Miller warming up to new first tee idea

Area golf notebook

August 16, 1991|By George Taylor | George Taylor,Special to The Evening Sun

If Henry H. Miller, chairman of the Baltimore Municipal Gol Corp., has his way (and he usually gets it) golfers would be banned from taking first tee practice swings.

What upsets Miller, who repeatedly has been lauded for his success in upgrading golf conditions at the five Baltimore municipal courses, is the fact that golfers are abusive first tee users.

It has been pointed out that golfers, full of zest to get their rounds started, use untold numbers of practice swings on the first tees while attempting to loosen their muscles and groove their swings. In doing so, large portions of the tees are scarred severely with divot holes.

Realizing that it would be unfair to deny the privileges of practice swings, the thinking among BMGC officials is to establish areas adjacent to the first tees for the purpose of taking warmup swings.

It could turn out to be a time-saver as well as a turf saver. With players using the practice tee area, they should be ready to take their first shot down the fairway without delay.

It appears that the BMGC will enjoy another banner year.

An all-time record of 360,000 rounds were recorded at the five courses last year. With still ample golfing days ahead, there have been 350,000rounds played in 1991.

The corporation is allowing two PGA-sponsored events at their courses this season. One is today's Middle Atlantic PGA Northern Chapter Junior tournament at Pine Ridge. The other is a Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-senior, listed for Oct. 18 at Clifton Park.

The second annual BMGC two-man team tournament is scheduled for Sept. 28 and 29. This 36-hole test is open to all amateur golfers.


Record turnouts continue for Maryland State Association events. Its Father-Son tournament, listed a week from today at Woodmont, has attracted a capacity field of 100 teams with tee times extending from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Richard and Justin Kline of Hunt Valley are defending champions of the Father-Son.

A total of 118 golfers are entered in the state's Mid-Amateur championship at Talbot Country Club on the Eastern Shore Monday and Tuesday.

Dean Blankenship, the new Middle Atlantic Junior champion, has received two college scholarship offers.

Blankenship, a senior at Westminster High School and an active golfer at Wakefield Valley, won the Middle Atlantic Junior with a 73 at Argyle CC. Gerald Lee of Turf Valley was second with 74 and Tim Walko of Hunt Valley was third with 77.

Earlier this season, Blankenship finished third with a 73 at the Pro-Junior at Rocky Point and was fourth in the PGA/Nordlinger Championship at Mount Vernon.

David Orso of Chartwell with 75 and Corey Glass of Cumberland with 79, led the age 14-15 group. Leaders in the 13-15 age group were Wes Lovell of Hunt Valley (84), Chris Connelly of Chevy Chase Club (85) and Bart DeLuca, Rolling Road (85).

Kristin Dollenberg of Baltimore CC led the girls' 14-15 class with 90, followed by Stacey Pusin of Suburban with 98. The 10-13 group was paced by Mallory Crosland of Chevy Chase Club with 79.

* Wakefield Valley will open its new clubhouse Sept. 1. The 22,000 square foot structure, with an estimated $2 million cost, has banquet facilities for 400, a dining room that seats 100, a lounge, two indoor golf rooms, men's and women's lockers, a pro shop and storage for 144 golf carts.

All facilities will be open to the public. A total of 70 functions have been booked at the clubhouse.

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