Wait brings win for Wakefield Valley's 12-man team


April 18, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

Credit Wakefield Valley's 12-man golf team with establishing a record in the Maryland State matches this year.

Wakefield's record-setting, first-round victory over Kenwood Country Club of Bethesda involved longevity.

Using the format of scheduling six players at their home course and six at their opponents' layouts, a deadlock developed at the end of regulation play. To break the 9-9 tie, the top twosomes for both sides were called to stage a sudden-death playoff.

Complications set in, however, when Steve Pranchek, the professional representing Kenwood, was not available.

He had departed for home, not thinking his teammates competing some 35 miles away had a chance of rallying for a tie.

That left his Kenwood partner, Greg Bremmer, to compete alone against Wakefield's Bill Horney and Mike Myers. As if this were not unusual enough, the playoff continued through four extra holes without breaking the tie. By that time, darkness had set in, and to play another hole would have been impossible.

Unable to schedule play the following day, state golf official Randy Reed called for the players to decide the issue by having them vie in a "chip-off" to a nearby green. The player chipping closest to the pin from 50 yards away would decide the outcome. Bremmer pitched first and his ball landed 20 feet from the flagstick.

Myers put his shot seven feet away and the marathon match was over. Never before in the history of state matches had an outcome been so extended.

Wakefield then went on to thump Chevy Chase Club, 13 1/2 -4 1/2 , in the second round.

The winning Wakefield combinations were Horney and Myers, Todd Eckenrode and Jerry Eckenrode, Dave Bittner and John Gallagher, George Brian and Lonnie Ritzer, John Brandenburg and Gary Witt, and Bob Kirkner and Charles Farson.

Quail Valley pro named

Course owner Paul "Sonny" Hicks has named Jimmy Hayes as head professional for his new Quail Valley Course outside Littlestown, Pa. Hayes formerly held pro positions at Wakefield Valley in Westminster and Princess Ann CC in Virginia Beach.

Hicks, a Finksburg contractor, plans to open his 18-hole semi-private course next month. Located on the old Harrison farm, off Teeter Road, the 7,000-yard course has a par of 36-36--72.

Dierks leads WMC squad

Western Maryland College golf team captain Jeff Dierks is off to an impressive start this season. He placed among leading individual scorers in the Rutgers Invitational Tournament in New Brunswick, N.J., posting 73 and 78. He matched par of 71 in the Millersville Tournament in Lancaster, Pa.

The WMC team, which was the only Division III entry among 22 Division I team, finished 13th at Rutgers.

Coach Scott Moyer's Green Terrors were third at Millersville, closed fourth in the UMBC tourney at Walden Golf Club in Crofton and won their own invitational against 16 teams at the college course in Westminster. The team plays in the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship on Friday.

Industrial league at Bear Creek

Gil Taylor, director of golf at Bear Creek, has put together a six-team industrial league this season. Competition is listed on Tuesday evenings.

Team captains are Rick Jones, Jeremy Long, Steve Ross, Mike Zezeski, Pat Lynch and Charles Richardson.

Middle Atlantic tourney

The foursome of Bob Dolan, Jay Hill, Britt Sloan and Rhett Butler, representing Lakewood CC in Rockville, captured the Middle Atlantic PGA Tournament at Wakefield Valley.

The team's 135 total closed two strokes ahead of the score RTC posted by Mike Heimer, Kevin Mega, Steve Javetski and Chuck Crisp. Wakefield's four-man team of Bill Horney, Mike Myers and Todd and Jerry Eckenrode posted 146.

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