Hayes hopes he's ruled inbounds


June 13, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

A favorable decision on a controversial golfing boundary, just over the Carroll County line, could spring professional Jimmy Hayes back into area competition.

After Hayes accepted the head pro position at the new Quail Valley course in Littlestown, Pa., it was feared he had eliminated himself from tournament play in the PGA's Middle Atlantic Section. The MAPGA defines its northern area membership as stopping at Carroll County.

Among other things, the territorial change would force a travel hardship for Hayes, 38. Under the prevailing circumstances he will have to belong to the Philadelphia PGA Section to continue tournament play.

Also, Hayes and his family live in Frederick, and he has spent 17 years as a professional in the Middle Atlantic Section.

Because of these conditions, Hayes applied for an exception to the bylaws. An answer is expected shortly.

"I think Jimmy has a good chance of getting approval to stay with us," said Tom Hanke of the PGA Club relations department at headquarters in Columbia. "I have talked with several officers and they all appear sympathetic to the case."

Hayes' first pro assignment was assistant to Gordon Murray at Bretton Woods, Germantown.

After three years there he spent four years with Mike McGinnis at the Holly Hills course, four years at Princess Anne Country Club, Virginia Beach, Va.; two years with Hank Majewski and Bill Horney at Wakefield Valley and six years at West Winds in New Market before his selection as the head pro for owner Paul "Sonny" Hicks' new Quail Valley layout.

Quail Valley is a semi-private operation, which opened last week.

River Downs financing

The projected River Downs course in Finksburg apparently has found the final financial backing to get started.

Assistance appears to come from the Golf South Capital, a Greenville, S.C., investment group, which specializes in purchasing and operating golf courses in the Southeast. The group has taken over four courses in Florida and is listed as a partner with River Downs.

Piney Branch

In the men's club foursome play, top honors went to the quartet of Len Muma, Gordon Knapp, Tom Dudderer and Harry Schmale, scoring 122.

Tied for second with 128 scores were Mark Sunderland, BuzSmelzer, Lucky Lockhart and Steve Golding; and Bob Oldani, Zene Jacobs, John Cimbalista and Bill Scott.

In the Piney Branch parent-child tourney, winners included Jane Palmer and Barb Willbert with a net score of 65 and Steve and Justin Erdman with a gross score of 75.


Leaders in the mixed two-ball foursome play were: 135 -- Bob and Jane Heltibridle and Tom and Mary Ann Zgorski, 135 -- Nick and Rita Delia and Dick and Barbara Linder.

Wakefield officers staged a memorial tournament for Clyde Winegard, who served a long time as a starter at Wakefield. The club's stroke-play championship is under way this weekend. Gerry Eckenrode is defending champion.

Bear Creek

Points held by captains in the club's industrial league are: Pat Lynch, 17; Steve Ross, 16; Charles Richardson, 16; Mike Zezeski, 13; Rick Jones, 8 and Jeremy Long, one-half.

Winning teams in the senior league scramble included Bruno Klokowski, Vern Williams, Sinclair Metcalf and Gil Taylor. The foursome dipped 7-under par with 64. The first round of spring match play opened this weekend.

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