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Oakmont Green picks head golf pro Haskell takes reins at Hampstead course


Tom Haskell has been named head golf professional at the newly opened Oakmont Green course in Hampstead.

The 49-year old Haskell, a native Marylander, comes to Hampstead by way of New Jersey. His most recent pro affiliation was with the Links at Kings Grant near Cherry Hill, N.J. Haskell was an associate with former National PGA president Bill Clarke and later with reigning PGA President Bill Smith.

"I played some of my early years of golf as a member at Hillendale Country Club [in Harford County]," said Haskell. "After turning pro, I served as Clarke's assistant at Hillendale."

This was followed by assignments with George Bird in Virginia and Smith in New Jersey.

"Teaming up with Smith was a natural," Haskell said. "He, too, is from Maryland, having once been a caddy at Country Club of Maryland. Still another Baltimore pro in New Jersey is Dick Henderson."

Henderson now is one of the leading money-winners on the PGA Senior Tour.

"In fact," said Haskell, "it is because of Henderson's wonderful success that Smith and I have been prompted to take a stab at the Senior Tour in the fall. We both are at the stage of turning the 50-year age limit for senior play."

Haskell, who plans to live in Owings Mills, is married with two sons and one daughter. One son is a student at Towson State, one is in the Coast Guard and their daughter is a teacher.

Haskell will be conducting individual and clinic golf classes at both Oakmont Green and the Hickory Heights course in Spring Grove, Pa. Both courses are owned and operated by Lee Snyder of Hanover.

Oakmont Green will not have a formal opening until fall, but special discounted play for seniors and women has started. Seniors will meet on Thursdays from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Ladies Day will be 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays.


Jamie Winter and Joe Valentini led the President's Cup competition at Piney Branch.

Winter won low net in the women's division with a 64. She was followed by Susan Roche, 69; Betty Fanshaw, 69; and Audrey Zink, 71. Valentini's 133 paced the 36-hole men's division. Charles Farley was second with 137, and Ray Shaffer was third at 139. Charles Palmer won low gross with a 148 total.


A Junior Golf Camp is scheduled to start tomorrow at Liberty Park Golf Center in Eldersburg. Classes for juniors (ages 7 to 17) will run 8 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. Professional Steve Jones will offer instruction in all phases of golf, including rules and etiquette.

Price per pupil is $85. Information: 795-1111.

Liberty Park will be host for the sectional qualifying for the National Chrysler Long Driving contest on July 11. Competitors may take their drives between 2 and 6 p.m.

Other trials are scheduled at various sites in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Winners from each of these sections will vie for the right to slug it out with the finalists later this summer. Contestants at Liberty Park will have an entry fee of $15 for nine drives. Only the longest drive hit within a 40-yard-wide fairway will be measured.


Todd Eckenrode captured his fourth stroke-play championship Wakefield Valley, posting 78-74 -- 152. Second place was shared by Charles Farson, 79-76 -- 155 and Bob Blubaugh, 84-71 -- 155. Farson won a playoff for runner-up honors. Mike Myers, defending match champion at Wakefield, was fourth with 156.


Chris Conklin tees off at 7:30 this morning in defense of his match play championship. His opponent in the 18-hole final is Bill Welch. In the semifinal, Conklin defeated Adam Fouse, 3-1, and Welch stopped Steve Richardson, 2-1.

Here are the final flight results:

Consolations: Dale Peddicord defeated Hal Wilson, 6-5.

First flight: Ron Fause defeated Jesse Mullinix 1-up (21 holes.)

Second flight: Charles Richardson defeated Bill Clatterbuck, 3-2.

The team of Beverly Phillips, Donna Ensor, Betty Winner and Kate Anderson scored 166 to win low-gross honors in the annual Thelma Richards tournament at Bear Creek.

The winning net team, with a 122 total, included Shirley Keeney, Doris King, Mattie Fisher and Dee Wilson.

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