After tough lesson at State Amateur qualifying, Wah ready for Maryland Open

GOLF

June 06, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

It was something a young tournament golfer may never forget.

Carroll County's Michael Wah, 22, had a horrendous start on his attempt to qualify for the Maryland State Amateur Championship at Norbeck Country Club.

He possibly could have lived with a bogey, or even a double bogey, but with a triple, all his nerve and composure were called upon to move on to the second hole.

The humbling start caused Wah to miss the qualifying cut by a stroke. Last year, the Union Bridge resident had made it through qualifying for the National Amateur in Ohio.

"It would not have been so disappointing," said Wah, "had that opening first hole at Norbeck not appeared to be so easy. It was a short par-4 with no obvious trouble lurking. Since it looked so easy, I may have outsmarted myself by choosing an iron off the tee, rather than a driver. I just wanted to make sure of keeping the ball in play.

"As it happened, I hit a severe hook, and I was so unnerved I fumbled away three more shots before reaching the green in five. After two-putting, there I was with a seven on my card. The triple cost me a 43 on the front nine. My back nine of 39 gave me an 82 total. I blame myself for not playing a practice round on the course."

But Wah has another chance to show his prowess in the Maryland Open Championship at Crofton on July 12-14. This is the area's top

competition, featuring a full field of 150 amateurs and pros.

There is qualifying for this event, too. But Wah, on the strength of reaching the National Amateur Championship last year, was given a full exemption. The State Open is a three-day, 54-hole stroke-play event.

Bear Creek

There was ample activity at Bear Creek over the Memorial Day weekend.

* The team of Bill and Jane Welch paced the couple's tournament, scoring a net 30. They were followed by Bob and Diane Blubaugh with 31.

* In senior league play, the winning foursome featured Jim Hanley, Lee Miller, Charles Amereihn and Bruno Blomkowski. They had a 19-under-par net score of 52.

* Standings of team captains in the senior industrial league are: Pat Lynch, 16; Charles Richardson, 13; Mike Zazeski, 11; Pete Ross, 10; Rick Jones, 7 and Jeremy Long, 1/2 .

* A hole-in-one was scored on the 179-yard 11th hole by Bill Greenwalt. He used a 3-wood.

Wakefield

Team winners in various holiday tourneys were: Russ Faulkner and Steve Lehman, Charles Walker and Ray Wetzel, Mike and Steve Holland, Mike Whaley and Bruce Coyle, Russ Faulkner and Mike Myers.

* Howard Tiger scored an eagle on the 305-yard second hole of the Gold Course. He holed out with a driver and wedge.

Piney Branch

Piney Branch's 36-hole women-men's tournament was won byGeorge Knouse and Peggy Eline with a 130 net score. Second went to Preston Wilhelm and Mary Gilbreath with 131. Third, with 134, were Mel Dorman and Linda Myers. Low gross leaders were Ted Graziano and Nancy Gailey at 146 and Carroll Gailey and Connie Henderson at 149.

Oakmont Green

In Holiday action at Oakmont Green Debbie Collins led the senior league putting contest with 14. She won a putter of her choice as a prize.

Closest-to-pin award winners were Frank Tucker (second hole) and Marcy Mendoza (sixth).

* Leading the five-round Tuesday League competition with 125 points is the foursome of Les Ayers Sr. and Jr. and Mark Parry and Rob Corbin.

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