Metropolitan title puts Kraus in elite group

June 12, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

When Andrea Kraus of Woodholme CC won the 62nd Women's Metropolitan championship Friday over her home course, she moved into some exclusive company in at least two categories.

As a successful defender, she joined Judy Tonda (1976-77), Tina Barrett (1986-87), and Cindy Peterka (1989-90) as players who have won consecutive titles during the past 25 years.

At the same time, Kraus' sixth title moved her into third place on the all-time list behind Evelyn Glick, also a Woodholme CC member (10), and Mary Ann Cooke of Baltimore CC (seven).

"I think this one was more special than some of the others because it meant back-to-back," Kraus said. "It was something I wanted to do."

She did it coming out of the tougher half of the draw, too, as there were four former champions among the eight in the top half, and no standout players in the lower half.

Where Kraus has spread her championships over 17 years -- she won her first one at 17 in 1978, beating Beans Kelly -- and is one of nine to have won in that span, consider the players in the span from 1946-65. Of the 20 events, Glick won 10 times; Downey, five; and three others -- Kathleen Ness (2), Mary Anne (Musser) Singhass (2), and Mary Alice (Sawyer) Canney (1) -- split the remaining five.

Executive women

The second annual Executive Women's Golf League tournament for men and women will be held June 24 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, with players from chapters in Baltimore, Annapolis, Pennsylvania, Washington and Northern Virginia in the field. Information is available from (800) 995-7128.

Miscellaneous

Wayne DeFrancesco, teaching professional at Woodholme CC, had quite a week, as he shot 140 in Monday's U.S. Open qualifier at Woodmont CC, and lost out in a 14-for-five-places playoff; shot 62 to win the pro division in a Pro-Celebrity tournament at Glenn Dale GC Tuesday, and Thursday had the second-lowest score (2-under-par 70) in qualifying for next week's Nike Dominion Open at The Dominion Club in Glen Allen, Va. Other qualifiers included John Sarrett of the Chevy Chase Club (92), and Butch Butler of Cedar Point, who claimed the last spot via a six-way playoff. . . . Two-time defender Charles Narciso, who played in the Kemper Open two weeks ago and the State Amateur last week, heads the 120-man field for the annual Baltimore Publinx tournament due Saturday (Forest Park) and Sunday (Mount Pleasant). . . . Entries have closed for the annual Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship, July 1-3 at Mount Pleasant. Defender Tripp Shreves tops the 160-man field. . . . There are 87 entries for three places in the June 20 qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open at Lowes Island Club. . . . Entries are now available from local clubs for the Maxfli PGA Junior championship, with area qualifying due July 25 at Port America GC in Fort Washington. . . . The teams of Chuck Winegardner-Bobby Crane (low gross) and Bill Van Wie-Jim Van Wie (low net) were winners in the member-member tournament at Old South CC.

This week's schedule:

* Today -- Maryland State Amateur, Norbeck CC, Rockville, 7:30 a.m.

* Tomorrow -- Middle Atlantic PGA/Eastern Yamaha Pro-Senior, Longview GC, 8 a.m.

* Tuesday -- Women's Golf Association at Hobbit's Glen and Hunt Valley, 9 a.m.

* Thursday -- Elkridge Seniors (women), 9 a.m.

* Friday -- Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Am, Piney Branch GC, 8 a.m.

* Saturday -- Baltimore Publinx, Forest Park GC, 7:30 p.m.

;/ * Sunday -- Baltimore Publinx GC, 7:30 a.m.

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