Bonnie View CC's Murphy gets charge out of teaching

August 28, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Kathy Murphy, teaching professional at Bonnie View Country Club, will have her administrative hat on this week when the Northeast Section of the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division holds its annual championship in Rochester, N.Y.

Murphy is president of the section, responsible for administering its business for some 90 members. Additionally, and more exciting from her standpoint, are the applications on file for membership. Of the 125 applicants in five sections nationwide, the highest number, 30, are from the Northeast.

In her second year at Bonnie View, Murphy is backed by more than a dozen years of teaching, including service as an instructor at four LPGA teaching schools. She didn't start out pursuing this as a career, however.

"When I got out of college, I thought the tour was the only route for a professional. I didn't know I could teach," Murphy said recently during a break from the lesson tee. "As a result, I went to two LPGA qualifying schools without success."

A Miami University graduate in physical education, she worked briefly at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center in Kings Island, Ohio, before moving to Florida, where she started teaching. "I discovered I loved it," she said.

A position as a head professional followed, but, as she explained, "After awhile, I decided I wanted to do something different." She was teaching at a golf facility in Mechanicsburg, Pa., when former Bonnie View head pro Jeff Sprague was looking for a teaching pro.

She accepted the job, and although Sprague moved on, to be replaced by Robert Leeman, Murphy has continued in a teaching capacity. It is a seasonal position, however, so she will be away for the winter, having agreed to teach at the Arizona State University course in Tempe.

"I'm especially enthusiastic about it, because, in addition to the teaching, I'll be around one of the top women's collegiate teams," she said.

Big shot deadline

For those who have that extra cache left over from summer vacations, the deadline for the closest-to-the-pin-wins-a-golf-course contest is Thursday. All you need is $2,000.

Up for grabs is the Bob O Link Golf Course in Lawrenceburg, Ky. (maybe), or a substantial cash prize. Fewer than 1,000 entries have been received to date, and unless there is a last-minute rush, it is likely the prize list would be scaled back since the course owner is not going to let the property go unless the price is right.

Golfers will compete at the par-3, 145-yard No. 8 hole, which involves a tee shot over 130 yards of water. The competition is scheduled for the first week in October.

The tournament coordinator is Mike Ridge, who grew up here and is a graduate of Loyola High School and Johns Hopkins. Entry information is available from (800) 949-2626.

Schmoke takes game on road

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will be in the celebrity golf division when Black Enterprise magazine holds its first B.E. Challenge beginning Thursday at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The event, which will have a tennis division, too, is expected to attract some 600 African-Americans from all walks of life, including nationally recognized CEO's, college officials and politicians, as well as doctors, lawyers, teachers and athletes. The group will include about a dozen Baltimoreans in addition to the mayor.

Juniors

Jenny Chuasiriporn, 17, of Timonium, completed a busy two-week schedule Friday when she placed 11th in the PGA Junior championship. Earlier, she had recorded a 72-hole total of 297 to finish tied for fifth in the annual Independent Insurance Agents of America tournament at the Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas, and had been a member of the winning East team (10 boys, 10 girls) in its fifth annual Canon Cup battle with a West team at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Miscellaneous

The entry deadline is Wednesday for the U.S. Senior Women's championship to be played Sept. 21-23 at Sea Island GC, St. Simons Island, Ga. . . . . Tina Barrett and Fred Funk will be among nine LPGA and PGA Tour professionals listed to participate in tomorrow's Ronald McDonald pro-am at Eagle's Nest . . . . PGA Tour newcomer Justin Leonard will join celebrity guests, many of them past stars from the city's professional baseball and football teams, for the AT&T Classic on Sept. 12 at Chestnut Ridge CC. Proceeds will benefit Baltimore Reads, Inc., with information available from (410) 752-3595.

This week's schedule

Tomorrow -- USGA Mid-Amateur qualifying (113 entries), Old South CC, 7:30 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am, Herndon CC, 8 a.m.; Ronald McDonald pro-am, Eagle's Nest, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday -- Women's Golf Association, Bonnie View CC and Green Spring VHC, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday -- Middle Atlantic PGA Women's championship (20 entries), Queenstown Harbor, 8 a.m. Friday -- Baltimore-Washington women's team match, Congressional CC, 9 a.m.

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