Par for course: Colemen shoots age

June 27, 1993|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Contributing Writer

Playing recently at Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club, Jay Coleman shot his age, the fourth year in a row he's achieved the difficult feat of shooting one's age or under.

This time it was a 77 -- Coleman is 78 -- and it came on the tough seaside course. Except for the year he was 76, each score has been one stroke under his age.

Coleman admits he was nervous, but said, "I work hard to try to do it."

In 1985, at age 70 and after a 13-year hiatus that followed three back operations, Coleman picked up his clubs again at the urging of a friend. He says he had to totally change his swing to minimize strain on his back.

On a few occasions, he's lost his age score in the last three holes, but this year he recovered from a potentially disastrous double bogey on No. 14 with a 20-foot birdie from the fringe on the next hole. Pars on 16 and 17 set him up, and a sand save for a single bogey on 18 gave him the 77.

At the Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club, the Men's Golf Association pTC had a Quota Points Tournament, with two-man teams. In first with 87 points were Bill Smith and John Hobbs.

Also at OCG&YC, the Ladies Association held its annual John Scott Tournament, a two-day event. Sandy Andersen won the gross honors with a 170 and net laurels went to Jane Coates with a 151.

Pine Shore Golf had a Sunday morning event going to Leon Monroe, Bob Morton, Mel Hall and Tom Burlin on a 10-under 50. A week earlier the winners were Jim Hazzard, John Weldon, Morton and Mike Patryn with an 11-under finish.

The Wednesday Morning Scramble was won by Gene Kerin, Bob Davis, Bob Edwards and Bill Fallon at 4-under 56. Earlier it had been Groth, Jack Calloway and Joe Franciamone at 4-under.

The Bay Club assistant professionals, Paul Erdman and James Mason, played in the Northern Chapter Maryland Assistant PGA Assistant's Championship at the Caroline Country in Denton, with Erdman shooting 74-71--145 to take seventh place and Mason benefiting by marking his successful completion of the MAPGA playing ability requirements.

Ed Lorenz, head professional at the Bay Club, and Erdman came close with a 3-under-par 67 but had to settle for a tie in fourth at the recent MAPGA Pro/Assistant Championship. That tournament, won by Bill Bassler and Mark Hastings of Rolling Road CC with a 65, was held at the Country Club of Maryland in Timonium with over 130 in the field.

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