Jim Westley of Savannah, Ga., won the Capital Pro-Am at Langston yesterday with 69, but the real winners of the golf tournament were disadvantaged city youth.
Proceeds of the events went to the Joe Whitefield Scholarship Fund, which helps pay for the college education of youths who might not otherwise have the chance to go.
Whitfield, former Langston head pro, donated $1,000 to start the program and gave free golf lessons.
"Those kids (recipients of the college tuition) are products of this community, and let's face it, some of it is a ghetto," Whitfield said. "They hold an A, B and C average now and that's a fact. Everybody around here is real proud of them."
Former Washington Redskins Ted Vactor, Roy Jefferson and Jim Snowden were among the amateurs participating. Others were Maury Wills' younger Brother, Don Wills, and Ambassador at Large W. Beverly Carter.
"I want to support golf in the inner city and I'm glad to be a part of this," Carter said.
"We're interested in all the kids, but primarily in golfers," said Wills, who coached golf at Spingarn High adjacent to Langston until the sport was abolished in D.C. schools last year because of budget problems.
Westley played on the J.C. Goosie Orlando, Fla.-based minitour last year after giving up a job as women's basketball coach at Savannah State.
The stocky 39-year-old pro began at the 11th hole in the shotgun-start tournament and birdied holes 16, 1, 7 and 10. He three-putted the par-3 eighth for his only bogey. Westley won $375.
Westley missed qualifying for the PGA Tour by three shots last October and did not survive the first phase regional in Titusville, Fla., in mid-May in his most recent attempt.
Westley and some of the other pros who played yesterday will tee it up in the Six Cities Open at Seneca Golf Course in Cleveland July 4 CAPTION: Picture, Herb Summers blasts out of a sand trap. He tied for sixth in Capital Pro-Am at Langston, which Georgian Jim Westley won with 69. By Douglas Chevalier - The Washington Post