The women have been dominating the golf conversation in the John Bauman household in Westminster since two recent holes-in-one made the score, Women 4, Men 0.
Seven members participated in a recent family outing at Myrtle Beach, S.C., and John's wife, Diane, and his sister, Mary Raasch, each recorded an ace on the same day. Diane hit a 7-wood on the 128-yard 12th at Deer Track North, and Mary used a 6-iron on the 120-yard 11th at Indigo Creek.
"Water comes into play on both holes, and although they normally use a water ball, each used a new ball," John Bauman said.
Bauman said his mother, Dean Bauman, 71, is the most !c consistent player in the family, although arthritis prevents her from posting scores in the 80s as she did in the past.
"She has had a hole-in-one, and my younger sister, Judy Ward, has had one," added Bauman, who has five sisters, four of whom play golf.
Meanwhile, John, his father, Harry, and several in-laws have built-in excuses for going out to play. They figure it's about time the law of averages started swinging their way.
Harbinger of season: The 350-member Free State Seniors will begin their monthly tournament schedule April 20 at Wakefield Valley GC. The rest of the program calls for events May 18 at Manor CC; June 15 at Rolling Road GC; July 21 at Hunt Valley GC; and Sept. 21 at Chartwell CC. The championship will be in October at Turf Valley CC, with dates to be announced, and a site for the August meeting is pending.
The officers: president -- Bob Slaght, Rolling Road; first vice president -- Joseph Brown, Holly Hills; second vice president -- George Stewart Jr., Elkridge; secretary -- William Hyssong Jr., Hunt Valley; treasurer -- R. Norman Weller, Holly Hills; chairman of the board of directors -- Skip Young, Hillendale; executive
secretary -- Don Lighter, Lakewood.
MAPGA time: A field of 29 teams are participating in the Molson/Middle Atlantic PGA Kiawah Classic at Kiawah Island, S.C. Formats include a 54-hole pro-am, with professional and amateur championships and an 18-hole pro-am scramble.
The Tournament of Champions will open the MAPGA schedule, having been shifted from its previous fall dates. It will be held April 6-7 at Ocean Pines GC. Other early dates are April 13 for a chapter pro-scratch, with the Northern event at Hog Neck GC, and regular pro-ams on April 20 at Hunt Valley GC, and April 27 at Rolling Road GC.
Job time: Rick Boldissar, an assistant golf course superintendent the area since 1985, first at Mount Pleasant Golf Course, and more recently at Sparrows Point Country Club, has been named head superintendent at Sparrows Point, succeeding Kevin Pryseski, recently named head superintendent at Cattail Creek in Howard County. Prior to coming to Baltimore, Boldissar had worked at Saucon Valley CC in Bethlehem, Pa., and Merion GC, in Ardmore, Pa.
Edwin Crowder, a member of the South African PGA, has been named teaching professional at Patuxent Greens CC in Laurel. A 12-year professional, he worked at clubs in South Africa before going to Ponkapoag GC in Canton, Mass., where he taught and played U.S. mini-tour events. He had taught privately in the Middle Atlantic area the past two years.
That time again: USGA entry deadlines include: April 22--U.S. Open, scheduled for June 18-21, Pebble Beach, Calif.; May 13--U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, scheduled for June 24-28, Sacramento, Calif.; June 3--U.S. Senior Open, scheduled for Saucon Valley CC, Bethlehem, Pa.; June 3--U.S. Amateur
Public Links, July 13-18, Brooklyn Park, Minn.