For Igleharts, 81, a long drive to drive is still all in day's play

GOLF

October 04, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

It sounded like a routine day for Bob Iglehart of Bel Air.

He had been invited on a golf outing by his brother-in-law, George Gonce. They drove out to The Woods, a conference center near Berkeley Springs, W.Va., played golf and drove home.

Leave early in the morning, drive several hours, play golf, eat and drive home. Golfers do this kind of thing all the time. Typical, except that Bob Iglehart is 81 years old.

He and his twin brother, Ralph, of Towson, play two or three times a week, usually at Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air, and both shoot in the mid-90s.

The brothers grew up in Baltimore, Bob going to the old Maryland Institute for mechanical arts, and Ralph taking night classes at Poly and later Johns Hopkins.

Bob went on to work for the C&O Railroad as a draftsman and mechanical engineer, retiring in 1971. Ralph worked for various heating firms, retiring five years later.

Like so many older Baltimoreans, they got into golf as caddies, starting as teen-agers at Clifton Park.

"We both got away from the game for a while, then came back around 1955," said Bob, who came back well enough to get his handicap down to a 7 by the time of his retirement.

He is a past winner of the Harford County Seniors title and won his age group in the event as recently as a year ago. This week, both are entered in the Maryland Senior Olympics tournament, where Bob was third in his age group last year.

Each has also made a hole-in-one -- Bob, two at Mount Pleasant, and Ralph, one at Winters Run. Bob is also proud that his daughter, Jo Ann Iglehart, and a granddaughter, Katie Schwind, have enjoyed some success playing the game.

"My handicap is going up because my eyes are going bad," Bob said. "I have macular [nerve] degeneration, with one eye about gone and an implant in the other. The sight is poor, but I'm not going to let it stop me."

International flavor

The 88th edition of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association's Amateur championship, which ends a four-day run at Hunt Valley today, has an international touch this year, with two players from South Africa.

The MAGA was organized in 1902 and is the third-oldest golf association in the United States. Players from 11 states and the District of Columbia are in this year's tournament.

The South Africans are Graeme Skeen, in this country on vacation, and Trevor Sidley, a William & Mary undergraduate.

Skeen, 26, is a marketing manager for an engineering firm in Johannesburg and is here with his grandmother, who is visiting a daughter and son (Skeen's aunt and uncle) in New York and Virginia.

"I was in New York about 10 years ago, the only other time I was in this country, so this is the first golf I've played here," Skeen said. "It's a different experience because the greens are so quick and the bent grass -- where the ball settles down -- is different from our Bermuda -- where the ball sits up more."

Teachers as players

The annual Northeastern championship of the LPGA's Teaching Division will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at Glenn Dale GC, with the winner qualifying for the annual Mazda LPGA Championship next June at Bethesda CC.

An all-women pro-am will be held tomorrow, with the tournament entries joined by several LPGA members. Amateur spots are available, with information from Troy Beck, assistant professional Glenn Dale (301) 464-0904.

Winters in the fall

Dennis Winters, assistant professional at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, won the annual Virginia Beach Open by one stroke, leading a 208-man field on 65-69134 at Honeybee GC. It completed a weekend sweep for him, as he had finished first in the Stumpy Lake pro-am that preceded the main event.

XTC

U.S. women lose

Spain won the annual Women's World Amateur Team championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, last week with a total of 588. The United States tied for fifth at 600. For the United States, Sarah LeBrun Ingram, the former Baltimorean now living in Nashville, Tenn., tied for 33rd on rounds of 80-79-76-78313.

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