TCPiney Branch contends for Mason-Dixon honorsFor the...


July 09, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR


Piney Branch contends for Mason-Dixon honors

For the second year, Piney Branch women are contending for honors in the Mason-Dixon Golf Association's competition.

The association includes an eight-team wheel, comprised of women's teams in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.

The clubs include Chambersburg, West Winds, Waynesboro, Fountain Head, Holly Hills, Beaver Creek, Winchester and Piney Branch.

The format calls for the teams to rotate to each other's courses once a month throughout the golfing season. It was Piney Branch's turn to play host yesterday and more than 100 had filed entries.

Contestants are flighted according to handicaps and points are awarded for the leading four gross and four net scores in each of five flights. Winning teams are determined by total points gained throughout the season.

"We have a roster of 28 players representing Piney Branch," said Connie Henderson. "It's been a very interesting experience for our members. The very fact that we are in competition at different courses in three states makes a wonderful appeal from regular play at home."

Shoot-outs take off

Rapidly one of golf's most popular tournament formats is the shoot-out.

Regulations for this style of play can have as many as 50 golfers lined up in five flights to play a mere nine holes of golf.

Each flight starts with 10 contestants. All 10 tee off in rotation from the first tee. At the end of the first hole, the player with the highest score is eliminated.

Other high scores are sent back to the clubhouse throughout the next seven holes. This leaves the two remaining contestants in a head-to-head battle for the top prize on the concluding ninth green.

There are entry fees and merchandise awards await those advancing the farthest.

"It has become one of the most requested events at Wakefield Valley," said head professional Bill Horney.


The July Fourth holiday prompted a heavy tournamenschedule at Wakefield.

* Winners of the Chicago Points Test were Pat Luchtfuss with 64 points, Mark Downey, 53, and Dave Waltrup, 60.

* The championship flight of the shoot-out was won by Todd Eckenrode. Tivas Buckingham won the first flight.

* Leading the pack in the two-player, better-ball competition were the teams of Carroll Romney and Carl Pollard, with 57; Charles Wirts and Glen Sanders, 59; Nick and Rita Delia, 59, and Bob and Janet Hiltibridle, 59; Dick Wardenfelt and John Gallagher, 59; Mike Holland and Bruce Coyle, 64; and Dan Slupp and Norton Geir, 65.

* Golf's traditional July Fourth flag day tourney went to Steve Wah with a nine-plus score. Charles Walker was second with a plus-three total.

* Assistant professional Leighton Thomas and Michael Wah, both of Wakefield Valley, are entered in the 54-hole Maryland State Open championship, starting Monday at Crofton Golf Club. A field of 157 is competing. Wah last summer qualified for the U.S. National Amateur.

Bear Creek

A hole-in-one was scored by Terry Bane on Bear Creek's 142-yard 17th hole.

* Winning team with a net 60 in the senior league competition included Joe Amereihn, Claire Metcalf, Harry Cunningham and Al White.

Piney Branch

Piney Branch's 36-hole stroke play championship will be contested tomorrow and Sunday. Carroll Gailey is defending champion. His winning score last year was 147. Bob Rosenberger was runner-up with a 150 total.


Steve Fritz, an official with the new Challedon golf project in Mount Airy, reports that progress has moved to the point of signing for final grading permits at the course.

Construction of the 18-hole public layout is planned to start this summer with a target for opening in the fall of 1994.

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