Whoever suggested that charity begins at home must not have been a golfer.
Some of Carroll's major contributions to charity come from golfers and tournament sponsors.
Consider this year's tournament schedule at Wakefield Valley GolfClub. There are five tournaments listed solely for the purpose of raising money for charitable organizations: May 15, Westminster Rotary $6,000 to $10,000; June 19, Kiwanis Team Classic $5,000 to $7,000; July 10, Seventh Multiple Sclerosis Classic, $15,000 to $20,000; Sept. 11, second annual Carroll County Hospital Tournament, $27,000 to $30,000; Oct. 11, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, $10,000 to $12,000.
The challenge for sponsors is to have contestants enjoy themselves while contributing. Players have fun at golf, vie for prizes, and do some good for others through their entry fees.
Bill Horney, Wakefield's head professional, said sponsors are the key to successful charity tourneys.
"Usually," said Horney, "a contestant enters one of these tourneys for a donation of anywhere from $75 to $150. This entitles him free greens fees, cart, food and beverage, plus a chance to vie for prizes.
"This leaves the bulk of the outing up to the sponsors. Often, they must come up with donations of $100 to $500. The problem, however, is the fact that various charities compete with each other."
Charity tourneys also are scheduled at Bear Creek and Piney Branch this summer. Bear Creek will host the Carroll County Association of Life Underwriters on May 8, the American Cancer Society on May 20, the Lions Tee Off for Sight on June 12 and the Heart Association on Sept. 18. An annual featured charity tourney at Piney Branch benefits the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens.
The Piney Branch golf team made it to third-round play of the Maryland State team matches with two wins last weekend. The team beat Elkridge Club, 12-6, then stopped Hillendale, 11-7. Wakefield fell to Argyle of the Washington area, 13-4.
Following are complete results ofthe two Piney Branch victories:Against Elkridge: Jeff Zachman and Doug Jacobs defeated Lance Poe and Ed Brown, 2-1; Wayne and Stever Gailey defeated Tom Eshman and Brook Pierce,
2 1/2- 1/2; Charles Palmer and Mark Bertoldi defeated Peter Zouck and Mike Ewing, 3-0; Steve Yount and John Nesbit tied Bob Bonnell and John Highfield, 1 1/2-1 1/2; Ken Mattison and Phil Bossom defeated Jim Grieves and Mike Rafferty, 2-1; Carol Gailey and Steve Cimbalister lost to Stan Klinefelter and Cotton Swindell, 2 1/2- 1/2.
Against Hillendale: Zachman and Jacobs lost to Allen Wronowski and Bob Atwell, 2-1; Palmer and Bertoldi defeated Gary Lipski and Tom Irwin, 2-1; Steve and Carol Gailey defeated Wally Engle and Jeff Burton, 3-0; Wayne Gailey and Bossom lost toDan McCrone and Matt Margolies, 3-0; Yount and Tim Boyd defeated John Bausman and Jack Kiminski, 3-0; Cimbalister and Ken Mattison defeated Frank Bart and Dan Strakes, 2-1.
The foursome of John Driscoll, Ashby Everhart, Bill Rohnkohl and Mike Mosko posted a net 64 towin the Ice Breaker tourney at Bear Creek on March 28.
Other leading teams were: Ken Mullinix, Paul Zittle, Wayne Ernst and Charles Pierson with 65, and Shawn O'Malley, John Wilhide, Brian Shear and GregMathis with 67.
Today: Piney Branch possiblyin Maryland State Team Matches, 239-7114
Saturday: Stableford Tournament at Bear Creek, 876-GOLF
Saturday: Men's Club match at Piney Branch, 239-7114