Veteran Kraus, teen play today for title

July 16, 1999|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SILVER SPRING -- Two weeks ago, Andrea Kraus, in her role as tournament chairman, presented the Maryland State-Women's Division Girls 16-17 first-place trophy to Jessica Lewis, a 17-year-old from Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase.

Two days later, Lewis won her age group in the Middle Atlantic Juniors.

This morning, at Argyle Country Club, Kraus, from Baltimore's Woodholme Country Club, and Lewis, who turned 18 last Friday, will play for the 78th amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association-Women's Division.

Kraus, who set a tournament qualifying record with a 4-under-par 69 Tuesday, won three holes in the middle of the back nine for a 3-and-2 morning triumph over Jane Fitzgerald, then took three of the first four holes in an 8-and-6 conquest of Karen Jones.

Lewis defeated Lisa Schlesinger in the morning, 5 and 4, then dominated the back nine in turning back Erin Clasper in the afternoon, 3 and 1.

Against Jones, an Argyle member, Kraus used her length off the tee and crisp iron play to take charge early. She won holes 2, 3 and 4, two with pars, and went on to turn 5 up, shooting 1-under par.

Two pars and a conceded birdie took care of the rest.

"I try to play for par, because if you're not making pars, you have no chance. As it went, I had a lot of two-putts for pars," said Kraus, 38, who played against Jones when they were teen-agers.

Lewis, in this event for the first time, said, "I was 5-over par on the front but only one down, so I knew I had a chance." She went ahead with birdies at the 11th and 12th and clinched her win at the par-3 17th.

(Results, 7D)

Pub Date: 7/16/99

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