The way projects are popping, Carroll County could turn into a golf mecca.
At least, the county is doing its share to change Maryland's image as an underprivileged golfing state.
Consider this: Wakefield Valley recently was extended to a 27-hole operation, Bear Creek opened an 18-hole course last year and, now, three more full-scaled courses are scheduled for Carroll County. Their general locations are Hampstead, Finksburg and Mount Airy.
The Hampstead course, named Oakmont Green, is under construction and is targeted to open in fall 1992. The property, which was purchased by OakInvestments, includes 154 acres for golf and 294 acres for residential development.
According to spokesman Jim Matthew, operation of the golf facilities has been turned over to Leland Snyder of Hanover. Snyder currently oversees an 18-hole course in Spring Grove Township,Pa.
Oakmont Green, which was modified from a plan originally drawn up by the Ault architects from Bethesda, will be privately owned but open to public play. The layout, which includes three ponds, will measure 6,400 yards-plus.
Location of the site is off Route 30 on Greenmount Church Road.
A new road into the course (Eagleridge Drive) will lead from the new library in Hampstead.
"The push for moregolf courses should come as no surprise," Matthew said. "Statistics show that the area is far behind in supplying public play for golfers.
"Of course with the added homebuilding in Carroll County, the more demand there is for recreation facilities."
Dick Moore, president of Gaylord Brooks Co., reported that the River Downs course in Finksburg is in its final stages of settlement. Located on Lawndale Road, the 509 acres will include the golf course and 125 single-family home sites.
Under the direction of golf architect Arthur Hills of Toledo, Ohio, the course will measure 7,000 yards from the back tees. Play, which is expected to get under way in 1993, will be conducted ona daily fee basis.
Steve Fritz, land development manager for Kettler Bros., pointed out that Challadon, the proposed course in Mount Airy, has gained approval of preliminary plans.
Located at Route 27and Gillis Falls Road, it is undetermined whether the course will beprivate or public.
Robert Schmid of Piney Branch and Jay Albaugh of Wakefield were qualifiers in the Maryland State Amateur Champion at Bethesda Country Club.
Albaugh made the grade with a score of 73, and Schmid carded 74.
Schmid went to the second round before bowing to Harry Cain, a former state winner from the host club.
The 36-hole Wakefield Valley Stroke Play Championship will conclude today.
Todd Eckenrode is defending champion. Martin Saia is a former winner in the field.
Openings still are available for the Thelma Richards Invitational Tournament at Bear Creek on June 24.
Entry fee of $40 covers green fee, cart, buffet luncheon and prizes.
Those who missed qualifying in the Professional Golfers Association Long Driving contest at the Liberty Park Golf Center in Eldersburg yesterday will have another chanceto crank up their drivers at the Longview course in Timonium next Saturday.
Liberty and Longview were the only area sites listed for qualifying rounds.
The Goodtimers Pleasure Club will have a golf outing tomorrow at the Bear Creek course.
Bill Horney and Bill Madonna of Wakefield Valley combined for a 67 in the Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers Association Northern Division Pro-AssistantTournament last week at Diamond Ridge Golf Course in Baltimore County.
The duo was tied for 15th after a 34 on the front nine and a 33on the back nine.
Francis Scott Key High graduate Mike Wah placed 11th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II championships earlier this month in Midland, Texas. Wah, who did not play organized golf but did play soccer and baseball at Key, was in second halfway through the four-day event.
He shot a 306 (17 over par) and was a second-team all-America selection.
I will be on vacation this week, so my column will not appear next Sunday.
Please look for my next column June 30.