Shelly Savage, competing in her first major event in the Middle Atlantic area, recorded a par 36-3672 and took a one-stroke lead in the 63rd women's amateur championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association at Turf Valley Country Club yesterday.
Katie O'Neil, new Country Club of Maryland women's club champion, had 36-3773. Her round included an eagle-3 at the 448-yard 10th hole, chipping in a sand wedge shot.
She finished four shots ahead of her closest pursuer, Andrea Kraus, in the 72-player field. Kraus of Woodholme Country Club, the current Women's Metropolitan champion, posted 38-3977.
Savage, a 14-year veteran of the Navy Nurse Corps, is stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital and plays to a 2 handicap from Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.
A Michigan native, her current tour of duty at Bethesda has included eight months in the Persian Gulf aboard the Hospital Ship Comfort.
Championship: Shelly Savage, Arlington, Va., 36-3672; Katie O'Neil, Timonium, 36-3773; Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, 38-3977; Chris Epperly, Virginia Beach, Va., 39-3978; Jane Mason, Fruitland, 38-40-78; Sharon Briggs, Gaithersburg, 37-4279; Cindy Carlin, Gaithersburg, 41-3879; Lynn Hunter, Ellicott City, 41-3879; Cami Berher, Gaithersburg, 40-4080; Joan Lins, Ellicott City, 39-4180; Connie Pifer, Baltimore, 42-3981; Young Ja Kim, Ellicott City, 40-4282; Debra Spencer, Hayes, Va., 40-4282; Star Bender, Baltimore, 42-4284; Carole Ratcliffe, Annapolis, 45-4388; Joan Winchester, Catonsville, 45-4489.
Group I (handicaps 8-10) Shoko Heuvel, Odenton, 36-4278; Kelly Just, Baltimore, 39-4079; Pat Peck, Fairfax, Va., 38-4381. Group II (handicaps 11-12) Midge Thursby, Towson, 39-4584; Tinker Eck, Hydes, 44-4185; Pat Hagen, Ellicott City, 41-4485.
Group III (handicaps 13-14) Jean Reiser, Ellicott City, 46-4086; Priscilla Van Guilder, Centreville, Va., 39-4887; Marie Hess, Fallston, 45-4388. Group IV (handicaps 15-18) Eleanor Appling, Phoenix, 41-4788; Jane Emich, Baltimore, 45-4691; Helen Quick, Baltimore, 42-5193. Group V (handicaps 19-20) Lynn Kilby, Queenstown, 45-4792; Betty Robinson, Ellicott City, 45-4792; Erica Overholser, Ellicott City, 48-4896.