HAMPSTEAD — The Gailey brothers -- according to a Piney Branch joke -- may have decided to split the golf club's tournament spoils.
Considering their records, the quip has some substance. Between the three of them -- Carol, Wayne and Steve -- they have captured 14 of Piney Branch's major championships, all within the last dozen years.
Origin of the joke came from the manner in which Carol and Wayne won the last two match play titles.
Last year, Wayne, 53, edged Carol, 50, one up in a scheduled 36-hole final that went 37 holes. Thisyear, the same two reached the final again, and this time it was Carol's turn to win on the 37th green.
Before these photo finishes, it was younger brother Steve, 48, who won the match play crown.
However, as far as Carol is concerned, nothing could be farther from thetruth than a trade-off of titles with his brothers.
"In fact," hesaid, "while I hold no bitterness in my matches with either Wayne orSteve, I think I play harder than usual when they are my opponents. I neither give nor expect any gimme putts with them. If I'm the winner, I have the satisfaction that I've beaten a good player."
For one of the rare times in Carol's matchups with Wayne, it seemed this final would be a blow-out. Carol held a commanding four-up lead after 18 holes and, by his own admission, was "hitting the ball as good as possible."
Despite this, Wayne picked away at Carol's lead and cameto the 36th hole trailing just one down. Then, for the second straight year, the battle was thrown into extra holes as Wayne deadlocked matters with a birdie on the 36th. On the first playoff hole, Carol won with par.
Results of other flights:
First -- Steve Gailey defeated Dan Baust, 4-3; second -- Phil Phillips defeated John Shields, 3-2; third -- Bob Billy defeated Ray Stewart, 6-5; fourth -- Mark Storck defeated Brian Clarke, one up; fifth -- Bob Henderson defeated Paul Staub, 19 holes; sixth -- Bob Powlesd defeated Wally Campitelli, two up; seventh -- Phil Kastel defeated Len Mumma, 5-4.
Peggy Elinewon the Piney Branch women's championship, turning back Nancy Gailey, 2 and 1.
Joan Reichart won the first flight with a 19-hole victory over Jane Palmer, and Marge Davis won the second flight, defeatingJan Riehl, 4-3.
In a Carroll County Association for RetartedCitizen's golf outing at Piney Branch, winning teams included:
Low gross -- Bill Dailey, Jerry Eckenrode, Sam Hays and Paul
Hicks, 62. Low net -- Jerry Burns, Carl Cartwell, Glen Jackson and Jerry O'Malley, 57; and Jack Freese, Al Reifinger, Harry Shultheis and Kevin Walker, 60.
Mike Myers is the new match-play champion at Wakefield Valley Golf Club near Westminster.
Myers, a first-time winnerof the event, defeated Gerry Eckenrode, 7 and 6 over a scheduled 27-hole final. It was Gerry Eckenrode who upset Todd Eckenrode (no relation), 3 and 2, in the semifinal. Todd had gone 27 straight matches without defeat.
In other flights: first -- Mackie Pajak defeated John Gallagher, 3-2; second -- Dick Wardenfelt defeated Russ Faulkner, 6-4; third -- Bunk Rush defeated Dick Linder, 6-5.
Barbara Linder became a first-time winner of the women's championship when she defeated Diana Tames, one up, in the final.
Westminster High seniorDean Blankenship brought a sectional golf title back to Carroll County by way of his triumph in the Middle Atlantic Golf Association's Junior Championship, held at Argyle Country Club.
The 17-year-old, representing Wakefield Valley, posted a 73 to become overall winner ofthe event. Gerald Lee of Turf Valley was second with a 74.
Earlier this year, Blankenship was third in the Pro-Junior Tournament at Rockey Point, scoring a 73. He finished fourth in the PGA/Nordlinger Junior tournament at Mount Vernon Country Club.