Karen Jones of Argyle, a three-handicapper who just completed her freshman year at Oklahoma State University on a full golf scholarship, will defend her title in the Women's District Golf Association championship starting Monday at Belle Haven County Club.
The field is strong this year, with 1978 and 1979 champion Sally Voss, who skipped the tournament last year, and three-handicapper Chris Lebiedz of Army Navy also entered.
"That makes it tough for us oldsters who make the championship flight," said Ruth Ann Verell of Belle Haven, a former WDGA president.
Jones reports that she is playing well and glad to be home. She was somewhat homesick at college, able to return home only once during the school year. She said the golf courses she played around Stillwater were not in as good condition as those in this area, "but I learn how to play the wind shots down there," Jones said.
"I'm glad everybody's playing (in the WDGA). It's going to be good competition."
Jones acknowledged that in the back of her mind is the thought of turning professional but said she will wait and see how things develop at Oklahoma State.
Carol Davies Lillie of Washingtonian, who was married a month ago, joins long-hitting sisters Jane and Liza Abood of Kenwood and Amy Geithner of Fairfax among the four-handicappers.
Geithner shot 75 in a recent member-guest over her home Country Club of Fairfax course and won the class A WRC Cup there with 76 earlier this month.
Qualifying is slated Monday, followed by a single round of match play each day through Friday.