Sally Voss, threatening to become the Nancy Lopez of the Women's District Golf Association set, was even par in eliminating Beth Carpenter of Columbia, 4 and 3, in yesterday's opening round of the WDGA Championships at Congressional Country Club.
Voss, 20, just returned from her junior year at Stanford where she is a premedical student and tops on the women's golf team, won Monday's qualifying medal by seven shots with 73, one under women's par.
"I don't think there's a soul who can beat her this week," said tournament official Barbara Henesy. Match play continues in five flights through Friday.
Voss, with a long, smooth swing that produces 240-yard tee shots, mashed a 270-yarder with the wind slightly at her back on the women's par-5, 415-yard 14th hole. She then hit a majestic five-iron and holed a 30-foot putt for eagle three to take a 4-up lead over a bewildered Carpenter.
Voss second shot on the 435-yard following hole came to rest in front of the green and when both golfers made par 5, Voss had closed out the match.
"I played as well as I can play," said Carpenter, whose hopes of an upset were dashed by a short missed birdie putt on the first hole, three putts for a loss on the par 4 11th, and a missed six-foot birdie attempt on the uphill, par 3 12th.
Voss must be heavily favored this week with the lowest handicap in the field at three and playing her home Congressional grounds. Lene Jordan of Army Navy, a four-handicapper, canceled out with a sore shoulder and Woodmont's Tina Marlowe, a five-handicapper, shot 91 and missed the championship flight. all times. You know how times goes by and you don't even notice it. I