Invitational qualifies as a big hit"It was a tournament to...


July 23, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

Invitational qualifies as a big hit

"It was a tournament to remember," said Joe Manzer, director of golf at Carroll County's oldest golf course, referring to the annual invitational at the Western Maryland College course.

"It had a little of everything," said Manzer. "There was a first-time winning team, a U.S. National Amateur qualifier, a guy with enough muscle to drive the ball over 300 yards, and a birthday cake dotted with golf balls in the icing."

Team honors went to Westminster Riding Club, scoring a stroke total of 386.

A stroke behind was Westminster's Junior Chamber of Commerce team with 387. Third place went to Roaring Run Lions Club with 394.

Individual leaders were Steve Wah with a par 70, Chris Conklin, 71, and Gerry Eckenrode, 72. It was Wah who qualified for the U.S. National Amateur last summer.

Scores of the winning five-man team were Wah, 70; Conklin, 71; Bob Blubaugh Jr., 79; Ryan Kimble, 83; and Andy Walsh, 83.

Gary Dorsey had the longest drive at 305 yards, and Wah won the closest-to-the-pin award. His shot stopped 16 inches from the cup on the third hole.

Bupp Freise eagled the 280-yard second hole and Dan Atwell eagled the 317-yard seventh.

Amateur championship coming

Entries for the second annual Carroll County Amateur Golf Championship close July 31. Those interested should call Wakefield Valley pro shop at 876-6662.

The event, to be played Aug. 2, will be 18 holes. Divisions include women, seniors and amateurs.

The inaugural test, also played at Wakefield Valley, was won by Dave Bittner of the host club.

Ron Schmidt and Carl Pollard won the club's two-man team net championship with 125.

Miller-Swartz team up

The Piney Branch team of assistant pro John Miller and club member Howard Swartz finished eighth among 74 teams competing in the Maryland State Golf Association pro-amateur scratch championship at Chantilly Manor Club, Rising Sun. Swartz holed five birdies in the round and Miller kept the pair in contention with key saves for pars.

The club's member-guest tournament this year was loaded with double-barreled team competitions. Separate events were scheduled for both two- and four-man play.

Overall winners in the two-man test were Charles Palmer and his guest Todd Eckenrode. They had a combined total of 98. Overall net winners were Claud Steger and Bruce Limpert with 125. Other flight winners in the net division were Rob Schmid and Don Rask, 116; Bob Albert and John Ruke, 121; Keith Graham and Ed Romwell, 124; Barry Taylor and Bill Clatterbuck, 119.

In four-man team play the gross winners were Dave Taylor, Howard Stevens, Frank Kunze and Joel Griffing. The winning net foursome included Steve Zink, Rob Roberts, Gray Eby and Ken Adams. Other net leaders were Ed Cashman, Gordon Caldwell, Wayne Kurt and Tom Svela; Gordon Harden, Buzz Taylor, John Fortuna and Brian Eikenburg; and John Nesbit, Mike Graziano, Bob Parker and Pete McKinnon.

Charity tournament

The Hampstead Lions Club will hold a charity tournament for the Low Vision Research Center on Sept. 24 at Oakmont Green. The agenda includes a continental breakfast at 7 a.m., shotgun start at 8 a.m. with a scramble format and dinner at the club. Entry fee is $55 per player.

The event will feature prizes for holes-in-one. Anyone scoring an ace on the 15th hole will have his choice of a Mazda pickup truck or cash of $10,000. For information, contact Frank Tucker at 374-1500.

A first at Quail Valley

The first hole-in-one scored at the new Quail Valley course in Littlestown, Pa., belongs to Jim Roche of Westminster. His perfect shot came at the 158-yard 13th hole.

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