Ladies' club never misses tee time


August 14, 2002|By Heather Tepe | Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GOLFERS WHO play in the Hobbit's Glen Ladies 9-Hole League are making links with other women while improving their game on the links. On Tuesday mornings from April through October, the league meets at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club to share stories and an interest in golf.

"You play with different levels of players and different age groups," said Lorraine Seelaus, a River Hill resident and member of the league since 1997. "You share life experiences of the different age groups. Some of the women talk about their kids and the older players talk about their grandchildren. That's really neat."

League Chairwoman Sue Tyng agrees. "Golf is a very intimidating sport," she said. "These women are kind and gentle, and it's a more relaxed atmosphere for golf."

Tyng said that after a round of golf, many members of the league share lunch at the Coho Grill and socialize outside of the club.

"We talk about girly stuff and chat about each other's lives. It's a great fellowship of women," she said.

Seelaus said that while some golfers may not feel that they have the skills to join a league, it's a great way to get regular practice.

"Some women might be intimidated, thinking they don't play well enough to play in a league when, in fact, playing in a league helps you to get better," she said. "You don't have to be LPGA material to enjoy this league."

Tyng said the league is best suited for golfers with some experience. The league has 36 members. League dues are $40 a year.

Information about joining the league: Contact Tyng at

Umbrella artist

The Columbia Association sponsored its annual Umbrella Theme Exhibition as part of Columbia's International Day at the Lakefront on July 27.

Youngsters ages 6 to 17 were invited to display their creativity on a golf umbrella, expressing their interpretations of the theme "United We Stand Under One Umbrella." Artist Trudy Babchak, an oil painter, judged the entries.

Helen Ross of Clarksville won a ribbon for her entry in the 6- to 8-year-old category. Semret Seyourn and Susie Park, also of Clarksville, collaborated on their winning entry in the ages 9 to 11 category. Jessica Trent of Bethesda won the prize for the ages 12 to 14 category and Heather Chen of Columbia won in the ages 15 to 17 group.

Skate contest winners

Columbia Sports Park was the venue for an in-line skating competition Saturday sponsored by Rascals, the skating, snow and surfing goods store. Skaters were judged on their creativity, how many tricks they performed and landed, and the difficulty of the tricks.

In the peewee division, the winner was Stephanie Asher of Glenelg. In the beginner division, first place went to Paul Spriesterbach of Ellicott City, second place to Gleb Borovok of Columbia and third place to Matt Kelchner of Silver Spring.

In the intermediate division, the first-place winner was Josh Borneman of Columbia; second place went to Daniel Bobrowsky of Columbia; third place was won by Rizwan Khan of Ellicott City. In the advanced division, first place went to Steve Badger of Columbia, second place to Aaron Llanso of Highland and third place to Joe Ganboa of Silver Spring.

Rascals will sponsor a skateboard competition Aug. 24 at the sports park, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration: 410-480-2002.

Rotary Club donations

Since the mid-1960s, business and professional leaders in Columbia have joined the Rotary Club, a group dedicated to community service. The club's name originated with the practice of rotating meetings between members' offices. The group's motto is "Service Above Self."

"We give back to the community that has been good to us," said Rick Menz, a member of the club's charity committee.

The Rotary Club supports nonprofit organizations, offers college scholarships and participates in community projects. Columbia has three Rotary clubs, the Columbia Rotary Breakfast Club, Columbia Rotary Lunch Club and Columbia Rotary Evening Club.

Last week, Columbia Rotary Evening Club, which meets at That's Amore restaurant Tuesday evenings, announced the recipients of this year's awards to nonprofit organizations. The group awarded a total of $14,500 split among Columbia Pro Cantare, Hospice of Howard County, Voices for Children, Domestic Violence Center, Leadership U, First Tee of Howard County, Camp Attaway, FIRN, Howard County Police Foundation and the National Pike division of the Boy Scouts.

On Sept. 16, Columbia Rotary Club will sponsor its 35th Golf Benefit at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club.


Booster meeting

The Atholton High School Boosters will hold its first meeting of the school year at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the high school. Parents of Atholton's athletes are invited to attend.

Information: 410-730-2572.

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