The Carroll County Amateur Golf Championship was set for early August last year, despite small numbers, but inclement weather hit the area and washed out any chance of playing at Piney Branch Golf Club that day.
The private course in Upperco had other outings and events filling the rest of the summer calendar, and with only a handful of players in the championship flight the tournament wasn’t rescheduled.
Jeff Zachman, Piney Branch’s head professional and the man who helped revive the annual tourney two years ago, is trying to get ahead of things this time around.
Zachman is having the Amateur on July 23, with a rain date of Aug. 6.
The tournament was a fixture in Carroll from 1992-2011 at Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster, but it faded away after the course closed in 2013. Zachman made an attempt to restart it in 2015 but couldn’t land a sponsor. The following year, things fell into place.
Piney Branch hosted the event, an 18-hole stroke play format which featured five five flights and more than 40 players in the field. Kevin Grady, a 2005 Century High School graduate, shot 4-under 67 to win the championship flight and post the lowest 18-hole score in tourney history for that level.
This year’s event has four flights — men’s championship, men’s amateur (gross and net divisions), men’s senior (55 and over, gross and net), and women’s amateur (gross and net). The tournament is open to all Carroll residents, members of the county golf course, and anyone who has played a county course.