Pressured by the event's own popularity, the Maryland State Golf Association has made a major format change in its annual Amateur Championship.
At a special meeting of state association officials, agreement was reached to add a preliminary round to the competition, extending the event into a five-day program.
While efforts have been made to avoid an extra qualifying round, mass turnouts in recent years forced the change. Therefore, starting in 1992, preliminary trials will be conducted at two sites, presumably one in the Washington area and the other in Baltimore.
From these two locations an approximate total of 100 golfers will advance. A formula, dictated by the size of fields at each location, will determine how many Washington-area players and how many from Baltimore will take part in the on-site qualifying.
In the past, the entire field took part in on-site qualifying for 32 match play berths. This was followed by three days of match play rounds.
"We couldn't put it off any longer," said Ned Pugh, president of the Maryland State Golf Association. "Basically, we are running out of daylight for both our Amateur and Open championships," added Pugh.
"There were 208 entries for this year's Amateur at Country Club of Maryland and 205 entries for the Open at Prospect Bay. This meant the tee times reached from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
"Actually," said Pugh, "we took a hard look at drawing up a new format formula for next year's Open as well. However, it was felt that making two such format changes the same year could be too disruptive. Of course, one of the problems of the amateur change is that the committee must now come up with two additional courses for the qualifying rounds," concluded Pugh.
In other Maryland State Golf Association business, the group made preliminary plans to increase the purse for the 1992 State Open from $15,000 to $20,000.
Four divisional winners in the PGA-Nordlinger Junior Championship are entered in Tuesday's Middle Atlantic Junior title test at Argyle CC. They are Mike Hartman of Hillendale, Tim Walko and Wes Lovell of Hunt Valley and Bart DeLuca of Rolling Road.
In yesterday's PGA Junior at Mount Vernon CC, Hartman won the overall boys division with a par 70, Walko took the 16-17 division with a 76, Lovell paced the 11-13 class with a 79 and DeLuca won the 10-and-under class with an 86. Jenny Chuasiriporn was the overall girls winner at Mount Vernon with an 81.
Two of the lowest handicap teams in the state mixed two-ball tournament at Lakewood had the disappointment of missing their starting times. They included Joe Franz IV and Kathy Altemus and Larry Storck and Katie O'Neil, all of the Country Club of Maryland.
The foursome, traveling together, missed a turn in the road and arrived 30 minutes late. The event was won by the Woodholme pair of Sheldon Kalish and Andrea Kraus, scoring a 3-under-par 69. Mark and Sheila Bertoldi of Piney Branch won low net with a 66.
Mike Gillis of Chartwell has received an invitation to compete in the British Amateur Championship this season. David Nocar of Chartwell was a contestant last year.
Terry Boggs, former professional at Cumberland CC, is director golf at the new Mountain Club at Rawlings complex. The public course is located outside of Cumberland.