August is good time to get in swing of things at area courses


August 07, 1994|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Special to The Sun

Well, it's August already. A fine time to be making plans for coming down to Greater Ocean City's excellent golf courses for some late summer and fall golf.

Motels and hotels in the area begin offering golf packages at rates lower than summer tariffs.

For anyone unfamiliar with this area's golf: Eagle's Landing, Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club, Ocean Pines, River Run, Pine Shore, the Bay Club and the Beach Club are all within a 15-minute or less drive of Ocean City. A bit farther out, within 30 minutes, are Nutter's Crossing in Salisbury and Nassawango in Snow Hill.

You can call Golf Getaway at (800) 4 OC GOLF (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for the office but anytime for automated reservations) to reserve tee times and obtain more information. Or, you may contact your favorite hotel and see what it is offering in the way of golf packages.

On the local scene, the Senior League at the Beach Club had Herb "Boom Boom" Laderer leading the pack on a 90 gross, 71 performance. Trailing him in a three-way tie at net 72 were Bob "Cozy" Cremen (96 gross), "Jolly" Jim Jordan (97) and "Bad" Bob Donnelly (88).

At Pine Shore, a double dose of its happy tournaments saw the Sunday Morning Scramble go first to Dick Ponton, Chris Smith, Virgil Cave and Joe Franciamone with an 11-under-par 49 and then to Ponton, Jack Jarvis, Charles Smith and Franciamone with a 12-under that tied them with the threesome of Mike Patryn, Bobby Williams and Gene Kerin.

In the Monday Afternoon Scramble, a nine-hole event, first it was Joe Foley, Charlie Young and Herb Laderer (he gets around) with an even-par 30 and then Jim Waldron, Bill Stonelake and John Weippert at 29.

Pine Shore Ladies League action, one outing only, went to Carolyn Priddle, Betty Clark, Marcelle Anderson and Rose Parr with a 3-under 57.

The Wednesday Morning Scramble was taken by Kerin, Bud Doelle and Augie Wirth with a 6-under 54 and then John O'Neil, Franciamone, Bob Rice and Jim Brake at 7-under 53.

In the Wednesday Afternoon Coed Scramble, the top places went to Dick and Jane Ponton with Robert Foster and Kemp Lang at 3-under 27 and then to Buck and Dot Serling with Foster and Lang at 4-under.

Holes in one were scored by George Groth of Ocean Pines on the 136-yard 8th of the Willow course and by Francis G. Mitchell from Devon, Pa., on the 118-yard 1st on the Pines course. It was Mitchell's first-ever ace and the fifth for Groth.

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