Charitable Association keeps giving

October 16, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The founders of the Golfers Charitable Association had no idea that what started as an effort to save the local stop on the LPGA Tour nearly 30 years ago would grow into a community effort that has donated more than $1 million to charity.

The organization held its annual Scramble for Kids tournament last week at Caves Valley Golf Club, and once again, backed by a theme of "Not just for charity but [specifically] for kids," the focus was on giving.

Checks were presented to the St. Joseph's Medical Center Foundation and the Woodbourne Center, with additional contributions for the Caves Valley GC Caddy Scholarship Fund and the Maryland Turfgrass Council.

Sister Lynn Patrice Lavin, the vice chairman of St. Joseph's Medical Center board of trustees, said the money would allow the hospital to continue several projects, including the purchase of reclining wheelchairs designed for Little People.

Woodbourne, a private, nonprofit mental health facility serving troubled children and families throughout the state in an inpatient as well as outpatient setting, was represented by one of its residents. In thanking GCA, he was particularly complimentary of the work done by the center, especially by his counselor. The funds will go toward improving the recreational facilities for children and young people in residence.

History was tied to the present with the presentation of the Paul Hampshire Memorial Bowl to Darwin Ross. The award, named for one of the GCA founders, recognizes the contributions of longtime members.

In the beginning, late 1966, GCA membership fees were used to guarantee the purse for the LPGA tournament that had been at Turf Valley Country Club the previous five years, and was moving to Pine Ridge GC. Through the final event in 1980, tournament proceeds benefited a wide range of local charities.

GCA also was active in the two years of the PGA Tour's Tournament Players Series at Hillendale CC (1983-84), and for the past eight years has held a scramble tournament for local charities involving teams of four amateurs and one area golf professional.

The net leaders (32 teams): Joe Franz, John Ellis, Bob Reilly, Brent Hanson, Craig Coomes, 51.24; Allen Wronowski, Steve Silvestri, Bill Franz, Larry Siegel, Andy Shipley, 52.72; Steve Jones, Allan Krause, John Spencer, Grant Jacks, Mick Maguire, 53.0; Mike Healy, Dale Erdly, Mike Wunder, Kevin Ruth, Jim Eagan, 53.14; Bob Leeman, Joe Pipitone, Dean Arnold, Dave Hynson, Joe Sainz, 53.36.

Gross leaders: Larry Headd, Chris Ross, Tom Hill, Pete Hoyt, Wally Boston, 57; Joe Max, John Hampshire, Bruce Lea, Bruce Hoffman, Dave Westreich, 58.

John Deere qualifying

The Eisenhower Golf Club team of pro Bill Molloy, course superintendent Lou Rudinski, Tom Donlin, assistant director of parks and recreation for Anne Arundel County; and Ken Lyons, )) president of the Eisenhower Men's Golf Association, was the low team in area qualifying for the national John Deere tournament.

The winners shot 54 to lead a 26-team field at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, followed by teams from Lakewood CC and Leisure World, tied at 55. The national tournament will be held next month at the Nicklaus Resort Course at PGA West in Palm Springs, Calif.

Women's Golf Association

Andrea Kraus of Woodholme Country Club and Joan Marconi of Eagle's Nest shared the honors as season-long points champions were announced at the closing luncheon, held Friday at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. Kraus led 37 members with 21 gross points, and Marconi led 113 members with 52 net points, edging Young Ja Kim of Hobbit's Glen by one point.

Senior circuit

Northern Virginia Seniors won the first Potomac Challenge, defeating a Free State Seniors team, 20 1/2 -9 1/2 . Competing at the CC of Fairfax, Northern Virginia led after the first day (alternate shot nine holes; four-ball nine holes), 7-5, and won the second day (aggregate nine holes, match play nine holes), 13 1/2 -4 1/2 .

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