Eger to bring well-rounded game to Chesapeake Cup

May 30, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

David Eger is one of the few to know the administration of the PGA Tour and the U.S. Golf Association from inside the ropes.

In the past 15 years, he has been a player and an administrator on the PGA Tour and more recently, as a reinstated amateur, has won a USGA championship, and now serves as one of the key officials for the organization.

Eger and partner Michael Bodney will be among the 20 teams participating when the Chesapeake Cup is held next weekend at Caves Valley Golf Club. The number is up from 14 a year ago, and from two in 1991 when the event was part of the official opening ceremonies.

Although tournament officials don't want much more growth, it is likely the stature of the field will improve as better players seek a look at the venue that will be the site of the 1995 USGA Mid-Amateur championship.

"I was delighted to be included, because I had heard so much about the course and I'm a fan of [golf course architect] Tom Fazio's designs," Eger said from USGA headquarters in Far Hills, N.J., last week.

"Actually, I was asked last year, but I had a conflict as I had been asked to play in the Memorial tournament, which came at the same time. This should be a good weekend and I'm looking forward to it as a chance to get away, because that's right before I get busy."

Eger, pretty much the hand-picked successor to the late P.J. Boatwright Jr., serves as the senior director, rules and competitions, for the USGA. As such, he is present for the three U.S. opens (men, women, seniors), two amateurs (men and women) and the international events. His busy season starts next week with the U.S. Open at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

A Charlotte, N.C., native, Eger, 41, graduated from the University of North Carolina, played the PGA Tour with limited success, and "went to work because I needed a regular paycheck." He spent 10 years with the tour, most of them as administration-tournament director, and the last two with the USGA.

After getting his amateur status back, Eger won the 1988 Mid-Amateur title at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., and made his best U.S. Amateur showing in 1990, when he lost to eventual champion Phil Mickelson in the semifinals.

Three entries will be making a third straight appearance, as Vinnie Giles, Jay Sigel and Fred Ridley were (with Danny Yates) part of the inaugural program.

This is a particularly busy year for Giles, who will team here with University of Maryland graduate Buddy Marucci, of Berwyn, Pa. As the non-playing captain of the Walker Cup team, Giles has a voice in the selection process for the U.S. side in the matches to be played Aug. 18-19, at Interlachen CC in Edina, Minn.

"Five of the 10 will be named in about two weeks, and the other potential selections will be judged on how they play between now [the NCAA championships this week] and the first week of August [the Western Amateur]," Giles said.

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