Army Navy, paced by former District champion Sue Keeney, got off to a successful start in defense of its Women's District Golf Association team championship at Columbia Country Club yesterday.
Army Navy defeated Fairfax, 7-2. IN other matches, Argyle beat Washingtonian, 7-2, and Congressional turned back Bethesda, 6-3.
Keeney, a two-handicapper, was one under women's par on her own ball when the match finished on the 17th. She teamed with Betty Looney and the two were eight under par on their net ball. Because of the variance in handicaps, the matches this year are being played on a format that permits 80 per cent of the difference in handicap strokes.
Gerry Cush, of Argyle, another former District and Maryland State champion, teamed with Rosemary Marlowe to blitz Judy Koenick and Nancy Davies of Washington, 3-0. Cush sank a 30-foot putt on the 18th to win the back nine and the match.
One of the closest matches of the day, saw Pat Thurner, Congressional Country Club women's champion, pair with Joan Crampton to defeat Joan Gould and Betty Torray of Bethesda. Not a single hole was halved on the front nine. Thurner rolled in a 40-footer on the 18th to pick up two points for her team.
Fairfax will host the matches next Tuesday and Argyle the following Thursday.