Redgate 1st public course to be site of MSGA tourney

January 15, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

In recent years, the Maryland State Golf Association has been trying to attract more public courses to an organization made up primarily of private clubs. Thus, it will reach a milestone this season when Redgate Golf Course will be the site of one of the two pre-championship qualifying rounds for its Men's Amateur and Open tournaments.

Redgate, a municipal course in Rockville operated by the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, will be the first true public facility to play host to an MSGA championship.

The 1995 schedule was announced during the association's annual meeting Friday evening at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase. Two area sites also are of special interest, Hillendale CC and Cattail Creek CC.

Hillendale will hold the Amateur, June 8-11. This will mark the club's first statewide venture on the tournament circuit since its course was closed for renovation 18 months ago. For 2-year-old Cattail Creek, this will be its first major event.

Incoming president Randy Reed, 46, a member of Norbeck CC, brings eight years of exceptional MSGA administrative work to the position, as he has been deeply involved in all facets of tournament operations.

Reed, manager of the golf car division of the G.L. Cornell Co. in Gaithersburg, is a native of Fayetteville, Ark.

A friend got him interested in golf at age 12, starting with a boys club clinic, and Reed played high school golf and "unsuccessfully" at the University of Arkansas.

Backed by a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's in government from Georgetown University, and some work toward doctorate, Reed expected to become a college professor.

A poor job market thwarted those plans and he went to work for Cornell in the early 1980s.

The 1995 officers and executive committee elected: Randy Reed, Norbeck CC, president; Edward Brown Jr., Elkridge Club, secretary; Dawson Stump, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, treasurer; Jack Emich, Baltimore CC, executive director.

Also, vice-presidents, in order, John Highfield, Elkridge Club; Robert Abbo, Columbia CC; James Cosgrove, CC Maryland; Robert Lerner, Woodmont CC; Roger Finn, Fountain Head CC; Edward Harrington, Congressional CC; Dennis Wells, Chartwell CC; Fielding Yost, Old South, and Christopher Nicholson, Eagle's Nest.

Canney in spotlight

Baltimore native Mary Alice Canney, assistant professional at Chantilly National G&CC in Centreville, Va., is one of three female PGA professionals playing in the Langert PGA Winter Tournament Program. They are the first women to participate in the 41-year history of the series, joining a national field of nearly 700 professionals.

Canney, 50; Anne Heuschneider, 31, Old Westbury, N.Y., and Debby Murphy, 33,Webster, N.Y., are competing in the championships (Senior, Senior-Junior, Stroke Play, Match Play) as part of their PGA's women's tees pilot program.

Middle Atlantic area results from the 164-player PGA Senior Stroke Play:

1. Carl Lohren, 218; T11. Billy King, Roanoke, 225; T35. Dick Canney, Centreville, Va., 230; T51. Mike McGinnis, Ijamsville, 232; T54. Frank Herrelko, Jr., Richmond, Va., 233; David Jimenez, formerly Wintergreen, Va., 233; T88. John Haines, formerly Hunt Valley, 239; T90. Jack Doser, Gaithersburg, 240; T101. Willis Johnson, Baltimore, 241; T110. Barry Fuhrman, Owings Mills, 242; Art Scott, Ocean City, 242; T117. Luther Showaker, Silver Spring, 243; T142. Mary Alice Canney, Centreville, Va., 248.

MSGA SCHEDULE

April: 8-9, 15, 22-23, 29: Team matches, various sites.

May: 5 -- Two-man team championship, Piney Branch GC; 22 -- Pre-qualifying for Men's Amateur and Open, Redgate GC and Elkridge Club.

June: 8-11 -- Men's Amateur, Hillendale CC.

July: 10-12 -- Maryland Open, Chartwell CC; 17 -- Pro-Amateur, Baltimore CC; 18 -- Juniors, Univ. of Maryland GC; 18-21 -- Women's Amateur, Suburban Club.

August: 4 -- Mixed two-ball, Chestnut Ridge CC; 11 -- Father-Son, Holly Hills CC; 21-22 -- Mid-Amateur championship, Cattail Creek CC.

September: 8 -- Senior Men, Fountain Head CC; 16 -- Baltimore-Washington team match, Hillendale CC; 21 -- Senior Women, Indian Spring CC.

I= October: 12 -- Two-woman team championship, Green Spring.

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