Amateur official Emich has served game he loves in several roles

September 25, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

When the Middle Atlantic Golf Association holds its annual Amateur championship at Baltimore Country Club this week, Jack Emich will be one of the more visible officials. It hasn't always been that way; it just seems like it.

Emich has been a part of the local golf scene since he became interested in the game while attending Forest Park High School, caddying for his father at the old Hillsdale course about 60 years ago.

The interest became a devotion, and he has given more than 40 years of service to the amateur game as a player, official and administrator at the local, state, regional and national levels. He was a member of the CC of Maryland and Hillendale CC before joining Baltimore CC after World War II. For most of those years, he worked also in the steel business, retiring from that career after more than 40 years.

As a player, he won club championships and competed well in state and regional events. Still active in Senior events, Emich, 76, played in the recent Maryland State Seniors with an 8 handicap.

As an official, he was one of the founding fathers of the Baltimore City Amateur championship, served as president of the Maryland State and Middle Atlantic golf associations, and was actively involved in committee work for the United States Golf Association. He serves as the first executive director of the Maryland State Golf Association.

Clark MacKenzie, himself a former Maryland State Amateur titlist, recognized Emich's years of service by saluting him in July at the inaugural MacKenzie Cup, a competition he started at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club in honor of his late father, Roland MacKenzie, a nationally prominent golfer in the 1920s who later went on to play a lot of amateur golf while living here.

Interestingly, Emich and Roland both were tied to past Walker Cup matches, albeit in different capacities. While Roland played on three United States teams, Jack was instrumental in bringing the 1965 Walker Cup matches to Baltimore CC. They are remembered for being the only tie (11-11) in Cup history.

A wet championship

Joan Winchester called them "the worst conditions I can remember," after she and 52 others survived a heavy rain driven almost horizontal by a 20 mph wind in the annual Senior Women's championship of the Maryland State Golf Association held Thursday at Rolling Road Golf Club.

Winchester, who had birdied three of the first five holes on her home course, was on the seventh green when the rainy conditions increased in intensity, and it was a struggle thereafter. She turned the front nine in par-37, then had 48 on the back nine, but her 85 earned her the title by one stroke.

There was a three-way tie for second at 86 among Joan Lins of Cattail Creek, Sharon Briggs of Montgomery Village and Sally Casey of Baltimore CC. Briggs was in position to win it all before going double-bogey, bogey, double-bogey on the last three holes.

Young Ja Kim of Hobbit's Glen, with 87, was the only other player to break 90.

Two who played through the worst of the conditions were rewarded for their perseverance as their scores won prizes. Joan Craver of Montgomery CC, in the next-to-last group, was the runner-up in Group II (ages 55-59) with 97, and Betty Marshall of Montgomery CC, in the last group, was the runner-up in Group V (70 and older), one stroke out of first with 100.

Togetherness

When Walt Reiter scored a hole-in-one with a 5-wood at Rolling Road's 175-yard 15th hole last week, it completed a unique double for the family. Two months earlier, to the day, Walt's wife, June, had a hole-in-one, same hole (136 yards), also with a 5-wood.

Miscellaneous

There are 48 entries for the annual Middle Atlantic PGA match-play championship at Queenstown Harbor this week. There will be 16 first-round matches tomorrow, with the remaining 16 having drawn byes. Two rounds Tuesday and Wednesday will sort out the last two for a scheduled 36-hole final Thursday . . . . Rod Stroup had rounds of 32-31-31-31--125, and won the third annual season-long putting tournament (low total for four monthly events) at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. The best single-round total was 29 by Bill Welch.

This week's schedule: Monday-Thursday -- Middle Atlantic PGA Match-Play championship, Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, 8 a.m. Tuesday -- Women's Golf Association, Rolling Road GC and CC of Maryland. Thursday-Sunday -- Middle Atlantic Golf Association Amateur championship, Baltimore CC, 8 a.m.

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