Golfers swing through area courses

June 19, 1994|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Special to The Sun

Gary and Helga Bancroft of Lutherville in Baltimore County were down the shore enjoying a stay at a friend's house and enjoying the golf in our area. Gary is a 10 handicap and Helga carries a 31 and they are serious golfers.

The first day in the area, still in transit, they stopped in Easton to play the fabulous Hog's Neck Golf Course, rated as one of the best public courses in the country. The Bancrofts pronounced it a great course with its wide-open front nine and tightly wooded back nine. Paired with two men from Baltimore, Helga shot a 106 and Gary an 82 to begin their golf trek on high notes.

Next stop on the Bancroft sojourn was the Beach Club in Berlin, which they described as a decent layout with very good greens. Paired with two men from Annapolis, Helga posted a 107 and Gary an 85 in their first looks at the popular area club.

Stops three and four were Eagle's Landing in Ocean City with their son, Craig, along to make it even more enjoyable.

Gary says that Eagle's Landing presents a great course and nature study at the same time.

They played the layout on successive days. Helga was consistent with scores of 105 and 104, while Gary was even more so with a pair of 82s. Nice scores on this tough course, again on their first (well second, also) visit.

River Run was their final stop, ticketed for the morning of the day they returned to the Baltimore area but the results were too late for this column's deadline. During the whole week, Helga was pitted against Gary and he noted that handicaps really do work, since the interfamily results showed three matches even-up and Gary by just 1-up in the other.

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In the fourth round of the Toyota/B. J.'s Ocean City Challenge Cup, the Beach Club and Rehoboth put a little distance between themselves and their division rivals, as the Beachmen opened a 2 1/2 -point lead over River Run in the Blue Division with a 6.5 to 2.5 thrashing of Cripple Creek.

In the Gray Division, Rehoboth posted a 5.5 to 3.5 victory over the Bay Club and put those 2 points between themselves and the Baymen who fell to second. Eagle's Landing had a bye for an automatic 4.5 points and holds third at 20 points. Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club had the best results in this fourth round with a convincing 8.5 to .5 win over Green Hill, which kept the OCG&YC close in third with 20.5 points.

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The Ocean City Ladies Golf Association held its annual John Scott Tournament with matches of cards deciding both the gross and net champions. Linda Palmer edged Sandra Andersen, both with 183. The net prize went to Phyllis Bell who overmatched Polly Phillips on cards of 144.

A Women's Peninsula Golf Association Mixed Better-Ball at Nassawango ended with the team of Margaret Markiewicz and Joanne Kirby, from Ocean Pines, and Ocean City stalwarts Jane Coates and Peggy Murray turning in a fine 118 total to win.

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The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines will hold its Second Annual Putting Contest on July 2, 3 and 4 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the practice putting green at the Ocean Pines Country Club.

Entry fees are $5 and cash prizes and trophies will be awarded each day in four categories: (1) junior golfers under 13 years old, (2) nongolfers (those without a handicap), (3) golfers with handicaps of 26 or higher and (4) golfers with handicaps of 25 or less. Call Ralph Helwig at (410) 641-6656 or Fritz Johnson at (410) 641-6898.

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