The area's first Executive-type golf course -- one thousands of people have watched materialize -- is well on its way to completion.
When ready for play in the spring, Willow Springs GC, which lies along Interstate 70, just west of Route 32 in Howard County, will be an 18-hole, 4,800-yard layout, playing to a par of 62.
Alyn Janis, who owns and operates Pine Shore Golf, an Executive course in Berlin, about 10 minutes from Ocean City, is the project designer and part owner of the new facility. "It's a dramatic piece of land. We believe we have something special here," Janis said last week.
A privately funded public course, Willow Springs will have greens built to United States Golf Association specifications, an automatic irrigation system, four teeing areas for each hole, four ponds and a variety of holes that take advantage of the terrain.
"I'd call it hilly rather than rolling, and we were able to leave many of the trees," Janis said. "I get excited about every hole we've done."
Overall, the parcel is about 225 acres, with 110 of them in the golf course. "It's a thinking person's course. Obviously the emphasis is on the short game, although there are several dogleg par-4s, and they stretch out to 420-430 yards."
Janis grew up on golf courses. His father, Jim Janis, was the superintendent at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., for 16 years. Then father and son, who had studied under noted architect Dick Wilson in Florida, formed a design and construction company.
Janis, who has a long list of jobs to his credit, most of them in the Middle Atlantic area, first heard about the Howard County site when it was for sale about six years ago. He got a telephone call asking if such a project were feasible. The answer was "yes," and it has taken off from there.
Construction began a year ago June, and most of the holes have been completed. All but three greens have been seeded and most are ready to be cut. Still to be finished is a 300-yard driving range that will overlook much of the course.
"We think we have a world-class Executive course," Janis said. "It's long, strong, and challenging. I don't know what else we could do to it."
The Golf Merchandise Show of the Eastern United States, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America, will be held Sept. 23-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event, which will enable golf merchandise buyers to preview products for the 1991 season, has attracted more than 250 exhibitors, making it the largest first-year show in the history of the Convention Center.
A kickoff dinner Saturday evening will feature a talk by Heather Farr, a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, and a study in courage following surgery for breast cancer 14 months ago.
Tournaments: The first Capital Classic, for the benefit of Family-to-Family Christmas, will be held Sept. 24 at Glenn Dale GC. Information is available from John Mathews (301) 350-1500.... The 60-team field has been filled for the first two-man team championship to be conducted by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, Sept. 29-30, at Mount Pleasant GC.... The sixth Lighthizer tournament, which benefits juvenile diabetes, will be held Oct. 5, at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville.... The Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center will hold its first mixed tournament, Oct. 22, at Hunt Valley GC. Information is available from Mary Meyer at 435-8569 or Joanne Schill at 296-0806.
Entry deadlines: Maryland State Golf Association -- Oct. 9 for the rescheduled father-son championship, due Oct. 26 at Eagle's Nest. New entries must be filed regardless of whether a team entered the first time, when rain forced a postponement.
There are 60 entries for the Seniors championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association Tuesday at Turf Valley CC...Bob Boyd, head professional at Woodmont CC, will be amember of the 10-man United States team that meets a team from Europe in the biennial PGA Cup matches at Kiawah Isldand, S.C., Friday-Sunday...The sixth annual United Services Life Classic/Armed Forces Pro-Am, scheduled for Sept. 24-25 at TPC-Avenel, has been canceled.
This week's schedule: Tuesday -- Middle Atlantic Golf Association Seniors championship, Turf Valley CC, 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start); John Deere qualifying, Maryland Golf & CC, 12:30 p.m. (shotgun start); Women's Golf Association at Hillendale CC and Elkridge Club, 9 a.m. Friday -- Free State Seniors, Suburban Club, 10 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-President, International Town & CC, 1 p.m. (shotgun start).