Three-time champion Gill FitzHugh will defend his Northern Virginia Amateur championship at his home Army Navy Country Club course today, Saturday and Sunday.
FitzHugh, who will turn 40 next month, is a busy man between working, golfing, running the Northern Section of the Virginia State Golf Association, refereeing high school basketball games and coaching his son Mac's tee-ball team.
"I've been able to practice and I'm playing fairly well so far, but you never know," said FitzHugh, who teamed with Marty West to win the Belle Haven Four Ball in May.
FitzHugh was runner-up in the 1980 Virginia State Amateur and qualified this year for that tournament at the Tides Inn in Irvington, July 1-5.
"Army Navy is a very tricky golf course and local knowledge is going to play a big part, but I've only played there once this season," FitzHugh said.
Patty Berg, winner of 84 women's tournaments, will be honored at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament next year in Dublin, Ohio. Berg, 69, was cofounder and first president of the Women's Professional Golf Association, later the Ladies Professional Golf Association. "I was very excited; I almost jumped out of my shoes," Berg told the Associated Press from her home in Fort Myers, Fla., after getting a phone call from Nicklaus telling her of the honor.
Berg, who has given countless clinics through the years, will be the second woman honored by the Memorial, which yearly fetes contributers to golf. Glenna Collett Vare was honored in 1982.
Area senior standouts Ralph Bogart, Jimmy Bellizzi, Charlie Bassler, Melvin Rowe, Bill Sporre, Ken Newlin, Dick Stearns, David Wortman, Perky Cullinane and Hugh Botts will among 52 golfers trying for four qualifying spots in the U.S. Senior Open. Qualifying will be Monday at Columbia Country Club and the tournament will be July 9-12 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn.
David Patterson, last year's area junior of the year from Dulaney High School in Baltimore County; Jon Hurst, runner-up for that honor, who is from Potomac High in Woodbridge; Fred Widicus, 1985 champion from Jefferson High; Tom Iredell of Good Counsel, and Alan Myers, two-time Maryland State Junior champion, are among those entered in the 54th annual Frank Emmet Schoolboy tournament set for at Country Club of Fairfax, next Tuesday-July 3.
Mark Brooks, a PGA Tour player from Fort Worth, was impressed with the long tee shots of Rockville's Eric Egloff in recent U.S. Open qualifying at Woodmont in Rockville. Brooks said the University of Richmond golfer who plays out of Manor consistently outdrove him, although Brooks qualified for the Open and Egloff did not. "He can flat launch it," was the way Brooks put it . . .
Tournament director Bob Riley reports a large early response of 100 entries, with more expected, for the Bobby Gorin Junior at Woodmont, July 6-9. Outstanding golfers from the Midwest and East will play in the Gorin and the Bobby Bowers Memorial, July 13-16 at Springfield . . . Tom Kite's seven-stroke victory in the Kemper was the largest winning margin on the PGA Tourn this year.