The crazy games golfers play.
Formats like "scrambles" at Wakefield Valley, "shotguns" at Piney Branch and "skill-points" at Bear Creek. They're all part of the wide variety of tournaments offered on Carroll County golf schedules.
The scramble is the one played as a team event. This has a particular appeal to golfers not willing to divulge individual scores. If you don't finish in the winner's circle, its easy to blame your teammates.
Still on everyone's schedule at least once every year is a shotgun event. This format requires the entire field of golfers to start at the same time. This is possible by assigning foursomes to start on the course's 18 different holes. A plus for this style of play is fact that all contestants finish at the same time, thereby making it feasible for everyone to be on hand for the awards presentation.
New this year is the Spalding Skill Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 29at Bear Creek.
This unique tourney combines nine holes of stroke play with a total of 12 stipulated skill tests on the back nine. Points to the golfers are offered for their performances in driving, putting, and chipping on designated stages of the round.
Like the National Oldsmobile Scramble tournament, which sends winning teams to Florida, the Spalding Skills test offers winning trips to its national finals in Arizona.
"Of all the many tournaments we conduct here at Wakefield Valley, the most popular are our two-man team events," headprofessional Bill Horney commented.
According to Horney there is such a demand for these tournaments that four are scheduled every year. "Of course there is a varied format for all four," he added.
Piney Branch head professional Jeff Zachman points to a "scratch and scramble" tournament that gets strong interest at his club.
"It's a 36-hole event," Zachman said. "The teams play an 18-hole format, thenplay the second round at alternate shots."
Head professional GregLong started for the first time this year at Bear Creek what he refers to as a variety tournament. There is little reason to become boredwith this round.
After golfers form two-man teams, they are askedto play the first six holes under a scramble format, then they play the next six holes recording better-ball scores. The final six holes are conducted with alternate shots.
Also on the zany side at Bear Creek is a night golf tournament Oct. 27.
It will have an 8:30 p.m. shotgun start. Officials will have the nine tournament holes markedwith glo-flagsticks, glo-tee markers and glo-balls for contestants. Also, each foursome will have a flashlight.
Joe Manzer, director of golf activities at the Western Maryland College course, reports the season will produce more than 20,000 rounds, despite the long hot spells.
Most of the tournament activity at Western Maryland forthe balance of the year is centered on the college team's fall matches.
The winning gross score in Piney Branch's latest two-man team competition was a 143, scored by Phil and Gordon Harden. Second place went to Joe Nagy and Jeff Smelser, with 145.
Winning net teams were: 125 -- Brian McGuire and Kevin Gombeski; 127 -- Dustin Mersinger and Rick Broderick; 128 -- Joe Malinowski and Zeney Jacobs; and 128 -- Charles Farley and Doug Priddy.
In the women's division, low gross went to Mary Beth Shilling and Deb Rhodes with 171. Tied at 133 in low net were the teams of Betty Arenz and Claire Jednorski and Jamie Winter and Jo Shue.
Leaders in mixed foursome play at Wakefield Valley were: 62 -- Bob and Janet Heltibridle and Nick and Rita Delia; and 62 -- Tom and Mary Ann Zigorski and Dale and Pat Smith.
Latest ace at Wakefield was scored by Bruce Coyle on ninth hole of green course.
Sept 29: Spalding Skill Tournament at Bear Creek Golf Club, 876-GOLF.
Oct. 4: Carroll Country Golf Classic to benefit Carroll County General Hospital Foundation at Wakefield Valley Golf Club; 11:30 a.m. lunch; 12:30 p.m. shotgun start; lunch, golf shirt, cocktails, dinner and awards; prizes in several categories; $125 per golfer; 857-6943.
Oct. 18: Carroll CountyChamber of Commerce team championship tournament at Wakefield ValleyGolf Club; 10:30 a.m. registration; 11:15 a.m. clinic; 12:30 p.m. shotgun start; cocktails, dinner and awards; prizes in several categories; reservations by Oct. 9; $90 per golfer; 848-9050 or 876-7212.
Oct. 27: Night golf tournament at Bear Creek Golf Club at 8:30; shotgun start on nine tournament holes marked with glo-flagsticks, glo-teemarkers and glo-balls for contestants; each foursome will have a flashlight; 876-GOLF.
NOTE: Send information about upcoming tournaments; regular club events; and results from all events, to Golf, Carroll County Sun, 15 E. Main St., Westminster, 21157-5052.