Sally Voss of Congressional won her second straight Women's District Golf Association Championship by defeating Army Navy's Chris Epperly 4 and 3, at Springfield Country Club yesterday. She immediately set her sights on bigger game as her farewell, for now, to competitive gold.
Voss will enter the University of California at San Diego Medical School in September and will concentrate on two forthcoming national tournaments before she devotes full time to her studies.
"I plan to try to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, which takes place in July," she said, "and then I'll play in the U.S. Women's Amateur in August. I'm exempt from qualifying for that one. After that, I plan a rest before starting medical school."'
Voss lost only three holes to her less-experienced opponent. Epperly, making her first try at the WDGA title, never could master the sand traps and tried to chip out instead of blasting. The Springfield traps are filled with artificial sand and are difficult for inexperienced players.
"I thought Chris played very well," Voss said, "and I never took her lightly. She's a fine player and you'll hear about her again in this tournament."
The two women were tied until the third hole, which Voss won with a par. Voss took the short sixth with another par to Epperly's bogey and went three up on the eight with a birdie. But Epperly won the ninth when she rammed in a 60-foot putt from the fringe.
Voss won the 10th with a birdie and the 11th with a par to go four up. The match appeared to be a rout when Voss went five up with a par on the 12th, again winning because of Epperly's poor sand shot, but Epperly rallied on the 177-yard 13dth when she sank a 90-foot putt off the fringe for a birdie, and won the 14th with a par when Voss went over the green with a second shot that carried more than 230 yards.
But Voss came back to birdie the 445-yard 15th when she was on in two and two-putted. Epperly had to be content with a par 5.
In other results, Cathy Eyre of Reston won the consolation flight by defeating Ruthann Verell of Bellers Vince Bracciale and Bill Passmore. CAPTION: Picture, Sally Voss, far right, is congratulated by well-wishers after winning her second consecutive WDGA championship. By Frank Johnston - The Washington Post