Pikesville pair put fantasy week on calendar

GOLF

February 07, 1993|By JOHN STEWART

First it was baseball with a fantasy week. Now, there's a program with pro basketball and a fantasy weekend scheduled in connection with college basketball's Final Four. And for the latest, we give you a pair of Pikesville golfers who have come up with a similar idea for their favorite sport.

It has turned out that Marty Strauss and Jeff Brenner, a pair of local club golfers, were in the right spot at the right time with the right idea.

"You'd have to call it a progression of luck," Strauss said the other day. "We figured we would offer a little instruction at a fine resort, play as much golf as you want, and be able to rub elbows with some established stars.

"As it developed, we talked to Bob Toski at what turned out to be the proper moment. He had turned down previous offers, but when we met, he was receptive. He loved the idea."

So now we have Bob Toski's Dream Week, a six-day, five-night stay at Palm-Aire Spa Resort in Pompano Beach, Fla. It will include instruction with Toski, unlimited golf and use of the spa's facilities, and two days with Sam Snead, Tommy Bolt and Bob Goalby.

A Boston firm, Senior Players, Inc., is helping with the arrangements, because, as Michael Meluskey, executive vice president, said: "We had a lot of people talk about it in the past, but Marty and Jeff are the first to bring it to fruition.

"We've worked with Senior golfers about 10 years, and we

believe the best times are had when you get to know the pros, spending time with them, listening to their stories and their jokes.

"The Senior Tour is as popular as it is because the players are more outgoing, the spectators can relate to them better, and it has a more relaxed atmosphere about it."

Pro-am events are a vital part of life for all the pro golf tours, but in most instances amateurs pay a lot of money for a spot without knowing which pros they have drawn.

As Strauss pointed out: "A dream week lets the golfer put up the money knowing the pros with whom he'll be associating. We think it's an exciting concept."

For information, Strauss can be reached at 3701 Old Court Road, Suite 3, Baltimore, Md. 21208.

USGA officers

Stuart Bloch, of Wheeling, W. Va., was elected president of the United States Golf Association for a second one-year term during the organization's annual meeting yesterday in Nashville, Tenn.

Among the other officers elected was Reg Murphy of Baltimore, as a vice president. Murphy, the chairman of the championships committee, is in line to be nominated for president next year.

Florida workouts

Jane Fitzgerald, of Kensington, was the most successful othree past women's amateur champions of the Maryland State Golf Association who participated in the annual series of Florida events.

Fitzgerald, state titlist in 1989, 1990 and 1992, tied for fourth in the Harder Hall; was 12th in the South Atlantic and went to the quarterfinals of the Doherty match play.

Of her first appearance on the Florida circuit, Fitzgerald said: "I finally felt as though I was ready to commit the time and expense to it. I wanted to see where I stood on a national basis.

"As a result, I will try and play more tournaments like the North-South, the Trans and the Western."

Fitzgerald, mother of two children, 5 and 15 months, explained that her expanded schedule would not be possible without the support and help of her husband Jim, head professional at the Chevy Chase Club, and the rest of her family.

The other state champions in action were Sarah Ingram, formerly of Owings Mills and now living in Nashville, Tenn., and Sally Krueger, formerly of Bethesda and now living in San Francisco. Ingram was 10th in the Harder Hall and sixth in the South Atlantic, and Krueger was a first-round loser in the Doherty.

Miscellaneous

The Baltimore-based RP Foundation recently received a check for $44,000, a by-product of Payne Stewart's efforts in last fall's Skins tournament, as each player donated 20 percent of his winnings to a favorite charity. It brought Stewart's donations to RP to a two-year total of $96,000. . . . Bob Fikac, most recently an assistant professional at Caves Valley Golf Club, has been named head professional at Lowes Island, a new Tom Fazio-designed course in northern Virginia.

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