Charles Narciso will have a title to go with his name when he is introduced on the tee in the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play Championship this week.
Narciso took care of this gap in his golf resume last week, when he won the Baltimore Publinx championship. Rounds of 73 at Mount Pleasant Golf Course and 75 at Forest Park GC were good for a four-stroke triumph over Tim Osgood, 77-75152. Two-time titlist Walt Grabowski tied for third at 153.
The 25th Stroke Play tournament will be held Friday through Sunday, with single 18-hole rounds each day. Defending champion Justin Klein is one of a half-dozen past winners in the field of 192 entries.
The full field, all of whom have a handicap index of 4.7 or less, will play two rounds, then will be reduced by 50 percent the last day.
"I made the cut the last four years, but was never in contention," Narciso said of his previous Stroke Play efforts. "Last year, I opened with an 81 -- 14 strokes behind the leader -- then had 73-74. I wasn't playing that well, but was able to scramble."
Narciso, 23, finds time for his golf after classes at Catonsville Community College, where he is working on a business degree, and working for his father, Tony, a food distributor.
"I've been playing well this summer," he added, "and I thought I had a good chance in the Publinx."
In earlier starts, Narciso had won the Clyde Martin Memorial and the Forest Park spring championship.
"In the first round of the Publinx, I kept the ball in play and hit 16 greens. Sunday, I had the same game plan for 12 holes, where I was even par. I had a six-stroke lead at that point, but there was a wait on the 13th tee and I started thinking about winning.
"I just fell asleep, made a bunch of three-putts. Keith [Janacek, who wound up as the net titlist] made a birdie at 15, but I saved myself some trouble when I made a 10-foot par putt at the 17th. It was the longest putt I made in two days.
"I had been in a lot of match play lately, and that experience helped me with the pressure. Psychologically, it was a boost to my confidence."
In the past, Narciso said he had concentrated on other sports, especially basketball, and golf was kind of a summer exercise. Now, for the first time, he's dedicated to golf, and already it is paying dividends.
Quite a month: Former Baltimorean Carol Mann, already a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, was inducted into the All-American Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame during ceremonies last week in New York. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before turning professional in 1960.
Earlier, her book, "The 19th Hole," a collection of golf stories from some 70 nationally recognized personalities,was released. The first copy went to President Bush, one of the storytellers, and he responded with a hand-written note of thanks to Mann at her Houston home.
A portion of the proceeds from the book, available at Waldenbooks, will go to the Female Golf Development Foundation, founded by Mann. The foundation's mission is to pay for research and programs for junior girls' and women's golf.
Eternal optimists: Kristin Dollenberg, Jenny Chuasiriporn, and Ed Lipski were among recent qualifiers for the Junior World Optimist tournament to be held in San Diego in mid-July. The qualifying round was held at WestWinds in Frederick.
Dollenberg was low among the girls with an 80, followed by Chuasiriporn, 85. It marked the first time Dollenberg, 16, had beaten Chuasiriporn, 15, her friendly rival of several seasons. For the boys, Bob Bilbo had 76 and Lipski 77.
Short shots: There are 92 entries (46 pros, 46 amateurs) for tomorrow's USGA Senior Open qualifying round at River Bend CC. Four places are available for the open, at Saucon Valley CC in Bethlehem, Pa., July 9-12. . . . A field of 16 will participate in the tournament portion of the Russ Menta Scholarship program at Pine Ridge GC tomorrow. Criteria for the annual award, administered by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, include academics and community service as well as the playability test. . . . The annual qualifiers for the PGA Tour's Anheuser-Busch tournament will be held at CC Ford's Colony in Williamsburg, Va., Wednesday (Middle Atlantic PGA members, with 60 for four spots) and Thursday (open event with 156 for four spots). . . . The first Juvenile Diabetes Foundation tournament is tomorrow at Wakefield Valley GC in Westminster.
This week's schedule: Tomorrow--USGA Senior Open qualifying, River Bend CC, 8 a.m.; Russ Menta Scholarship tournament, Pine Ridge GC, 8 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA Northern Chapter meeting, Bonnie View CC, 9 a.m. Tuesday--Women's Golf Association, Suburban Club and Chestnut Ridge CC, 9 a.m. Friday-Sunday--Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship, Mount Pleasant GC, 7 a.m.