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The Ocean City golf area has been replete with holes-in-one in this still young golf season. Perhaps the two most unusual were by Dick Brady and Ed Clark who posted theirs in a Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association event at Ocean Pines Golf Club. Mr. Clark had his perfecto on the 144-yard seventh using a 7-iron and Mr. Brady poked his home on the 156-yard 16th with a 5-iron as weapon of choice.

The oddity is that neither of those holes was included in the closest-to-pin competition, so Mr. Clark and Mr. Brady got nothing for their efforts. Except, of course, the thrill of an ace -- Mr. Clark's fourth and Mr. Brady's thrilling first.

Eagle's Landing has had a flock of aces, with Sherry Pope of Salisbury knocking home a 7-wood on the 118-yard third and Charles P. Memmer of Silver Spring also using a 7-wood to perfection to score on the 166-yard 17th.

By the way, have you heard that Eagle's Landing has been ranked the 16th best new course in the United States? You must see it or play it. It's gorgeous.

The New York Club of Ocean Pines, an informal group made up of transplants to the Pines from the New York metropolitan area, including Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut, held its first golf tournament in connection with its annual spring dinner.

Playing a simple 9-hole standard scramble event over the front nine at the Ocean Pines Golf Club, the initial effort by this happy group produced an exciting ending with three teams tied for first on scores of 38. Those teams were: Jerry Marshall with Al Civitella, Barbara Monohan and Joe Kitchenman; Chuck James, Joe Russo, Al Lustig and Barbara DeGregory; and Bob McIntyre with Sandy Paultz, Ethel Betts and Jerry Monahan.

The recent Ducks Unlimited Tournament, sponsored by Oceana and Ducks Unlimited, was won by Rich Ethridge, Al Raye, Dan Parker and Tom Lloyd, who carded a sensational 5 eagles and 13 birdies to come in 23-under-par.

The Ocean City Ladies Golf Association team in the Women's Peninsula Golf Association matches split with the Green Hill Country Club women recently, taking the gross honors by a 39.5 to 32.5 count and losing the net to the Hillers by one slim point at 36.5 to 35.5.

Sandy Andersen and Liz McClary, long the O.C. female big guns, defeated Connie Hillman and Gail Elliott by 10.5 to 7.5 in gross but tied them in net at 9 points each.

Jane Emick and Linda Crismer almost duplicated that, topping Madelyn Perdue and Inga Hogue by 9.5 to 8.5 in gross and tying at 9 in net. Lori Karvellas and Margo Mead won both parts of their competition with Pat Dodd and Nancy Clark, with a rousing 10.5 to 7.5 gross result and a slim 9.5 to 8.5 net win.

And, finally, Peg Murray and Jane Coates tied Ann Fincher and Nita Holland at 9 in gross but lost to them by two points, 10 to 8, in the net.

Also, at the Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club, the Men's Golf Association got its tournament schedule under way with a Two-Man Better-Ball that was won by Chet Reeves and Jack DuBarr all alone at 60. Tied for second at 62 were the teams of Terry Harrison with Ken Causey and Art Daigle with Joe Ryan. Fourth was also a tie, at 63, between the tandems of Ray Ulatowski with Ed Mclarney and Walter Ridgeway paired with Harlan Talley.

There's still time to get in the Atlantic General Hospital Spring Golf Classic, which will be held June 6 at OCG&YC; on the seaside course. If anyone gets a hole-in-one on the eighth hole, he or she will win a new car. There also will be lots of other prizes. Call (410) 641-1779 or (410) 641-1100.

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