WESTMINSTER — Wakefield Valley will be a focal point for golf's largest team competition Tuesday.
On hand will be more than 30 five-man teams, contestants in the sectional finals of the national Oldsmobile Scramble Tournament.
The field represents winning teams from courses throughout Maryland.
The response is so large that a double "shotgun" start will beused. The first wave of teams will tee off at 8 a.m. The remaining teams start at 1:30 p.m.
Each of the teams that qualified for Tuesday's play will include four amateurs and a professional. Honors are on the line for both winning low gross and low net teams.
Similar sectional trials are listed in Fredericksburg and Shenandoah, Va. Eachtrial will send its winning gross and net teams to the national finals at the Disney World course near Orlando, Fla. The low net finals are set for late September, and the chase for low gross will be held in November.
Once on the national scene, the qualified teams will be joined by a touring pro, making a sixsome for the finals.
Wakefield has four teams in Tuesday's play. The professionals for each teamare listed first:
Team 1 -- Bill Horney, Dave Bittner, John Gallagher, Dale Fletcher and Eyan Rase.
Team 2 -- Darrin Schildt, Dan Shipp, Bruce Coyle, Mike Holland and George Tears.
Team 3 -- Hank Majewski, John Pentzer, G. Hubberd, Gary Watson and Joe Incaprera.
Team 4 -- Leighton Thomas, Gerry Eckenrode, Jon Brandenburg, Russ Faulkner and Jack Winder.
It took a six-way playoff before Bob Heltelbridle was declared Wakefield Valley's 1991 Senior Champion. Stan Webster survived as runner-up. The group had tied with 79s.
Age division winners with their net scores were (50-55) Howard Frymier, 66; (56-60) Bill Fitzhugh, 65; (61-65) Harold Petry, 58; (66-70) MontyHankin, 63; (71-75) Loring Yingling, 64; and (76 and over) Buck Parks, 73.
Diana Tames captured the women's senior title at Wakefield,scoring 96. Low net went to Marcia Hankin with 71.
Latest ace-makers at Wakefield are Fred Jenkins and Dan Dutterer. Both of them hit the target on the third hole of the White course.
There is plenty of variety in tournament play at Bear Creek tomorrow. Professional Greg Long has a Labor Day event on tap that has something of everything in golf formats.
Two-player teams are instructed to play thefirst six holes using selective shots, the next six holes at better-ball scoring and the final six holes at alternate shots.
Both men and women are invited to compete.
Bear Creek's entry in the Oldsmobile Sectional Finals at Wakefield Tuesday includes Greg Long, Dave Thomas, Charles Skuhr, Herb Howard and
Tenwomen turned in net scores to beat Jeff Zachman at Piney Branch's annual "Beat the Pro" tournament. Those who had net scores better than Zachman's 75 gross tally were:
Judy Hughes, 68; Jean Stockhausen, 70; Ginny Reese, 71; Larue Allewalt, 72; Laverne Harden, 73; Jean Wagers, 74; and Joan Gailey, 74.
Piney Branch will conclude its holiday program with finals of a match-play tournament.
Dean Blankenship of Westminster, golfing out of Wakefield Valley, won the junior tournament at Clifton Park Golf Course in Baltimore last weekend.
Blankenship had been tied with Matt Hudson, but won in a playoff.
Western Maryland College graduate Eric Watkinson, a native of Parkville, Baltimore County, placed second in the match-play championship last weekend at Sparrows Point Country Club.
Watkinson, a June graduate who played on the college's men's basketball and golf teams, was defeated by Jim Pelisek, who had a five-hole lead with four togo.