LANCY SMITH is hoping success during the winter season will carry over into the summer.
Western New York's top women's amateur posted her first tournament victory since 1985 in January when she won the Women's South Atlantic in Florida. The 41-year-old Smith has a full schedule of major amateur events this summer in hopes of boosting her chances for another Curtis Cup berth.
"Winning in Florida pepped me up; I think I'm striking the ball as well as ever," Smith said.
The victory in the South Atlantic event was her 16th in the 23 years the Snyder resident has been going to Florida. The title was her sixth in the South Atlantic, which also was the site of her last triumph in 1985.
Even though Smith has had four second-place finishes in national tournaments since then, it hasn't been enough to keep her in Golf Digest's ranking of the nation's top 10 amateurs. She last appeared in that list in 1986 at No. 4.
"I don't pay too much attention because they don't have any bearing on anything," Smith said. "But they are fun to look for."
Smith said there had been some controversy over the rankings last year. "They had new people doing the rankings, and a couple of people picked hadn't even played in the major women's amateurs. But they claim there will be different people doing it next year.
"The thing I'm interested in is trying to make Curtis Cup teams."
Smith has been an a member or an alternate on every Curtis Cup team since 1972 -- five times a playing member and five times an alternate. She was an alternate on the last two teams in 1986 and '88.
Next year's Curtis Cup match, the biennial event pitting the top U.S. amateurs against the top amateurs from Great Britain, will be held at Somerset Hills in New Jersey.
Sluman has appendectomy
Rochester golf fans got a scare when their hometown boy, Jeff Sluman, was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy last week.
Sluman, who withdrew from the Memorial tournament in Ohio because of it, expects to be ready to play in the Open June 15-18. The 31-year-old Sluman, who won last year's PGA tournament, was expected to be able to start practicing this week some time.
Sluman figures to face some added pressure, playing at home at the Open. He has made $71,301 this year, 77th on the money list.
King tops Rochester entrants
The first commitment list was released for the LPGA Rochester International tournament June 1-4. Five of the top 10 current money winners are committed so far. They are No. 1 Betsy King, No. 2 Nancy Lopez, No. 4 Juli Inkster, No. 6 Pat Bradley, No. 10 Sherri Turner. Eden native Patty Jordan is also entered.
The 14th annual Buffalo District Golf Association Scratch Better-Ball tournament is Monday at Moon Brook CC in Jamestown. The shotgun start is 11 a.m.
The sectional qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will be held June 27 at Elma Meadows. The closing date for entries (for public links golfers with no memberships at private courses) is June 7. For an entry form write: Mike Ubaldini, 110 Moreland St., Buffalo, 14206, or call 892-7369.
The Bengal Open, which benefits Buffalo State College athletics, will be held June 27 at River Oaks Golf Club. Fee is $40 for members of the Buffalo State Bengal Club, $45 for non-members.
The Fran McCarthy Town Boys & Girls Club will hold its fifth annual celebrity tournament June 19 at Tan Tara CC. The Sabres' Dave Andreychuk is honorary chairman. For details, call 691-7103 or 873-3244.
The eighth Greater Buffalo Sertoma Club celebrity tournament will be held July 10 at Glen Oak Golf Course. Bill Polian, Bills General Manager, is honorary chairman. Entry fee is $100. Call 826-6400 days.
The first tournament to benefit the Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County will be held June 26 at Orchard Park CC. Cost is $125. Call Mary Miranda at 837-6400.
The Fort Erie Public Library Invitational will be held at Bridgewater CC June 16. Fee is $100. Call 871-2400.