2 courses eye fall completion


February 21, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

Officials of two proposed new golf courses in Carroll County are ready to start construction and hope to be ready by the fall.

Both the River Downs course in Finksburg and the Challadon project near Mount Airy are ready to start grading. Plans call for both layouts to be 18 holes and operated on a daily fee basis.

"All the building permits and environmental hurdles have been cleared," said Dick Moore of the River Downs Finksburg course.

"It is our hope to have the course completed by this fall," added official Steve Smith.

The River Downs property includes 509 acres on Lawndale Road (Route 91) north, off Route 140. It will be surrounded by 127 single-family homes.

Arthur Hills, an award-winning architect from Toledo, Ohio, has been approached to design the course. Hills recently addressed the Maryland State Golf Association at Baltimore Country Club.

The Challadon property is at Gillis Falls Road on Route 27. It also will be circled with home sites.

"We have every hope of starting the course this year," said Steve Fritz, a member of the Challadon group.

It was just last summer that the 18-hole Oakmont Green course in Hampstead was completed and opened to the public. Other Carroll County courses include Wakefield Valley (27 holes), Piney Branch, Bear Creek and the nine-hole Western Maryland College layout.

Championship to be renewed

The Carroll County Golf Championship, played for the first time last year, will be renewed in 1993.

This year's championship again is scheduled at Wakefield Valley. However, a change of format finds this year's championship division decided over all 27 holes rather than 18. All other divisions -- senior, women and handicap classes -- will be staged at 18 holes.

The tentative date for the event is Aug. 2.

Dave Bittner, a Wakefield member, won the inaugural tourney last year. Bob Hiltibridle Sr. won the senior crown.

New Western Maryland fees

Joe Manzer, coordinator for the last 10 years of golf activities at the Western Maryland course, has announced the 1993 rates for green fees and riding carts.

Playing fees are $15 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Weekday fees are $10 and twilight play (after 6 p.m.) is $8. Carts on weekends are $10 for a single and $15 for double. A cart for twilight play is $8, either single or double.

Weekday specials include greens fees and cart for one player at $17, fees and cart for two players at $30.

The Western Maryland Invitational Golf Tournament this year is July 10. Golf classes for students begin April 1.

Green Terrors team ready

Coach Scott Moyer has started his practice sessions for the 1993 Western Maryland golf squad. The Green Terrors have eight of 10 members returning from last year.

Among those lost through graduation is '92 team captain, Ken Werley.

Moyer's highly ranked Division III team opens its competition with three major invitational tourneys -- the William and Mary at Williamsburg on March 7-9, James Madison at Luray, Va., on March 14, and the Naval Academy in Annapolis on March 19.

Twenty-four teams will compete in the William and Mary event. Western Maryland is one of two Division III teams invited.

Short putts

Hank Majewski, former president of the Middle Atlantic PGA and owner of Wakefield Valley, is in Florida to attend the National PGA convention at Palm Beach. He is the district delegate, representing the Middle Atlantic, Carolinas and Kentucky sections. . . . A group of 15 Wakefield Valley members is accompanying professional Bill Horney on a golfing trip this weekend to Myrtle Beach. . . . Jana Zachman, wife of Piney Branch professional Jeff Zachman, gave birth to the couple's first child, Mary Victoria Louise Zachman, in January. . . . Winning team in this winter's Polar Bear tournament at South Hills Golf Club included Ellie Lawson, Scott Thompson, Steve Bosley and Nate Jenkins. They had a winning score of 64.

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