Brian Staveley of Bowie, fresh from a record-setting performance (64-69) in winning the 36-hole Charles Town Classic last week, will defend his championship in the Templeton Oldsmobile/Middle Atlantic Open, Monday through Wednesday. The 54-hole event, with a pro purse of $25,000 ($3,750 to the winner) will have the field of 240 alternating between the Evergreen and Prince William courses the first two days; the final round will be at Evergreen.
PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, who learned his golf at Bethesda Country Club and the University of Maryland, spoke at the Middle Atlantic PGA's summer meeting last Monday at Argyle. "My job is to create income, be active and progressive," Beman said. "I create controversy. I always shot at the pins when I played and I shoot at the pins now." Beman said when he took over as commissioner in 1974, the touring pros were playing for $8 million; now it is $23 million. He pointed out that under his guidance, the PGA has added a Seniors Tour, a Tournament Players Series, a Tournament Players Championship and headquarters in Ponte Vedra, Fla., has instituted player statistics and has improved television ratings. "Our players are the most highly regarded in sports; more than football, basketball and baseball players, and easier to talk to," he said.
The first area tournament for public-course golfers, the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Public Links Amateur, will be held Thursday through Sunday at Laytonsville. Qualifyiing for 32 places is Thursday, followed by match play . . . The Marvin (Bubby) Worsham Memorial, won first by a skinny amateur named Arnold Palmer and held for 33 years at Bethesda Country Club, has been switched to Prince Georges with an earlier date (Aug. 15-18) . . . Steve Hylton of Roanoke set the record for most golf holes played in a week (1,128) while coach at Austin Peay in 1981. Thursday, after training for three months, he tried, for charity, to break the 24-hour record of 401 holes played. Carrying only a one-iron and an eight-iron, Hylton jogged between shots in 86-degree heat. On his 40th hole, he suffered cramps and convulsions and a rescue squad was called. He was diagnosed as a victim of heat stroke, and later recovered.