Women's amateur golf is taking on a new look hereabouts and there is a new course in Carroll County.
It was obvious in the Middle Atlantic Women's Championship that concluded at Turf Valley Country Club yesterday that single dominated tournaments could be something in the past.
Instead of a single start-to-finish leader, which has been the case in many past women's tournaments, the 1991 version saw three players close within two strokes of each other. A fourth player was just four behind.
What's more, the winner brought a new name to the scene. She is Shelley Savage, a 37-year-old Navy nurse who is assigned to the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Had the Army-Navy Club's entry not been in winning form, she could have had an excuse. Shelley spent eight months of the past year on duty in the Persian Gulf.
Her scores of 72 and 78 for a 150 total at Turf Valley edged theCountry Club of Maryland's Katie O'Neil by one stroke and Woodholme's Andrea Kraus by two shots. Hunt Valley's Connie Pifer completed the blanket finish while only four behind.
"It's really the only thing I've entered in this area," said Savage, a native of Michigan. "I'd like to think Ill be assigned to Bethesda Naval Hospital for some time. At least to be back to defend this title. But I can't be sure."
The senior division also was close with former overall champion Jane Mason of Nassawango sliding past Turf Valley's Joan Lins 158 to 160.
Group winners in the Middle Atlantic were: First-Kelly Just of Suburban, Second-Pat Hagan of Turf Valley, Third-Marie Hess of Hillendale, Fourth-Eleanor Appling of Eagles Nest, and Fifth-Lynn Kilby of Talbot CC.
A highlight of the tournament was a hole-in-one scored by Joan Jenkins of Frostburg on the fourth hole of the South course.
In other local golf news, the first of three proposed new golf courses in Carroll County has broken ground.
The new 18-hole daily fee course, named Oakmont Green, is located in Hampstead and is scheduled to open in late June of 1992.
"We are happy to be under way," said Jim Matthews, president of the sponsoring Oak Investment Co. "It has been a hassle getting through all the restrictions connected with building a golf course."
Operation of Oakmont Green will be under the supervision of Lee Snyder, who purchased the golfing rights to the project. A total of 90 lots for homesites surround the course. They range from three-quarter acre to two-acre lots.
Two other courses are proposed in Carroll County. One of them is Finksburg and the other in Mount Airy.
* Joe Franz lV continued as king of the Country Club of Maryland course when he captured the Club Championship with a 7 and 5 victory over Stan Bailey in a 36-hole final.
Earlier this season Franz won the Baltimore City Amateur championship over the CC of Md. course. In the Club Championship semifinals, Franz defeated Larry Storck and Bailey defeated George Marin.
* Rick Sovaro Jr. became a double club champion at Rolling Road when he stopped Mike Duffy 4 and 3 in the match play final. Sovaro, 23, also won the club's Stroke Play title this season.
* Mike McShane staged a late rally to win his first Club Championship at Baltimore CC.
Trailing by two with two holes to play against former champion Pat O'Malley, McShane tied the match and then won it on the first extra hole.
* Scott Pugatch won Suburban's Club Championship for the third straight time, scoring 226 in the 54-hole stroke play test.