Liza Abood, 23, of Kenwood defeated defending champion Karen Jones of Argyle, 2 up, in the first round of the Women's District Golf Association tournament's championship flight yesterday at Belle Haven Country Club.

Abood's sister Jane, 19, followed with a 20-hole victory over Ruth Ann Verell of Belle Haven.

Other winners were Carol Lillie of Washingtonian, Kim Williams of Bethesda, Irene Packer of Belle Haven, Arlene English and Sally Voss of Congressional and Amy Geithner of Country Club of Fairfax.

In the first upset of the tournament, Liza Abood birdied the seventh and eighth holes, then managed to stay even the rest of the way to defeat Jones, who as defending champ was an automatic qualifier.

Going into the match, Abood, said she was nervous, but hopeful. "i thought I had a chance," she said.

Then it was Jane Abood's turn. Verell was 5 up after nine holes and leading by one coming to the last hole. A 50-foot putt by Abood rested a few inches from the cup and she tapped in for par. Verell bogeyed to send the match into a playoff.

Verell hit her approach shot on the first extra hole fat, leading to a bogey and when Abood three-putted, the match was extended to another hole.

On the decisive hole, Verell lost the match when she took a bogey 5 after missing the green while Abood two-putted for par.

"I hit it (the putt on the first extra hole) too hard," Jane Abood said. "When I got on the green of the second hole I thought, 'You'd better not hit this one three feet past.' So I hit it short by about six inches."

Enough to win the match.