Justin Erdman and Christopher Oh are the latest recipients of Russ Menta Memorial Scholarships, administered and awarded annually by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation.
Erdman, 16, shot 80 at Pine Ridge Golf Course in the playability portion of the criteria. An 11th-grader at Dulaney High, has a 3.72 grade-point average.
Oh, 15, posted an 85. A Gilman School 10th-grader, he has a GPA of 4.0.
The winners will each receive a week at a golf school in Pinehurst, N.C., later this summer.
With awards in two age groups, Michael Shimpf was the alternate in the 16-17 division, and Joey Chuasiriporn in the 12-15 division. There were 11 entries in the competition, which considers academics and community service in addition to golfing ability.
There will be a Baltimore flavor to the Isuzu Celebrity Golf tournament scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Johnny Unitas, Jim Palmer, Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar will be first-time starters, and local resident Jim Karvellas has guided the event since its inception three years ago. Palmer has a 4 handicap, followed by McNally (5), Cuellar (9) and Unitas (10).
From pro football, in addition to Unitas, there will be 1990 champion Mark Rypien, Dan Marino, Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms and John Elway. From baseball, the three former Orioles will be joined by, among others, defending champion Rick Rhoden, Mike Schmidt and Ernie Banks.
Other professional stars entered include Michael Jordan, who seemingly has put in as much practice time for this tournament as for his Olympics assignment, Bill Laimbeer, Danny Ainge, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull.
While celebrities qualify for the championship by having a USGA-certified handicap of 10 or less, they will play the 54-hole competition from scratch.
Big Mac I
The first of two area Ronald McDonald pro-am tournaments will be held tomorrow at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Va. A second will be held at Eagle's Nest in late August.
Among the professionals listed for tomorrow's daylong program are Fred Funk, Bill Glasson, Cindy Figg Currier and Lori Garbacz, plus celebrities Darrell Green, Gary Williams, Tom Matte, National Long Drive champion Art Sellinger and noted teaching pro Bob Toski.
Deadline for the USGA Women's Amateur (Aug. 10-15, Kemper Lakes GC, Long Grove, Ill.) and USGA Girls' Junior (Aug. 3-8, Meridian Hills CC, Indianapolis) is Wednesday, and USGA Amateur (Aug. 25-30, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio) is July 15. . . . Deadline for the Maryland State Golf Association's Pro-Scratch championship (July 20 at Bretton Woods Recreation Center) is Thursday. . . . Deadline for the ninth annual Du Pont World Amateur Handicap Championship (Aug. 24-28, Myrtle Beach, S.C.) is July 20. Information is available by calling (800) 833-8798. . . . The first Mid-Atlantic Seniors Open, a 36-hole event at International T&CC and Evergreen CC, will be held July 13-14, with further information available from Dick Caney, head professional at Chantilly National G&CC in Centreville, Va.
BGA swan song
The President's Cup, scheduled for Clifton Park GC on Saturday, will be the final event of the venerable Baltimore Golf Association. The BGA, longtime sponsor of area public links events, had been in decline, outliving its usefulness, and, finally, withstood one last effort to revive it. Many of its events have been taken over by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation.
The event is an 18-hole competition involving 20-man teams from the five city courses, plus Diamond Ridge GC.
Bits and pieces
There are 32 entries for tomorrow's 36-hole USGA Junior qualifying rounds at Green Spring. Other area Junior sites are Columbia CC in Chevy Chase, and Robert Trent Jones GC in Lake Manasas, Va. . . . A full field of 80 teams will participate in the Middle Atlantic Golf Association's Father-Son tournament at Rolling Road GC on Thursday. . . . The MAGA finally has placed its annual women's amateur championship, Sept. 9-10, at Old South CC in Lothian. Unsettled problems at previously selected sites forced this latest change. . . . A field of 200 has entered the 72nd annual Maryland Open, due July 13-15 at Prince George's CC. . . . Dan Falls of Good Counsel in Rockville won the 59th annual Schoolboy championship at Mount Vernon CC with a 54-hole total of 217, followed by Chris Kazalas, South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., 220, and Jim Duke, Georgetown Prep, 222.
This week's schedule
Today--Maryland Stroke Play championship, Mount Pleasant GC, 7:30 a.m. Tomorrow--USGA Junior qualifying, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, 8 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Senior, Longview GC, 8 a.m. Tuesday--Women's Golf Association, Hillendale CC and Woodholme CC, 9 a.m. Thursday--Middle Atlantic Golf Association Father-Son tournament, Rolling Road GC, 8 a.m. Friday--Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Am, Poolesville GC, 8 a.m.