Label it Carroll County's most resounding golf shot.

The battle scene was the 1986 Maryland State Amateur golf championship at Elkridge Club and the trigger was pulled by Piney Branch's Carol Gailey.

There was Gailey, only a once-in-a-while competitor at state level competitions, taking on Marty West, a former U.S. World and Walker Cup player who had won the state crown seven times. West, at the top of his game for this tournament, admitted having never met Gailey either on or off the golf course before.

It did not take West long togain respect for his opponent's game, however, as Gailey jumped in front, winning the first two holes. West was forced to take an even closer look after he continued to lead by two at the turn.

There still was time for West to pull it out, but Gailey never wavered. Instead of the pressure on Gailey, as was the case before the match, it nowhad shifted heavily on West.

As the pair came to the par-3 17th hole, West was faced with a two-down and two holes to play situation. The end came for the much-titled West when Gailey rolled in a birdie putt, and, thereby, clinched a 3 and 1 decision.

The next day, Gailey bowed in the quarterfinals to Buddy Peoples, the eventual tourneywinner.

Of course, Gailey's victory over West should not be considered a complete upset. After all, Gailey has a string of titles of his own. Since joining Piney Branch in 1979, Gailey has won six club championships, three at stroke play and three at match play.

And when he was not winning at Piney Branch, one of his two brothers were. Wayne Gailey won three times at match play and once in stroke play. Steve Gailey once held the club's match play crown.


Dan Loucks, head professional at the Liberty Park Range in Eldersberg, is the host for local qualifying for the National PGA Long Driving Contest June 15.

Both amateurs and professionals are invited to participate.Donations of $5 are asked for three attempts at advancing in the competition, which gets under way at 3 p.m.

It took a poke of 332 yards to lead in the same event at Liberty last year. The only other Baltimore-area qualifying trials will be staged at Longview on June 22.

Baltimore amateur Jeff Fick went all the way to the national finals of this tourney several years ago.


NOTES: Doug Jacobs, championship flight golfer at Piney Branch, underwent surgery for a back injury this week and will be out of golfing contention for the balance of the season. . . Bear Creek will entertain an American Cancer Society outing tomorrow. Format will be captain's choice. . . The Maryland Motor Truck Association will stage a tournament at Piney Branch

Thursday and a Member-Guest event will be played Friday. . . Teams are filing entries for the annual Western Maryland College Invitational tournament at the college course July 13. . . Openings remain for the Thelma Richards Women's tournament at Bear Creek on June 24. Information: 876-4653.

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