Goal-oriented Mike Marceron reached one of his long-range objectives earlier this month, making it with a week to spare.
Marceron, a Montgomery County native, has been a golf professional for 10 years, and early in his career he felt he wanted to be a head professional by the time he was 30. It wasn't exactly life-or-death, but more a level that he believed he'd be ready for by that time.
He made it with a bit to spare, as he was named head professional at the new Willow Springs Golf Course two weeks ago, and he turned 30 last week.
"It's amazing how things fall into place," he said the other day. "Al Janis [the developer and one of the owners of the Executive-style course located at Interstate 70 and Route 32 in Howard County] called me about the position in August, and I think the fact he called was a little out of character for him. It's just that everything worked out for both of us."
Janis, a down-to-earth person and a hands-on worker, also operates Pine Shore, an Executive course outside of Ocean City. Although Willow Grove has been open all summer, with good play, a formal opening ceremony has been scheduled for Oct. 7.
Marceron, a Rockville resident, is a graduate of Peary High School, who entered the golf business right out of school. In his background are eight years as an assistant professional at Lakewood Country Club and the last two at Bretton Woods Recreation Center.
"Originally, we talked about me starting here early next year, but during our discussions, it was decided it would be better to begin now, let me get the feel of the place and get it the way I want," Marceron said. "That way, we'd be ready for next season instead of just starting."
Willow Springs is an 18-hole course ranging in yardage from 3,144 to 4,253, and playing to a par-62. It has 10 par-3s and eight par-4s, the shortest -- from the blue tees -- being 105 yards and the longest, 399.
A house that was on the site has been renovated as a clubhouse, and the new 32-tee driving range is open. Lights are expected to be installed for the range by next spring.
Frank Laber of Longview Golf Course and John Lazzell of Rocky Point Golf Course are among the 1991 winners of Middle Atlantic PGA sectional awards, as announced by Varden Dyer, executive director. Laber was selected for the Bill Strausbaugh Award for club relations, and Lazzell was chosen Junior Golf Leader.
The other honorees are Rod Thompson, Kenwood CC, golf professional of the year; Coleman Plecker, Manor CC, Horton Smith Education Award; Robert McIver, Farmington CC, teacher the year; and Thomas Wine, Brandermill CC, Midlothian, Va. (private), Mark Herrmann, Hog Neck GC, Easton (public), and Michael Ahrnsbrak, Shenandoah Valley GC, Front Royal, Va. (resort), merchandisers of the year.
Charity events: Jockey International/Jim Palmer Cystic Fibrosis event, tomorrow, 12:30 p.m., Turf Valley CC. For information, call Marc Kantrowitz, 771-9000.
* First National Bank of Maryland/Retinitis Pigmentosa Celebrity scramble tournament, Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Eagle's Nest. For information, call RP Foundation, 1401 Mount Royal Ave., 225-9400.
* The second Mount St. Mary's invitation pro-am will be held Thursday-Friday at Holly Hills CC. A top field is expected for the $15,000 event, with proceeds going to the school's athletic scholarship fund. For information, call Chris Baumann at Mount St. Mary's, (301) 447-5227 or the club.
* Bruce Crampton Invitation to benefit Ciccarone Center (specializing in prevention of heart disease) at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sept. 30, Eagle's Nest. For information, call Dave Huntley, 296-1081.
* Women's two-player team invitation tournament to benefit breast cancer research at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Oct. 7, Eagle's Nest. For information, call Susan Mehiel, 560-2633.
* Quarterback Club two-man team tournament, Oct. 14, Hunt Valley GC, to benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Gross and net winners qualify for Mark Calcavecchia pro-am in Phoenix, Ariz., in January 1992. For information, call Baltimore Area Golf Charities, 36 Oakridge Court, Timonium 21093.
NOTES: A field of 66 teams, headed by defending champions Glen Barrett and Troy Beck of Glenn Dale GC, is entered for tomorrow's Middle Atlantic PGA pro-assistant championship at Woodholme CC. . . . Rick Hughes, former Middle Atlantic PGA match play champion, tied for sixth, one stroke out of a five-way playoff for the New Jersey PGA championship, after shooting 285 at Shore Oaks GC in Farmingdale, N.J.
This week's schedule: Tomorrow-- Middle Atlantic PGA pro-assistant championship, Woodholme CC, 8 a.m. Tuesday -- Women's Golf Association, Baltimore CC and Suburban Club, 9 a.m. Thursday-Friday -- Mount St. Mary's/MAPGA pro-am, Holly Hills CC, 8 a.m.