Starting Monday, 120 or so of the state's best male golfers, professional and amateur, will descend upon Maryland Golf and Country Clubs near Bel Air to vie for the championship of the 90th Maryland Open, the Maryland State Golf Association's oldest and most prestigious event.
The Open, free to the public, will get underway Monday at 7:30 a.m. with the first tee times off the first and 10th tees. Fans can follow the players, but by walking only. There is no admission charge.
"It's a fun event," said Gavin Hibbert, clubhouse manager at MGCC. "We're very pleased to host the event, looking forward to it."
The 54-hole event will have some local flavor, with four player with Harford County ties.
Headlining the locals as well as the field is Elkridge Club of Baltimore professional David Hutsell, the Havre de Grace native who recently won the PGA Club Professional National Championship in Hershey, Pa. Hutsell will be in the 7:30 a.m. group off the first tee Monday.
MGCC's head pro, Michael Zeman, will also compete. Zeman will tee at 7:41 a.m. Monday off hole 10.
Chris Demetrakis of Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air and Anthony Hogg of Mountain Branch Golf Course in Joppa will also compete. Demetrakis will tee at 7:52 a.m. on hole one and Hogg will have the afternoon start, going off tee 10 at 1:58 p.m.
All players will play a second round on Tuesday and the field will be trimmed to the low 40 players plus ties for Wednesday's final round.