The Abood sisters of Kenwood, Jane, 19, and Liza, 23, won matches yesterday in the Women's District Golf Association Championships and gained today's semifinals at Belle Haven Country Club.
Medalist Jane, a junior at Penn State, where she plays on the women's golf team, sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge Arlene English of Congressional, 1 up.
She had struggled all morning but finally evened the match with a par 5 at the 16th hole when English hit her approach shot into a sand trap. They came to the par-4 18th hole all even. English hit her approach shot over the green and Abood hit the green with her second shot. English chipped 12 feet below the hole. Abood won the match when she sank the 20-foot putt.
Liza Abood, former University of Maryland basketball player and now assistant coach in that sport at Holy Cross Academy, took advantage of her long tee shots and won all three par-5 holes on the back nine to eliminate Carol Davies Lillie of Washingtonian, 2 and 1.
To meet in Friday's final, the sisters must beat two strong golfers today. In a battle of long hitters, Liza will play Kim Williams of Bethesda at 9:36 a.m., followed by Jane against two-time WDGA winner Sally Voss of Congressional.
Voss played the best golf of the day. She was three under women's par and defeated Amy Geithner of Country Club of Faifax, 3 and 2. Voss, in medical school at University of California at San Francisco, once simultaneously held the San Francisco city women's title and the WDGA. Voss chipped into the hole for eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 12 hole to go 3 up on Geithner and the match ended at the 16th hole.
Williams, the Keefer Cup champion from Bethesda with very little tournament experience, broke up an even match with Irene Packer of host Belle Haven by winning four straight holes with par to begin the back nine and went on to win, 5 and 3.