Urquhart took detour on road to MAGA presidency

March 06, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Peter Urquhart's career as an area golf official has included a detour and a jump-start to get back on track, but all that was behind him Friday when he was elected president of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association.

In addition to the election of officers, the meeting, held at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, featured guest speaker Ben Brundred Jr., general chairman of the Kemper Open.

Urquhart's career began nearly 20 years ago when, as a member of Hillendale Country Club, he was elected a vice president of the Maryland State Golf Association. The ladder to the president's office took 10 years and in his eighth season, there was a job transfer to Houston.

Urquhart, 58, who has divided a career in the insurance brokerage business between companies, lived in Houston for four years before deciding to retire and return to Baltimore in 1987. A native of the area, he was educated in Baltimore County public schools and is a graduate of Western Maryland College.

At the time he went to Houston, Urquhart was a member of Hillendale and Baltimore country clubs, but upon his return and the purchase of a home in Lutherville, he retained only his Baltimore CC membership.

Within a year after his return, he had a new business position and had been elected a vice president of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association.

This came about when Jack Emich of Baltimore CC went off the Middle Atlantic board and discussions of a possible replacement began. Urquhart's name was mentioned, along with the fact he hadn't completed his Maryland State term. After expressing an interest, he was nominated and elected.

The business position was as president and chairman of Tongue Brooks & Co. Inc., a 100-year-old insurance firm where the last of the second generation of the founding family was retiring.

"My father was a nice player," Urquhart said of his introduction to golf, "and as kids my brother and I played a lot with him. That was at Bonnie View Country Club when it was a semi-private club and Jimmy Duke was the golf professional.

"Now, my brother is retired, lives in North Carolina, and is a scratch golfer." Urquhart himself carries an eight handicap.

The other officers: Vice presidents -- Marty West III, Columbia CC; Clyde Luther, Springfield G&CC; Joel Kaye, Woodholme CC; Charles Revoile, Congressional CC; Len Isaacs, Willow Oaks CC; Mike Cumberpatch, Naval Academy GC; John Price, International T&CC; and Jeff Fleischman, Golden Horseshoe GC; secretary -- George Taylor, Worthington Valley; and treasurer, Robert Swindell Jr., Elkridge Club.

Here is the Middle Atlantic Golf Association schedule: May 12 -- Senior four ball, Westwood CC; July 11 -- Father-Son, Chestnut Ridge CC; Aug. 8 -- Senior Amateur, Springfield G&CC; Aug. 11 -- Juniors, Chartwell CC; Sept. 7-8 -- Women's Amateur, Cripple Creek CC; Sept. 29-Oct. 2 -- Men's Amateur, Baltimore CC; Oct. 8-9 -- Mason-Dixon matches, Caves Valley GC.

Clinic time

Golfers champing at the bit to get outdoors may have to put that thought on hold for awhile, but the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks has something for you to release some of that pent-up enthusiasm.

Professionals from the three county courses will present an indoor "Swing into Spring" clinic from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Oregon Ridge.

There will be eight "stations" covering various aspects of the game.

There is a $10 fee, with pre-registration available at the three county public courses -- Diamond Ridge, Longview and Rocky )) Point. Proceeds will go toward offsetting fees for advanced golf educational opportunities for the county pros.

Meeting time

Two regional seminars are scheduled for this week, with the U.S. Golf Association and the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents combining forces for a day-long program Thursday at DuPont CC in Wilmington, Del., and the Maryland State Golf Association and the Mid-Atlantic Association Golf Course Superintendents co-sponsoring an educational program for club greens chairmen Saturday at the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club.

Additionally, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday evening at Norbeck CC. Kevin Mathias of the Institute of Applied Agriculture at the University of Maryland will speak on the Superintendents' Computer Network.

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