finals Aug. 17 at Langley AFB, Hampton, Va., where they will be joined by representatives of the Carolinas and Kentucky sections. The District champion only will move on to the national finals Sept. 12-15, at Boca Raton, Fla.
Among those advancing were David Crawmer, Union Bridge, 338 yards; Michael Amtsberg, Westminster, 330 yards; Robert Jones, Sykesville, 328 yards; Alec Brogan, Pikesville, 317 yards; Rick Hudak, Abingdon (Longview GC winner), 316 yards; Parker Parsons, Towson, 307 yards; and former Baltimorean Jon LeSage, Bethesda, 293 yards. Amtsberg (Glade Valley), Brogan (Woodholme CC) and LeSage (Columbia CC) are professionals.
The section leader was amateur Alan Beddow of Logan, W.Va., 355 yards.
Tim Walko and Jenny Chuasiriporn, both from Hunt Valley Golf Club, have been named recipients of this year's Russ Menta DTC Memorial Scholarships and will attend a one-week session of the Golf Advantage School in Pinehurst, N.C., later this month. Selection criteria include scholarship, golf ability, extracurricular activities and an interview with the committee.
* Tomorrow for the women's two-ball team championship, scheduled July 15 at Mount Pleasant GC. The event is sponsored and conducted by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation and the Baltimore Golf Association.
* United States Golf Association -- Wednesday for Men's Amateur, to be held Aug. 20-25, Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Northern Chapter of the Middle Atlantic PGA has accepted its limit of participants for its two Clubs for Kids clinics -- due at Thursday at Clifton Park, and July 25 at Leakin Park. . . . There will be 15 players for one place when the 36-hole local qualifying for the U.S. Juniors is held Tuesday at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. . . . The leaders in the recent Publinx championship (held at Mount Pleasant and Forest Park) included Walt Grabowski 145; Bob Przbylski 147; Bob Lentz 149; Donald Johnson 149. First flight--Greg Ruark, 154. Second flight--Keith Barnett 164. Third flight--Alan Rigney 168.
This week's schedule: Today: Maryland Amateur Stroke Play, Mount Pleasant GC, 7:15 a.m. Tomorrow-Tuesday-Wednesday: Maryland Open, Prospect Bay CC, 6:30 a.m. Tuesday: USGA Juniors, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, 8 a.m.; Mid-Atlantic Superintendents monthly meeting, Turf Valley CC, noon; Women's Golf Association at Bonnie View CC and Hillendale CC, 9 a.m.