Owings Mills' Ingram tops women's amateur ranks Titleist/Golfweek names her No. 1 GOLF

September 26, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

When Sarah Ingram won the recent U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship, it clinched her position as the No. 1 women's amateur golfer in the United States for 1993, according to rankings compiled by Titleist/Golfweek Magazine.

With points assessed for various tournaments, Ingram, of Owings Mills and Nashville, Tenn., finished the year-long competition with 285 points. Carol Thompson, of Sewickley, Pa., was second with 190 points.

"That's exciting," Ingram said of the honor. "I never set it as a goal, but the times I thought about it, I did think it would be nice."

Ingram, the youngest women's Mid-Am champion when she won the event for the first time at age 25 two years ago, had an outstanding 1993 season with a victory in the Women's Southern, and runner-up finishes in the women's Eastern, Broadmoor, and U.S. Amateur championships.

In addition, her performances have made her selection to a second straight Curtis Cup team academic. The official announcement will come at the USGA's annual January meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. Two years ago, Ingram had a touch of uncertainty, the thought of not wanting to believe it until it actually happened.

"My only goal since the last Curtis Cup matches was to make the next team," added Ingram, who was in town for a meeting of the Garrison Forest School's board of directors, of which she is a member.

Next year's biennial cup matches will be held July 30-31 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Her Mid-Am victory 10 days ago, a 2-and-1 decision over Mary Burkhardt, of St. Augustine, Fla., in a scheduled 18-hole final at the Rochester (Minn.) Golf and Country Club, reinforced an emerging philosophy that has stood her in good stead.

"The last three years have been quite good to me, and even though some [tournaments] didn't end the way I would have liked, through time and experience I have realized that when you go into a slump, you come out stronger than before.

L "You try your hardest, and eventually things will work out."

At Rochester, a first-round rainout necessitated three consecutive double-round days, something Ingram had been through in reaching the Amateur final. "We were both tired, it was an extremely hilly course, and I think it showed in our scores.

"I think my recent set of double-rounds was to my advantage, though." Ingram was 3-up going to No. 16, lost that hole, then halved the 17th to end it.

"This summer, I relied on experience, especially in the Amateur final. I was 4-down [to Jill McGill, a senior at Southern Cal] after 18 [in a scheduled 36-hole final], and I looked back at other times when I had been down and come back."

Determined to fight hard, Ingram got back within one hole, but as she said, "She was steadier than I would have liked." Ingram cut the margin to 1-up on the 34th hole, and they halved the last two holes.

"Not winning when it was at my fingertips -- that was frustrating. I was happy I had played so well all week, but then to have one round be a little off. . ."

The keys to her success?

"Confidence and experience. Once you know you can win, it opens a whole new world. My game now is just so much better," she said.

MAGA Amateur

Vince Zachetti of Greensburg, Pa., heads a field of 149 entries for the annual Middle Atlantic championship, which runs Thursday to Sunday at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Issue, Md.

In addition to the top players in the area, the event has drawn Lewis Chitengwa, 18, from Zimbabwe, who is spending the year with Farmington CC professional Bobby McIver.

Chitengwa's credentials include wins in this year's South African Amateur and last year's Orange Bowl Junior in Miami, plus the last two Zimbabwean Amateur championships.

BMGC honored

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Organizational Award for 1993 has been given to the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. and the National Amputee Golf Association.

The BMGC was cited "for providing educational opportunities for therapists and rehabilitation professionals interested in presenting golf as a leisure activity for the physically

challenged."

Miscellaneous

The annual match-play championship of the Middle Atlantic PGA will be held tomorrow through Thursday at Old South CC. Jack Skilling of Columbia CC, a 2-and-1 winner over Glen Barrett of Glenn Dale GC in the final, is the defending champion. Webb Heintzelman of Glenn Dale is seeded second, and Barrett, current Maryland Open titlist, is third in the 43-player field. . . . Entries still are open for the annual Harford County Seniors championship, due Friday at Geneva Farm GC. The event, limited to county residents, is sponsored by Parks and Recreation. . . . Tom Lynn won the fall tournament conducted by the men's club at Mount Pleasant GC. The event also marked the conclusion of the four-round putting championship, with Jon Mark winning on rounds of 30-38-33-35 and an 8-under-par total of 136.

This week's schedule

Today--BMGC 2-man team championship, Mount Pleaasant GC, 7 a.m. Tomorrow--Thursday--Middle Atlantic PGA Match Play championship, Old South CC, 8 a.m. Tuesday--Women's Golf Association, Suburban Club and Green Spring, 9 a.m. Thursday--Sunday--Middle Atlantic Amateur championship, Swan Point Y&CC, 8 a.m. Friday--Women's Golf Association mixed twoball tournament, Woodholme CC, noon.

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