Golf's elusive search for a way to speed up the pace of play goes on.
The latest attempt in this area is under way at Country Club of Maryland, where they are trying to establish standard times for every foursome.
Not just for each 18-hole round, or even a clock watch at the turn. What the golf committee wants to know is exactly how long it is taking each foursome to play every three holes.
For weekend play, each foursome is presented a pace of play schedule. And there are variations in the schedule according to the time of day each foursome tees off.
For example, a foursome starting at 6:30 a.m. is expected to complete the course in less than 3 1/2 hours. For each foursome after that, the playing time is increased by one minute.
By the time the 10 o'clock foursome tees off, those golfers are patrolled to tour the layout in no more than four hours.
"A lot of members are finding it an interesting challenge," said head professional Don Keefer. "If nothing else, it has made everyone conscious of trying to reduce the playing times."
It may take a lot of bookkeeping and marshaling, but it would be worth it if anything can be done to avoid five hour-plus rounds of golf.
* Eighty-five area players will compete in the National Amateur qualifying trials at Crofton Monday. Five qualifying spots are offered.
This year's Amateur is at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., starting Aug. 20.
* Lynnie Cook, executive director of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp., reports that even with restricted watering, Baltimore's municipal courses have survived July's drought conditions.
"Of course, the heat has taken its toll on many areas of the courses, but all of our greens are in excellent shape," said Cook.
The same cannot be said about other area greens. Baltimore Country Club's famed East Course is having a serious problem with putting surfaces.
* Tim Walko and Jenny Chuasiriporn, both of Hunt Valley, were selected as winners of the Russ Menta Scholarships for junior golfers. The selection is based on academic achievements and community service in addition to golfing abilities.
The scholarship program was developed by the Menta family in 1966 in memory of their son Russ. A gifted and talented student at Dulaney High, Russ was killed in an automobile accident.
As a result of their selections, Walko and Chuasiriporn will attend the Junior Golf Advantage School in Pinehurst, N.C. All junior golfers in Baltimore City or county are eligible to apply for the annual scholarships.
* Having a Hydrojet 3000 at your club may not be something you've given much thought to, but it can make you a happier golfer.
What the Hydrojet 3000 does is allow greens to be aerified without damaging the putting surfaces. The Hydrojet employs a revolutionary new process injecting small streams of highly pressurized water into the turf. Greens can be used immediately after the treatment. Early forms forced golfers to wait days and weeks for greens to recover aerification.
* The TPC Club at Avenel in Potomac, annual site of the Kemper Open, will host a golf clinic for juniors under the age of 17, Aug. 11. Middle Atlantic club professionals and the "Clown Prince of ,, Golf" Paul Bumann will serve as instructors. To register call (301) 469-3700.
* Jack Emich and Mitch Price are the latest area golfers to "shoot" their ages.
The 73-year-old Emich, executive director of the Maryland State Golf Association, turned the golfing feat with a 73 at the Baltimore Country Club's East Course. Emich is a seven-time holder of the BCC Club Championship.
Price, 77, beat his age by one stroke with a 76 at Mount Pleasant.
* Joe Wilkinson has been signed as the new head professional at Chartwell CC, replacing George Jakovics. Wilkinson formerly served as Chartwell's assistant pro.