Executive women's league enters second full season

April 10, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

More than 200 women were on hand for a dinner meeting that served as the opening of the second full season for the Baltimore chapter of the Executive Women's Golf League at Turf Valley Country Club last week.

Kathy Murphy, teaching professional at Bonnie View CC, was the featured speaker, challenging her audience to "choose to participate, while maintaining your self-esteem and sense of humor."

She brushed away negative thoughts by asking, "Does it serve you to believe golf is the hardest game; you should be intimidated by it; you have to hit 300 balls a day to be good; or you have to use equipment that does not suit you?" Obviously not.

A year ago, Turf Valley was the lone site for the clinics and May-September twilight golf programs. This year, spurred on by a growth in numbers to about 400 -- Baltimore is the largest chapter in the nationwide organization with 10 percent of the total membership -- Hunt Valley Golf Club and Geneva Farm Golf Club have been added to the schedule.

In case one questions the need for such an organization, consider the introduction one current member had to the game. "I definitely went at it the wrong way," she said, although now she is an accomplished player.

"The company I worked for sponsored an annual golf tournament, and one year I was asked to drive the beverage cart. I'd never set foot on a golf course, didn't know the first thing about it, and ended up going to a local course and offering to pay the pro if he'd teach me how to drive a golf cart.

"Then the company decided each foursome should have an employee and I was asked to play. That meant an accelerated program for me, but I felt comfortable with it. Instead of asking how to drive a cart, I was now back asking the pro for a couple of lessons.

"At the driving range, I took 10 swings; had 10 misses; and pronounced myself ready. I actually took a couple of lessons and read a book before reaching the first tee.

"After the men hit, they waited for me, but when I started to get ready, they motioned me to the 'ladies tee.' That wasn't for me. If the men could hit from back there, so could I. Well, about 300 swings later, I realized that maybe there were a few things about this game I didn't understand."

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Junior inter-club

Supervision of the inter-club program of the Junior Golfers of Washington has been passed to the Middle Atlantic PGA, and a full schedule is planned for this season.

Final details were worked out last week, culminating several months of discussions after last fall's announcement by director Bob Riley of Springfield, Va., that he would no longer continue to coordinate that phase of the Junior Golfers.

Riley, however, will continue his duties with the regular metropolitan Washington championships on the Juniors schedule.

Glenn Dale Golf Club's head professional Glen Barrett and assistant Troy Beck, along with Manor CC member Quinn Anderson, spearheaded the plan to rescue the inter-club network.

There will be five or six six-club divisions in the suburban Washington areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. Each division will have a professional and an amateur (a club member) overseeing the conduct of play. A commissioner, Chuck Rose, of Washington, will administer the program.

There is a Baltimore inter-club program in place, but it is a loosely organized operation among a half-dozen clubs. Given professional-amateur overseers and the possibility of getting under the MAPGA umbrella to help produce a section champion, it is possible additional teams could be enlisted to help strengthen a Baltimore division.

Riley, who had handled all of the Washington inter-club details by himself for the past 19 years, admitted "some awful incidents" last summer and the lack of help led to his decision to let go of the program.

"The Junior Golfers have been around for more than 60 years and too much has gone into it over the years to have this be a reflection against the program," Riley said.


There are 29 teams entered in the Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Scratch pro-am scheduled for tomorrow at Wakefield Valley GC in Westminster. . . . The monthly meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association will be held Tuesday at Belle Haven CC in Alexandria, Va. . . . Defending champion Grant Waite, plus Fred Funk, Scott Simpson, Payne Stewart and Curtis Strange are among the early commitments for the Kemper Open, due June 2-5 at TPC-Avenel in Potomac. . . . Dates for the two nearby LPGA tournaments are May 12-15 for the McDonald's LPGA Championship at Du Pont CC in Wilmington, Del., and May 20-22 for the Lady Keystone Open at Hershey (Pa.) CC.

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