ROCKVILLE -- Jane Fitzgerald, playing unattached, won the medal with a 1-over-par 73 yesterday in the thunderstorm-interrupted first round of the 72nd Maryland State Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship at Norbeck Country Club.
The first round of medal play was stopped for 1 hour, 15 minutes because of lightning, and when the tournament resumed, the remaining golfers finished in the rain.
The top 16 qualifiers moved into today's match play in the championship flight. Eleven finished with 80 or less and seven had 81. A one-hole playoff determined the other five players in the championship flight.
Carolyn Lyman (Beaver Creek), Karen Smith (University of Maryland), Carol Davies (Argyle), Lynne Hunter (Turf Valley), Young-Ja Kim (Hobbits Glen), Melly Tucker (Argyle) and Joan Lins (Turf Valley) finished with 81s. Lyman failed to show for the playoff, and Davies was eliminated on the first hole.
"This is a nice course, not really that difficult," said Smith, who returned Monday after competing last week in the Trans American Tournament at Pinehurst, N.C. "You get good lies in the fairways and there is not a lot of trouble."
Match play begins today, also at Norbeck, at 8:30 a.m., and the championship flight will begin at 10:42 a.m. The tourney will conclude Friday.
The medalist, Fitzgerald, won this tournament in 1991, and although she doesn't play with a club affiliation, her husband, Jim, is the professional at Chevy Chase.
Carleen Jones of Pine Ridge finished second with a 74. Five golfers finished with 76s -- Bonnie Fry of Maryland Golf and Country Club, Jane Mason of Nassawango, Cami Berher of Montgomery Village, Lisa Skaggs of VFW and Katie O'Neil of Country Club of Maryland.
"The course played well," said Fry. "No. 11 [445-yard, par-5] is a weird hole. You can't see the green because there is a big tree right in the middle of the fairway, but I got a par, so I can't complain."
Stephanie Kell of CC of Maryland, who had a 78, said: "The coursecould be easy if you're on your game. If you're not careful you can drive right through the fairways. It doesn't benefit the long hitters at all."
Maryland State Juniors
Miguel Rivera and April Hardesty were playoff winners in their respective divisions at the Country Club of Maryland.
Rivera, 15, from Winters Run GC, defeated Frank Coffren, 17, of fTC Holly Hills CC with a 15-foot birdie putt at the second extra hole after they had tied with regulation 4-over-par 74s.
Hardesty, 17, from Caroline CC, won from Mallory Crosland, 15, of the Chevy Chase Club, with a bogey at the first extra hole. Each had shot 87.
Free State Seniors
Bob Slaght of Rolling Road GC posted a 73 for low gross and Norm Grabner had 95-30-65 for low net to lead a field of 120 in the monthly tournament at Hunt Valley Golf Club.
Women's Golf Association
Kathy Altemus of the CC of Maryland with 82 and Sharon Turnblad of Hunt Valley GC with 86-18-68 were the gross and net leaders in the weekly tournament at Rolling Road GC.