Carroll County's Piney Branch and Wakefield Valley clubs have drawn veteran opponents for first-round action of the Maryland state golf team matches.
Piney Branch takes on Elkridge, one of the founding clubs of Baltimore golf, while Wakefield's 12-member squad faces Argyle of the Washington sector.
This marks the first time Wakefield has met Argyle. Previously, Baltimore-area teams haven't been paired against a Washington opponentuntil the final round.
Some 62 teams -- the largest field ever --are lined up for the matches on Saturday.
All play is conducted on a split-course basis, with each team sending six of its members away while keeping the other six at home.
Piney Branch already has named its starting lineup. Members are professional Jeff Zachman, SteveYount, Steve Gailey, Howard Schwarz, Roland Nichols, Charles Palmer,Ken Madison, Tim Boyd, John Nesbitt, Phil Bossom, Wayne Gailey and Carol Gailey.
Zachman will play at home Saturday, while Bill Horney, professional at Wakefield Valley, will travel to Argyle. All matches begin at 12:30 p.m.
Chantilly Manor (near Rising Sun) was a surprise winner of the state team title last year. Chantilly defeated perennial champion Congressional in the final. Other dominating teams inthe past have been Country Club of Maryland, Columbia, Crofton and Bethesda Country Club.
It's no surprise that the 1992 golf schedules at Wakefield, Piney Branch and Bear Creek are heavily dotted with "scramble" formats. The scramble has become golf's most popular competition.
Although the tourney can be billed under a variety of names, such as super-ball, follow-the-leader or captain's choice, thebasic procedure is for each foursome to select its best shots on every hole.
In other words, each foursome gets a single score on eachhole, even though several members of the team took part in advancingthe ball into the cup.
"There are some very valid reasons why thescramble has appeal," said Wakefield's Bill Horney. "First of all, it relieves a lot of pressure for many golfers. With four players on each team, no one can stand alone as responsible for flubbing a shot or putt along the way.
"Often the less-skilled player on a team comes up with a winning putt for his or her side," Horney added. "Still,the format's strongest appeal is the fact that it makes a true team effort.
"Every time I think we are running too many scrambles, I get requests for more and more. They even have come up with a formula to handicap the scramble."
Wakefield will play host to the sectional qualifying of the Oldsmobile Scramble on Sept. 8. The national Oldsmobile event is listed as golf's largest participant tournament.
Other features at Wakefield this year are Westminster Rotary Charity Tourney, May 15; the Kiwanis Charity, June 19; annual Multiple Sclerosis Charity, July 10; U.S. Amateur Qualifying, Aug. 10; Westminster Motors Pro-Am, Aug. 31; Carroll County Hospital Charity, Sept. 11; Carroll County Chamber of Commerce team event, Oct. 11; and PGA Pro-Pro Tourney, Oct. 25.
The Carroll County Association of Life Underwriters will have its eighth annual charity golf tournament on Friday, May 8, at Bear Creek Golf Club.
Proceeds will be donated to theCarroll Hospice. An 8 a.m. shotgun start is planned with a scramble format.
Those who have a valid handicap will play in the handicap division, with a Calloway division for all other golfers. The $60 per-golfer entrance fee includes the cart, greens fees, lunch and door prizes.
The registration deadline is April 24. For more information, call Cherie Jenkins at 875-2267 or 848-2528.