O.C. Challenge Cup brings seaside golfers to the fore

June 20, 1993|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Contributing Writer

For years the idea of an Ocean City golf tournament has intrigued seaside duffers. Now, with the help of Paul C. Erdman, assistant pro at the Bay Club, contenders can line up and tee off at the Ocean City Challenge Cup.

Two professionals from the area's six courses will team up in a series of 10 matches pitting the tandems on a home-and-home basis and in a better-ball match-play format. Teams will compete for 1 point for each nine and 1 for the overall 18 in each match.

All local professionals now employed are eligible, but the participating pros do not have to be the same pair from match to match. And it will be a demanding and truly professional bit of competition; at all courses, they will be playing from the back tees.

There is a deadline for each match; for example, the first one had to be played by June 11 and the second match must be completed by June 25. That gives the pros some flexibility in fitting this toe-to-toe action into their busy schedules.

The team with the most points at the end of the season,which is Oct. 15, will be champion.

There should be some fun matches to follow, if you can find out when your favorite pros are playing. Check with your pro shops and become a minigallery to some fine golf.

In the opening action, Mr. Erdman and Ed Lorenz, also of the Bay Club, only earned a half-point against Dave Quelland and Stu Jarmon from Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club. Buddy Sass and Bob Beckelman of Ocean Pines split with Andy Loving and Tim Brittingham from Eagle's Landing. And the Beach Club -- the tandem of Hunt Crosby and John Ruddo -- took 2 points from Bob Baldassari and Jack Harrell.

In the usual trio of weekly activity at Pine Shore Golf, the Sunday Morning Scramble wound up tied at a 7-under-par 53 between the teams of Mark Brueckman, Bob Grover, John Rosinski and Bill Staeven, and Gene Kerin, Bryan Tapman, Jim Carocci and Jim Brake. Next, at 64, were Tom Quillen, Virgin Cave, Art Johnson and Joe Leonard.

Then the Wednesday Morning Scramble also featured Mr. Kerin, who teamed with Bud Parr and Pete Jordan for an 8-under 52, well ahead of Julius Anderson, Art Johnson and August Wirthu at 59.

And the 9-hole, "Just For Fun" Coed Wednesday Scramble had Earl Roberts, Mr. Parr and Marcelle Anderson on top at 2-under 28. In second were Julius Anderson, Billie Roberts, Bill Brown and Nancy Giardina.

Each of these three weekly events is open to the public, with respective tee times of 6:30 a.m., 7:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call the clubhouse at (410) 641-5100 for information.

A pair of tournaments highlighted the week's action in the Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club's Men's Golf Association. In a Low Gross-Low Net event, Tom Kohn topped the gross list at 81 over Van Seibel's 85, while Charlie Herbert earned indexed net laurels with a 66.2 over Normal Connell at 67.3, Tim Comley 68.7, John Kraus 69.2, Ed McLarney 69.7 and John Hobbs 70.2.

Mr. Kohn also took the closest-to-the-pin competition on the Seaside's No. 8 hole with a shot only 7 feet, 4 inches out, followed by Malcolm Brandenburg at 8-6.

In the club's Two-Man Net Aggregate event, the duos of Butch James with Charlie Townsend and Howard Jarmon with

Jack Glover tied at 137. Coming in third, at 138, were Mr. Kohn and Francis McKee, while knotted for the final spot were Robert Ringgold with Mr. Brandenburg, Bobby Williams with Jim Cavanaugh and Bill Smith with Andrew McComb. Closest-to-the-pin honors in this one went to Dick Bennertz at 11 feet even, followed by Mr. McComb at 14-6, again on the Seaside's eighth hole.

The Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers had a Low Gross-Low Net event with gross honors to Ann Delaney at 97 over Bobbie Feenick's 104. Joan Clark was best in nets with a 73. Other nets were 79 by Joanne Kirby and 82 by Ishbel McBride. In the Fun Game of the day, the total of odd-numbered holes, Norma Beach took low gross with a 40 and Irene Marshall low net at 37.

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