The three-day Greater Baltimore Golf Classic starts Friday at the Pine Ridge course, with a field of 97, including eight of the LPGA tour's top 10 money winners, entered.
Amy Alcott, winner of last week's U.S. Women's Open in Nashville with a record-breaking four-under-par score of 280, will be seeking her third straight tournament victory in the $100,000 event.
The leading money winner on the tour, with earnings this year of $152,000, Alcott also won the Mayflower tourney in Noblesville, Ind., the week before the U.S. Open.
Among her major opponents on this 6,304-yard, par-73 course will be Donna Caponi Young, the tour's top money winner until she was surpassed by Alcott last week, with earnings of $145,000, and Nancy Lopez Melton, who has won $104,000 this year.
Two years ago, Lopez Melton, then in her rookie year, dazzled the golfing world with a streak of five tournament victories that began on this course.
Playing in the pro-am here today, Lopez Melton said she is looking for a repeat performance in this tournament.
Teeing off beginning at 8 a.m., all contestants will play 18 holes Friday and Saturday. For Saturday's final 18-hole round, the field will be cut to 70 and ties.
The fifth-oldest tournament on the LPGA tour, the Greater Baltimore Classic has been played here since 1963. The purse was raised this year from $75,000 to $100,000. Winner's share is $15,000. Spectator tickets are available at the gate for $7 Friday, $9 Saturday and $10 Sunday. From Washington, take the Baltimore Beltway toward Towson, go north on Exit 27; Pine Ridge is on the right.