The USAir/Middle Atlantic PGA Championship at scenic but difficult Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg Aug. 25-27 might turn out to be a FitzHugh or Funk feast.
Fred Funk is challenging Webb Heintzelman for MAPGA player of the year honors. Funk, the University of Maryland golf coach, was low pro in the Maryland Open and has won six MAPGA pro-ams, two with eye-popping scores of 64 (at Goose Creek) and 63 (Belle Haven).
Woody FitzHugh, bothered by a sore shoulder all season, has won only one pro-am this summer. But he had his largest golf payday of $7,000 when he won the Virginia Open in Richmond. He won 16 tournaments last year, including the USAir/MAPGA.
Heintzelman, leading MAPGA money winner, still is an apprentice pro and ineligible for the section championship, in which the winner will receive nearly $3,000, berths in the Kemper and Anheuser-Busch PGA Tour tournaments, and two free airplane tickets.
The date for the 16th Harden and Weaver charity tournament has been moved from June to September this year. The tournament, which has raised more than $1 million for Children's Hospital, will be at the Montgomery Village and Germantown courses Sept. 25-26. Interested golf or tennis players should call Linda McQueeney at 686-3210. Entry fee will be $250 for golf and $200 for tennis. Sponsorship spots for golf holes are also available.
Brian Slevin, who just turned 15, is having quite a year in the ages 14-15 division on the junior circuit.
Slevin, who plays out of Bay Hills near Annapolis, won two North Carolina tournaments -- the Whispering Pines Junior Classic and the Junior Tar Heel Open. Locally, he won the Bobby Gorin and Kenny Horton events. In the Horton tournament at Hobbit's Glen, he shot 72 and beat the best in the 16-17 group by three shots.
He also finished second in the both the Bowers (to Brian Quackenbush) and the South Atlantic Junior (to best friend Kenny Wood).
"The other kids I play with are about the same, ball-striking wise," said Slevin, who plays to a one handicap. "But chipping and putting and wedge play -- they're my shots." He is a freshman at St. Mary's High.
Women's District champion Katherine Marren, Western Women's runner-up Lois Ledbetter, Brenda Seymour, Arlene English, Penny O'Linger and Jane Mason are entered in the 36-hole Lillian Payne Invitational at Congressional Aug. 4-5. Kim Williams of Potomac is not entered, as she will be playing for the United States team in Curtis Cup matches Aug. 1-2 in Hutchinson, Kan.
The 10th Charles Town Classic/Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-am will be held at Sleepy Hollow Aug. 6-7. The tournament has raised $165,000 for charity in Jefferson County, W.Va.
The fifth Elizabeth Arden Charity Classic to benefit the American Cancer Society will be Aug. 11 at Indian Spring. Sponsors Woodward & Lothrop expect more than $10,000 to be raised. Entry fee is $125 per person, with deadline for registration Aug. 4. For more information, call 933-9350.