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By George Taylor | April 19, 1992
Piney Branch Country Club's women are branching out this season.For the first time in the club's history, the women will take part inthe Mason-Dixon District Golf Association competitions. Included in the lineup are five clubs from Maryland, two from Pennsylvania and one from Virginia."We hade been considering this move for a couple of years," said Connie Henderson, Piney Branch representative in the Mason-Dixon event. "It should give women's golf in Carroll County a major boost."Henderson is the reigning women's stroke-play champion at Piney Branch.
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October 21, 2001
Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association contributed more than $18,000 to The Sun's Disaster Relief Fund for victims of last month's terrorist attacks. Association President Charles Fieldhouse said he solicited donations from the club's 4,677 members. The association has 48 clubs in Maryland, one each in Pennsylvania and Virginia, and six in Delaware, he said. Members must be age 55 or older. Fieldhouse asked for the donations between Sept. 14 and Monday. On Thursday, three clubs -- Piney Branch in Hampstead, Rolling Road and University of Maryland -- played at Piney Branch, where the donation total of $18,195 was announced.
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NEWS
By George Taylor | September 20, 1992
The life of a golf professional's wife is not always to be envied.L It has its good and its bad times. Jana Zachman should know.Not only is she the wife of Piney Branch head professional Jeff Zachman, but also she is the manager of the club's golf shop."
SPORTS
By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 4, 2001
Skip and Ryan Tendall, from Congressional Country Club, the last entry in the 74-team field, stood first after completion of the annual Maryland State Father-Son tournament at Hillendale CC yesterday. The Tendalls finished 35-35-70, to win by two shots over Steve-Steven Colnitis, Baltimore CC, 36-36-72, in the selected drive-alternate shot format. The Tendalls, whose previous best finish in the event had been a tie for sixth in 1997, combined for three birdies, one bogey over the 6,750-yard course in northern Baltimore County.
NEWS
By George Taylor | March 22, 1992
There's no letup in the ever-growing interest in state team golf.What was started as a Sunday afternoon social outing in the early years of the Maryland State Golf Association has blossomed into one of the keenest competitions on the schedule.Just to show how much attention the matches are getting, Piney Branch Golf Club of Hampstead had qualifying trials for its team last fall.Piney Branch professional Jeff Zachman said the idea of earlyteam selection was just one more attempt at producing the club's best possible lineup.
NEWS
By George Taylor | July 7, 1991
After a struggling start a quarter of a century ago, Piney Branch can be proud of its place in golf.It took an elaborate homecoming celebration to remind Piney Branch members how far the club has come.When the course opened in 1966, there was enough money to build only nine holes.Today the club is a full-scale facility with 18 demanding holes, a membership of 520 and a waiting list of 150.Memories of early years at Piney Branch abounded as a program, under chairwoman LaVerne Harden, included a round of tournament golf followed by 114 guests for dinner.
NEWS
By GOLF | September 13, 1992
The conversation was focused on "shooting your age."More specifically, at what stage of a golfer's life should he consider the prime time to post a score the equal of his age.It was conceded to be before age 100 and after age 60. The best score ever recorded by a golfer at any age is 59.Still, the feat which has been described as the most satisfying thrill in the game has been accomplished at a wide variety of ages. It has been recorded even by golfers in their 90s.However, take it from former Piney Branch senior champion Vernon Sullivan, who, at age 72, feels he may be within striking distance of the rare accomplishment.
NEWS
By George Taylor | June 30, 1991
How do you win a golf championship?Strangely enough, for CarrollCounty golfers, the formats are pretty much the same. And it mattersnot whether you're talking about stroke or match play competition.Qualifications for these championships are the same at Wakefield Valley, Piney Branch and Bear Creek.While most clubs throughout Maryland consider their match play championship as the most important,the stroke play version continues to gain in stature. There is even quarrel in some corners that stroke play is a truer test of golfing skill.
NEWS
October 21, 2001
Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association contributed more than $18,000 to The Sun's Disaster Relief Fund for victims of last month's terrorist attacks. Association President Charles Fieldhouse said he solicited donations from the club's 4,677 members. The association has 48 clubs in Maryland, one each in Pennsylvania and Virginia, and six in Delaware, he said. Members must be age 55 or older. Fieldhouse asked for the donations between Sept. 14 and Monday. On Thursday, three clubs -- Piney Branch in Hampstead, Rolling Road and University of Maryland -- played at Piney Branch, where the donation total of $18,195 was announced.
SPORTS
By John W. Stewart | June 18, 1994
Bob Bilbo birdied four of his first six holes and went on to a 35-3166 to win the pro sweeps phase of a Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am at Piney Branch Golf Club yesterday. Bilbo, head pro at Argyle Country Club, finished with six birdies and a bogey for his tour of the 6,500-yard par 36-3571 Carroll County course.Brian Lehnhard of Glenn Dale GC also started at No. 10 and went to the turn in 31, also with four birdies. He offset his only bogey with a birdie for a par-matching nine.Charlie Palmer of Piney Branch, a one-time professional who regained amateur status several years ago, nearly surpassed Bilbo down the back nine, but a series of lipped-out putts left him at 33-3467.
SPORTS
By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 24, 1999
GRASONVILLE -- Mike Versuk, from Chester River Yacht & Country Club, dipped 6-under par through a nine-hole stretch in the middle of his round, then settled for a 3-under score of 34-3569 to tie Woody FitzHugh, from Herndon, Va., for low pro in a Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am at Prospect Bay CC yesterday.Versuk, second here two years ago, eagled the par-5 first hole (driver, 2-iron to eight feet), and added four birdies, before slipping back with bogeys at the sixth and seventh holes on the 6,249-yard course.
SPORTS
By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 30, 1999
Jason Goslee of Salisbury and Sarah O'Neill of Potomac earned the major titles in the annual Junior Boys and Girls championships of the Maryland State Golf Association yesterday.Goslee, 17, who will be a James M. Bennett High School senior in the fall, recorded a 2-over-par 35-3873 at Walden Golf Club in Crofton, and O'Neill, 14, posted 38-4078 at Hunt Valley Golf Club.In leading a field of 92 starters, Goslee, who plays out of the Elks Club GC, had one birdie and one bogey on the front nine, then played the more demanding back nine in eight pars and a double-bogey.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1997
LA PLATA -- As wetlands go, Piney Branch Bog is a gem.The soggy, heathlike landscape hugging the creek as it meanders through Charles County harbors nine kinds of plants rarely seen in Maryland, including the carnivorous purple pitcher plant."
SPORTS
By John W. Stewart | June 18, 1994
Bob Bilbo birdied four of his first six holes and went on to a 35-3166 to win the pro sweeps phase of a Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am at Piney Branch Golf Club yesterday. Bilbo, head pro at Argyle Country Club, finished with six birdies and a bogey for his tour of the 6,500-yard par 36-3571 Carroll County course.Brian Lehnhard of Glenn Dale GC also started at No. 10 and went to the turn in 31, also with four birdies. He offset his only bogey with a birdie for a par-matching nine.Charlie Palmer of Piney Branch, a one-time professional who regained amateur status several years ago, nearly surpassed Bilbo down the back nine, but a series of lipped-out putts left him at 33-3467.
SPORTS
By GEORGE TAYLOR | August 27, 1993
Are area golf clubs ready for mid-amateur competition?You wouldn't think so, judging by the response of Carroll County golfers to the Maryland State Mid-Amateur at Baltimore Country Club this week.Of 137 who teed off, plus another 40 who could not be fitted into the field, only five Carroll County golfers carried their bags to the tournament.But if Carroll County has not become "mid-amateurized," the rest of the nation has.It was not many years ago that the United States Golf Association placed mid-amateur events on its schedule for the first time.
SPORTS
By GEORGE TAYLOR | August 13, 1993
Charles Palmer is a convincing golf champion.Directly after winning the annual all-Carroll County title, Palmer added a triumph in the Piney Branch match-play championship.It was a closely contested 2-up decision over Wayne Gailey in the 36-hole Piney Branch final that enabled Palmer to clinch two golfing crowns in consecutive weeks. The win was the first match-play title for Palmer at Piney Branch. Gailey has been a multiple winner at the club.The match was tied after 18 holes, and the outcome was not decided until the last hole.
SPORTS
By GEORGE TAYLOR | July 9, 1993
TCPiney Branch contends for Mason-Dixon honorsFor the second year, Piney Branch women are contending for honors in the Mason-Dixon Golf Association's competition.The association includes an eight-team wheel, comprised of women's teams in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.The clubs include Chambersburg, West Winds, Waynesboro, Fountain Head, Holly Hills, Beaver Creek, Winchester and Piney Branch.The format calls for the teams to rotate to each other's courses once a month throughout the golfing season.
NEWS
By George Taylor | September 27, 1992
Statistics continue to show that Maryland lags far behind most states in golf facilities, but Carroll County is doing its part to close the gap.Before 1964, the only golf course in Carroll County was Western Maryland College's nine-hole layout in Westminster.Since then, Carroll County golf has expanded with 18 holes at Piney Branch, 27 at Wakefield Valley, 18 at Bear Creek and 18 at Oakmont Green.Two more 18-hole courses are on the drawing board for locations in Finksburg and Mount Airy. What's more, there has been solid growth within these new clubs.
SPORTS
By GEORGE PALMER | August 6, 1993
Palmer rules county after playoffCharles Palmer, a one-time professional now returned to amateur status, is the new Carroll County golf champion.Palmer, a member of Piney Branch, won the 1993 event played at Wakefield Valley in a playoff with host club member Gerry Eckenrode.After Palmer and Eckenrode deadlocked at 76, a sudden-death playoff was ordered. Palmer clinched the title with a par four on the 19th hole after Eckenrode three-putted.Dave Bittner, the tournament's defending champion from Wakefield, closed one stroke behind the leaders with 77.Still, the event will be remembered for the late collapse of Wakefield's Todd Eckenrode.
SPORTS
By GEORGE TAYLOR | July 16, 1993
At 45, Piney Branch's Howard Swartz wonders if he can rekindle his days of championship golf.It was in 1977 that Swartz, despite an impressive record in area amateur golf, backed off from tournament play and took on a new priority -- helping his wife raise a family of three children."
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