It had crossed the mind of Joe Franz III earlier this season that he might be interested in pro golf as a career. And after winning the Baltimore City Amateur title over his home Country Club of Maryland course yesterday, the idea is more than a passing thought. Franz, 23, put together a pair of 71s for a 142 total and a three-stroke victory margin in the 36-hole test.
There was a three-way tie for second with Doug Jacobs of Piney Branch, David Kaplan of Bonnie View and Adrian Druzgala of Hobbits Glen posting 145 scores. Jacobs won a playoff on the second extra hole for runner-up honors.
Although it was Franz's first major area triumph, the tall Loyola College graduate repeatedly has flashed victory signs in earlier tournament starts this season.
"I really haven't made up my mind about pro golf," said Franz. "But there is no doubt I'm giving it serious thought," added the new champion, who currently is employed on the golf staff at Elkridge Club.
"My only immediate plans for another tournament start is with Kathy Altemus as my partner in the state mixed two-ball at Lakewood Friday," said Franz. "After that I might go all the way to the Middle Atlantic Amateur in October for my next tournament."
Drama built in the City Amateur when Franz, Kaplan and Jacobs were tied going to the next-to-last hole. The separation came, however, as Franz holed a 12-foot birdie putt while Jacobs had a bogey and Kaplan a double-bogie on the hole.
* Towson Golf -- Following are first-round results of the club's match-play championship:
H.T. Brown defeated Tom Brooke 3-2, John Kruchko defeated Mark Meyers 5-3, Bruce Bolling defeated Paul Naumann 4-3, Mel Kenney defeated Bob Gemmill 4-3, Fred Peightal defeated Howard Michel 4-3, Greg Rosenblatt defeated Dennis Cahill 3-2, Gary Brenner defeated Mark Kuhn 2-up, and Dick Oppitz defeated Greg Dougherty in 20 holes.
* Hillendale -- Matt Margolies won low gross with a 36-hole score of 146 in the President's Cup competition. Net winners were 135-Chuck Holub and Tom Irvin, 136-John Bausman and Fran Contino.
* Rolling Road -- Andy Pataki and Terry Scerba scored a 36-hole total of 75-69-144 to win low gross in the two-man team event, contested at alternate shots. Net winners included Pat Farrell and Mike Dooley 146-14-132, Guy Daniello and Dick Holland 179-46-133, Leon Lineburg and Jack Miller 153-20-133 and Tom O'Connor and Ed Brennan 155-22-133.
* Longview -- Sam Metzbower and Butch Buritsch scored a winning 134 score in the two-man team event. Tied for second were the teams of Jack Harrell and Chris Clark and Rob Robideau and Steve Grochowski.
* Sparrows Point -- Bob Long won the club's Senior Championship, defeating Bill Spann in the final round 4-3. In the semifinals, Long defeated Chuck Smith and Spann defeated Jim Burman Sr. In the Super-Seniors division, Bill Perry defeated Al Stone 3-1 in the final. In the first flight final, Jim Mulvaney defeated Frank Lloyd 5-4.
@4 * Bonnie View -- Defending champion David Kaplan
will meet Rob Leikin in second-round play of the club championship. In other second-round matches Lou Kline defeated Hal Levy, Paul Steinhardt defeated Tom Steinhardt, and Stuart Resnick defeated Mike Steinhardt.
* Wakefield -- Mike Smith and Rick Hensley edged George Crouse and Bob Blubaugh in a playoff for the two-man team title. The teams originally tied with 125 totals.
Other leaders were: 127-Mike Myers and Mike Holland, 128-Sam Brutout and Bill Isenberg, 128-Hank Friedberg and Craig Jennings, 129-John Brandenburg and Russ Faulkner, 129-Jerry Dell and Harold Petry, 130-Mike Fastner and Wayne Putman, 130-John Penzer and Walker Ragsdale, 130-Joe Rhodes and Gary Owings and 137-Bill McGarvey and Jack Gambatese. Leaders in the women's division were: 127-Charlene Merson and Pat Smith and 135-Ruth Mann and Alice Griggs.
Diane McFarland scored a hole-in-one on Wakefield's ninth hole of the Green course.
* Winter's Run -- Jessie Villa captured the club's championship for women, defeating Sally Baum 1-up in the final. In the first flight final, Ceil Breymier defeated Barbara Beam 3-2.
* Chartwell -- Don Pette and Buff Harris posted a winning low gross score of 72 in the Arundel Hospice Tourney. The net winners were: 62-Paul Latta and Tom Baldwin, 64-Joe Stiegel and Larry Kloth, 64-Ray Murphy Jr. and Bob Ulrich, 64-Dean Smith and Bill Hays, 64-Chris Hartman and Howard Wheeler, 65-Hal Murnane and J. Underwood and 66-Mike Lynch and Mel Renshaw.
* Md. Golf -- Winners of five-man team play were: 104-Bill Stratton, Bill Tilteleon, Charles Randolph, Ted Hart and Rich Garrigan; 108-Roger Clark, Bob Sweeney, Bill Locke, Tony Moscati and Charles Michael; and 109-Don Reynolds, Mike Brochmeyer, Rich Godfrey, Stu Getz and Vic Viglioli.