Title defense family affair for Mollicas

GOLF Notebook

June 06, 1993|By John Stewart | John Stewart,Staff Writer

Thomas Mollica Jr. is an avid golfer on the lookout for a golf tournament.

The Glen Burnie resident, who plays out of Eisenhower Golf Course, enjoys finding new places and likes to play different courses, often twice a week during the summer.

He and his son, Thomas III, will be returning to one of their favorite Notebook

spots, however, when they defend their net title in the annual father-son Jones Cup tournament at Williamsburg, Va., June 19-20.

The competition honors the father-son architects of Colonial Williamsburg's two championship courses; Robert Trent Jones designed the Golden Horseshoe layout (1963) and son Rees Jones designed the companion Green Course (1991).

Last fall, the first Jones Cup attracted 39 teams from six states, with the Mollicas winning low net in a playoff after the teams tied at 11-under-par 132. Thomas Jr. has a 10 handicap, and his 28-year-old son an 11.

"I belong to a group called the Internationals -- there's about 40 to 60 of us -- and we play weekends and holidays," said the older Mollica, 48.

"The group had played at the Golden Horseshoe before, and I think, as a test of golf, it is one of the best in the area.

"That's why, when we heard about the Jones Cup, we wanted to play. Those are two fantastic courses, they are in great shape, and the event is well-run."

The elder Mollica already has carved some impressive golf credentials.

In the past few years, he won his flight in the DuPont World Amateur championship, a tournament that attracts more than 3,000 entries to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and he and his partner, Kenny Lyons, won low net in the annual SIDS Alliance/Mark Calcavecchia pro-am in Phoenix.

Also, he was among the qualifiers for the national American Cancer Society tournament at Doral Country Club in Miami and the national Kidney Foundation tournament at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.

"I was recently part of a two-man team that lost a playoff for first in the Western Maryland tournament at Cumberland," Mollica said. "During the year, I'll play in several pro-ams and charity events."

Juniors

Entries close June 16 for the U.S. Junior championship, with local qualifying set for July 6 at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.

Entries are available for the Middle Atlantic PGA Junior championship, July 22 at the Port of America G&CC in Fort Washington. The boy and girl winners will advance to the National PGA Junior, listed for Pinehurst, N.C., Aug. 24-27.

Tournaments

The annual Ducks Unlimited tournament will be held June 15 at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club with entry information available from Bobby Watson, chairman. The first Liberty Medical Center tournament will be held June 30 at Longview Golf Course. Information is available from the center's marketing department at 2600 Liberty Heights Ave.

Miscellaneous

There will be 33 pros and three amateurs vying for three available places when the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying is held tomorrow at Woodmont CC in Rockville. . . . A full field of 72 players (there were a record 97 applications) will qualify for flights in the annual Women's Metropolitan championship, which begins tomorrow at the West Course at Baltimore Country Club. . . . The Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp., the nation's first not-for-profit golf management group, won the top honor for the most successful and creative change in parks and recreation from more than 100 entries at the National Models of Change conference in Indianapolis.

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