A live-in junior golf instruction academy, within easy driving distance of the Washington area, will begin weeklong sessions June 24.
Carl Sturges, longtime Bethesda real estate man and resturateur, last summer opened nine of the planned 18 holes of Mountain View Golf and Country Club at Fairfield, Pa., seven miles southwest of Gettysburg.
Eddie Ault designed the 247-acre course and called Mountain View one of the best practice facilities in the East.
Bob Costello, who worked under renowed teacher Bob Toski and was later teaching pro at Congressional, is head instructor and pro.
Sturges said his decision to build the course and school was helped along when son Bobby, a five handicapper who plays on Churchill High's golf team, was sent to two golf schools and received little personal instruction.
"We were disappointed in the first school (near Pittsburgh) because there was no golf professional on the staff," Sturges said.
The second one (the PGA National Junior Golf Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) took 66 kids with volunteer pros and an adequate staff, but it's just a great distance away. And Bobby played only 27 holes the entire week.
"We will start the week at 9:30 Monday morning and the kids will be on the practice range and the golf course so they are constantly working on golf," Sturges said. He said there also will be classroom instruction, golf movies, short-game exercises, camera analysis and intergroup competition.
The Mendeal Hearts golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 18, at Argyle, with proceeds going to heart research. Mended Heart's Inc. counsels persons who face or have had open heart surgery. Area amateur great Ralph Bogart, who has undergone heart Surgery, is among the field of 120.
Maryland Open champion Gary Marlowe, Northern Virginia Amateur titlist Tony DeLuca and defending champion Ted Till are in the fold for the Washington Area Amateur Championship June 8-10 at Marlboro County Club (formerly Duke of Marlborough). Entries close June 5.
Michelle Jordan of Fairfax has been selected to represent Virginia in the National High School Coaches All American Prep Championships at Disney World June 18-21.
Michelle and older sister Lene, who both earned college golf scholarships, will leave the area at the end of June and move to Leavenworth, Kan., with the Jordan family.