20 years later, Swartz is back in swingPiney Branch's...

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July 30, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

20 years later, Swartz is back in swing

Piney Branch's Howard Swartz never will know how many golf laurels he passed up.

It was almost 20 years ago that Swartz drastically reduced his tournament schedule to switch his priorities to family activities. This summer, however, Swartz launched a mild comeback, and, judging by the results, it was as if he never had left the tournament scene.

In the past two weeks, Swartz, 45, has won his club's stroke-play championship and was runner-up in the Baltimore Amateur Championship. He was tied in the 1993 Baltimore Amateur competition played at Bonnie View Country Club, but lost in an extra-hole playoff to Sheldon Kalish of Woodholme Country Club.

DTC Swartz had won the Baltimore Amateur 26 years ago.

Will these recent successes prompt Howard to take on a full tournament schedule? "Not exactly," Swartz said. "I don't intend to play in everything, but I'd like to make a few more tournament starts. Perhaps I'll try to qualify for the USGA's mid-amateur championship this summer."

Both Kalish and Swartz came from off the pace to battle in the stretch run of the 36-hole Baltimore Amateur stroke play. Kalish and Swartz opened with 72.

First-round leaders were Adrian Druzgala (Hobbit's Glen) and Matt Margolies (Hillendale) with sub-par 70s.

Playing the final round in the same foursome, Kalish jumped to a fast start over Swartz, but Swartz rallied on the back nine. He posted three birdies and six pars, forcing a deadlock with 144 totals.

Swartz had a chance to take the lead on the last hole, but missed a 10-foot birdie putt.

On the playoff hole, Swartz 3-putted from 50 feet for a bogey, and Kalish hit a long, straight drive and placed his second shot 15-feet from the pin for a winning par.

Wakefield Valley

Qualifying for the annual National Oldsmobile Scramble Tourney was conducted for Wakefield members. The leaders were two teams with gross scores of 61 and a top net foursome with 58.

The low gross foursomes with 61 scores were Mike Myers, Wayne Fountain, George Crouse and Wayne Putman and also Dave Bittner, John Gallagher, Gary Meyers and Dale Fletcher. The leading net team with 58 included Gerry Eckendrode, Iqubal Mdedina, Ken Kaemarski and Milton Zepp. Wakefield will be host to the regional Oldsmobile qualifying on Sept. 7. A single gross and net team will be invited to the Oldsmobile finals in Orlando, Fla., in October.

A field of 90 is expected to compete in the second annual Carroll County Amateur Championship listed for Monday at Wakefield. The 18-hole event, which includes divisions for women, men amateurs and seniors, is sponsored by Carroll County Bank and Trust, Carroll County Times, Wakefield Valley Conference Center. First round of the Wakefield match-play championship will be Aug. 7. Gerry Eckenrode is defending champion.

Carroll County golfers listed to play in the USGA's local National Amateur qualifying at Wakefield on Aug. 9 include: Mike Wah, who last year made it to the championship site, Ryan Kimble, Todd Eckenrode, Bittner, Mike Myers and Gerry Eckenrode.

Piney Branch

The team of Betty Fanshaw, Harry Smiley, Bunny Tobias, and Gerry Gobrecht paced the club's mixed-foursome play, scoring 117. Second place went to Ed Tobias, Bob Schmid, Shirley Hastings and Louise Evans, at 123. The team with the best front nine score of 58 included Bob Henderson, Joan Holland, Tom McCauley, and Brently Stanfield. The top team on the back nine with a 60 included Mary Beth Schmid, Donna Boyle, Peck Rhoten, and Ralph Wisner.

Winning teams in the men's club event: 119-Al Fritz, Bob Oldani, Paul Wooden; 124-Ray Shaffer, Sol Loberto, Mark Sunderland, and Gordon Knapp; 124-Joe Malinowski, Jim Christhilf, Ralph Lilley, and Ed Compher.

Saundra Newman scored a hole-in-one on Piney Branch's 120-yard seventh hole.

Bear Creek

The Carroll Transit team of Bob Ralston, Tim Brown, Craig Peddicord and Tom Toblash paced the senior-league play with a 13-under-par. Second place, with a 62, included Claire Metcalf, Charles Amereihn, Bob Reck and Gil Taylor.

Standings of team captains in the club's Industrial League are Pat Lynch, 12 points; Rick Jones, 10; Mike Zezeski, 8; Charles Richardson, 7; Bill Welsh, 7; Paul Long, 6; Bob Mitchell, 6 and Jeremy Long.

Oakmont Green

A nighttime golf tournament will be held at Oakmont today, starting at 8:45. Glow markers will be used to identify tees, flagsticks and balls. The competition, which has a $15 entry fee, will be held over a seven-hole route.

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