For the first time ever, there will be a recognized golf champion of Carroll County.
While individual clubs annually conduct championships, there never has been a tournament to establish an overall county titleholder. But this has changed with the scheduling of the Carroll County Golf Championship, listed for Aug. 3 at the Wakefield Valley course.
The 18-hole event, co-sponsored by Carroll County Bank and Wakefield Valley, is expected to be rotated at other Carroll courses in the future.
With play limited to amateur golfers, there will be low net and low gross awards in all classifications -- men, women, senior men and senior women. Seniors are those 55 and older. The entry fee is $30, which includes green fees, carts, prizes and dinner.
Contestants must be at least 18 years old and have an established USGA handicap. Those without handicaps will be permitted to play from scratch. For further information, telephone officials at Wakefield Valley: 876-6662.
The plan to move this event around to other courses in the future should be popular, giving all players a chance to play on their own layouts. No doubt the time could come when the championship may expand to 36 or 54 holes. In this way, a more rounded titleholder would emerge.
In fact, why not a 72-hole classic that would include single rounds at Carroll County's Wakefield, Piney Branch, Bear Creek and Oakmont Green?
Grey Long no longer is head golf professional at Bear Creek. Long, formerly of Hunt Valley, now is on the pro staff at Willow Springs, an executive-type course on Route 40 north of Sykesville.
Bob Reck, an official with the Bear Creek operation, is expected to make his choice of a new professional soon. Thelma Richards remains on the club's teaching staff.
Carol Gailey has extended his winning ways at Piney Branch to eight championships -- four times at stroke play and four times at match play.
In winning his fourth stroke play crown this week, Carol changed the usual script that pitted him in a stretch duel with his brothers, Wayne and Steve.
For the 1992 stroke play triumph, Gailey won with rounds of 74 and 73 for a 147 total. Second play at 150 went to Bob Rosenberger. The runner-up posted 76 and 74.
Although Gailey held a two-stroke advantage after 18 holes, there was evidence that his lead would vanish early in the second round. Hope for the rest of the field opened when Gailey stumbled, with three bogeys on the first five holes of the second round. The slide was halted, however, as Carol birdied three of the next four holes.
All three Gailey brothers have held championships at Piney Branch. Carol and Wayne needed a playoff before deciding the match play test, and only one stroke separated them in the 36-hole stroke play last year.
Other leaders in Piney Branch's stroke play this year were Charles Palmer, 77-75 -- 152, and Ken Mattison, 81-83 -- 154.
Flight winners of the event were (First Flight) Mike Welsh, 76-78 -- 154; (Second) Tony Sneska, 82-82 -- 164; (Third) Ralph Lilley, 84-86 -- 170; and (Fourth) Steve Golding 91-82 -- 173.
Both Carol and Wayne Gailey have been invited to compete in the 36-hole Baltimore Amateur Championship at Sparrows Point Country Club next weekend. This tourney is restricted to winners and runners-up at clubs designated as in the Baltimore area. Joe Franz of Country Club of Maryland won last year.
Three teams from Wakefield Valley are entered in tomorrow's Maryland State Pro-Amateur tournament at Bretton Woods Recreation Center near Germantown.
They are Bill Horney and Todd Eckenrode, Thomas Leighton and Mike Wah, and Darrin Schildt and Mike Myers. Also in the field is Piney Branch's combination of John Miller and Rob Schmid. Unlike the usual pro-ams conducted in this section, there will be no handicaps involved at Bretton Woods.
Carroll County junior players Jason Frederick of Piney Branch and James Burt of Wakefield are contestants in the state junior tournament tomorrow at Country Club of Maryland.
Wakefield husband-wife tournament -- Low gross winners with Janet and Bob Heltibridle; Low net, 65, -Doris and Joe Barnes; and 67, Pat and Dale Smith.
Piney Branch Women's Stroke Play -- Peggy Eline, 87; Sheila Bertoldi, 87. Eline won playoff on first extra hole. First Flight winner Jamie Winter, 89; and Second Flight, Mary Beth Schmid, 89.