BMGC tourney schedule adds variety, challenge

April 16, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

A new and expanded tournament schedule, featuring a season-ending tournament matching some of the top municipal course and private club players, has been announced by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation.

The Challenge Cup matches, with a format similar to the Ryder Cup, are scheduled for Oct. 7 at Pine Ridge Golf Course and Oct. 8 at Eagle's Nest. Each side will have 12 players competing in alternate-shot, better-ball and singles.

Letters have been sent to local clubs inviting their 1994 men's champion to be a member of the private club team.

As part of an expanded BMGC schedule, a fall publinx championship has been added to complement the spring publinx tournament already in place. Municipal players will be chosen based on play in one or both of these events.

This year's schedule includes another new event, a Seniors championship, and new dates for two old championships -- the Two-Man Team and the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play.

The Seniors will play Aug. 14 at Clifton Park; the two-man event, a fall fixture at Mount Pleasant GC for the past four years, has been shifted to May 20-21; and the Stroke Play, traditionally held the Fourth of July weekend at Mount Pleasant, will take place Sept. 22-24.

The remaining tournament dates are June 17 (Mount Pleasant) and June 18 (Forest Park GC) for the Spring Publinx; July 24 at Mount Pleasant for the women's two-player team championship; and Sept. 9 (Pine Ridge) and Sept. 10 (Clifton Park) for the Fall Publinx.

"We wanted to bring back the old Four-Way tournament in some fashion, but knowing most players did not want to give two successive weekends to championship play, we decided to have one tournament in the spring and another in the fall," said Jon Ladd, the BMGC director of golf.

The Four-Way, which was most popular during the 1960s with fields of more than 250 playing dawn to dark (and then some, on occasion), was a 72-hole tournament of classic proportions, with one round conducted over each of the city's four 18-hole courses on two weekends in June.

In those years, the city-owned courses were operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the independent Baltimore Golf Association conducted an active tournament schedule, including the Four-Way tournament.

Tournaments

The Baltimore and Washington divisions of the Maryland State team matches are down to the semifinals, with those matches scheduled for Saturday. The two finals will be Sunday, and the championship match April 29.

* Entries for the U.S. Open close April 26 with the USGA in Far Hills, N.J. Local qualifying will be May 15 at Eagle's Nest, and sectional qualifying June 6 at Woodmont CC in Rockville. The championship will be June 15-18 at Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, N.Y.

Miscellaneous

The opening luncheon of the Women's Golf Association of Baltimore will be held Friday at Baltimore CC. The team matches will begin with one pairing April 28, and the first of the weekly events will be May 2 at Chartwell CC.

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