'Shooting your age' is a classic golf feat that eludes many players

GOLF

September 13, 1992|By GOLF

The conversation was focused on "shooting your age."

More specifically, at what stage of a golfer's life should he consider the prime time to post a score the equal of his age.

It was conceded to be before age 100 and after age 60. The best score ever recorded by a golfer at any age is 59.

Still, the feat which has been described as the most satisfying thrill in the game has been accomplished at a wide variety of ages. It has been recorded even by golfers in their 90s.

However, take it from former Piney Branch senior champion Vernon Sullivan, who, at age 72, feels he may be within striking distance of the rare accomplishment.

"I have come reasonably close a few times, even after passing 70," said Sullivan. "If I'm ever going to do it, the next three years offer my best opportunity. "

Jeff Zachman, professional at Piney Branch, claims that Sullivan could make it. "He plays regularly and still has a long enough game."

But failing to match his age is not the only classic golf target which has eluded Sullivan. After 62 years of playing golf, filled with pars, birdies and eagles, Sullivan is looking for his first hole in one.

No one ever has equaled his age at Wakefield Valley, said professional Bill Horney. "It's not easy anywhere," Horney said. "But Wakefield can be a difficult test for such an accomplishment."

"You read about how many age-shooters there are in the national record books, but many of them have taken advantage of non-official courses or advanced tee markers? Most courses now feature shortened golf tees for seniors. However, there are a lot of our senior members who still prefer to play from the middle markers."

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The Piney Branch two-man team match play final will be played this week. The title match brings together Wayne Gailey and Jim Staymates against Steve Cimbalista and Ted Graziano.

In the semi-final Steve Yount and John Nesbit bowed to Gailey and Staymates 1-down. Cimbalista and Graziano stopped Steve Gailey and Bob Fishpaw 3-2.

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Net leaders in the two-man team stroke play championship at Wakefield Valley were 61, Rick Menseck and John Brandenburg; 61, Bruce Coyle and Craig Holland; 63, Bill Colburn and Nick Connolley; 64, Jack Vendem and Joe Incapara; 64, John Naurit and Bob Blubaugh; 64, Dick Wardenfelt and M. Pajak; 64, Norton Geier and Gerald Lichter and 64-Carroll Romney and Steve Wah.

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The new Oakmont Green course in Hampstead will host the 13th American Heart Association (Carroll county branch) golf tournament on Sept. 25. Damien Halstad is tournament chairman.

"I am excited and challenged by my role as chairman of this tournament," said Halstad. "We are hoping for 128 golfers this year. Proceeds will support heart research and community education programs."

The golf tournament will begin at noon with a shotgun start. For information call the American Heart Association's Carroll county branch at 876-1029.

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