Five Farms gains recognition just in time to close for while

Area golf notes

August 23, 1991|By George Taylor | George Taylor,Special to The Evening Sun

It's ironic that Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms East, just selected as one of the world's greatest golf courses, has been forced to close until spring, due to deteriorating greens.

In the past, Five Farms' famed East course repeatedly was honored with a listing among the leading 100 courses in the world. Now Golf Magazine selectors show Five Farms stands 47th in the U.S. rankings.

The top five U.S. courses named were Pine Valley, Cypress Point, Augusta National, Pebble Beach and Merion.

In the world rankings, the magazine has picked Five Farms 74th among the top 100. These top six are Pine Valley, Cypress Point, Augusta National, Muirfield (Scotland), Pebble Beach and Royal Melbourne (Australia).

The Five Farms course, built in 1926, was selected by a panel of 67 golf course architects, association officials, journalists and such golf professionals as Ben Crenshaw, Ray Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer and Jan Stephenson.

A complete list of both rankings appears in August editions of Golf Magazine.

Ever since hosting the U.S. Women's Open three years ago, the putting surfaces at Five Farms have shown signs of stress. The situation continued to suffer under adverse weather conditions this summer and it became evident that major repairs were needed.

Therefore, until next spring, the course has been closed.

The closing has forced the men's Club Championship to be played on its West Course this year. The West course was completely remodeled during the past two years and was reopened this season.

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A group of members at the Naval Academy Golf Club has become involved in an annual international match.

Last year 16 Annapolis golfers met the challenge of 16 Englishmen at the Naval Academy course. The U.S. team was a decisive winner.

Now the same teams are going to meet again Sept. 12-15 at the MoorPark course in England. Since format of play is the same as Ryder Cup competition, the series as been named the Runners Cup.

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The Department of Recreation and Parks "Office of Adventures Fun" is seeking donations of new or used golf balls for Baltimore's nine-hole historical miniature golf course. It is located on the deck of the Recreation Pier at 1715 Thames St. in Fells Point.

The course depicts eight well-known Baltimore City landmarks. Play is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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There almost was no winner to accept the trophy at the Maryland Mid-Amateur Championship at Talbot CC.

With a half-dozen players on the course (all of them first-round leaders), Jerry Iorizzo posted his score and headed for the parking lot. Only a last-second shout prevented him from pulling away.

As it turned out, however, the last few groups faltered in the stretch, allowing Iorizzo's early 148 score to stand as the winner.

"I had no idea that score would hold up," said Iorizzo of Crofton. Jim Castagna of Norbeck was second with 150. Castagna now has a win and three second-place finishes in this event.

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