Medalist Amy Geithner of Fairfax defeated Arlene English of Congressional, 3 and 2, in the first round of the Women's District Golf Association championship yesterday at Lakewood.
The past two years, Geithner, 22, had lost in the early rounds to eventual champion Sally Voss, but Voss is not entered this year.
"It would be nice to see how my game would stand up against hers this year," said Geithner, studying for her master's degree in exercise physiology at the University of Maryland. "There are a lot of good players left out here, though."
Geithner was three over par in eliminating English, but yesterday's windy conditions made play much more difficult than in Monday's qualifying, in which she shot 71, four under women's par. Geithner took a three-hole advantage when English hit her third shot into a creek on the sixth hole, and Geithner went four up with a birdie on the seventh hole.
English pulled within two holes with a birdie at eight and a par at nine.
Geithner, a seven-time women's club champion at Country Club of Fairfax who played four years on the Lake Forest College team, regained a three-hole advantage with par on the 10th hole. English hit her drive into pine trees and took a bogey at the 10th.
Geithner clinched the match at the 16th hole with par after leaving her 40-foot birdie putt on the lip of the cup.
Angie Munno of Argyle, an engineering student at the University of Maryland, curled in an eight-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to edge Laura Miller of Bethesda, 1 up.
Long hitter Kim Williams of Bethesda, who went to the quarterfinals of the recent women's North-South Amateur, defeated Blanca Fortin of Columbia, 5 and 3. Williams injured her shoulder on a water slide in Ocean City Friday, and it pains her when she hits iron shots.
In other matches, Lorraine Elder of Army Navy came from behind to defeat Pat Thurner of Congressional, 2 and 1; former finalist Diane Rankin of Montgomery Village beat Kim Grace of Army Navy, 4 and 3; Sharon Briggs of Montgomery Village eliminated Rita Chadwick of Lakewood, 3 and 2; Fran Schultz defeated Army Navy clubmate Betty Looney, 3 and 2, and Shawn McCullough of Tantallon beat Fran Gudely of Springfield, 4 and 2. Gudely knocked her five-wood second shot into the cup for eagle on the first hole.
In today's quarterfinals, Geithner will play Munno at 9:42 a.m., followed by Elder vs. Rankin, Briggs vs. McCullough and Schultz vs. Williams.
Patty Berg will give a free clinic today at 3 p.m. at Lakewood.