Those embarrassing scores posted by contestants in area golf championships may be harder to forget than ever.
At least, referring to past performances is one of the ideas under study by Maryland golf officials in an effort to control ever-growing fields.
"We realize that something will have to be done in both our amateur and open tournaments," said Ned Pugh, president of the Maryland State Golf Association. "In fact," continued Pugh, "we have scheduled a meeting next month for the sole purpose of making decisions on how we can reduce our fields."
The State Amateur at Bethesda Country Club drew 208 entries. The State Open at Bretton Bay earlier this week had 204 entries.
"I feel that a method of holding a preliminary qualifying round is the most likely way to accommodate all the entries for the Amateur," said Pugh. "The thinking in this direction would be to establish a qualifying site in both the Washington and Baltimore areas and have those leaders advance to the championship."
Other methods would take a close look at past performances. For example, the scoreboard at Bretton Bay reflected scores posted in the 90s, some listed as N.C. (no card) and some as D.N.S.(did not start).
There are some tournament committees who refuse to accept entries the following year when players fail to post a score more than 15 over par.Also,some associations refuse future entries from those players who fail to turn in a card or withdraw without notifyinmg officials.
Next year's State Open is scheduled at Prince George's CC.
Reports of Marylanders on tour include: Fred Funk, who remains among the PGA's top 50 money winners with earnings of 197,982; Dick henderson is in 28th place on the Senior tour with $ 120,759;and Webb heintzelman is in fifth place on the hogan Tour with $43,230.
Phil Henry, assistant professional at Hillendale, is the latest to make contributions to the March of Dimes via marathon treks around the golf course.Henry played 100 holes at Hillendale,walked all the way and gained $ 6,000 for charity.He averaged 71 for his rounds.his highest score was 75.
Other assistant pros in the area are participating in the marathons for charity
A field of 98 will vie for four qualifying spots in the U.S. Senior Open trials at Manor Club Monday.
Jane Fitzergerald will defend her State Women's Championship at Rolling Road Tuesday. Other favorites include Andrea Kraus,Bonnie Fry,Kathy O'Neil,Shannon Hanley,Jane Mason,Cindy Peterka and Joan Winchester.
Entries still are being accepted for the Middle Atlantic Section's Maxfli PGA Junior Championship at Kenwood CC July 22. This one is open to boys and girls ages 17 and under.Champions will advance to the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens,Fla,For information,call (301)621-8320.
Upcoming tournament dates are the State Pro-Am at Caroline CC in Denton,on July 22 and the Baltimore City Amateur at CC of Maryland on July 27 and 28.
More than 100 golfers competed in the Dundalk Community College Foundation tournament at Rocky Point. Top prize went to the four-man team from Merry-Go-Round enterprises, which included Mike Levin, Stuart Lucas, Scott Collins and John Aiello.
The team of Norris Ford -- Gene Welsh, David Cook, Nick Fed, Will Winkelman -- finished second.