Washington touring pro Lee Elder enjoyed a merry month of July, winning the Milwaukee Open in eight extra holes over Lee Trevino, tying for sixth at the Philadelphia Classic, and sharing second last week at Hartford. He won more than $53,000 in that stretch and was 15th on the PGA money list with 583,540 prior to the PGA Championship, which ends today at Oakmont.
The Milwaukee triumph earned Elder a fourth trip to the Masters. Elder is the only black ever to compete at Augusta.
"I've been very excited about it," said his wife and business manager, Rose Elder, before leaving their Northwest home to do WMAL radio progress reports from Oakmont.
"He's been hitting the ball quite well for some time. His putting has shaped up a little and that's made the difference," she said, adding that Lee was 38 under par for 12 rounds.
"He felt very confident going into the PGA. He is in an excellent frame of mind and he's feeling very well physically," she said of her husband, 42.
The eighth annual Lee Elder Celbrity pro-am is scheduled Sept 15-17 at Williamsburg, Va. at Kingsmill. Proceeds go to the Lee Elder Scholarship Fund for underprivileged youth. The field will include former President Gerald Ford, Willie Mays, Bob Hope, K. C. Jones and Larry Brown. This year's tournament is dedicated to the late Daniel (Chappie) James, who achieved four star general in the Air force. He played in the tournament seven times.
The field was limited to 50 pros and 150 amateurs; spectator tickets can be obtained by calling 857-0745.