A field of 288 senior golfers in the recent Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association Spring Fling made it one of the most popular events in Shore golf history. There were so many people playing that they had to use both the seaside and bayside courses of the Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club.
Winners on the bayside layout were Keith Rembold, Harold Brandenberg, Phil Rossbach and Don Donovan, with a 120 registered in the Net Best Two Balls of Four format. The runner-up squad was made up of Julian Coleman, Bill Hall, Richard Jeffers and Tim Comley, with a 125 total; and third, on a match of 127 cards, were Gus Bengston, Bob Davis, William Pakulski and Bill Thurmond.
It was an even closer contest on the seaside course. First place was decided on matches of cards, with the team of David Frey, Hunter Helferstay, Jim Carpenter and John McCarthy earning high honors over Brad Frapart, Bob Fuchs, Lou Martin and Ernest Jones, after both teams wound up with a 126 total. In third place, with a 127, were Bob Wells, Cobby Heil, Bill Smith and Harry Morton. Each squad was made up of an A, B, C and D handicapped player.
The Women's Peninsula Golf Association featured a Team Matches meeting between Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club and Ocean Pines Golf Club, with the former easily taking both ends of the competition, 47.5 to 24.5 in gross and 44.5 to 27.5 in net.
Pacing the OCG&YC women were Sandy Andersen and Liz McClary over Chung Cho and Eleanor Lees; Linda Palmer and Jane Emich over Laverne Powell and Elfriede Kerstetter; Peg Murray and Margo Mead taking Norma Beach and Ethel Betts; and Jane Coates and Connie Hall over Agnes Mumford and Mardie Davis.
The Ocean City Pleasure Club annual outing was held at Ocean Pines, and Fred Kerstetter won the gross with a 73 over Butch James at 76. In the net, Terry Saxon and Wayne James tied for first with 72 cards.
In the Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers, Elinore Lees earned low gross honors with a 91 over Laverne Powell's 100. Net honors went to Ethel Betts with a 75 over a pair of 76s by Irene Marshall and Ann Delaney.
The OPLGA-9 Holers traveled to Shawnee County Club in Milford for the Women's Delmarva Golf Association Invitational and came home with top prizes. Florence Taylor was on the team that won second low net for Flight A with a score of 31. Eileen Gibbons and her partner tied for low net in Flight B with a 30 but lost on a match of cards and had to settle for second.
In a women's event at Nutter's Crossing Golf Club in Salisbury, gross honors went to Jane Brennan, Linda Frey, Marie Borghese and Jean Hamberg with a 173 total in the Two Best Balls of Four, while net laurels were taken by Ocean City's Margo Mead with Harriet Mersky, Francis Turner and Virginia Campbell on a 124 card.
There is still room in the Atlantic General Hospital Spring Golf Classic, set for June 12 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and a fee of $200 per four-person team. For more information, call OCG&YC at (410) 641-1779 or (800) 442-3570.