The best and worst of Carroll County golfers -- who are they, where are they and how accurate are their handicaps?
History shows therenever has been a flawless system for handicapping golf. Therefore, the digits spewed out by computers in the pro shop don't necessarily reflect a golfer's abilities.
What's more, since the reporting of scores to the handicap committee is self-governed, there are two approaches which can cloud the issue.
One is by those players who tend to enter only their better scores and, thereby, gain the prestige status of a low handicap golfer. The other is by those few who turn in their higher scores, raising their handicaps and increasing their chances to win net prizes.
While the latest United States Golf Association system for handicapping(index) measures golfers to a percentage of their handicap figure, most players refer to their handicaps as a solid numeral.
If all iscomputed properly, those with the lowest handicaps, generally, are regarded as the better golfers. At most courses, handicaps range from 0 to 40. There are a few cases where a golfer is computed to a handicap less than zero. After that he is a plus 1, plus 2, etc.
The USGA acknowledges handicaps as high as 40, but none of the county courses -- Wakefield Valley, Piney Branch or Bear Creek -- issues handicapsfor tourney play higher than 36.
Following are samples of handicapping at Carroll County's three full courses:
The lowest men's handicaps at Wakefield Valley are Jay Albaugh 1, Mike Myers 1, George Bryan 3, Joe Imhoff 4, Martin Saia 4 and Todd Eckenrode 4. The three leading women are Ruth Mann 20, Pat Lichtfuss 20 and Diana Tames 22.
The men's chart at Wakefield has one player with a handicap above 36; the women have eight such players.
At Piney Branch, the leading handicappers are Doug Jacobs plus 2, Carroll Gailey plus 1, Howard Swartz 0, Charles Palmer 0, Rob Schmid 0, Wayne Gailey 1 and Paul Loveless 1.
Best among the women are Connie Henderson 12, Debbie Rhodes12, Peggy Eline 13 and Jan Schmid 13. There are four men and seven women at Piney Branch with handicaps of 36 or over.
At Bear Creek, the top men are Sam Hays 5, Ron Roger 5, Chris Conklin 6, Bob Blubaugh Jr. 6, Charles Skuhr 10 and John Light 11. The best handicaps amongwomen are Nancy Hayes 28, Cleo Reck 33 and Debbie Buenger 35. There are no men with handicaps of 36 or above and 3 women in the over-35 range.
Bear Creek will stage a night golf tournament Sept. 27.
Head professional Greg Long said contestants will be supplied with glow-balls. Also, tee markers and pins will be adorned with glow equipment.
Format will be a four-player scramble over a nine-hole route with a shotgun start listed for 8:30 pm. Also scheduled is a fullmoon. Phone 876-GOLF.
Dave Heiberg captured the Senior Championship at Piney Branch last weekend, scoring 81-82--163 in the 36-hole event. Dick Price was runner-up with 82-82--164.
Age division net leaders were: Ages 50-57 -- Chuck Monninger, 146; 58-65 -- Bob Holland and Bill Miller, 144; and 66-over -- Len Mumma, 144.
Thecombination of Gene Sines and Mike Whaley posted a net score of 132 to win the Fall Two-Man Team Tournament at Wakefield Valley last weekend.
Other leading net scorers were: 134 -- Gary Witt-Wayne Fountain; 134 -- Mike Larrick-Mark Snyder; 136 -- Russ Faulkner-John Brandenberg; 137 -- Lonnie Ritzer-Dick Wardenfelt; 138 -- Bo Darr-Bob Cumberland; 138 -- Butch Horner-Mackie Pajak; 139 -- Jack Gambatese-Bill McGarvey.
The prize-winning low gross teams were: 147 -- Mike Fastner-Todd Eckenrode; 152 -- Craig Jennings-Charles Walker; and 156 -- Dave Bittner-Rich Menseck.
The leading women's teams were: 149 -- Mary Ann Zgorski-Ginny Grossnickle; 152 -- Pat Smith-Kris Greene; 155 -- Barb Linda-Rita Delia; and 155 -- Charlene Merson-Connie Benson.
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a team championship golf tournament Oct. 18 at Wakefield Valley Golf Club. The benefit tournament package includes grees fees, golf cart, lunch, prizes, gifts, a golf clinic by Bill Madonna, beverages on the course and cocktails and dinner after the round.
Proceeds will be used to update the chamber's office equipment.
Former Baltimore Colts standout Art Donovan will be guest speaker at the dinner. Reservations aredue by Oct. 9. Forms are available at the chamber office at 229 EastMain St. in Westminster. Information: 848-9050 or 876-7212.