Head pro tourney draws 72 entries, 4 ex-champs

April 24, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The Middle Atlantic PGA/Aureus Head Pro championship has drawn 72 entries for the 12th annual event tomorrow at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links on the Eastern Shore.

Defending champion Bill Horney of Wakefield Valley heads the field for the 27-hole tournament. Other past champions in the field are Paul Mosca, winner of the first event in 1983; Woody FitzHugh of Woody's Range; and Glenn Barrett of Glenn Dale GC.

Weather woes

The icy winter conditions which have wreaked havoc with golf courses from Baltimore to Wilmington, Philadelphia and points north, have forced at least one change on the local calendar.

The Maryland Open/Maryland Amateur qualifiers scheduled for May 23 at Rolling Road GC have been canceled, and the committee is working on obtaining a new site.

* Another weather victim is DuPont CC in Wilmington, which is using 18 temporary greens. The club is scheduled to hold the McDonald's LPGA Championship May 12-15.

As part of a recent program in conjunction with the tournament, course superintendent Earl Shafer expressed optimism about the situation, although calling it a "natural disaster" as the result of severe winter weather.

"Some of the greens fared better than others. The greens are not dead, but we are renovating them for purposes of uniformity. It's a big workload and a short timetable. We have one month to do what might normally take three months.

"We have been speeding up the germination, and we're extremely pleased with the progress. We expect to provide playing surfaces of championship caliber."

Still, the process needs warm nights as well as days because the soil temperature should be in the high 50s. Thawing and freezing contributed to the winter damage and the same conditions the last couple of days certainly have not helped the situation.

Touring pros

Through last week, only Fred Funk among the area's touring professionals was enjoying much success.

When he collected $27,500 at Hilton Head, S.C., it boosted his 1994 earnings to $125,752 for 12 PGA Tour events.

Others on the list are the LPGA's Tina Barrett, $6,882 for five events, and Kim Williams, $6,519 for four events; and the Nike Tour's Webb Heintzelman, $7,943 for four events; Larry Rentz, $7,916 for three events; and Chris Peddicord, $5,530 for three events.

Funk also rates on two statistical categories, second in driving accuracy, 80.2 to Hale Irwin's 80.8, and 10th in birdies, 140 to Vijay Singh's 179.

Barrett is 13th on the Solheim Cup list, where the top domestic nine plus a wild-card selection will meet the best from Europe, Oct. 21-23, at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Juniors on tour

Jenny Chuasiriporn, of Timonium, had the best finish among Maryland entries in the recent PineIsle Junior tournament at Lake Lanier Islands, Ga., tying for fifth on 78-79157 in the girls division (Florida residents claimed the first four spots). In the boys 15-18 division, Clark Topping of Laurel had 78-77155; Miguel Rivera, Joppa, 78-78156; Joey Chuasiriporn, Timonium, 80-85165; Nicu Nastase, North East, 79-86165; and Daniel Oddis, Cambridge, 91-85176.

This week's schedule

Tomorrow-- Middle Atlantic PGA/Aureus Head Pro championship, Queenstown Harbor, 8 a.m. Friday -- Women's Golf Association team matches, various sites, 9 a.m.

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