You amateur golfers still have a chance to play in the $400,000 Kemper Open at Congressional at the end of this month.
Think of it: There you are confidently striding down the fairway of that tough finishing hole, the gallery urging you on to get that par you need to win the tourney. A dream? Frankly, ye, but maybe you would like to give it a shot.
Entries close Tuesday for amateurs with a handicap of two or less and pros of any affiliation for the qualifying (four spots available) a week from Monday at Germantown Country Club. Entry blanks can be obtained at the new Middle Atlantic PGA office in Columbia, Md. The fee is $100.
Monday 42 Middle Atlanatic PGA pros, at $50 per entrant, shoot for another four spots in the Kemper field. This group is led by Brad Schiefelbein, Jimmy Bellizzi, Pete Chapin, Tom Smack and Greg Overton. sLarry Ringer, pro at the Naval Academy, will play in the Kemper by virtue of winning the MAPGA section championship last summer.
Jeane Hofheimer, as sweet a woman as you will ever meet, who won the Woodmont women's club championship in 1956 after having been diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis, urges participation in the season-long tournament named after her.
Hofheimer, now confined to a wheel chair, still practices putting.
The tournament, which raised $3000 for MS last year, takes gross and net winners from 22 clubs for a big finale at Woodmont in September.
They are slightly red-faced at Congressional, because accompanying former Washington Post golf writer Maury Fitzgerald's article in the Kemper program -- the story recalls major championships at Congressional -- is not a picture of Fitzgerald but rather that of Fred McLeod, the late Columbia pro and 1908 U.S. Open Champion. The mixup occurred when picture negatives were jumbled by the company printing the program in Cleveland.
"No harm done," said Fitz, who wanted the error pointed out . . . Former Maryland Open champ Gary Marlowe, who transferred to the University of Maryland, but must sit out a year, after playing at Louisiana State, shot a scorching 63 in a casual round last week at his home Woodmont course.
Marlowe, who finished eagle-eagle to win the recent Poor Robert's tournament at Glenn Dale, carded 32 on the front nine of Woodmont's South course and shot 31 on the front nine of the North Course. He played with Rob Viner, Mike Ball, Mike Larson and Allen Dorsey.
Joining Jack Nicklaus' son, Jack Jr., as a scholarship winner at North Carolina is John Inman, brother of PGA Tour player Joe Inman . . . Local qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur public links championship will be Monday, June 2, at Reston South. Entry blanks are available at most area public courses. The tournament proper is in Center Square, Pa., June 25-29 . . . Frank Toomey, 14-year golf coach at Montgomery College-Rockville, claims his four-man team led by Kevin Cheripka's 67 shot the lowest four-man total in Maryland junior college history last week at Diamond Ridge. Mont.-Rock. beat Catonsville, 292-329. Dale Zeglin has averaged 74 in the undefeated season. Danny Flint and Vernon Caswell round out the squad. Mont.-Rock and Prince George's host the Region 20 JUCO tournament at Greencastle CC Tuesday . . . Doug Burke recently scored two holes in one in the same week, on the 110-yard sixth hole at Prince William and the 163-yard seventh at Evergreen . . . The third annual Mended Hearts charity golf tournament, with benefits to heart research, will be held Monday, June 9, at Argyle. Local amateur great Ralph Bogart of Chevy Chase club, himself a beneficiary of open heart surgery, was last year's winner.
Tom Watson, burned for a two-stroke penalty two weeks ago when a microphone picked up advice he offered to Lee Trevino, says he is opposed to players wearing the devices for live television. "I have never been in favor of live mikes," Watson told The Associated Press. "I was afraid of swearing and cursing coming over. Golfers do that."
Watson cited another unfortunate incident involving comments from Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke and Lanny Wadkins, who criticized the slow play of John Schroeder at the Heritage Classic.The PGA has used live mikes on an experimental basis and will decide soon whether to do it as a regular practice. The guess here is that it will be discontinued. Better ideas are needed to lift sagging television ratings.