First-time golfers will find Western Maryland course most inviting DTC

GOLF

November 15, 1992|By GEORGE TAYLOR 6

If the "Old Course" in St. Andrews, Scotland, is recognized as the home of international golf, then the Western Maryland

College layout in Westminster is the home of Carroll County golf.

It is estimated that more than 80 percent of native Carroll County golfers played their first round at the nine-hole college course.

For golfing beginners, the attractions are obvious. The course is not intimidating, fees are reasonable, and the operating staff is cordial.

Although the course can be set up to challenge even the championship play of college matches, the 18-hole yardage is a mere 5,324. What's more, there are no frightening water hazards to conquer, unreasonably deep traps or dense woods to shatter nerves of first-time visitors. Despite this, par of 70 (72 for women) rarely is broken.

In addition to presenting a schedule of community tournaments, the course is the scene for all Western Maryland College team and individual championships. The course is open to the public, but certain events are limited to faculty members.

When Joe Manzer, who administers the golf shop at WMC, was asked about first-time starters at the course, he said: "I hear the reference wherever I go. As soon as I mention Western Maryland, people strike up stories about how they were introduced there to golf.

"It makes me feel good, particularly, when I learn how long they've stuck with golf after their learning years here."

Carroll County golfers have been playing at WMC since 1934. Because it was built in the Depression years, most of the labor -- forming of greens, clearing trees and digging sand traps -- was supplied by members of the college's ROTC program. The neatly manicured course now is under the supervision of Phil Boob.

Recent years have seen increased play at WMC. The college's invitational tourney, which started with a modest field of 46, this year drew 125 players. The field includes many of the East Coast's leading collegiate golfers.

New to the WMC golf scene are rentals for motorized carts. Charges on an 18-hole basis are $10 for a single rider and $15 for double occupancy. Also, club rentals are available.

Green fees are $10 per person for 18 holes on weekdays and $15 per person on weekends and holidays.

Wakefield

Wakefield Valley golf professional Bill Horney was selected as the Middle Atlantic PGA's Merchandiser of the Year.

The award goes to the professional judged to have the most attractive and best-stocked

golf shop. Horney also won the award in 1989. Presentation was made Friday at the association's Hall of Fame dinner at Rolling Road Golf Club.

The Maryland State Golf Association has chosen Wakefield Valley as site for the U.S. National Amateur qualifying for the second straight year. The date for the 36-hole test is Aug. 9. It was in this test last year that Wakefield Valley's David Wah qualified to compete in the nationals.

Remaining on Wakefield's tournament schedule is today's turkey shoot event and the club's awards banquet on Nov. 20.

Leading team in the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce charity tournament at Wakefield this year was Darryl Smith, Phil Naylor, Bill Browning and Andy Arnold (131). The leading gross foursome was Mike Ratigan, John Ratigan, Jim Bell and Dale Woyko. In Wakefield's "Last Blast," tourney, the winning team with a 141 score was Steve Harry, Milt Zepp, Bill McGarvey and John Lyons.

Bear Creek

Gil Taylor of Bear Creek reports that a new green has been built at the 14th hole. Also, another new green is under construction at the eighth hole. Both are par-3.

Taylor is accepting entries for an industrial league to start at Bear Creek for the 1993 season.

Joe Amerhein won the club's senior league event this season with a net 72.

Piney Branch

The Piney Branch team of professional Jeff Zachman, Bill Fishpaugh, Bo Dyke and Dave Smith finished in a tie for first place in the four-man scramble tourney at the Briarwood course.

John Miller, assistant pro at Piney Branch, has been invited as a pro contestant in the Toys for Tots competition at Avenel.

Western Maryland

Coach Scott Moyers' WMC team featured a victory in the Elizabethtown Invitational.

Steve Comes lead the Green Terrors with a 68 in their invitational tournament.

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