Howard County parents give golfers new shot to tee it up Program scrambled, but is saved

August 31, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Howard County high school golfers, cut adrift when the Howard County Department of Education canceled their sport earlier this year, have been rescued by a group of concerned parents.

They have formed the Howard Golf Club, and under those auspices, the high school golfers will now be able to compete in a full schedule of matches and be eligible for district and state playoffs.

Although the new program is in no way associated with the Department of Education, which eliminated the golf program fearing liability over transportation, each high school will have a team.

All tryouts and matches will be played at Hobbit's Glen Golf Course.

For Centennial and Mount Hebron, tryouts will be held Sept. 7 at 3 p.m.; for Hammond and Glenelg, Sept. 8; for Howard and Atholton, Sept. 9; for Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills, Sept. 14. The rain date is Sept. 15.

Each non-member of Hobbit's Glen must pay a $10 tryout fee, and golfers must sign a waiver form freeing parents and Hobbit's Glen from liability in case of injury.

Based on the tryouts, teams will be chosen that will play eight matches, including seven league matches. The league winner will receive a plaque, and all teams will be eligible for the District V playoff.

League matches will consist of nine holes, using a double-bogey pick-up point system. If a golfer's score reaches double bogey, he automatically picks up his ball and moves to the next hole.

Team members must pay a $50 fee to participate for the season. That covers greens fees.

All teams will open their season with a practice round Sept. 21 and begin regular-season play Sept. 22.

Anyone interested in getting a tryout must call a parent %o representative for each school.

Those representatives are: Atholton, Richard Anderson, (410) 854-2069; Centennial, Jack and Kathy Lehner, (410) 997-7554; Glenelg, Joyce Beddingfield, (410) 854- 6157; Hammond, Don Masters, (410) 381-2549; Howard, Karen Roth, (410) 997-4563; Mount Hebron, Marika Snifcak, (410) 461-1923; Oakland Mills, Quent Hardes, (410) 381-0001; Wilde Lake, Ann Wood, (410) 730-1494.

The Board of Education has given its permission for the golfers to be absent from school for the district and state championship tournaments.

The format for teams that play in the district golf tournaments to advance to the state tournament at the University of Maryland College Park has changed to give smaller schools a better chance.

In the past, District V, which included Anne Arundel, Harford, Howard and Carroll counties, sent four teams to states. Usually the larger schools were the ones that went because they had the stronger teams.

This year, there will be two teams from Class 3A and 4A, and two from Class 1A and 2A selected for states from District V.

But a team must shoot a cumulative 380 in order to go. And an individual trying to qualify must shoot at least an 87. The cutoff for female golfers is 110.

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