Put a stick in Bondra's hands, he knows how to put on show Close is good enough on 50-foot playoff pitch for Cap to win pro-celebrity

State Farm Classic notebook

July 01, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Four of the six teams in yesterday's pro-celebrity two-man scramble tied for first place with scores of 2-under-par for six holes in an event held in conjunction with the State Farm Senior Classic at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club in Columbia.

Peter Bondra of the Washington Capitals, paired with Ed Dougherty, won it for his side when his 50-foot pitch shot from above and left of the hole was hit far enough left to take the break and roll down a slope to just past the cup.

The other teams in the playoff were Dana Quigley-Lydell Mitchell, Bob Eastwood-Jeff Uhlenhake (Washington Redskins) and Fred Gibson-Craig Berube (Washington Capitals).

Completing the field were Charles Coody-Tom Matte, 1-under; and Walter Morgan-Brian Mitchell, even.

Et cetera

For the tournament, Hobbit's Glen will play 6,983 yards to a par of 36-3672. For those familiar with the Hobbit's Glen layout, the normal holes 6-7-8 (across the road) will play as Nos. 2-3-4.

Along with the youngsters in the 50-55 group, who dominate the Senior Tour, keep an eye on Dale Douglass. At 62, he is enjoying one of his best years, and his $381,005 in earnings is already more than he collected in any of the past three years.

When Miller Barber begins play on Friday, he will be making his 479th Senior Tour start since joining the group in 1981. He is the only golfer with more than 450.

The final field will be 76 players after Don Ryder, from The Homestead, in Hot Springs, Va., was a late addition. He got in via a sponsor's exemption (runner-up in the Middle Atlantic PGA "member" qualifier) after former PGA commissioner Deane Beman withdrew.

About 130 juniors were on hand for a morning clinic conducted by players in the Senior Classic field.

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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