Sharon Briggs and Sue Keeney will meet at 9:30 this morning for the Women's District Golf Association championship. Briggs is seeking her first WDGA championship, Keeney her third.
"I've surprised myself that I'm here", said Briggs. "Every day I keep having to call my office and say I won't be in the next day."
She qualified for the final yesterday at Montgomery Village by beating two-time WDGA champion Rebecca Doman, 3 and 2.
Keeney, who defeated Bernice Morrison, 5 and 4, to make it to the final, was the titlist in 1974 and 1975 and runner-up last year.
"We're moving in the middle of August (to West Palm Beach, Fla.) and I'd like to leave as District champion," she said. This will be their first meeting against each other in match play.
Montgomery Village is Briggs' home course. After four days there, Keeney said she was beginning to feel more comfortable with the layout. She was two under par on the par-36 front nine yesterday with the help of some good iron shots.
"It's one of those courses that can jump up and bite you if you don't mind your Ps and Qs. It's basically a fair course. There aren't many surprises. What you see is what your get - unlike Army Navy," she said, referring to her home course.
The greens, Briggs said, are "like glass . . . they don't hold so you have to be familiar with them and know where you want to hit. A lot of people read too much break into them, but the breaks are just not there."
Briggs was two over par on the front nine and had four bogeys, a double bogey and a birdie for the round. Keeney birdied the par-four first hole and the par-five sixth and was even on the rest.
Both parred the eighth, perhaps the most disliked hole because of its doglegged fairway and the snakes that abound in the area.
Briggs started playing golf actively again only last year after 10-year layoff. "I didn't belong to a club and I couldn't hack the public courses because of the lines and so fourth."
Although she is a weekend golfer, Briggs said, her handicap has recently dropped from 11 to eight and might drop more as a result of her play in this tournament.
Keeney, whose handicap in two, said, "I'm used to going out at 8 in the morning and getting in 18 holes in 2 hours."