Beck's move gets some teed off

October 02, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

When a woman, Troy Beck, advanced to the semifinals of the Middle Atlantic PGA match-play championship last week, the history-making performance sent out messages in several directions.

This year, the MAPGA allowed the women professionals to use the forward tees, and Beck, an assistant professional at Glenn Dale Golf Club, was the first of the group to enter the match-play event. In the past, the women would have had to play from the same tees as the men and none thought that was fair.

After Beck's showing at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, there were some men professionals who didn't think it was fair the women should get as big an advantage as they received.

The course she played was about 6,000 yards, and although the tees worked to her advantage on some holes, there were others where the course setup worked against her.

The bottom line was she still had to make the shots and sink the putts. She played well.

In getting to the semifinals, Beck defeated Trent Wright, Craig Gunn, Brian Lehnhard (another Glenn Dale assistant) and Wayne DeFrancesco, current leader in MAPGA Player of the Year points.

After his loss, Lehnhard, who missed four short putts that could have turned around the match, said she played well and that anyone playing her had better make birdies because she was putting well and making a lot of pars.

Against DeFrancesco in the quarterfinals, she hit the first eight .. greens, made three birdies and was 1-under par to her opponent's 5-over par. She played Glenn Dale head pro Glenn Barrett in the semifinals and the match was even for 10 holes before the boss closed it out with birdies at four on the next five holes.

Beck had shown she is a good player. She and Barrett won the pro-assistant title one year, and she recently won the LPGA Teaching Division championship, beating Jennifer MacCurrach, a former Maryland resident, in a playoff in Houston.

The use of the forward tees was a trial decision by the Middle Atlantic PGA for this season and now such women professionals as Beck and Mary Alice Canney believe the idea needs to be reworked.

"In my case, the thing they need to realize is I'm long for a female club pro and the percentage used [18] was too much. I did have a problem with some of the par-4's, but I'd say 12 percent would be about right."

Canney, a local champion as a teen-ager who has been associated with her head pro husband, Dick Canney, as professionals in the shop at Chantilly National Golf & Country Club in Centreville, Va., for nearly 30 years, said, "This thing about yardage needs to be thought out more. Because of that, I only played in two events, the section championship and the Senior Club Pro qualifying.

"I spoke up when I thought our tees were too far back, and I'll speak up now. I didn't think it was fair we should play from the blue markers and now I don't think it's fair we should play from the red. I'd like to see a compromise on yardage, perhaps 10 percent."

Ringer tournament

Although Larry Ringer made five birdies for his 5-under-par 65 in winning the pro sweeps phase of a Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am at Rolling Road Golf Club 10 days ago, the head professional at Country Club at Woodmore called a 10-foot par putt at No. 6 the key to his round.

Until then, he said he had been just cruising, but he started

getting serious thereafter. He two-putted the par-5 seventh, and birdied Nos. 12, 15, 17 and 18. Of the last four, three were on putts of less than 6 feet and the other was a 20-footer at the par-3 15th. The only greens he missed were the sixth and 16th.

Senior Olympics

There are 219 entries for the 15th annual Maryland Senior Olympics golf tournament this week. The fields are 79 in the men's 55-69 Wednesday at Diamond Ridge Golf Course; 67 in the men's 70-over Thursday at Mount Pleasant; and 73 women Thursday at Longview Golf Course. At 91, Paul Cox, of Timonium, is the oldest player.

Miscellaneous

The Middle Atlantic side for the annual Mason-Dixon team matches against the Golf Association of Philadelphia will be finalized after today's closing round of the annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Baltimore Country Club. The matches will be played Saturday and Sunday at Caves Valley Golf Club. . . . The final tournaments of the Women's Golf Association season will be played this week, with a regular event Tuesday at Turf Valley Country Club and a mixed two-ball Friday at the Country Club of Maryland. . . . The last event on the Maryland State Golf Association's schedule will be a two-woman team tournament Oct. 13 at Walden Country Club.

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