Municipal team gets filled out for cup match

September 03, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The Fall Public Links Championship, scheduled for this weekend, will determine the final placings for the municipal team that will meet a team of private club champions next month in the first Challenge Cup.

The new event, sponsored by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, will match 12-man sides over two days of Ryder Cup-format competition, Oct. 7-8, at Pine Ridge Golf Course and Eagle's Nest.

The municipal team will be chosen on the basis of points awarded to the top finishers in the spring and fall tournaments. The second of the two 36-hole events will be held Saturday at Pine Ridge and Sunday at Clifton Park GC.

Spring champion Charlie Narciso is the points leader with 250, followed by Serge Hogg, 200; Tony Narciso, 170; Bill White, 142; Tim Osgood, 142, and Drew Forrester, 142.

Among the followers are Lou Wright, 107; Bob Lentz, 107; Ed Legg, 107; Adam Argenbright, 107; Marty Lightner, 79; Blair Laubach, 79; Peter Iannacone, 79; David Zorn, 50; Wilbur Welch, 50; Jay Perkins, 50; Mark Miller, 50; Peter Jahries, 50; Walt Grabowski, 50, and Mark Tuholsky, 31.

The area private club players, all club champions, are expected to include Mickey Abrams, Suburban Club; Tom Bassford, Hillendale CC; Henry Blue, Green Spring VHC; Robert Bonnell, Elkridge Club; Joey Chuasiriporn, Eagle's Nest; Jim Fisher, Chestnut Ridge; Larry Flowers, Sparrows Point CC; Bob Kaestner, Baltimore CC; David Kaplan, Bonnie View CC; Joel Kaye, Caves Valley GC/Woodholme CC; Jack Soliman, Eagle's Nest; Rick Sovero, Rolling Road GC; and Larry Storck, CC Maryland.

The Mason-Dixon matches, an annual competition between players representing the Middle Atlantic Golf Association and the Golf Association of Philadelphia, likely will claim several of the Challenge Cup qualifiers, but each club will be able to send its representative.

Centennial celebration

The Elkridge Club, organized as a fox hunting club in 1878, and at its Charles Street location since 1888, will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a golf club with ceremonies this coming weekend.

Golf events are scheduled for Friday (with representatives from the USGA and area golf associations), Saturday (with about 20 area professionals as guests) and Sunday (an Elkridge family outing and scramble tournament).

Although a group that probably included some Elkridge Club members built a nine-hole course just south of the current location in 1894, by the next year Elkridge had its own nine-hole course, measuring about 2,000 yards, according to historical data accumulated in recent years by Stewart McLean, an Elkridge member.

The neighboring Baltimore Golf Club became a member of the USGA in June 1896, some 18 months after formation of the organization. When the BGC was dissolved in 1898, and the Elkridge membership had agreed to buy the 30 acres, this membership was passed to the Elkridge Club, making it one of the 25 oldest in the USGA.

A new course

Seeding (bentgrass) is expected to begin this week at The Timbers at Troy, the first course to be developed and owned by Howard County. Located in the eastern part of the county near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Route 100, the 18-hole public facility will have four sets of tees stretching back to 6,700 yards.

RTC The first nine holes are expected to open next summer, with the second nine in late fall or the spring of 1997. There are three streams on the property, and some elevation provides rolling terrain for tree-lined fairways. When completed, the facility also will include a lighted 40-station, double-ended driving range and a clubhouse.

The property, part of the Dorsey family land grant, which dates from the 1600s, encompasses some 350 acres, and the owner, Brantley Development, deeded some 170 acres to the county with the stipulation it be used for a golf course. The county acquired the balance of the 207-acre tract from the state highway administration.

Joining with the county in the project have been Rainmaker Golf Development, headed by brothers Todd and Scott Arterburn, of Ellicott City; architect Ken Killian, and Kemper Sports Management.

This week's schedule

Tuesday -- Oldsmobile Scramble, Holly Hills CC (double crossover), 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday -- Middle Atlantic Women's Amateur (92 entries), Tides Inn, Irvington, Va., 8 a.m. Thursday -- Middle Atlantic PGA Senior Tour, Evergreen CC, 10 a.m. Friday -- Maryland State Seniors (152 entries), Fountain Head CC, Hagerstown, 8 a.m. Saturday -- BMGC Fall Publinx tournament, Pine Ridge GC, 7 a.m. Sunday -- BMGC Fall Publinx tournament, Clifton Park GC, 7 a.m.

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