WGA is first new winner of special old trophy


October 20, 1991|By JOHN STEWART

The Women's Golf Association held its annual season-closing awards program at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club on Friday, and one of the three prizes on display drew special attention.

A 6-inch, silver, flare-shaped trophy, one-time symbol of the Women's French Open Championship. The trophy was engraved with the tournament's name; the year, 1933; and the winner's name, Kathleen Garnham.

Garnham, an Englishwoman and one of the leading amateurs in her country during the 1930s, later married American Charles Nes, and they made their home in the Baltimore area for more than 40 years before her death a year ago.

An avid sportswoman, Nes continued her golfing career as a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. She was a past captain of the Baltimore side (Women's Golf Association) in its annual team match with a Washington (Women's District Golf Association) entry.

Recently, the Nes family donated the trophy to the WGA to be awarded to the winning team in the annual Baltimore-Washington match, and Baltimore claimed it with a 15 1/2 -2 1/2 victory at Maryland Golf & CC. It was Baltimore's first win in the series since a 14-4 triumph in 1983, a match also played at Maryland Golf.

The other two trophies on display were awarded to Connie Pifer of Hunt Valley (gross points leader for the season) and Phyllis Schiminger of Eagle's Nest (net points leader for the season).


A field of 88 participated in the third Maryland Turfgrass Research tournament Friday at the Elkridge Club, with the entry of Sean Remington, David Hilliard, John Hilliard of the Chevy Chase Club and George Renault of the Burning Tree Club returning the best two balls of team, 59-58117.

The event, conducted by the Maryland Turf Grass Council and the Mid-Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association, was expected to raise about $5,000, bringing to more than $15,000 the amount raised in the three years. All proceeds go to the

University of Maryland Turfgrass Research Center.

In the past, funds have been used for various research projects, including last year's study of the effect of various fertilizers and fungicides on the disease Brown Patch. Tournament committee members Bernie Beavan and Steve Potter say money is especially important at this time.


The first Congressional CC Invitation four-ball tournament, which has drawn some of the top players from the Philadelphia and Middle Atlantic areas, wraps up the second of two days of scratch play today.

* Fifty-eight teams are entered in the annual Middle Atlantic PGA two-man team championship at Shenandoah Valley GC tomorrow and Tuesday. The pairing of Bob Boyd (Woodmont) and Rocky Fryar (Hermitage) is the defending champion.

This is the homestretch for Boyd as head pro at Woodmont CC in Rockville. The North Carolina native has resigned to accept the position of director of golf at the Melrose Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C.

A two-time Carolinas Player of the Year before going to Woodmont two years ago, Boyd, a University of Maryland graduate and former PGA Tour player, won the Maryland Open last year, and played in the 1991 Kemper Open and U.S. Open. He will assume his new duties after the first of the year.


Special events: The Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center's second annual mixed golf open, tomorrow, Chestnut Ridge CC.

* The first D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) golf outing will be a scramble format tomorrow at the CC of Maryland, at 8:30 a.m.

* The American Lung Association of Maryland will hold its first hole-in-one shootout, Thursday-Sunday at Willow Springs GC (Interstate 70 and Route 32 in Howard County) and Cedar Lane Driving Range (Rossville Boulevard in Baltimore County). Daily rounds at both sites will send closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one qualifiers to a final shootout Oct. 28 at Willow Springs. Information is available from (800) 492-7527 or 560-2120.

* The annual tournament to benefit the Baltimore Men's Senior Baseball League will be held Oct. 31, at Longview GC (8:30 a.m. shotgun start). Tournament and league information are available from Gary Bishop, 668-0620.

* The second Children's Favorite Things tournament will be held Nov. 4, at Hunt Valley GC. The noon scramble format will be preceded by a clinic conducted by PGA Tour member Fred Funk of Laurel. Children's Favorite Things is a charity program, with funds used to provide for needy children at Christmas. Information is available from Phil Bundy, 771-8283.


This week's schedule: Tomorrow-Tuesday -- Middle Atlantic PGA two-man team championship, Shenandoah Valey GC, 8 a.m. Thursday-Friday -- Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am, Ocean City

Y&CC, 8 a.m.

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