Ace insurance pays off again Qualifying golfers treated to tourney

November 14, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

It is not unusual for a charity golf event to have a local automobile dealer put up a car for a hole-in-one at one (or more) par-3 holes during the outing.

Often, the charity even goes to the trouble of taking out hole-in-one insurance in case such a thing should happen. And how many times have you heard of it happening?

The National Hole-In-One Association, out of Dallas, recently documented 94 through early September.

It keeps track, because next March, at The Woodlands, outside of Houston, the 11th annual Tournament of Aces will be held for those who made a hole-in-one on a hole insured by the organization.

Richard Linder of Ellicott City is one who can testify to the authenticity of this operation. Participating in the annual outing of the Howard County Hospital, he aced the 18th hole of the East Course at Turf Valley CC, striking a 5-iron shot at the 155-yard hole.

"You see the car and you think about it, but it's the type of thing you don't think will happen to you," Linder said recently. "The shot was right on the pin. The ball took one bounce and rolled into the cup. We could see it go in."

And, adding the obvious, "It was a real thrill."

An 18-handicapper who has played in several such events in the past few years, Linder, president of the Electronics Systems division for Westinghouse, not only got the car, but an invitation to The Woodlands.

That trip excludes transportation but includes accommodations,

two tournament rounds among four days of golf, a hole-in-one shootout and various social functions.

"Thinking about it" is Linder's current position on the trip. The national organization also includes the insured hole's sponsor's representative in its invitation, but Mark Breidenstein, a vice president of Normandy Ford in Ellicott City has declined his invitation.

"We did this for one tournament, did not insure it, and somebody had a hole-in-one. Now, we put up the insurance and pay the premium," Breidenstein said.

Runner-up entry

A team headed by Mike Larson of Prospect Bay recently finished second in Division I (0-6 handicaps) of the American Cancer Society's national scramble tournament at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Larson, Tim Sughrue of Prospect Bay, Matt Sughrue of Bethesda CC and Paul Caveny, a friend of Larson's from Tampa, Fla., shot 59-59 118 to miss by a stroke catching an Iowa team which shot 57-60117.

To qualify, Larson's team had won at the local and state levels.

Mideast 2000

The first golf outing to support this non-profit, non-partisan group committed to peace and human rights in the Middle East '' by the year 2000, will be held Saturday (10 a.m.) at Willow Springs GC in West Friendship.

Information is available from the golf course, (410) 489-7700.

Showtime

The second annual Chesapeake Golf & Travel Show is listed for Dec. 3-5 at the Convention Center. More than 100 exhibitors are assured, and veteran PGA Tour winners Joe Inman (three days) and Don Massengale (Saturday-Sunday) will be on hand during the weekend.

Around the MAPGA

At the recent Middle Atlantic PGA meeting in Fredericksburg, Va., Bob Fretwell, head professional at Old South CC, was elected president; Mike Ahrnsbrak, Shenandoah Valley GC, vice president, and Chuck Bassler, Willow Oaks CC in Richmond, secretary. Two other elections ushered in Peter Hodson, River's Bend CC, Chester, Va., as a director-at-large, and Tim Cockrell, Westwood CC, as the assistant pros' representative.

* Tom Hantke, honored by the MAPGA with its Bill Strausbaugh Award for excellence in club relations at the organization's awards banquet Friday night at Westwood CC, has announced he is leaving the section to become the executive director of the Connecticut Section of the PGA of America.

* Kathy Murphy, teaching professional at Bonnie View CC, has been elected president of the Northeast Section of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional division.

A Class A member of the LPGA and PGA of America, she has been a member of the T&CP group since 1977. As president, she will serve a two-year term -- with four other section presidents and national president DeDe Owens -- on the executive committee.

* There are 38 entries for the annual MAPGA match-play championship, due at Old South CC, tomorrow through Thursday.

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