Who are the best amateur golfers in Carroll County?
If there is uncertainty, it's because there never has been a County Championship to find out.
With facilities continuing to expand for Carroll's golfing colony, however, an overall title test could be welcome.
Professionals at Wakefield Valley, Piney Branch and Bear Creek all have expressed interest in such a tournament.
Bill Horney, director of golf at Wakefield, claimed he would be willing to serve on a committee if such tournament plans develop.
"Ideally," said Horney, "it would be nice to have a 54-hole stroke play event, scheduling single rounds at Wakefield, Piney Branch and Bear Creek.
"In order to attract a balanced field of all type golfers, contestants could be flighted according to their handicaps," added Horney.
"In this way it would be possible to determine a true champion while keeping all contestants competitive in their own classifications."
Professional Greg Long pointedout that Bear Creek, now in its second full season of operation, hasmatured and is capable of offering a challenge to golfers.
Jeff Zachman, Piney Branch pro, suggested that such a tourney should include a women's division.
"In fact," said Zachman, "time may come whenthere could be a Carroll County Championship for Senior and Junior golfers, as well.
"Perhaps the Western Maryland College course could be used for the juniors."
The second annual Thelma RichardsWomen's Invitational tournament is scheduled for June 24 at Bear Creek.
The rain date is July 1.
Richards, who serves on the teaching staff at Bear Creek, has been affiliated with Maryland golf for 57years.
She captured many of the area's major amateur titles before turning professional.
Format for the Richards tourney is Foursome Scramble.
Entry fee of $40 covers greens fee, cart, luncheon andprizes.
The new $2 million clubhouse at Wakefield Valley hopefully will be completed in late August.
Wakefield owner Hank Majewski welcomed the requests for more than 20 wedding receptions for the new facility.
Reports still circulate that another nine holes isunder consideration at Wakefield.
This would make it a 36-hole operation.
Jana Zachman, wife of Piney Branch professional JeffZachman, shared top prize with Carol Gailey in the Club's two-playertourney.
Jana and Carol combined for winning gross scores of 73 and 69 for a 142 total.
Low net went to the team of Russ Arenz and Brenda Rosenberger, carding a 120 score.
Paul Staub is the latest acemaker at Piney Branch, holing his tee shot at the 165-yard seventhhole.
Extensive renovations have been made at the Piney Branch clubhouse.
The project, with a cost of about $180,000, includes enlargement of both men's and women's locker rooms.
The home-and-home team match between Piney Branch and Wakefield Valley has been revived for this season.
The teams will clash at Piney Branch on June 29, then meet again at Wakefield on July 27.
The six golfers who survived first-round qualifying for the National Open at Wakefield Valley last week now face the sectional trials at Woodmont Country Club on Monday.
The field of 187 include most of the players from the Kemper Open.
Those who made the grade at Wakefield are Jim Watterson of Florida, Jack Skilling of Columbia CC, Gary Marlowe of Richmond, Kirk Lombardi of Norbeck CC, John McNaney of Country Road Family Golf Center and Wayne DeFrancesco of Woodholme CC.
A group of former Westminster High golfers combined to win the 16-team Memorial Day Scramble last weekend at Bear Creek.
Bob Blubaugh, Jeff Reck, Erik Johnson (recently chosen an honorable mention All-American Division III lacrosse player) and Ken Barnhardt led the field with a 58. Another team stocked with a solid corps of Westminster High grads-- Stan Young, Mark Kelbaugh, Brian Kelbaugh and Dan Farver -- shot a 59 for second.
Fred Schattall, Rick Vaeth, John Hayes and Chris Schattall scored a 60, and Tom Kohr, Kevin Walker, Charlie Pearson and Bob Matthews teamed up for a 61.
Closest to the pin on hole No. 3 was Reck and on No. 11 was Jack Vandenhengel. The long drive on No.9 was Keith Meekins and on No. 18 was Hayes.
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