Healy, McCloskey presented MAPGA awards Local head pros receive Smith, junior-leader honors

November 17, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Mike Healy, head professional at Geneva Farm Golf Club in Street, and John McCloskey, head professional at Sparrows Point Country Club, were among the 1996 award recipients at the annual fall meeting of the Middle Atlantic PGA last week in Fredericksburg, Va.

Healy received the Horton Smith Award, which recognizes outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for PGA professionals, and McCloskey was cited as the Junior Golf Leader, recognizing a person who reflects the image and qualities juniors can emulate, while providing opportunities for instruction and competition.

This was part of a celebration week for the MAPGA, as it held its Hall of Fame dinner last night at Westwood CC in Vienna, Va. The latest inductees, who are deceased and were represented by family members, were Bobby Cruickshank (1894-1975) and Jack Isaacs (1908-1982).

Cruickshank, who grew up in Scotland as a golfing rival of Tommy Armour, was twice a U.S. Open runner-up. He won seven open titles in 1927, and the Maryland Open in 1928; and was the head professional at the CC of Virginia for 15 years (1932-1947), winning five straight Virginia Opens in that span.

Richmond native Isaacs was a Virginia club professional for nearly 40 years, notably at Langley Air Force Base for 25 years, and Willow Oaks CC, from where he retired in 1970.

Other award-winners included: Player, Chip Sullivan; woman player, M. J. Smith; senior player, Bob Bilbo; assistant, John Madden; club professional, Coleman Plecker; teacher, Jim Fitzgerald; club relations, Glenn Brown; president's award, Rick Miller.

Kemper Open tickets

Although tickets for next year's U.S Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda have been sold out, area golf fans will be able to see many of the same players the week before (June 5-8) in the Kemper Open at TPC-Avenel in Potomac. Tournament badges and daily tickets are available at a reduced holiday rate, with information available from (301) 469-3737.

Et cetera

The annual meeting of the Maryland State Golf Association -- Women's Division will be Thursday at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase. About 100 members attended the monthly meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents at Caves Valley Golf Club last week.

Sam Wiley, assistant professional at Caves Valley GC, and Ben Ricker, a UMBC sophomore from Glenn Dale, are among the qualifiers for the first Compaq World Putting Championships by Dave Pelz, Dec. 1-3, at the Walt Disney World Resort. Area qualifiers George Reich and Hal Murnane, of Millersville, are entered in the annual Lexus Champions for Charity national championship, Dec. 5-7, at La Quinta (Calif.) Resort.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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