Seeds of spring bloom at turfgrass show

January 08, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The annual conference and trade show of the Maryland Turfgrass Council will be held tomorrow through Wednesday at the Convention Center.

Presentations scheduled for the state's largest such program include turfgrass management and how it affects the Chesapeake Bay, and new technologies in turfgrass management.

In addition to these sessions of general interest, there will be several seminars focusing attention on such council industries as golf course management, ornamental (floral) management, and sod production.

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents is among the organizations involved in the program.

MAPGA moves

Bill Horney, Wakefield Valley GC's only head professional, who saw the Carroll County course grow from nine to 27 holes during his 17-year tenure, has resigned to accept the job as head professional at Prospect Bay CC in Grasonville. The position became available when former head pro Jeff Greene went to Swan Point Y&CC as head pro after John Stavely vacated the shop to become the club's general manager.

In the only other vacancy that was filled, assistant Richard Flowers became head pro at Cumberland CC. Area clubs that are searching are CC Maryland, Chartwell CC, Lakewood CC and River Downs GC.

Puerto Rico winners

A foursome from Westwinds CC of New Market won the ninth annual Rums of Puerto Rico National Club Pro-Am tournament at the Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort last month, beating 42 teams with a score of 237.

Play was over three courses at the resort, about 30 miles west of San Juan, with a format of scramble, one net best-ball and two net best-balls. The winning team of pro Jeff Barley and amateurs Jim Leard, John Zoeller and Phil Manglitz placed first in the two net best-balls (121) and scramble (58) and third in the one net best-ball (58).

Although out of the top three for any individual event, Twin Shields CC (pro John Dodson and amateurs Richard Fischer, Tommy Farr and Kevin Dodson) of Dunkirk placed second overall, 245. Chestnut Ridge CC (pro Steve Hord and amateurs Jim Fischer, Buzz Hiken and Harvey Hess) was the only other area team to place, getting second in the one net best-ball event with 56.

Champions for Charity

The pairing of Barry Moore of Annapolis and Tom Riley of Alexandria, Va., posted 60-67-65--192 and placed seventh, 15 strokes behind the winning California team in La Quinta, Calif. They led area twosomes in the 166-team field at the championship program of the sixth annual Lexus series last month. Play in a better-ball format was over two courses at PGA West and one at La Quinta Resort last month.

Among the other teams were: 12. Jovi McAndrew, Rockville-John DiSalvatore, Potomac, 195; 21. Van Silver, Sanford, Fla.-Randy Scott, Greenbelt, 198; 135. James Buxbaum, Baltimore-Scott Tapper, Stuart, Fla., 223.

The Buxbaum-Tapper team, sponsored by Len Stoler Lexus of Owings Mills, had qualified for the national tournament earlier in the year at Caves Valley GC.

More USGA entries

For the third straight year, entries for the USGA's 13 national championships totaled more than 30,000 (30,290). Four had record numbers -- Mid-Amateur (due at Caves Valley GC and Woodholme CC in September), 3,720; Senior Open (due at Congressional CC in July), 2,390; Juniors, 2,694, and Women's Amateur, 451. The record of 31,651 was reached in 1992.

The Open remained most popular, drawing more than 6,000 entries for the fourth time in the past five years. Two others went past 5,000, the Public Links and the Amateur.

* The 1995 editions of the Rules of Golf ($1) and the comprehensive Decisions on the Rules of Golf ($15) may be ordered from the USGA's order department at (800) 336-4446.

Miscellaneous

Stevon Sutton, from Columbia, a University of Maryland senior, is among five collegiate golfers benefiting from a total of $5,000 in scholarship aid contributed by the PGA of America as part of the overall scholarship program coordinated by the National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association of Phoenix, Ariz. . . . Wayne DeFrancesco, teaching professional at Woodholme CC, finished 12th ($5,625) in the first Avon Grips/PGA tournament series in Florida.

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