A cool, dry June has brought out golfers in record numbers to area public courses.
Last weekend, Northwest Park welcomed the most players it has ever had for a two-day period, an estimated 600.
"Weatherwise, this spring has been a lot better than the last two seasons," said a pro shop employe. "People are not driving on as many vacations and are staying home on the weekends. We also have had a lot of senior citizens. They usually drop out when the weather gets hot, but that hasn't happened yet."
Algonkian, near Sterling, Va., has been "as busy as we've ever been," according to Paul McCray, chief park ranger who helps supervise the course. Last Sunday Algonkian had a two-hour wait at the first tee, due only in small part to nearby Reston South being closed because it was staging a tournament.
McCray reported 322 rounds played Sunday at Algonkian, with foursomes teeing off nonstop from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Herndon Centennial, which opened lasttsummer but was offically dedicated Saturday by the town's mayor and council, also has seen heavy play.
At East Potomac, the "last four weeks have beat any of the weeks of late summer," said Severin Leoffler, the concessionaire whose father started operating the Hains Point course 59 years ago. Leoffler said the June 16-22 week saw about 4,000 nine-hole rounds played at East Potomac.
"If we could have a dry summer the rest of the way, we could go to 115,000 rounds, up from the 79,000 of last year."
The Abood sisters, Jane and Lisa of Kenwood; Mary Alice Canney of Chantilly, and Eileen Kelly of Towson are area golfers shooting for five spots in sectional U.S. Women's Open qualifying Monday in Pittsburgh. Sally Voss of Congresional will, instead, be playing in the Broadmoor Invitational in Colorado Springs on her way home from medical school on the west coast. The U.S. Women's Open is July 10 - 13 at Richland Country Club in Nashville.
The 36 - hole Norm Crosby Celebrity tourney last weekend proved a pleasant outing for the 88 players plus knots of autograph hunters and personality oglers at Washingtonian.
Among the celebrity team captains were althetes Nick Buoniconti, Mike Webster and Bruce Laird, and actors Mike Connors, Ed Nelson, Leslie Neilsen, Joe Santos, Forest Tucker, Fred MacMurray, plus singer Lou Rawls, broadcaster Keith Jackson and blind singer-personality Tom Sullivan. Sullivan strikes the ball after companion Russ Worth lines up his shots.
The team captained by Chris Hanburger, with Jim Donnelly of Columbia, Carolyn Sutton of Virginia Beach and Ken Duarte of the host club, won low net with 25-under-par 119. The Better Hearing Institute benefit, with Anheuser Busch tossing in $50,000, may return next year.
Maryland Open champ Wheeler Stewart and Middle Atlantic PGA leading money-winner Brian Staveley will play in the $10,000 Woodlawn Pro Invitational Sunday, Aug. 24, with $1,000 to the winner . . . Morris Hatalsky, a PGA Tour player whom Woodlawn pro Dennis O'Leary worked with when O'Leary was pro at Quantico, is a possible contestant.
The Maryland State Golf Association Junior Boys and Girls championships start Monday at Chatwell, in Severna Park . . . . The 11th Virginia State Junior girls also starts Monday at Salisbury Country Club in Richmond.