Rules are no barrier to this persistent golfer


Alexander "Mac" MacKenzie was flying high at the Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club recently, only to be shot down. However, the retired Air Force colonel ended up flying high again.

Back in June, Mr. MacKenzie scored a hole-in-one while playing in the Ocean Pines Board of Golf Governors Evening Scramble when he knocked in his tee shot on the 142-yard 13th hole with a 5-iron. Charlotte Manning, Jean Tarr and Gil Stricker were the witnesses of the achievement -- Mr. MacKenzie's first ace in 50 years of playing golf.

Aware that the United States Golf Association will not recognize a hole-in-one unless it is played in a complete 18-hole round, he went out the next day and played the other nine to satisfy the USGA requirement of completing any interrupted round that includes a hole-in-one within 72 hours in order for the ace to count.

Mr. MacKenzie did everything he was supposed to do, only to have the ruling body of men's golf in Ocean Pines overrule the USGA. It told him that the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) has ruled that a hole-in-one doesn't count unless it is played in "consecutive 18 holes." This meant that Mr. MacKenzie's name wouldn't be added to the plaque on which names of ace makers are inscribed.

The happy ending is that Mr. MacKenzie knocked home another hole-in-one, on the same hole with the same club, on Aug. 14 while playing 18 holes with Jim Crosby, Chuck Burton and Jim Carpenter.

"I didn't even care about the money for the drinks, all I wanted was the proper recognition on the plaque," said Mr. MacKenzie. "It seems like poetic justice."


The Ocean Pines Junior Invitational Golf Tournament, which annually attracts a large field of golfers from all over Maryland, could have attracted ducks this year. The kids had to play in a pouring rain recently.

Frank Romano, from Glenn Dale Golf Club, was the overall champion and winner of the 15-17 age group with a 78, leading Clark Topping's 81. Third, with an 82, was Tim Moores.

Another championship was decided as the Ocean Pines Junior title was played concurrently. Kevin Coyman birdied the last hole with a chip-in to post an 88 and best Chad Haynes by one stroke.

In the 13-14 group, Dane Schriber, from Hog Neck Golf Club, prevailed with an 87 over Ben Ricker at 90. In the 10-12 bracket, it was Vertti Iso'ahola from Prince George's Country Club, with 41. Chad Hill was next at 43.

Ocean Pines' own Tommy Copenhaver completed a three-year sweep of competing in the 9-and-under group as he carded a 17 for his third title in as many tries. Younger brother Robert Copenhaver was second, after enduring a playoff against Ryan Silverberg when both scored 20 in regulation.

The girls' division was captured by Kerrie Jones with a 71 in 9 holes from the red tees. Allie Cook was second.

Terry Saxon had a hole-in-one at Ocean Pines. His 6-iron rolled into the cup on the 152-yard seventh hole while he was playing with Evan Hileman and John Ruddeo, the latter an assistant pro at the Beach Club.

The Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-9 Holers also played in a pouring rain. Shirley Anderson led the "A" group with a 60, Joan Sarisky topped the "B" contingent with 61, Dottie Calhoun bested the other "C" players with 70, and Betty Duff soaked her way to an 81 that paced the "D" bunch.

The first annual River Run Employees tournament was captured by starter Charlie Culbertson with a 38 gross. Winners in the Calloway Net competition were Dave Patrick and Paul Walker, tied at 35. A field of 37 played.

Jane Emich won the senior championship of the Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club Ladies Golf Association with a 90 gross card. In the 50-65 Division, Mary Sanford had top gross with 101 and Audrey Thompson led the nets on a 76, with the Super Senior category going to Emich with her 90 and the net to Cade Glover at 77.

Scotty Gough, Mary Wagner and Lorraine Breidenbach won the latest Pine Shore Wednesday Ladies tourney with a 60 for even par. In the Pine Shore Sunday Morning Scramble, Leon Monroe, Larry Wagner Jr., Ron Sanko and Rick McLaren prevailed at 9-under.

The 9-hole "Just For Fun" Coed Scramble, played every Wednesday evening at Pine Shore, went to George Groth, Gini (( Tufts, Tom Burlin and Caroline Rainville with a 3-under 27. Finally, The Ocean View VFW weekly Scramble was taken at 4-under-par by Virgil Cave, Brian Amberman, Fred Crane and Joe Wierzbowski.

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