For 'Divine Nine' Holes, Turn To Golf Pros, Of Course


Carroll County's 'Most Interesting' Challenges Include Five Par 5's

September 29, 1991|By George Taylor

They have been labeled the nine most interesting golf holes in Carroll County.

A survey of county golf professionals shows three of these choice holes are at Wakefield Valley, three at Piney Branch, two at Bear Creek and one at Western Maryland College.

The selectors included PGA professionals Bill Horney of Wakefield, Jeff Zachman of Piney Branch, Greg Long of Bear Creek and Dan Loucks of Liberty Park.

In reaching a consensus of the nine holes, committee members were limited to votes at courses other than their own.

With no effort to divide the "Divine Nine" into equal parts of par3's, 4's and 5's, the selectors favored longer holes.

The chosen nine includes five par 5's, four 4's and one par 3. It would be a demanding stretch of holes with a par of 39.

* At Wakefield -- No. 3 of Green Course, No. 9 of Green Course and No. 9 of Gold course.

*Piney Branch -- No. 1, No. 5 and No. 15.

* Bear Creek -- No. 9 and No. 16.

* Western Maryland -- No. 5.

Since Wakefield Valley has three sets of nine-hole courses, No. 9 was selected for both the Green and Gold courses.

The 9th on the Green layout is a par 3, playing from 210 yards. It requires a shot with all carry, and the putting surface is protected by deep bunkers.

The ninth hole on the Gold course is par 4 with a slight dogleg. Bunkers guard a shallow green. It measures 420 yards from the back tee.

Wakefield's third hole of the Green Course is a par 5 with a double dogleg.

A stream winds down the left side of the fairway, then crosses the fairway and continues to catch stray shots on the right. At 550 yards, it's rare to reach the green with your second shot.

Piney Branch's opening holeis a 383-yard par 4. The landing area is tight with a pond on the left and a creek on the right.

Second shots are uphill, and an overhanging tree blocks shots coming from the right side of the green.

The fifth hole is a 402-yard par 4 with a dogleg. Second shots to thegreen are uphill.

Piney Branch's No. 15 traditionally forces golfers to play shots into the wind. It measures 431 yards and is heavilybunkered.

The ninth hole at Bear Creek is intimidating. There is a pond on the right side of fairway and an out of bounds on the left.

Heavy woods line the right side of the hole. It is a par 5, measuring 521 yards.

The 16th at Bear Creek is a 535-yard par 5.

Golfers are offered options of playing safe for a par or cutting the corner in hopes of reaching the green with second shots and, thereby, set up chance for birdies.

The Western Maryland College course features No. 5, which at 602 yards is one of the longest holes in the metro area.

The par 5 hole forces golfers to play from side hill lies and there is an out of bounds on both sides of fairway. The tee and green are elevated.


The father-son team of Fred and Scott Jenkins were runaway winners of the annual Wakefield Valley Member-Guest Tournament.

The Jenkins combination posted a 120 score to win by 11 strokes.

Other leaders were:

131 -- Dave Bittner and Kevin Bell; 132 -- Bruce and Jim Coyle; 134 -- Nate Greene and Davis Scott; 135 -- Matt Bair and Steve Bosley.

Low gross went to Charles and Chuck Farson with 136. They were followed by Rich Menseck and Roy Kiscaden with 141 and Lonnie Ritzer and Keith Krissoff with 148.


The team of Frank Hale, Al Rieh Jr., Jamie Winter and Bunny Tobias ledmixed-foursome play

at Piney Branch with 126.

Other leaders were:

127 -- Charles Jednorski, John Sinbalista, Martha Wisner and Shirley Harris; 128 -- Otts Zink, Gloria Barry, Brantley Stanfield andDoris Smelzer.

A hole-in-one was scored by Vickie Schmelz on the seventh hole at Piney Branch.



Today: Spalding Skill Tournament at Bear Creek Golf Club, 876-GOLF.

Friday: Carroll Country Golf Classic to benefit Carroll County General HospitalFoundation 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 County Chamber of Commerce team championship tournament at Wakefield Valley Golf 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 at8:30; shotgun start on nine tournament holes marked with glo-flagsticks, glo-tee markers and glo-balls for contestants; each foursome will have a flashlight; 876-GOLF.

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