With a Ryder Cup and a Walker Cup, it was only a matter of time until a group came up with a Runner Cup.
That's the designation for the annual international competition between members of the Naval Academy Golf Club and the Moor Park Golf Club, outside London. The format is structured after the Ryder Cup -- alternate shot, better-ball, singles -- and a recent 21-11 victory by Moor Park evened the record at 1-1, with each team winning at home.
"It's more socially competitive than anything else. We downplay the head-to-head aspect of the matches," said Bob Peck, team captain for the Naval Academy group. "For the most part, the visitors stay in the homes of their hosts, and there are social activities, in addition to the golf."
Among this year's events were a private tour of the Royal Naval College, and a private tour and dinner at the House of Commons with an MP [Member of Parliament].
"Last year, they came over here with 14 players. We rotated our players, so it was not the same 14 each day, and we won, 19-9. This time, we took 16 to England, and they rotated their players. Handicaps for the players ranged from 5 to 22."
Such is the enthusiasm generated, particularly in England, that "their secretary has told me they already have at least 29 anxious to come here next year, and I suspect that will be the trend -- more becoming interested each year."
Peck, who retired from the Navy three years ago, had previously worked with the Royal Navy while stationed in London, and he belonged to Moor Park. "They have a phenomenal clubhouse, located in an 18th century mansion."
Now a systems engineer with Westinghouse, Peck was assisted in the arrangements by Naval Academy Golf Club member Mike Cumberpatch. Although unable to make the trip, Cumberpatch was credited by Peck with being instrumental in solidifying the ties between the two teams.
When Tina Barrett shot 3-under-par 69 in the second round of last week's MBS Classic in Buena Park, Calif., it turned out to be worth an extra $1,000 for her. The Baltimorean won the MCI Streak, a bonus package implemented this year to reward the player who records the most -- must be at least four -- consecutive subpar holes in each tournament.
Barrett, 25, and in her third year as a professional, started her four-hole winning streak at the first hole, getting birdies on the first, second and fourth holes, and making the first double-eagle of her life at the third.
Liselotte Neumann, winner of the 1988 U.S. Women's Open at Baltimore Country Club, also had four consecutive subpar holes that week, but Barrett won on the tie-breaker of most under par for the "streak" holes.
Barrett went on to finish tied for 11th, and her check for $5,564 raised her earnings for the year to $136,328 for 25 events. This is more than double what she collected in her first two seasons combined.
There is one official event remaining on the LPGA calendar, the Mazda Japan Classic, Nov. 8-10.
Meanwhile, Fred Funk of Laurel did not play last week and is 66th on the PGA Tour with his best total, $222,553. Webb Heintzelman of Bethesda is fifth on the Hogan Tour with $64,044.
Charity events: Women's two-player team invitation tournament, tomorrow, Eagle's Nest, to benefit Johns Hopkins Oncology Center research into breast cancer. Information is available from Susan Mehiel, 560-2633.
* Quarterback Club two-man team tournament, Oct. 14, Hunt Valley GC, to benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Gross and net winners qualify for Mark Calcavecchia pro-am in Phoenix in January 1992. Information from Baltimore Area Golf Charities, 36 Oakridge Court, Timonium, Md., 21093.
* The Anne Arundel Medical Center will hold its second annual Hospice Fall Classic on Oct. 15, at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville. Information is available from the AAMC Foundation, 280-6550.
This week's schedule: Tomorrow--Middle Atlantic PGS pro-scratch, Caroline CC, Denton, 8 a.m. Friday--Middle Atlantic
PGA pro-am, Talbot CC, Easton, 8 a.m.; Women's Baltimore-Washington team match, Maryland Golf & CC, Bel Air, 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday--Mason-Dixon matches, Philadelphia Cricket Club, noon.