John McNaney, almost healed from an April elbow operation stemming from a gunshot wound received more than 15 years ago in Vietnam, hopes to make his first start of the year on the Middle Atlantic PGA circuit in the pro-am at Allview and Hobbit's Glen June 27-28.
McNaney, 34, finished second in MAPGA earnings two years ago before falling to 12th last year. He has had nine operations on his left elbow since being wounded in 1967. His most recent operation, April 8, was for a bone infection.
"I just started playing this week," McNaney said Tuesday. "It's still sore. It's lacking a little strength right now. When all of the postoperation pain goes away, it'll be all right. I am biting at the bit to play again."
McNaney, a Rolling Road assistant who also has worked at Montgomery and Indian Spring, made a hole in one on his final hole in U.S. Open sectionals last year at Bethesda, and qualified for golf's biggest event at Pebble Beach. There he played a practice round with Calvin Peete, who also cannot straighten his once-broken left arm.
"He's quite a gentleman," McNaney said. "It was a like an 18-hole playing lesson. When I wasn't pumping him for information, he would volunteer it. He gave me a lot of confidence."
Evergreen, in Haymarket, Va., one of the top courses in the area, is the site of the 54-hole Northern Virginia Amateur Friday through Sunday. Last year's champion, Greg Carpousis, has turned pro . . . Fred Funk, University of Maryland golf coach who turned 27 Tuesday, won his third pro-am of the season the day before. Funk leads the MAPGA with $1,900 in earnings in his first season of eligibility. He made 36-hole cuts at the Kemper and Anheuser-Busch PGA tournaments last year and hopes for a sponsor's exemption for the Anheuser at Williamsburg July 21-24 . . . The 13th annual Vince Lombardi Memorial has added a 10K foot race to its usual golf and tennis fundraiser for the Lombardi Cancer Center. The 10K race will be run in Georgetown June 26, with registration in the parking lot at Georgetown University's McDonough Arena the day of the race and the previous day. The golf and tennis, with several Redskins and other celebrities to compete, is June 27 at Indian Spring . . . Larry Rentz of Lanham, along with Rockville's Gary Marlowe, is eligible for the new 10-tournament PGA Tournament Players Series. Rentz is competing in the New Hampshire Classic in Concord. He qualified for the TPS by finishing in the top eight on the Club Pro Tour last winter in Florida, and won about $12,000. He also made $4,000 on the J.C. Goosie Space Coast Tour in January. Both will play in the TPS Baltimore Open at Hillendale July 21-24 . . . The Jack Understein Memorial Adult-Junior will be Thursday at Washingtonian's motel course, with proceeds to the Frank Emmet Scholarship Fund. Several qualified junior golfers will receive money to defray college tuition.