Ferguson makes mark with 63, Head Pro win

June 29, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Frank Ferguson recorded one of the finest competitive scores in the history of Baltimore Country Club's East Course yesterday, firing a 7-under-par 30-3363 en route to a runaway victory in the 27-hole Henry-Griffitts Middle Atlantic PGA Head Pro Championship.

Ferguson, 39, and in his ninth year at Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, Va., had 12 birdies in posting 63-3396, leading runner-up Chip Sullivan, a former MAPGA Section champion (69-34103), by seven strokes.

Former BCC assistant Charlie Briggs, now at the Burning Tree Club, was the only other one in the 85-man field within 10 shots of Ferguson, as he shot 69-35104.

Ferguson's 18-hole round could not qualify as a competitive course record because the players used the front tee (180 yards) rather than the back tee (194 yards) on the ninth hole.

Starting at No. 10, Ferguson's 63 included nine birdies and two bogeys, as he hit 15 greens and took 26 putts. On his third nine, he began birdie-birdie, then added one bogey and a birdie for his 33.

"Things just started going right, and when that happens you just try not to get in your own way," said Ferguson, who recalled a 63 probably 10 years ago, "when I went crazy in the second round of a U.S. Open qualifier."

U.S. Junior Girls: Christy Larrimore of Glen Burnie outlasted Jessica Krasny of Summerville, S.C., making a par at the fourth extra hole to earn one of four places available in the championship.

At the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, Larrimore, 14, a rising sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School who plays from Sparrows Point CC, shot 40-4484, in the first group, then had to sweat out the remainder of the 27-player field. Krasny, a late finisher, had 40-4484.

The two went par-par-bogey, before Larrimore reached the green in two at the 380-yard fourth. Her first putt, from long range, left her a four-footer for the win.

Kansas Gooden of Staunton, Va., a medalist here at 14 three years ago, claimed her second medal with 37-4279. She was followed by Sarah O'Neill, Potomac, 38-4482, and Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va., 40-4282.

The national championship will be held Aug. 2-7 at Green Spring.

State Farm Seniors: Steve Veriato shot 2-under-par 70 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links to lead four players from a 72-man field into this week's Senior TPGA Tour event at Hobbit's Glen in Columbia.

Jerry Tucker shot 71, followed by Daniel Zboyan, 72. Ed Williams survived a four-man playoff for the final berth after tying at 73.

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