It's always been said that George Jakovics, golf professional at Chartwell Country Club, will go any distance to accommodate one of his members.
This time he is traveling all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in order to supply his assistance.
When Chartwell's David Nocar Jr., one of the area's top-ranked amateurs, received an invitation by a British committee to compete in its amateur championship, Jakovics responded by offering to caddie for his former junior golf pupil.
"It's not coming off until next September," said Jakovics, "but we've already made our bookings to be there. Actually, I've never been to England and this is going to be a lot of fun for both of us. Of course, we have jaunts to St. Andrews in mind while we are there." The British event is scheduled in Ganton, Yorkshire.
Last year Jakovics caddied for Nocar when he qualified for the U.S. National Amateur at Merion. While Jakovics insists it strickly was a coincidence, he did have a hernia operation shortly following the tournament.
* A strong field will compete in the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp.'s first four-ball team tournament at Mount Pleasant on Sept. 29 and 30.
Heading the competition is the two-man team of Bill Stout and David Rasley. Stout, of Germantown, won the Maryland Stroke Play title this season and Rasley, of Lakewood, was the Maryland Mid-Amateur winner.
Other standout teams are Larry Storck and Joe Franz, Charlie Harris and Chuck Ebner, Butch Clemmens and Adrian Druzgala, and Jeff Fick and Bob Morrison.
* Three qualifying berths are offered for the USGA Senior Amateur qualifying round at Hunt Valley next Friday. A field of 31 will compete.
* Fred Funk, Maryland's representative on the PGA Tour, continues to move up in the money-earning ranks.
Funk, with $168,175 in prize money, now is 84th on the list. He has the satisfaction of a higher rating than Donnie Hammond, Seve Ballesteros and even Jack Nicklaus.
* George Ritchie continues to win, regardless what course the Pine Ridge Seniors play. While playing at Rocky Point, Ritchie had a winning 85. Other low gross winners were Mel Schemm, Mike Dietrick and Al Hirsch.
* The Squire Cup Matches, a competition between the Middle Atlantic Assistant Professionals and the Philadelphia section assistants, will be contested Oct. 10-11 at Crofton. Play will be under three different formats over 27 holes.
* The Middle Atlantic PGA's Golf Merchandise Show of the Eastern United States, listed for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the Baltimore Convention Center, is rated among the largest in the country.
* The FACETS INC. tournament is set for Oct. 8 at Swan Creek Country Club. FACETS is a family-centered association for counseling, educational and therapeutic services for a non-profit boys home. Contact Scott Garceau, 557-9192.
* Construction on one of the nines of the Baltimore Country Club's West Course is completed and play on the new nine opens this weekend.