Palmer rules county after playoffCharles Palmer, a...

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August 06, 1993|By GEORGE PALMER

Palmer rules county after playoff

Charles Palmer, a one-time professional now returned to amateur status, is the new Carroll County golf champion.

Palmer, a member of Piney Branch, won the 1993 event played at Wakefield Valley in a playoff with host club member Gerry Eckenrode.

After Palmer and Eckenrode deadlocked at 76, a sudden-death playoff was ordered. Palmer clinched the title with a par four on the 19th hole after Eckenrode three-putted.

Dave Bittner, the tournament's defending champion from Wakefield, closed one stroke behind the leaders with 77.

Still, the event will be remembered for the late collapse of Wakefield's Todd Eckenrode. Todd, a many-time club champion at Wakefield, seemingly held a comfortable lead going into the stretch run.

With only two holes to play, he was a mere 1-over-par, leading the field by three strokes. Pars on the final two holes would have given him a 73.

But Todd closed with a triple bogey on the 17th and a double bogey on the 18th, changing a victory into a playoff tie with two other players. His triple on 17 was the result of a drive that ended out of bounds by one foot.

Todd finished with a 78. Other leaders, tied at 79, were Charles Farson and Mark Simpson.

The women's champion was Marian Strange, scoring 87. Runner-up was Carrie Eustis with 91. Net winners among the women were Eurith Bowen and Pat Lichtfuss, with 70s.

The men's winners, playing from the white tees instead of from the blues, which was the case for the championship division, were Joe Young, 74; Mackie Pajak, 79; Steve Stewart, 80; and Bob Hoy, 82.

Men's net winners were Gus White, 69; Jeff Zumbrun, 70; Mark Zentz, 70; and Dennis Helm, 71.

Gross winners in the seniors division, playing from the gold tees, were George Knouse, 75; Fred Jenkins, 79; and Dick Blanchard, 82. Senior net winners were Loring Yingling, 62; Franklin Zleck, 65; Al Kirkner, 66; and Nick Delia, 66.

Piney Branch

Another shootout between the Gailey brothers is the feature of tomorrow's semifinal matches in the Piney Branch match-play championship.

The Gaileys -- Carol, Wayne and Steve -- all have had their turns at winning titles at Piney Branch. Tomorrow's test finds Wayne, the defending match-play titlist, taking on his brother, Carol.

In the other semifinal, Charles Palmer meets Steve Yount. The women's final pits Peggy Eline against Nancy Gailey.

The closest quarterfinal test saw Yount edge Wayne Price in an extra-hole struggle. Yount closed the deadlock with a birdie on ,, the 19th hole.

In other matches, Wayne Gailey defeated Steve Cimbalista five and three; Carol Gailey beat Rob Schmid six and five; and Palmer stopped Bob Rosenberger four and two.

In the women's semifinal, Nancy Gailey defeated Deb Rhodes one-up and Eline defeated Connie Henderson two and one.

Finals in all men's flights will be played Sunday.

Bear Creek

Leading team captains in the industrial league are Pat Lynch, 13 points; Rick Jones, 11; Bill Welsh, 10; Charles Richardson, 10; Mike Zezeski, 8; Bob Mitchell, 8; Paul Long, 8; and Jeremy Long, 3.

In senior league play, the winners were Lee Miller and Bruno Blonkowski with 83.

Chip shots

Carroll County combinations competing today in the Maryland State Mixed Two-Ball are George and Betty Fanshaw, Sheila and Mark Bertoldi, Jo Ann and David Hayden, Robert and Connie Henderson, Roger Leonard and Deb Rhodes, Carol and Nancy Gailey, and Denny and Linda Myers.

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship is Monday at Wakefield Valley. There will be 84 players going for four spots.

Among the Carroll County golfers competing will be Ryan Kimble, Gerry Eckenrode, Richard Burke, Mike Myers, Mitchell Freedman, Todd Eckenrode and Dave Bittner.

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