Lee Elder says the man to watch in the U.S. Open its Ben Crenshaw. Elder was home during a rare vacation from the tour last week and took in the local qualifying trials for the Open at Washingtonian. Elder is exempt from qualifying for the Open, which will be played in Tulsa, June 16-19.
"The reason I like Ben is that he's playing so well," said Elder. "You can throw out that one bad around in the Jack Nicklaus tournament. That happened to everybody. Ben is driving the ball a ton and he's putting as only those young guys can - boldly."
Elder will play in the Kemper Open next week and then take a week off before the U.S. Open. "I will play in the British Open (Turnberry Golf Course, Avershire, Scotland, July 6-9) for the first time," he said.
The Washington golfer has his own tournament the first week of September at Kingsmill on the James River in Williamsburg. He already has signed up a dozen of his touring colleagues. The tournament will benefit the Lee Elder Foundation. Elder was cited for his community work by the Golf Writers Association and will receive the Charles Bartlett Award in Tulsa June 12.
Matt Sughrue of Bethesda Country Club, one of the top junior golfers in this area, has decided to go to the University of North Carolina. His older brother, Tim, also a fine golfer, attends North Carolina State.