Former champions John McNaney of Indian Spring and Fred Gibson of Fort Meade and 12 of the region's top 20 money winners will lead a field of 106 into the Middle Atlantic PGA Assistant Professional Championship Monday and Tuesday. A $1,500 purse is being offered for the winner at Shannon Green's 6,700-yard, par-72 course in Fredericksburg, Va.
Marty West of Columbia, Gary Marlowe of Woodmont and 70 others will compete Tuesday in the qualifying round for the U.S. Amateur, at the par-72 Green Spring Valley course in Baltimore. The top five advance to the amateurs' first round of match play Sept. 1 at the highly praised Olympic Club in Sacramento.
The Howard County Junior Championship for boys and girls 18 years old and under will be played Monday, Aug. 31, at the Font Hill Golf Course in Ellicott City. The entry fee of $2.50 includes green fees and trophies. Applications will be accepted by mail or in person.
The Lee Elder Celebrity Pro-Am starts Friday at Langston's par-72 course in northeast Washington. The entry list has not been completed, but Lee Trevino and Jerry Pate will be there for a final-day clinic Sunday.
Celebrities expected include Bobby Mitchell, Larry Brown, K.C. Jones, Roy Jefferson, Brig Owens, Ted Vactor and Bill Russell, media types Bryant Gumble and Paul Berry and television personalities Greg Morris, Al Freeman Jr. and Foster Brooks.
Money raised at the event will go to the Lee Elder Scholarship Fund.
The Jeane Hofheimer Multiple Sclerosis Tournament so far has raised $1,662 for the MS Foundation with qualifying tournaments at nine sites. The summer-long event, which has three divisions (18-hole net, nine-hole net and 18-hole gross), culminates Oct. 9 with the championships at Woodmont.
The next qualifying tournament will be played today at Bretton Woods, followed by one at Montgomery Thursday, at Army Navy (Arlington) Friday and at Leisure World Aug. 25. Norbeck and River Bend will hold their qualifiers Sept. 1, Washingtonian's is Sept. 9 and Westwood will hold a week-long event Sept. 5-12. Sponsors hope to better last year's donation to the MS Foundation of $4,300, which was, and is, accumulated from a $5 entry.
Columbia Country Club assistant pro Jim Fitzgerald will replace Tim Schaaf as the golf coach at George Washington University. Schaaf will leave Germantown Country Club to become coach at Stanford . . . Jeff Fick of Phoenix, Md., finished second to touring pro Lon Hinkle in the recent National Long Drive Championship. Hinkle drove 338 yards 6 inches to Fick's 336 yards 12 inches . . . And a final piece of encouraging news for those who never have had a hole in one. William D'Avanzo of Mineola, N.Y., waited 60 years for his first ace, but needed only another two hours to get his second. D'Avanzo had the two holes in one on the same round recently at St. George's on Long Island. He shot 91.