A berth on the U.S. Curtis Cup team is closer than ever for Maryland native Sarah LeBrun Ingram.
LeBrun, 25, continued to pile up Cup points when she captured the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., yesterday. By unofficial count, the victory could have Sarah ranked as the No. 2 amateur woman golfer in the nation.
Already catching the eye of Curtis Cup selectors with a brilliant season of tournament golf, Ingram closed her campaign with a convincing 6 and 5 victory over Martha Lang of Geneva, Ill. in the 18-hole Mid-Am final. She was 4-under in defeating the championship's 1988 winner.
Ironically, among those witnessing Ingram's play in Arizona was Mary Ann Cooke, the last Marylander to play on the Curtis Cup team. Cooke, of Baltimore, was at the tournament scene as a USGA committee representative.
Cooke played on the 1956 team with matches scheduled in England.
Earlier this year, Ingram won the Women's Western title, was a semifinalist in the highly regarded Broadmoor Championship, advanced to the final 16 of the U.S. Women's Amateur, had a 35th-place finish in the Women's National Open, closed fifth in the Canadian Open and won the Tennessee Women's Amateur.
Announcement of the 1992 Curtis Cup selectees is expected to be made in January. The matches will be played in June at England's Royal Liverpool course.
It was at the Mid-Amateur final that Ingram told Cooke the story of a favorite 4-wood that played a major role in her triumph. The club was given to Sarah at the age of 15 by her grandmother, Betsy LeBrun, a Baltimore Country Club golfer at the time.
Ingram's parents live in Owings Mills. She started her golf career under professional Curtis Mabry at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.
After marriage two years ago in Baltimore, Ingram moved to Nashville, Tenn. She won both the 1989 and 1990 Middle Atlantic championships in her last area starts.
Defending champions Bill Stout and Dave Rasley head a capacity field of 60 teams competing in the second annual Baltimore Two-Man Team tournament at Mount Pleasant this weekend. The 36-hole stroke play test has single rounds scheduled tomorrow and Sunday.
Stout plays out of Germantown Golf Club and Rasley is a member at Lakewood CC.
lTC "We have been delighted with the interest the event has created in this, just its second year," said Mount Pleasant professional Jim Deck. The tourney is sponsored by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp.
Other outstanding teams in the lineup are Charles Harris and Jack Rites, Larry Storck and Joe Franz, Nick Aquilino and Dave King, Walt Grabowski and Phil Novak, and Sheldon Kalish and
Bob Benning, former professional at Congressional CC, has returned to the golf business as director of golf at the new Lansdowne Golf Club in Leesburg, Va.
The course, which now is fully open, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
The area's final major tournament of the season comes up next week with the Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship in Richmond.
The 72-hole stroke play test is listed at the Country Club of Virginia's Tuckahoe course with single rounds on Oct. 3, 4, 5 and 6. Richard Holland of Columbia CC is defending champion. He won last year at Woodholme.
The entry list is headed by Vinny Giles, a member of four Walker Cup teams, winner of the U.S. and British Amateurs and five Virginia State Amateur titles.
Also in the field is Joe Franz, winner of the Baltimore City Amateur title; Mike Pratt, winner of the Richmond City Amateur; and Justin Klein, the Maryland Stroke Play champion.