Defending champion Masanori Suzuki of Indian Spring, runner-up John Price of International and seven-time Maryland Amateur champion Marty West of Columbia Country Club are among the top players entered in the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Men's Amateur Championship starting today at Westwood Country Club in Vienna.
Suzuki, who played college golf near Tokyo, moved from Japan to Silver Spring three years ago. He displayed polish and poise in last year's final at Montgomery Village and easily defeated Price for the championship.
Other former winners entered in the event, which started in 1914 as the District Amateur, are veteran Perky Cullinane, Dave King, Barry McCarty and Frank Abbott.
Qualifying among 112 golfers for 31 places (Suzuki is an automatic qualifier) is today, followed by three days of match play. Sunday's final is scheduled for 36 holes.
After 27 years of recognizing separate champions, the Virginia State PGA Open and the Virginia State Golf Association Open have consolidated into the Virginia State Open, which starts today at Farmington in Charlottesville.
Woody FitzHugh of Great Falls beat out PGA Tour player Curtis Strange to win the Virginia PGA Open last year and Mark Carnevale of Williamsburg won the VSGA Open.
Both winners are entered, along with Tom McKnight of Galax, who recently won his second straight Virginia Amateur, at Country Club of Fairfax.
The purse for the 72-hole stroke play event is approximately $40,000, with the winning pro to receive $5,000.
Bob Toski, renowned golf teacher and PGA Senior Tour player, and Quin Sullivan, pro at host Springfield Golf and Country Club, will conduct a trick shot exhibition and clinic at the Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am tournament July 29.
Among PGA Tour golfers scheduled to play with area amateurs are Willie Wood, Joey Sindelar, Jim Simons, Ronnie Black, Mark Lye and Wayne Grady.
They will be joined by Washington-area standouts Lee Elder and FitzHugh. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Washington. For more information, call Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am headquarters in Gaithersburg.
The Worsham Memorial, first won a few decades ago by a skinny kid from Latrobe, Pa., named Arnold Palmer, has been rescheduled for four courses.
The tournament, originally to be played at Montgomery Village, will start Monday with qualifying at Lakewood, followed by one round of match play Tuesday at Argyle Country Club. Two rounds of match play are scheduled for Wednesday at Kenwood.
The semifinals and finals will be Thursday at Columbia Country Club.
Robbie Lynham of Argyle and the University of Maryland will defend his title in the 16-20 age bracket. There will be no 14-15 or 13-and-under age group competition this year.