Not everyone starts the new golf season with a topped tee shot and athree-putt green.
Among those who are refusing to fall victim to the usual opening-day jitters are Carroll golfers Diane Bauman and Mary Raasch. Diane, a Westminster-area real estate agent, and her sister, Mary, came up with a golfing record of sorts when they scored matching holes in one on the same day.
The twin aces came during an early season family golf vacation inMyrtle Beach, S.C.
Diane was playing a morning round at the Deer Track North layout when she struck a perfect shot on the 128-yard 12th hole.
While playing the Indigo course a few hours later, Mary dropped an ace on the 120-yard 11th hole.
Their mother Dean, who wasthe third member of the threesome, said the holes in one were the third and fourth aces she has witnessed since playing golf.
AddLiberty Park to the list of golf associations in Carroll.
Officials at the driving range in Eldersburg have organized a golfing-membership program that includes 11 tournaments.
Liberty Park is affiliated with U.S. Golf Properties. That affiliation has made it possible for Liberty Park to use seven of that organization's courses for competitions. All of the courses are 18-holes and are generally in central Maryland and northern Virginia.
"We're excited about the response," said Liberty Park Professional Steve Jones.
"The season has just started and we already have over 50 members," Jones said.
"Of course, we have starting times blocked off for us at every event," he added. "What's more, we are providing professional directorship for each tourney, plus prizes."
The first tourney was held at Goose Creek Country Club.
The winning two-man team was Ryan Thompson and Bill McNeill, scoring 58.
Second place went to Norman Abrams and DonVan Ostrand with a score of 61.
Remaining events on the Liberty Park schedule are:
* April 12 -- Liberty Masters at Marlboro C.C.
* May 16 -- Memorial at Monroe Valley.
* June 14 -- Liberty Member-Guest at Prince William.
* July 18 -- Team Championship at Marlboro C.C.
* Aug. 16 -- Stroke Play Championship at Patuxent Green.
* Sept. 19 -- Kick-Off Classic at Monroe Valley.
* Oct. 18 -- Fall Team Title at Marlboro C.C.
* Nov. 21 -- Turkey Open at Prince William.
* Dec. 12 -- Frostbite at Patuxent Green.
Western Maryland College's golf team opens the first of three home matcheson March 25, playing host to Lebanon Valley and Messiah in a three-way scoring format.
Other events are the WMC Invitational Tournament on April 4 and a match with York College on April 22.
Special fraternity programs are scheduled for:
* April 18 -- Gamma Beta Chi.
* April 26 -- Alpha Gamma Tau.
* May 29 -- All Alumni back to 1940.
Free golf lessons are offered to WMC students April 9 through May 7.
Contact the golf shop for details.
Riding carts now are available
for rentals at WMC.
Qualifying rounds for those wishing to play in the Maryland State team matches are under way atarea courses.
Actual play in the 12-man team tests starts April 4and continues through April 25.
Method of team selection can be complex.
A wide variety of systems are used in making player choices. However, both Piney Branch and Wakefield Valley are using identical formats for deciding their lineups.
Officials will tally the best point totals on two of a contestant's three rounds. Point values include one point for a bogey, two for pars, four for birdies and six for eagles.
Information about Carroll County golf appears weekly inthis column.
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