Construction of a new clubhouse at Clifton Park golf course has hit an unusual delay.
Despite plans to erect the building at no cost to the city of Baltimore and its taxpayers, Mary Pat Clarke, president of the City Council, has indicated she is not in favor of approving the project.
Under terms of a lease to operate Baltimore's five municipal golf courses, the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. must ask approval from the Department of Public Works and the Department of Recreation and Parks for any major construction on city property.
In reply to this request, Clarke said:
"I want them to study it very carefully, very carefully. I want them to be very thorough," said Clarke.
Her remarks appeared pointed to the frustration the council has had in luring away some of the money the non-profit BMGC has built up since taking over the municipal courses.
"We've gained that money through the support of golfers and the corporation wants to continue to put it back into improvements for golfers," said Henry Miller, president of the BMGC.
Therefore, with the financing available, the plans drawn and Clifton in desperate need of a new clubhouse, the City Council has chosen to delay the project. As the delay tactics continue, thousands of golfers are left struggling with an old clubhouse facility when they should be enjoying a new one.
The corporation has operated the five courses -- Clifton, Forest Park, Pine Ridge, Carroll Park and Mount Pleasant -- since 1985 and has been lauded for its success in improving all conditions of the courses.
Clifton golfers have operated their clubhouse and snack shop in a portion of the historic Johns Hopkins House since 1945. The proposed new clubhouse will be located near Clifton's first tee and completely separate from the old building.
But building a new clubhouse at Clifton is not the only improvements the BMGC has in mind.
Among other things, the corporation wants to build three new holes at Carroll Park, advancing it to a 12-hole layout.
Then the corporation wants to establish four holes next to the Pine Ridge course for the purpose of serving youngsters, beginners and handicapped persons.
"Now that we have introduced juniors, newcomers and the handicapped to golf through our many clinics," said Miller, "we need an outlet for them to move on to real golf course
Maryland men on tour continue to hold their places on the money list.
Fred Funk, the former University of Maryland golf coach, is ranked 60th on the major PGA Tour. He has won $222,553. Dick Henderson, playing the senior tour, has won $187,833 and is ranked 24th. Webb Heintzelman remains in eighth place on the Ben Hogan Tour, picking up $48,931 in prize money.
Turf Valley completed an impressive junior program under the direction of head professional Craig Day. Awards winners were:
Most improved, Howard Wessel; Golfer of Year, Robbie Rosenberger; 18-hole stroke play winner, Jon Park; runner-up, Kevin Cooke; nine-hole winner, Zachary Taylor; runner-up, Adam Rosenberger.
Other prize-winning contestants were Mike Litman, Jim Garratt, Debra Wessel, Mark Thompson, Matt Taylor, David Poolisso, Amy Rosenberger, Glen Deitz, Jay MacFarlane, Eric MacFarlane, Erin Davidson, Jeff Smith, Jamie Kristie and Lisa Park.