Just when the Women's District Golf Association was thought to have competitive balance again after Sue Keeney moved away, along comes Congressional's Sally Voss to ruin the fun.
Voss, 20, who recently finished seventh in the women's national college golf tournament (AIAW) to make All-America, completely dominated the WDGA championships, except for Friday's final 1-up victory over Diane Rankin.
Voss is now the most from coast-to-coast, having won the San Francisco City women's championship several months ago.
There will be no professional golf career for Voss although, she seems to have the high powered game for it.
"I plan to apply to several medical schools," the Stanford pre-med student said. "I'm going to be a doctor. A physician, not a surgeon."
It is with a surgeon's touch that Voss handles problems around the greens.
"Unlike a lot of others, she spent a lot of time on the putting green" said longtime Congressional starter Jocko Miller, who saw Voss grow up.
"She played against the boys because she couldn't find good competition from the girls. She beat the boys' socks off, too."
It is the smoking tee shots that separate Voss from others. She eagled a par 5 in the WDGA tournament with a 270-yard drive and a five-iron to a 420-yard hole. On another par 5 her caddie, Banks Wheeler, paced off a 247-yard rocket.
"She hits it so darn far, and she's not that big a girl," observed Congressional head pro Bob Benning, who has helped Voss with some of the game's finer points. "And she's been improving her short game. Her game merits a try on the tour."
Voss will try to qualify in July in Pittsburgh for the U.S. Women's Open, and plans to play in most of the national women's amateur tournaments this summer.
Then it's back for a senior year at Stanford and, she hopes medical school Nancy Lopez, you're safe.
They cut the ribbon yesterday for Congressional's new nine holes. Unlike Congresssionals other 27 holes, this nine is tights, cut out of woods.
Noted golf architect George Fazio designed the layout. Funds from the 1976 PGA helped finance it.
The 45th Metropolitan Schoolboy championships start at Potomac Valley tomorrow and run through Thursday.
Too bad that Bob Rosburg's overeagerness to describe the action somewhat detracted from ABC-TV's otherwise superb full-round coverage of last week's U.S. Open in Denver.
Former PGA tourist Rosburg several times stated, while an approach shot was in flight toward the green, that so-and-so has hit a "great shot." Moments later the ball could be seen, plopping into sand or rough.
By contrast, his CBS counterpart, Ken Venturi, does an excellent job of spotting in-flight shots and the problems confronting the golfer.
And isn't it more pleasurable watching the big boys wrestle with Cherry Hills, Winged Foot, Sawgrass and Muirfield Village than some courses, with par 5s playing as long par 4s and par is the whipping boy?