Last season, Woody FitzHugh won 16 tournaments on the Middle Atlantic PGA circuit, including the section championship at the demanding Golden Horseshoe course in Williamsburg. He easily won MAPGA player of the year honors.
That was all before FitzHugh tore the rotator cuff in his left shoulder in November. Although he is playing again, he has not won a tournament since the injury.
"I was at the health spa lifting weights," FitzHugh, 33, said from the driving range he owns near Herndon. "I had a 10-pound weight and I was doing a backswing with my left arm. I felt like I strained it; the next day I could hardly move my arm.
"Right now, there's no way I can take it the club back properly. I can't take it back far; when it stretches it hurts. And my backswing is already short to begin with.
"There is a chance that it will be chronic. I'll take some anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants and see what I can do. It's very aggravating because it is not getting any better. We'll wait and see what happens."
Kim Williams of Potomac won four major women's amateur tournaments last year and thus was named to represent the United States in this summer's 24th Curtis Cup matches at Hutchinson, Kan., Aug. 1-2.
Williams, of Bethesda Country Club, appears to be at it again this season, as she recently was even par for 34 holes in the final and defeated LeeAnn Hammack of Oklahoma City, 4 and 2, to win her second straight Southern Women's Amateur in Jackson, Miss.
Other golfers named to the Curtis Cup team were Danielle Ammaccapane, whom Williams overtook for low amateur honors in April's LPGA Dinah Shore tournament, Leslie Shannon, Kandi Kessler, Cindy Shreyer, Kim Gardner, Kathleen McCarthy and Dottie Pepper.
Williams said she plans to play in the Maryland Women's Amateur at Chevy Chase Club, July 15-18, and will probably turn professional this fall.
Perky Cullinane of Chevy Chase received a note from the U.S. Golf Association saying he is the first in history to qualify in the same year for the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Senior Open and the USGA Mid-Amateur tournaments, which he accomplished last season.
Cullinane, 50, has played in 13 U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Opens. In his first Open in 1957, Cullinane was assigned a locker next to the legendary Ben Hogan.
"It was a thrill just to watch him put on his shoes," Cullinane said at the recent U.S. Open local qualifier, where he shot 71 and 76 but lost out in a six-man playoff for the final two spots. Cullinane recently teamed with Columbia Country Club mate Marty West to win the Maryland State Golf Association two-man championship, with a 68.
The eighth Jack Understein Memorial adult-junior will be June 19 at Marlborough Country Club. The entry fee is $30 per team, open to teams of an amateur or pro adult and an under-21 junior, with all proceeds to the Frank Emmet Scholarship fund.
The volunteer-run American Cancer Society of Northern Virginia annual tournament moves to Springfield, June 16, with a record field expected.