Piney Branch Golf Club could have a triple threat on the line for this year's Baltimore Amateur Golf Championship.
Among those singled out for invitations to the select event are brothers Carol and Wayne Gailey and Doug Jacobs, all from Piney Branch. The 36-hole championship will be played July 25-26 at Sparrows Point Country Club.
The field is restricted to winners and runners-up in individual club championships at various courses in the immediate Baltimore area.
The Gailey brothers were convincing qualifiers for the competition.
In last year's club championship played at Piney Branch, Carol won the match-play title, and Wayne took the stroke-play crown.
Jacobs earned another city amateur invitation on the strength of his repeated high-ranking finishes in the past.
Wayne is attempting to defend his Piney Branch stroke title this weekend. The 36-hole test concludes today.
As usual, among his closest rivals is brother Carol. Another brother, Steve, also is a former champion of the event.
In the two title tests last year, Wayne edged Carol by a single stroke at medal play, and Carol turned it around in the match-play final, nipping Wayne 1-up in 36 holes.
Joe Franz of Country Club of Maryland is defending champion of the Baltimore Amateur.
In the only event outside of club play this season, Carol was among leaders in both qualifying rounds of the State Amateur.
It is interesting how Lee Snyder, owner of Oakmont Green course in Hampstead, became involved with golf as a business.
Snyder, a resident of Hanover, Pa., along with other golfing members of his family, became disappointed with the lack of golf facilities. So, they decided to build their own course.
After many years in the banking business, Snyder centered his energy in purchasing and operating the Hickory Heights course in Spring Grove, Pa.
And, when the opportunity came to produce another course at the Hampstead site, Snyder was quick to respond.
"I think that Lee decided on the Oakmont Green project after he noted so many cars in the parking lot of his Pennsylvania course carried Maryland license plates," said Oakmont head professional Tom Haskell.
While reports continue to circulate that the economy has taken its financial toll on many courses across the nation, such is not the case with the nine-hole layout at Western Maryland College. Course manager Joe Manzer said the month of June was one of the best-ever at the college course.
Proving popular this year at the WMC course is the addition of 10 riding carts. Charge is $15 per cart or $7.50 per golfer. Extra carts are shipped in to accommodate special outings, such as yesterday's Western Maryland College Invitational.
You can always count on miniature golf to come up with something new. At the Liberty Park in Eldersburg this weekend, the center's miniature course features a disc jockey.
Gregg Todd, a member of Steve Jones' pro staff, entertains at course-side weekend evenings. He bills his sessions "Rock and Putt."
It is surprising how many clubs fail to schedule special championships for left-handers.
Darrin Schildt, a left-handed teaching pro at Wakefield Valley, believes there is an advantage to instructing pupils from the port side.
Since most golfers are right-handed, it's easy for a student to see an image of himself swinging right-handed while watching his left-handed pro.