It is rare that a PGA head professional and his assistant have the time to play golf together. To remedy that, the Middle Atlantic PGA holds an annual tournament to give the head pro and his assistant a chance to enjoy one another's company while competing for a nice cash prize.
Glenn McCloskey, the head PGA professional at Loudoun Golf and Country Club, and his assistant, Steve Miller, won this year's MAPGA pro-assistant championship held at Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville on Monday. They shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 in the best-ball format to take home the $1,800 first-place check.
Chip Sullivan and David Havens of Ashley Plantation finished one stroke behind McCloskey and Miller to earn $1,260. Charlie Briggs and Ricky Touma of Burning Tree Club and Joseph Franz and Rob Chase of Elkridge Club tied for third with 67 and split the $960 prize. Defending champions Mark Helffrich and Mark Evenson of Suburban Club tied for sixth place with 70.
"As a PGA professional, you love to win the pro-assistant championship," Miller said. "There's not too many tournaments that we get to play in in the section. It means a great deal to us."
McCloskey won the event in 1995 when he was an assistant to Ronnie Scales at the University of Maryland Course.
"One of my goals was always to win it as a head pro with one of my assistants," McCloskey said. . . .
Eddie Luke of Cypress Point Country Club in Virginia Beach won the MAPGA head professional championship at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington, Va., June 14. Luke shot a 2-under 70 to win by one stroke. Cary Sciorra of Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Rob McNamara of Farmington Country Club and Tim White of Lake Chesdin Golfers' Club tied for second place.
One on Four at Eight
Hole-in-ones are pretty common, except when they occur on a par 4. Chris Beveridge, a 16-year-old from Alexandria, made an ace on the 310-yard No. 8 at Belle Haven Country Club on Tuesday when playing in the club's junior scramble.
"I've never heard of it in my 13 years here," said head PGA professional Steve Danielson.
Beveridge, a 6 handicap, hit a driver off the tee. His ball traveled over the top of the trees that guard the fairway. Because the hole doglegs to the right, no one saw where the ball landed. When Beveridge approached the green, he found his ball in the cup.
An Wins Junior Tournament
Jake An, 14, from Chantilly, won the Nike Golf Junior at Paradise Point Golf Course in Jacksonville, Fla., on June 17. The 54-hole tournament, an American Junior Golf Association event, was for boys and girls ages 12 to 15. . . .
Stephanie Connelly, a three-time All-Met from Northeast High School, finished fourth at the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior, an AJGA event at Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, Ky. Connelly shot 76-74-73 -- 223 (13 over par).