The Belle Haven Four Ball, first plum of the local amateur golf season, begins Thursday.
Seven-time winners Ralph Bogart and Bobby Brownell, who have teamed in all 30 of these events, are entered among 130 teams in the better-ball scratch event.
"The tournament is unique in that it is one of the few match play events left," said chairman Dave Wysong, who will hook up with former U.S. Amateur champion Vinny Giles of Richmond. "We get some good galleries here."
Stroke play qualifying is Thursday for local players and Friday for out-of-towners. Match play in four flights, including the 16-team championship flight, is Saturday and Sunday.
Bob Darling, who teamed with Bob Boyd to win last year will match up with another University of Maryland player, Frank Reese. Boyd turned pro.
Other notable teams entered are Marty West and Gerry Nye of Columbia, Charlie Holden of Belle Haven and Moss Beecroft of Newport News, Dave King of Bethesda and Dave Pelz of Greencastle, and Perky Cullinane and Henri deLozier of Columbia.
Jennings (Jay) Randolph, NBC golf announcer recently inducted into the George Washington University Hall of Fame, had a memorable area golf career.
Randolph, now based in St. Louis where he has a radio sports show and does some NFL television games, played out of Bethesda Country Club and won the 1957 District Golf Association Amateur. Randolph son of Sen. Jennings Randolph (DW. VA) was considered for the 1954 Walker Cup team and won the Egyptian Amateur in 1956 while in the Army.
Joe Whitfield, head pro at Langston, Lee Elder's old stomping grounds on Benning Road, offers free golf lessons to any interested youth. Whitfields a Langston assistant Jim Miller are availble 9 a.m. every Saturday until summer's end.
Frank Emmet, still-active 78-year-old "commissioner" of the area junior golf program, was honored with a plaque "for contribution to youth on the national scene," Wednesday at the annual CYO dinner at the Naval Officers Club at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Don Shula, the late Gil Hodges and Red Auerbach have won the same award.
At Columbia Country Club, members are proud of the Fred McLeod Memorial Caddy Scholarship Fund, named for the wee 1908 U.S. Open champ who was pro at the Connecticut Avenue club from 1912 until his death in 1976.
The fund last year raised more than $4,000 from member donations to aid those among Columbia's 40-50 caddies in need.
Ronald Cole, U.D.C., Thomas Clark, Maryland, and Donald Wright, Brown, received aid last year.
An eye-popping amateur field, including Midle Atlantic Golf Association titlist Bucky Earhardt, Ralph Bogart, Brain Willard Neff McClary, Henri deLozier and Marty West, will play in today's poor Robert's charity tournament at Redgate, with proceeds to the Georgetown Big Brothers.
Bobby Abbo, who runs the affair, said the tournament started 10 years ago as "just a bunch of friends of mine. Now they are still a bunch of friends of mine, but some got to be pretty good golfers in the meantime."
The Carol Mann Women-to-Women Golf School, originally scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday at Washingtonian had been shifted to Tuesday and Wednesday. Mann will not be availble until then because the start of the Women's International in Hilton Head, S.C. was delayed because of rain.
Mann, 1965 U.S. Women's Open champion, will be joined by Women pros Mary Lou Crocker and Mary Bryan for 18 hours of instruction over two days, costing $225. The school is part of a 14-stop teaching package for the Towson, Md., resident. Some spots are still open. Those who have not pre-registered should arrive at Washington at 8 a.m. Tuesday and ask for Jim Hardy.
Tony DeLuca of Oakton High and Chantilly Country Club won the individual title in the recent 36-hole Quantico Invitational high school tournament with a 152.
Madison finished second in the team standings to perennial toughie, Albemarle of Charlottesville.
Mark Alwin, Chris Pigott and Mark Guttenberg, who tried brief flings on the PGA tour, are back in the area as assistant pros.