"You can watch the PGA pros play for 50 cents an hour" is the way Monday's Fellowship of Christian Atheletes National Pro-Am golf tournament at the Country Club of Fairfax is being billed.
Not bad, really, to pay $5 admission to catch the act of Larry Nelson, last year's second-leading money winner on the PGA Tour, and 1980 tour winners Craig Stadler (twice), Jeff Mitchell, Doug Tewell and Mark Pfiel, among others.
"We like to think they're coming here to play in our tournament and then they'll stick around for the Kempers," said tournament official Curtis Prins, tongue firmly entrenched in cheek. "We think it's the best bargain in sports. If the Redskins charged the same rate per game, it would cost a buck and a half."
Speaking of Redskins, quarterback Joe Theismann will be among the amateurs, most of whom coughed up $500 to play with the big boys. First tee off is at 8:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Eddie Walker, who runs the Army Navy-Fairfax course, had an incredible round nullified -- a hole in one and seven birdies for 65 -- when the entire field could not beat the rain in a Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am at Chantilly May 19.
Walker can keep the disappointment in perspective because in the winter of 1978-79, he was near death during an operation to remove an intestinal growth.
Walker was told by doctors after the 10-hour operation that his heart had stopped and that shock and massage had been used to revive him.
Walker said he could have used the money his fine score would have erned him because he recently was married -- to his nurse.
Prince Georges head pro Jim Seeley recently was among the first to play the soon-to-be-opened Prince Georges Country Club in Mitchellville and reported that the track is shaping up well.
"I think it's going to be one of the finest courses in the area," said Seeley, who pointed out that the course has fully matured trees and a 75-acre lake and two ponds that bring water into play on five holes.
Arnold Palmer, one of the principal owners of Golf American Corp. of Maryland, which is the company building the new course for the country club and which also is developing surrounding residential property, was in town recently.
Palmer visited the Prince Georges Landover course and observed Gary Mankulish winning the Bladensburg Rotary pro-am there.
Seeley had quite a week, advancing to the U.S. Open sectionals and gaining a Kemper Open berth.
Hats off to Germantown Country Club greenskeeper Mike O'Grady. Players in the two Kemper qualifiers at Germantown generally agreed that the slick but true putting surfaces there were the best they had played all spring. . .Donna Daily, daughter of Greencastle Country Club's head pro, Tom Daily, will play for the University of Tampa in the Division III AIAW women's college tennis tournament at Salisbury State, June 11-14 . . . Anne Wisher recently used her magic five-wood to score an eagle on the first hole at Prince Georges, twice in the same week.