Clare Dolan's golf game was good enough last summer to win the national PGA Junior Girls Championship, and good enough last fall to help Seneca Valley to the Maryland state high school title.
But a tuneup under the guidance of her brother Bob and former PGA Tour player Jerry Heard, improved Dolan's game even more, and in mid-July, she defeated Sarah LeBrun for the Maryland Women's Amateur championship.
The following week, Dolan, 18, of Montgomery Village, shot 75 at Columbia Country Club and shared the medal with LeBrun and Lois Ledbetter in leading seven qualifiers into one of golf's prestige events, the U.S. Golf Association Women's Amateur, to be held at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh, Monday through Aug. 10.
After finishing high school, Dolan went to South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island, near Fort Myers, Fla., where her brother is head pro and Heard is director of golf. Heard helped with her short game, and a new graphite driver and her brother's tips added distance to her tee shots.
With the double improvement, she shot par for 15 holes in defeating LeBrun in the Maryland State Golf Association women's tournament.
The 63rd Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Junior, that section's oldest event, will be held Monday through Wednesday at Montgomery Country in Laytonsville. Each of WMGA's 32 clubs enters 12 of its top players as a team. Tantallon of Prince George's County is the defending champion.
The sixth annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Celebrity Golf and Tennis Tournament will be held Sept. 9 at Argyle Country Club.