Golfer trades boat for hole-in-one

GOLF

September 06, 1992|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Contributing Writer

What it seems to boil down to is -- no boat, more golf.

Frank O'Toole of Ocean Pines, who had owned a big boat until this summer, had not scored a hole-in-one in 10 years. Now, minus the boat, he has earned his fifth hole-in-one.

Mr. O'Toole hit a 5-iron shot to the 162-yard seventh hole at Ocean Pines Golf Club recently, but neither he nor his playing partners saw the ball go in the hole, since the cup was not visible from the tee.

"I knew it was a good shot, but we looked 10-15 minutes for the ball before somebody looked in the cup," Mr. O'Toole said, adding, "The people back on the tee must have wondered what we were doing."

Mr. O'Toole, a 17 handicapper who says he usually shoots around 85, carded a forgettable 93 on this day, even with the ace. "It was the only good shot I had all day long," he said.

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The Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club Ladies Championship again went to Sally Mason who captured the First Flight and overall title with a contrasting 92-82--174 two-day total. Jane Emich was tied with Ms. Mason after the first round and finished only two back at 176 with a closing 84.

Linda Palmer earned Second Flight laurels with a 98-91--189; Bella Gordon had 100-98--198 for tops in the Third Flight; and the Fourth Flight went to Audrey Thompson on 116-106--122.

In an earlier Ocean City Ladies event, a Low Gross-Low Net affair, "A" honors went to Mabel Jarvis with 98 gross and to Jody Grier with 76 net.

The "B" leaders were Jane Coates at 91 and Kate Davis with 72. In "C" it was Bella Gordon with 111 and Audrey Thompson in net with 79, and the only "D" prize went to Polly Phillips with a 110.

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OCLGA-9 Holers held its second annual member-guest tournament with Cathy Helmick and Cathy Heineken winning low gross on a better-ball 53 and Wilma Hauswirth teaming with Tootie Murphy for net honors at 32.5. Earlier, Joyce Brown won the 9-Hole Championship.

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The Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club Ladies 18-Holers held its Match-Play Championship, and it was decided with an exciting sudden-death finish in the Second Flight. Lois MacKenzie won over Peggy Teeter on the 19th hole. Ms. MacKenzie's husband, Mac, had a hole-in-one recently, so the MacKenzies had a very good August on the golf course. In the First Flight, LaVerne Powell barely won in regulation over Sue Agan.

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Anita Mooney and Elsie King from the Ocean Pines women traveled to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Golf and Yacht Club in Melfa for the club's Invitational Better-Ball. They came home with the fourth net prize, losing on a match of 69 cards with the third ranked pair.

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In a Ladies Day Low Putts Tournament for the OPLGA-18s, Ann Delaney and Ish McBride were tied with 29. In a six-way knot at 30 were Jane Chufar, Betty Johnson, Jane Herzog, Debbie Bashaar, Ann Bauer and Elsie King. Birdies for the 18-Holers made some real news.

Carolyn Young hit a tee shot on the fifth hole that actually hit the pin on the fly and dropped straight down. It wasn't quite straight enough, however, since the ball failed to fall into the cup and stayed up on the lip. It was the easiest birdie Young ever had to tap in.

Isabelle Lotz also had a birdie on the fifth, but another on the 16th by Elsie King was almost as exciting as Carolyn Young's shot. King pitched in from 25 feet away for that birdie. King and Young were playing together.

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The Ocean Pines 9-Holers also held a Member-Guest, and first gross went to Norma Normoyle with Donna Darby with 48. Top net laurels went to Mary Sadler and Scotty Gough from Pine Shore with a neat 28. Helen McAllister won closest-to-the-pin honors, and Marie Eby had the longest drive of the day.

In the Pine Shore Wednesday Ladies League, Scotty Gough teamed with Maxine Yowler, Jan Murry and Marian Nickerson for a winning 64. At 65 were Ellen Burns, Sue Young, Kemp Lang and Mary Vecciarelli.

The Piners Sunday Morning Scramble had four teams tied for first with scores of 8-under-par, and three of the four were threesomes. The teams were Dick Vaughn, Ronnie Hudson, Tom Quillen and Larry Wagner; Mark Itilaino, Jim Delaney and Bob Morton; Dana Cooper, Randy Stanley and Bill Ratliff; and Dick Ponton, Bob Herlth and Jim Hazzard.

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A meeting of the popular 9-Hole Scramble for Fun on Wednesday evenings was led by Denise and Bill Ratliff with Rose and Joe Wierzbowski with a 1-under-par 29, while three teams tied at even par.

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The Ocean View VFW held its usual weekly Scramble with first place going to George Groth, Don Dantinne, Claude Waters and Gary Brown at 5-under-par. Next, at 4-under, were Larry Wagner, Irv Hudson, Tom Brewer and Joe Lynsky.

A couple of first-ever aces were made, as Ginny Donnelly of Ellicott City knocked one in on the 107-yard seventh on the Willow Course, and Mike Keane of Baltimore holed his on the 153-yard fourth, also on the Willow.

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