A summer-long promotion was run by Golf Getaways in Ocean City -- golfers were asked to pay a $1 registration fee that would qualify them for the million-dollar finals if they got a hole-in-one while playing at the Bay Club, the Beach Club Golf Links, Eagle's Landing Golf Course, Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club or River Run Golf Club.
The finals were held on the last day of the Sunfest celebration recently and 10 lucky golfers had a swing at $1 million. The site was the 165-yard 8th hole at the Beach Club, and four of the 10 players made the final field in a closest-to-the-pin competition the day before the finals.
Geody Severance of Ocean City led off with a strong shot that missed the green to the left. Things went rapidly downhill after fTC that. Charlie Deitrick of Philadelphia was second and his shot hit left and way short. Barry Streib of Ocean City hit way short. Casey Peters of Ocean City was fourth and also short of the target. And Bill Sweeney of Berlin hit one into the pond on the right. Sixth was Rich Kraeuter of Baltimore. He had enough club but was disastrously wide left.
Next, Kevin D'Arco of Lititz, Pa., hit a strong 5-iron onto the green but 42 feet beyond and right of the pin. He ended up the only one of the 10 players to hit the green and won a putter for his efforts.
The eighth golfer, Dave Godek of Reading, Pa., hit left and short. Bo Wilkins of Annapolis was also short. And Gene Schaer of Torrington, Conn., hit into the pond. Scott Sheubrook of Baltimore, an original qualifier with an ace at the Beach Club's 11th hole on Aug. 28, had to work and missed the finals.
The Atlantic National Bank Scramble, termed by one Ocean Pines golf official as "the most popular scramble on our calendar, year after year," was held and prizes were evenly distributed between front- and back-nine players. This event is now in its 11th year. It was started by Hap Schoppert, an ANB director, and continued by his successors.
Front-nine winners were two teams tied at 38: Jim Clendening, Andy Wilcox, Marie Seward and Bob Lefebvre wound up knotted with Jack Anderson, Bill Preston, Janet Lefebvre and Jim McBride.
On the back nine, the lone winning team, also at 38, was Jim Kanuff, Jerry Marshall, Andy Bosco and Jean Tarr. Mr. Marshall got a birdie on No. 13 when he knocked home an 8-foot putt from his own tee shot.
The annual Peaky's Restaurant Golf Tournament, a two-day better-ball event, was held at Nassawango and the gross winners were perennial Nassawango champ John Boston and Bill Sterling with a 127. In the net division, the winners were Bruce Bradford and Ken Price with 111.
There will be a charity tournament Oct. 14 at Ocean Pines when the American Red Cross Fall Classic tees up. Prizes are available and the $350 team entry fee will benefit the Red Cross. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on the 14th tee and the format is the popular four-person scramble. Call (410) 749-5331 for more information.
Season nears end
OC is winding down for the season, and so is this column. It's been a happy relationship -- the only thing I'd like to improve upon is getting information from Baltimore-area golfers about their experiences on our Ocean City courses.
Please write to me at 1628 Ocean Pines, Berlin, Md. 21811 or call (410) 641-6711 with news of your exploits.
They don't have to be sub-par rounds, holes-in-one, or the like, since golf is supposed to be a fun game and I'd like this column to reflect that with news of average golfers doing average things on the course.