Diseased greens could make life rough for courses

GOLF

July 05, 1992|By George Taylor

Who will be next to have their golf green gassed?

For the second time in a year, a Baltimore-area course has been forced to tear up its putting surfaces.

Ironically, the diseased turf struck at Baltimore Country Club and Woodholme, regarded as two of the premier courses in the Middle Atlantic section. Baltimore CC's historic Five Farms course ordered fumigation of all 18 greens last fall. Woodholme will have its carpets redone, starting Aug. 2. They will be completed in April, 1993.

According to Woodholme Superintendent Steve Potter, the change is from the Poa Annua strain of grass to a relatively new Penn Links grass.

"It had to be done," said Potter. "While we have had some great success with our greens in the past, they have been deteriorating rapidly with a disease known as anthracnose.

"The most convenient step we took in deciding on the change came from an experiment on our practice putting green last year. It turned out to be wonderful. Everyone agreed it was the thing to do on all 18 regular greens."

The practice green experiment cost an estimated $40,000.

In the eight to ten months it will take for the green to regrow at Woodholme, Potter will attempt to make the course as playable as possible. He plans to have temporary greens available on all holes.

Baltimore Country Club had an easier transition from Poa Annua to Penn Links while gassing its greens at Five Farms. During the long wait from fall to spring, all play was diverted to BCC's West Course.

Since many other courses also depend largely on Poa Annua greens, any one of them could be victims of the anthracnose disease.

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Don Wenderoth captured the left-hander's championship at Piney Branch, scoring a gross tally of 82. Low net winners were Tom McCauley (68) and Jeff Smelser (71).

It was Bea and Tom McCauley who lead low net in the Husband and Wife Tournament at Piney Branch, carding a 62. Tied for second with net scores of 63 were the teams of Carl and Ginny Rosen and Denny and Linda Myers. The teams of Bob and Connie Henderson and Mark and Sheila Bertoldi tied for low gross with scores of 81.

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The team of Marie Dreisen and Renee Paugh scored a 76 to win low gross in the Women's Invitational Tournament at Wakefield Valley. The pairing of Kathy Kotten and Dianna Tames were awarded low net with 61. Sue Roche and Connie Henderson tied for both low gross (76) and net (61), but lost in a match of cards.

In the men's league competition at Wakefield, the team of Gary Witt and Jay Albaugh won low gross with 34. Low net went to Earl Jackson and Bill Colburn.

Individual skins leaders were Walker Ragsdale, Bill Colburn, Dale Fletcher and Jay Albaugh.

The following are results of Wakefield's Parent-Child event: Jim and Mike Farland 71, Jeff and Ryan Kimble 72, LaMotte and Todd Eckenrode 72, John and Marshall White 73, Charles and Chuck Farson 78, George and Gus White 80.

Chris Conklin is the new match play champion at Bear Creek. Conklin took the 1992 title with a 3 and 2 victory over Bill Welch in the final. Conklin had built a five-up lead at the turn, but needed a birdie on the 16th hole to close Welch's back-nine rally.

Bear Creek's foursome of Ray Whetzel, John Galagher, Steve Bosley and Todd Eckenrode posted a winning 31 gross score in the McGoo Moonlight tourney. Second place, with 34, went to the team of Bob Matthews, Tom Kohr, Charles Pearson and Mark Imm. Play over the nine-hole test was conducted only by the light of the moon.

John Folderhauer out-shot Art Carey by one with a score of 64 low net to take the Men's Senior League at Bear Creek.

In the Twilight League, Matt Henning was the winner in the gross with a 38, while Bruce Cowan shot 33 for the low net winner. Terry Melloy took second.

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