Jane Abood, an 18-year-old Penn State sophomore who plays out of Kenwood, pushed medalist Carol Davies to the 18th hole at Argyle yesterday before succumbing, 1 up, in the first round of the Women's District Golf Association championship.
Abood, three down after the 14th, rallied to tie the match, Davies won the shortened par-5 18th with a 4. Abood, who put her drive in the trees, managed a par.
Others to gain the round of eight included Sharon Briggs, Ruth Meaders, Cathy Eyre, Chris Lebiedz, Karen Jones, Chris Epperly and Carmen Oelsner.
Most observers see today's best match as between home-club favorite Jones, 18, and the 21-year-old Lebiedz, a senior at the University of Florida, representing Army Navy.
Jones won the junior Tournament of Champions at Congressional last year and had been accepted for a golf scholarship at Oklahoma State. She currently carries a 4 handicap in the DCGA and will be favored over Lebiedz, who has an 8 handicap.
In her match against clubmate Peggy Sostrom yesterday, Jones played par golf despite a bogey on the 14th. She was two up at the turn and never was challenged seriously.
Lebiedz eliminated Columbia Country Club's Blanca Fortin, 6 and 4. Despite what she termed as "three-put problems," Lebiedz had no problems with Fortin. Lebiedz was three up after nine.
Eyre, two down to Cloey Hardesty after nine holes, squared the match at the 13th and then won the next three holes.
Another spirited match was between Nacy Hollenbeck and Ruth Meaders, both of Army Navy. Meaders, a newcomer to this area who was the only player to break 80 in the recent Keefer Cup, won the match on the 18th. She had a six-over-par 79 for the day.
Oelsner won her match on the 19th when Ruth Ann Verell suffered a lost ball. Tina Marlowe sealed her doom with Briggs by hitting the ball out of bounds on the 15th.