Club pros swing into action in Challenge Cup

August 01, 1993|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Contributing Writer

Action is heating up in the Toyota/B. J.'s Ocean City Challenge Cup, a summer-long tournament in which two pros from each of the six local clubs compete in a 10-match schedule at better-ball match play, with three points up for grabs each round.

Golfers who would like to see some excellent shot-making should contact any of the clubs below for dates and times of future matches.

In the fourth round of play, the Ocean Pines team opened up a two-point lead in first, having lost only three of the possible 12 points so far. This time out, they blanked River Run, 3-0, knocking the river men into the basement with only four points.

The Bay Club moved out of the last-place spot with a remarkable pair of comebacks in its match against fourth-place Eagle's Landing. Three down after only four holes on each nine, the bay men rode assistant pro Paul Erdman's five birdies to at least claim a tie on each side and 1.5 points for the day for a 4.5 accumulation. Eagle's Landing had 5.5.

In the other match of this round, the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club entry took a 2-1 decision from the Beach Club for seven total, moving alone into second and dropping the beach boys to third at six points.

The fifth round -- the halfway point -- will pit Ocean Pines against the Bay Club, Eagle's Landing against the Beach Club, and River Run against Ocean City.

A low gross-low net event held by the Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers was won by Joanne Kirby with 95 over the 96 of Elinore Lees and by Marge D'Alesandro with 71 net over Mary Boteler and Bobbie Feenick, who tied at 73. In the weekly fun game, Jane Chufar took only 27 putts to win, followed by Janice Ignatowicz and Irene Marshall, who had 29 apiece.

Pine Shore Golf began last week with its Sunday morning scramble, won by the threesome of Bob Hearlth, Mark Brueckmann and John Weldon with a neat 49, 11 under par. The Monday evening scramble was taken by Pete Forest, Jack Reed, John Weippert and Charlie Young with a 1-over 31, one better than Al Fury, George Dunphy, Luke Hannon and Jeff Leidner.

On Wednesday morning, another scramble format went to George Groth, Joe Franciamone and Gus Wirth with a 6-under 54. Then the just-for-fun co-ed scramble went to Louis and Bette Larson and Joe and Rose Wierzbowski at 28, 2-under. John Weldon of Laurel got his first hole in one as he aced the 139-yard Pines course No. 3 hole.

Buddy Sass, Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club head pro, finished a respectable sixth in the recent Maryland Open Championship. Mr. Sass sandwiched rounds of 74 around a 70 in the 54-hole event at Crofton Country Club for a 218 total, five behind the victorious Glen Barrett.

Richie Jarboe, owner of Richie's Pub in the Ocean Pines Plaza, joined with Mr. Sass recently to take the pro-am team championship at the Hog Neck Golf Club in Easton.

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