Praise for Baltimore's new Caves Valley Golf Club continued to run high as four nationally known amateurs christined the layout at opening ceremonies.
With the foursome of Jay Sigel, Fred Ridley, Vinny Giles and Danny Yates divided for a better-ball competition to decide the Chesapeake Cup winner, matters ended in a tie.
The combination of Sigel and Ridley held a 5-up lead early in the match, but Giles and Yates rallied to even the test going to the last hole. After Ridley appeared to have won the battle with an easy birdie chance on the 18th green, Yates holed a 35-foot birdie putt of his own.
Although there were no individual scores recorded, both teams carded 3-under-par 68 better ball totals.
All four players sounded strong approval for the course and club, which already is gaining consideration for major tournaments.
Charley Yates, secretary of the Augusta National Club in Augusta, Ga., was one of the speakers at opening ceremonies. He pointed out that with Baltimorean Reg Murphy as a USGA vice president, there is good reason to expect Caves Valley should be offered a future Walker Cup match.
Two foursomes tied for top honors in the opening day tournament for Caves Valley members. Tied with net scores of 59 were the groups of Bill Ward, John Claster, Jerry David and Trip Dryden and Rick Spivey, Stan Klinefelter, Jeff Amling and Ed Miller. Finishing third with 60 was the foursome of Alan Bubes, Hugh Brown, Paul Greely and Barry Mannes.
Elsewhere in area golf:
* Elkridge -- Sue Sherwood won the women's club championship for the third straight year, defeating former winner Holly Lanahan in the final. In the other flight finals: 1-Nancy Swindell defeated Cha McLean, 2-Caroline Poleman defeated Parksie Mulholland and 3-Dottie Alban defeated Fran Hale. Roberta Farr was medalist.
* Chartwell -- Earl Hamilton won the Governor's Cup with a gross score of 71-71--142. Don Pette was second with 72-72--144. Low net leaders included Jim Uhles 65-67--132, Lee Pritchard 69-66--135 and Paul Latta 70-66--136.
Sam and Eddie Porter won the club's Father-Son title, carding a gross 70. They were followed by Dave Nocar Sr. and Jr. 71 and Dennis and Jason Wells 71. Net winners were Joe O'Hara Sr. and Jr. 57, Don and Brad Myers 59 and Bill and John Dixon 60. Low gross winners in the Member-Junior division were Lee Smith and Dom Harris 82. The Father-Daughter competition was led by John Carroll and Katy Carroll with a net 74.
* Hobbit's -- Qualifying in the National Oldsmobile Scramble tournament was completed with teams advancing in both low gross and low net divisions. The leading gross team with a score of 60 included Warren Myers, Calvin Chambers, Ray Mitchell and Meade Flynn. The low net foursome was made up of Stuart
Chandler, Joe Duklewski, Keith Healey and Dennis Joseph. Both teams will compete again at Wakefield Valley Sept. 3.
* Baltimore CC -- Dick and Mike McShane scored a winning 73 in the club's Father-Son Championship. Net winners were Lou and Mack Manzo with 68 in the 17-and-under class and Fred Glose Sr. and Jr. with 64 in the 18-and-over division.
* Sparrows Point -- A score of 147 won the Am-Ham tournament. The winning foursome was made up of Scott King, Bob Fernandez, Vince Derwinis and Bruce Miller. Other leaders were: 148-Bruce Hoffman, R.U. Johnson, Gordon Kirsch, Norval King; and 151-Ray Haney, John Rodgers, Rick Patro, Frank Lloyd.
* Md. Golf -- Tony Moscati and Clem Strickline won the President's Cup, defeating Dave Kuchpa and Doug Barrett 1-up in the final. Moscati clinched the match with a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
* C.C. of Md. -- The team of Ken Trail and Adrian Druzgala carded 66 to win the Guest Day tournament. Second went to Butch Clemmens and John Perl with 67. Net winners included: 56-Alan Anthony and Bob Hoover and 58-Dan Champness and Bill Walzog.
* Suburban -- Overall winners in the nine-hole points tourney for the Elkin L. Reis Trophy were: 64 points-Moses Oppenheimer, 50-Alan Hecht, 50-Jerry Cullen, 48-George Kagan, 58-Henry Sauber and 47-Paul Goodman. Gunther Borris and Moses Morris were daily round winners.
* Turf Valley -- Greg Killian's 71 on the South Course led gross scores in the men's club event. Net winners were: Hal Elkin 81-17--64, Lee Bindseil 79-15--64 and Bill Hymes 87-22--65.
* Winter's Run -- Defending champ Pete Rivera was among those advancing to second-round play of the club championship. Other winners: Tom O'Laughlin, Joe Eshleman, Rex Thompson, Dave Thomas, Butch Chappell, Charles Green, Don Villa.
* Green Spring -- Orlando Springs teamed with Bill Deaner to score a winning net 63 in the Member-Guest tourney. Peter Stockman and Mack Mitchell were next with 64. Low gross went to the team of Clark MacKenzie and Bob Springer with 69. The winning foursome, with a score of 58, included Adgate Duer, Bill Detweiller, Bill Stewart and Stewart Klinefelter.