Charles Palmer is a convincing golf champion.
Directly after winning the annual all-Carroll County title, Palmer added a triumph in the Piney Branch match-play championship.
It was a closely contested 2-up decision over Wayne Gailey in the 36-hole Piney Branch final that enabled Palmer to clinch two golfing crowns in consecutive weeks. The win was the first match-play title for Palmer at Piney Branch. Gailey has been a multiple winner at the club.
The match was tied after 18 holes, and the outcome was not decided until the last hole. With Palmer leading one-up at the 36th hole, he beat his opponent by making a birdie putt on the final green. In the semifinals, Palmer defeated Steve Yount, 4 and 3, and Gailey beat his brother, Carroll Gailey, 2 and 1.
Other flight winners were: first, Phil Phillips; second, Al Fritz; third, Ray Shaffer; fourth, Dick Titus; fifth, Ralph Lilley; and sixth, Mel Mitzel.
Nancy Gailey won the women's 1993 crown, defeating Peggy Eline one-up in the final. Phyllis Zumbrum was the first flight women's winner.
Wakefield match play
Favorites continue to tumble in the Wakefield Valley Club match play championship. Of a field of 16 starting qualifiers, Ron Ritzer is the only seeded player who survived the first two rounds of match play.
Among those bowing in early rounds were defending champion Gerry Eckenrode, club stroke-play champion Dave Bittner, former club champion Mike Myers and last year's National Amateur qualifier Mike Wah.
Results of first-round matches were: Eckenrode defeated Bob Hoy, 5 and 4; Ritzer defeated Charles Farson, 1-up; Bittner defeated John Gallagher, 20 holes; Bob Kirkner defeated Wah, 3 and 2; Ryan Kimble defeated Bob Astri, 6 and 5; Dick Blanchard defeated Ron Schmidt, 2-up; Rob Vanetten defeated Myers, 1-up; and Howard Tiger defeated Gus White, 2 and 1.
Second-round results: Ritzer defeated Eckenrode 5 and 4; Kirkner defeated Bittner, 22 holes; Kimble defeated Blanchard by default; and Tiger defeated Vanetten 5 and 3.
Multiple winner Todd Eckenrode was unable to enter the tournament. Bittner's loss with Kirkner went 22 holes and ended with Kirkner's birdie.
Wakefield amateur qualifier
Hobbitt's Glen's Adrian Druzgala and University of Maryland's Mike Panos can tell you that there is no thing as a sure thing in golf.
Panos shared the first-round lead with a 69 in the 36-hole U.S. Amateur qualifier at Wakefield Valley earlier this week. Druzgala was one stroke behind with an 70. Both appeared to be strong choices to grab one of the four qualifying spots.
In the second round, Panos faded 11 shots, scoring 80, and Druzgala dropped 17 strokes with an 87.
Qualifiers for the National Amateur were Pat Tallent, Vienna, Va. 142; John McClure, Palm Beach, Fla.; Brian Slevan, Arnold, 143; and Justin Klein, Hunt Valley, 145.
In trying to explain the difference between his back-in-the-pack score of 162 this year and his winning qualifying performance last year Wah, a Westminster resident, said:
"I just don't think I was as well prepared this time. Also, my putting completely collapsed."
Scores of other Carroll County participants included: Mike Myers, 153; Dave Bittner, 155; Gerry Eckenrode, 159.
Bear Creek Open Scramble
Winning foursome in the Bear Creek Open Scramble Tournament was John Light, Mike Bogincki, Tim Wistoff and Dale Peddicord at 13 under par.
Eagle scores hole-in-one
Latest Carroll County golfer to join the hole-in-one club is Keith Eagle of Westminster. He scored his perfect shot on the 137-yard third hole at Bear Creek.