The Middle Atlantic PGA -- as part of its ongoing effort to promote the game in general, and PGA services in particular -- has scheduled a seminar for representatives of Maryland and Virginia facilities without a PGA professional and course developers.
The program, expected to attract about 70 people, will be held Tuesday at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal, Va.
Rich Williams, from the national PGA office, will discuss the work of a PGA member and what such a member can do for a club. Among the topics he is expected to touch on are available programs, clinics, interesting juniors in the game and overall benefits.
"Actually, we are looking for an exchange of ideas," said Tom Hanke, director of employment for the MAPGA.
Among the facilities expected to be represented are the public courses in Fairfax County, Va., where employment of PGA members has been rejected in the past, and Lansdowne Conference Resort near Leesburg, Va., which does not have a member professional at this time.
Cattail Creek CC, a private facility under construction in western Howard County, will be one of the new clubs with officials in attendance. For this club, as well as others which have not announced a head professional, it will be an opportunity to learn about the process.
There will be remarks by Charles Birney, one of the three managing partners of Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, concerning the club's success in going through the process to obtain a PGA member as head professional.
The field for this week's U.S. Women's Open championship -- starting Thursday at Oakmont CC in suburban Pittsburgh -- will include automatic qualifiers Tina Barrett of Baltimore, and amateur Sarah Ingram, a Green Spring Valley Hunt Club member from Nashville, Tenn.
Barrett earned her exemption with a tie for 11th last year at Colonial CC in Fort Worth, Texas, and Ingram's exemption came via her selection to the Curtis Cup team.
Kim Williams, of Potomac, made it through regional qualifying, shooting a 1-over-par 73 at Century CC in Purchase, N.Y.
For the four Maryland State Golf Association championships this week: There are 98 teams in the Pro-Am championship at Bretton Woods Recreation Center tomorrow; there are 66 boys and eight girls in the Juniors championships at CC Maryland Tuesday; there are 57 entries for the Women's Amateur at Norbeck CC, beginning Tuesday.
Entries for the Maryland State Golf Association's Mixed Twoball tournament close Wednesday. The event will be held Aug. 7 at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.
Entries for the Du Pont World Amateur Handicap championship close July 31. More than 3,000 of an expected 3,600 have already registered, including 132 from Maryland.
New members of the Mid-Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association include Brian Berry, Hillendale CC; James Gosnell, Elkridge Club; David Nehila, CC Maryland; Joe Stegman, Hunt Valley; John Vinsom, Maryland Golf & CC.
Middle Atlantic PGA leaders (through July 12):
Money--Jack Skilling $4,339; Woody FitzHugh $4,128; Dennis Winters $3,641; Brian Lehnhard $3,621; John McNaney $3,558; Marty O'Rear $2,889; Mike McGinnis $2,601; Dennis Dougherty $2,507; Ricky Touma $2,447; David Jimenez $2,173.
Points--Jack Skilling 171.31; Marty O'Rear 115.99; Brian Lehnhard 112.71; Ricky Touma 94.80; Bruce Lehnhard 88.00; Dennis Winters 84.05; Glen Barrett 78.47; Wayne DeFrancesco 77.05; John McNaney 75.81; Dave Quelland 61.50.
Stroke average--Jack Skilling 70.47; Dennis Dougherty 70.50; Dennis Winters 70.93; Ronnie Kelley 71.29; Brian Lehnhard 71.33; Chris Peddicord 71.44; Woody FitzHugh 71.53; David Jimenez 72.00; Larry Ringer 72.43; Marty O'Rear 72.50; John McNaney 72.50.
This week's schedule
Tomorrow--Baltimore Two-Women betterball tournament, Mount Pleasant GC, 7 a.m.; Maryland State Pro-Am championship, Bretton Woods Recreation Center, 7:30 a.m. Tuesday--Maryland State Juniors, CC Maryland, 8 a.m.; Maryland State Women's Amateur, Norbeck CC, 9 a.m.; Women's Golf Association, Rolling Road GC, 9 a.m.; Free State Seniors, Hunt Valley GC, 11 a.m. Friday--Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Junior (four sites, 9 a.m.) Rocky Point, University of Maryland, Montgomery CC, Carper's Valley). Saturday--Baltimore City Amateur, Sparrows Point CC, 12:30 p.m. Sunday--Baltimore City Amateur, Sparrows Point CC, 12:30 p.m.