Two of the area's premier golf tournaments will take place this week: the Women's District Golf Association Championships, Monday through Friday at Woodmont North, and the men's Maryland Amateur, Thursday through Sunday at Prince Georges.
Six-time Maryland Amateur champion Marty West will attempt to move closer to Ralph Bogart's Maryland record of 10 state titles. The tournament will start Thursday, with qualifying for 31 spots, followed by three days of match play. Defending champion West is an automatic qualifier.
Amy Geithner may be pressed to defend her title in the WDGA, with competition likely to come from NCAA runner-up Cindy Davis, Kim Williams, and Karen Jones. Geithner carries a 3 handicap, Davis and Williams a 1 and Jones a 2. It is a nonhandicap event.
Gary Marlowe's chances of gaining the U.S. Open field looked slim when he was named first alternate after missing out in first-phase qualifying by a stroke. Nonetheless, Marlowe showed up at the sectionals Monday at Bethesda, and when PGA Tour player Victor Regalado scratched, Woodmont's Marlowe was in the right place. He finished in near darkness with 69--142 to qualify for the prestigious tournament, starting Thursday at Oakmont, near Pittsburgh . . . It was a rewarding but draining week for Kemper champion Fred Couples. After a playoff victory at Congressional, Couples had dinner and champagne and retired to the Tyson's Corner Marriott at 1 a.m. The alarm awoke him at 5:30 for 36 holes of U.S. Open qualifying. He then had to appear at 7:30 the next morning for a six-way playoff (he qualified) before leaving for the Westchester tournament . . . The Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship is the new name of the former Metropolitan Schoolboy championship, to be played June 27-30 at Manor. The tournament, in its 50th year, is newly named in memory of the man who guided the area junior program for more than half a century.