In one way or another, county golfers are going to keep swinging this winter.
Determined to beat the elements until spring, some will rely on sheltered tees to stay in tune, some will move indoors and some will head south.
The new clubhouse at Wakefield Valley, with its indoor driving nets, offers golfers a chance to laugh at the weather. In fact, teaching professional Bill Madonna has moved a portion of his Pro Motion Golf School to the indoor facility for the winter.
Head pro and General Manager Steve Jones reports that Liberty Park Golf Center in Eldersburg offers a chance to practice even if the ground is blanketed with snow.
There are 32 covered driving stalls at Liberty.
Also, there is a full range of both group and individual lessons offered at Liberty throughout the winter months. Information: 795-1111.
Of course, it is hard to do better for winter golf than signing up for oneof the many package trips to southern golf meccas.
Most clubs have at least one such program. Piney Branch already has sponsored a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Other jaunts south are scheduled out of Piney Branch after Christmas.
Bear Creek pro Greg Long led a group of 25 Carroll golfers to Myrtle Beach last week.
"We had four full days of golf," said Long.
"I lined up competitions whereby the group played for team and individual awards each round. We already are making plans to do it again next year."
Progress on construction of Hampstead's new Oakmont Green course is running ahead of schedule.
"All the grading and seeding has been completed for tees, greens and fairways on all 18 holes," said course spokesman Jim Matthews.
"The favorable fall weather conditions have made it possible for a strong, early growth of grasses," said Matthews.
"Project manager Leland Snyder is overseeing the planting of 300 pine trees."
A public course, Oakmont Green is scheduled to open Memorial Day 1992.
In addition to the golf course, grading also has been completed for90 home sites at Oakmont Green.
The lots average 1.1 acres and include public water, natural gas and cable TV. Thirty of the lots are adjacent to the golf course.
The Western Maryland College course in Westminster now has riding carts available for golfers.
Course Manager Joe Manzer said he expects to operate as long as weather permits.
Restoration of the historic Buell House, which serves as a clubhouse for Western Maryland College golfers, has been completed.
It was a cherished victory for Bob Reck when Bear Creek of Westminster defeated Glade Valley, 17-13, in a golf team match.
BobReck heads the operation at Bear Creek, while his brother Jim operates the Glade Valley course in Walkersville.
A "Turkey Shoot" golf tournament, using a four-player scramble format, is scheduled for Saturday at Bear Creek.
The Piney Branch course will be open to the public, starting Nov. 15 and continuing through March 14.
The Men's Club will close its tournament season with a better-ball of foursome event today.
Trivas Buckingham won honors as the most improved male golfer of the year.
His handicap improved from 19 to 11.
Other Wakefield Valley Golf winners were Mary Ann Zgorski, going from 29 to 22 in the women's division, Genny Davis with a spread of 21-17 in the women's nine-hole group and Edgar Rase with a slide of14 to 9 in men's seniors.
The combination of Mike McGinnis and Larry Ringer were convincing winners of the PGA two-man team tourney, winning by six strokes in the 27-hole competition.
Six wedding receptions and two charity golf tournaments marked opening weeks of Wakefield's new convention center, as Carroll County General Hospital and the county Chamber of Commerce used the facility for their golf outings.
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