To the disappointment of no one in the field of 98, Sally Voss will not defend her title in the Women's District Golf Association championship, which starts Monday at Argyle Country Club.
Voss, the long hitter from Congressional who easily won the WDGA the last two years, will be unable to attend because she takes her final exam of her first year in medical school at the University of California at San Francisco late Wednesday afternoon.
"It equalizes the field a little bit more because Sally's handicap is zero right now," said Mickey Kreiner, tournament chairman.
Voss will travel to Colorado Springs to play in the Broadmoor Women's Invitational June 30-July 6 on her way home to Bethesda.
Low-handicap threats in the WDGA, with stroke play qualifying Monday, followed by match play through Friday, are Jane Abood, Kathy Ward and Karen Jones, all at fours, and Chris Epperly, Sharon Briggs and newcomer Ruth Meaders (fives).
Meaders could surprise. The wife of a retired Navy flight surgeon, she was the only contestant in two days to break 80 in the May Keefer Cup at Chevy Chase Club. Meaders, who once reduced her handicap by 13 strokes over a 14-month span, has won the Pensacola City women's championship, as well as the Guam Island, Jacksonville and Memphis women's titles.
The most lucrative one-day Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am of the year, sponsored by the Portofino Restaurant, takes place Monday at Springfield Country Club. The field of 65 pros plays for $5,000 with $1,000 to the winner. All amateurs entered are requested to call Springfield for starting times.
The purse for the LPGA Greater Baltimore Classic at Pine Ridge July 18-20 has been increased from $75,000 to $100,000. It will be Baltimore's 18th consecutive year as a regular tour stop for the women, a span topped only by St. Petersburgh and Dallas.
Marty West of Columbia seeks his fifth Maryland State Amateur title this week at Green Spring Valley near Owings Mills, Md. Also entered are last year's comedalist Terry Burke, Henri deLozier, Jack Skilling, Perky Cullinane, Tony Ciconte, Dave King, and Henry Blue. The Thursday qualifier (West is exempt) is followed by two rounds of match play Friday two more Saturday, and a 36-hole final on Sunday.
Chantilly head pro Dick Canney faces a big decision when he chooses his partner in the Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Assistants championship Aug. 11. His wife, Mary Alice, is one of his assistants, and talented Glen Brown is another. Mary Alice, on June 6, became the first woman pro ever to play in a MAPGA event. She shot 75 at the Belair pro-am, 10 strokes behind winner Brian Staveley, the section's leading money winner.
PGA Tour Commissioner Dean Beman is looking into marketing bubble gum cards with PGA golfers' pictures on them. "We're all for it and we'll eventually sell it, it's a couple of years down the road."
Lee Carroll, former assistant at Northwest Park for several years, has been named head pro at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown, Del., near Rehoboth Beach. Carroll was given a sendoff at a party hosted by Needwood and Northwest pro Jim Hightower.