Brian Slevin, a redshirt freshman at the University of Georgia, already is making an impact on the collegiate golf scene.
The Arnold resident, who had an up-and-down career as an area junior, has been a pleasant surprise for coach Dick Copas, and is one of two players to have seen action in all eight of his team's tournament appearances.
Along the way were three top-10 finishes, and, in one 15-round stretch, a 72.33 stroke average. His overall stroke average was 74.25.
"Brian has played well in stretches and not so well at other times. He still has a lot of discipline to learn in how to play the game," says Copas. "Maturity is the key."
By admission, Slevin has a long way to go "growing up between the ears." One of Copas' strengths is as a master psychologist and his mental exercises have helped produce 15 All-Americans, including PGA Tour star Chip Beck, in a 22-year career at the school.
"In the team atmosphere, I feel more responsibility to play well," says Slevin. "Before this season, I never believed or thought that golf could be a team sport. But there is more incentive to do well, especially when teammates are calling on you to help out."
Team play: Hunt Valley Golf Club and Woodholme Country Club are the defending champions in the annual team matches of the Women's Golf Association, which begin a four-week run Friday.
With rankings based on total team handicaps, the top eight clubs, headed by Hunt Valley, will play for the Hutzler Trophy, and the remaining nine will play for the Legg Trophy. The lone first-round pairing will be Woodholme against Chestnut Ridge.
Seniors: There will be a full flight of 16 clubs in the annual match-play team championship of the Free State Seniors when play begins the week of May 4-10. The Country Club of Maryland is the defending champion, having defeated Chartwell in the title match.
New leader: Sarah Ingram has replaced Vicki Goetze as No. 1 in the Titleist/Golfweek women's amateur rankings as the result of their finishes in the recent LPGA Dinah Shore tournament.
With points awarded for specific finishes in designated tournaments in a continuing 52-week period, Ingram, a former Baltimorean now living in Nashville, Tenn., has 290 points and Goetze, from Hull, Ga., 280.
Ingram, 25, the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion, took over first place after earning 20 points for making the cut in the Shore. Goetze also collected 20 points for making that cut, but she lost the 50 she had earned for finishing in the top 20 a year ago. The amateurs received special invitations to participate in the event at Rancho Mirage, Calif., last month.
It marks the first time Ingram, still a Green Spring Valley Hunt Club member, has held the top spot. Goetze, 19, a University of Georgia freshman, had led for all but one week during the past year.
Before the Shore, Ingram this year had top-10 finishes at the Harder Hall Invitation and Women's South Atlantic and was a semifinalist in the Doherty Cup.
Course development: Clustered Spires Golf Course, an 18-hole public course in Frederick, will hold its formal opening Friday.
Also, the third nine at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links is open, completing the 27-hole public facility at the intersection of Routes 301 and 50 on the Eastern Shore.
Tournament time: Tomorrow's tournament for the benefit of the newly commissioned submarine USS Annapolis at the Naval Academy Golf Course has drawn an overflow field of 38 teams.
* Entries are still being accepted for the first Senior four-ball championship of the Women's Trans National Golf Association, scheduled for May 5-7 at the Tides Inn, Irvington, Va. Information is available from Mary Eirich, 2875 Ardell Drive, Merced, Calif. 95348, (209) 723-4270.
* The fourth annual North Arundel Hospital tournament will be held May 18 at Turf Valley Country Club, with further information from Kevin Murnane, (410) 787-4367.
Bits and pieces: There will be 54 teams in the field for a Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association pro-am tournament at Hunt Valley Golf Club tomorrow.