After national success, Wah turns efforts to local scene

GOLF

May 23, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

Now that Wakefield Valley's Michael Wah has had a fling on the national golf scene, it's understandable that he is eager to take a crack at area honors this season.

It was last year that Wah, playing over his home Wakefield Valley course, turned back many of the section's top players while qualifying for the National Amateur championship in Muirfield Village, Ohio.

Until his victory in this 36-hole qualifying test, Wah had only minor success at tournament golf, but, eager to expand his winning ways, the sophomore student at Indiana (Pa.) University has filed entries for both the Maryland Open and the Maryland Amateur championships this year.

As a new twist to the 1993 Maryland state tournament schedule, players are offered the chance to qualify tomorrow in either or both of the Open and Amateur championships.

The field of more than 300 golfers will vie at two sites. Half of the lineup will play at Norbeck Country Club while the other half competes at Chestnut Ridge Country Club.

Wah has drawn a 1:57 tee time tomorrow at Norbeck. Should he qualify, his next steps would be at the State Amateur at Manor Country Club on June 17-20 and the State Open at Crofton Country Club on July 12-14.

"Making it to the National Amateur last year certainly should build Mike's confidence," said Bill Horney, head professional at Wakefield. "He worked at various positions on our golf staff at Wakefield during school vacation last summer, and he will be with us again this summer."

Bittner, Myers end streak

The combination of Dave Bittner and Mike Myers, firing birdies and aces along the way, brought an end to the six-time winning streak of Todd and Jerry Eckenrode in the two-man team championship at Wakefield Valley.

Playing in the same foursome, the champions and challengers ** stood even after 27 holes of the 36-hole stroke play event.

At this point, however, Bittner and Myers became unbeatable. Myers started the onslaught with birdies at the 11th and 14th holes of the second round. This gave his team a two-stroke lead with four holes to play.

Then Bittner put matters completely out of reach when he scored a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th hole, stretching the advantage to five strokes.

Still, Bittner refused to let up and came within two inches of scoring an eagle at the final hole, downing the champions with totals of 137 to 143. The ace was the first ever for the 26-year-old Bittner, who has been playing golf since he was 8 years old.

The team of Ellis Lawson and Wayne Miller closed in third place with 147. Other flight winners were: George Crause and Gary Witt, 152; Dick Wardenfeld and Jack Gambatese, 155; Ken Vacmarski and Ick Moledina, 161; and Mike Holland and Bruce Coyle, 159.

The women's division was won by Connie Bernson and Rita Delia with 191.

Tourney benefits hospice

With proceeds targeted for the Carroll County Hospice, a field of more than 100 golfers competed in the Carroll County Association of Life Underwriters tournament at Bear Creek.

Leading teams were: 61 -- Dean Rhoten, Ken Cooper (Spirits soccer coach), Rich Warner; 62 -- Edel Blumberg, Brian Gracie, Brian Walsh and Peter Maller; 64 -- Mike Gloth, Anthony Vitti, Fred Gloth and Paul Gloth; and 65 -- Mac Kantruns, Tom Sheehan, John Weisse and Danny Tieman.

Bear Creek league totals

Point totals of team captains competing in Bear Creek's Industrial League are: Pat Lynch with 13 points, Charles Richardson, 13, Steve Ross, 12, Mike Zezeski, 10, Rick Jones, 4 and Jereme Long, 0.

TC Taking team honors in the Bear Creek senior event were Vern Williams, Bruno Blonkowski, Jim Amereihn and Gil Taylor, scoring at 14-under-par 57.

Winners of the couples league tournament at Bear Creek were Bill and Jan Welsh with a net score of 28. Second place went to Ron and Kathy Comfort with 33.

Quail Valley to open

The new Quail Valley Golf Course near Littlestown,Pa., will conduct its formal opening on Saturday. At that time the course will be open to the public as well as to members.

An pre-opening tournament was contested for Quail Valley's members last week, allowing Ken Crabbs and Sam Hays to share the club's first course record.

Although not expecting the mark to stand very long, Crabbs and Hays set the mark for others to catch when they tied with 83s in the member tournament. Paul Hicks was third with 86. Low-net leaders were Gus Shoemaker, Bill McGarvey and Rubin Fullwood with 73s.

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