A couple of events -- the James T. Sturgis Golf Invitational and the Ladies Member-Guest -- recently highlighted activities at Nassawango Golf and Country Club.
It took an exciting extra five holes to decide the Sturgis Invitational. In the end, Billy Sterling edged Shorty Harmon, after they had tied in the regulation 36 holes at 150.
In First Flight action in the Sturgis tourney, Fred Allen earned top honors with a 156 total. Next in line were Gene Deao, Gene Stotts and Orville Dryden.
The Second Flight went to Jeff Tetrick ahead of Bob Laws, Ed Wessells and Kelly Price. In the Third Flight, the winner was Bob Zapf over Gene Massey and Pat Lynch. Final gross laurels, in the Fourth Flight, went to Robert Reynolds, with Wayne Bowen, Ed Hickman and James Gatling filling out the top four spots.
On the net side of the ledger, Marty Naugle grabbed the Championship Flight brass ring with a 138 total, as Chris Chapman, Terry White and John Thornton fell in line. In First Flight net, it was Carlton Mason over Bill Groton and R. C. Hall. The winners of the final three net flights were Bob Makinen (second), Dean Morris (third) and Gene Lewers (fourth).
The Nassawango Ladies Golf Association held its annual Member-Guest played over nine holes in the better-ball format. Connie Onley of the host club and her guest, Skip Smith from Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club, topped the enthusiastic field with a 48 gross. Skip Smith also won longest-drive honors with a big poke on the 9th hole. Dot Kellam of Nassawango joined with Ginny Mayo, also Ocean Pines, to take third gross at 53.
After a four-month layoff from golf, "Big" Ed Ondrasik is back in form. Returning to the Ocean Pines course, Mr. Ondrasik employed some home-course strategy by hitting a 3-iron 180 yards off the tee on the 348-yard 1st hole. Then he choked a bit on the same weapon and winged a perfect shot to the green. He holed it for an eagle.
Pine Shore Golf offered its usual bonanza of fun tournaments, all scrambles. On Sunday morning, in a field of 24 players, top honors went to Mark Brueckmann, Bill Ratliff, Andy Anderson and Bob Grover who fashioned a 51, a 9-under-par card. Next were Dana Cooper, Virgil Cave, Jim Delaney and Preston Lewis, also hot with a 7-under 53.
Nineteen players turned out for the Pine Shore Ladies League June 29, with Caroline Riddle, Jane Ponton, Katie Eaton and Kemp Lang in first on an even-par 60 tour. Second, just one back at 61, were Sue Young, Joan Steyer, Ellen Burns and Maxine Yowler.
The next day, it was the Wednesday Morning Scramble in action, with top honors to Gene Kerin, Don Bradfield, Chet Fiedor and Claude Walter, as they put up some great numbers with a 12-under-par 48 card.
Finally, the Wednesday "Just For Fun" Coed Scramble, with 23 showing up for the midafternoon start, saw Lang and Sue Rosenblatt join Groth and Gini Tufts and post a 3-under 27. Edged by one stroke, the second-pace team was Joe and Betty Ezekiel with Adele and Bernie Fell at 28.
All of the Pine Shore tournaments are open to the public. The first three start early in the day. Call the clubhouse at (410) 641-5100 for times and details.
A golf clinic is held at Pine Shore Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sandy Bunting has made her mark in the Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers. She sparkled with an 89 gross card. Elsie King was next at 101, a score that could sometimes win one of these OPLGA-18 outings.
In net action, Jane Chufar tied Laverne Powell for first honors at 71. And, in the Fun Game
of the Day, a Low Putts event, Ish McBride and Irene Marshall tied with 28 taps each.
At Nutter's Crossing in Salisbury for the Ladies Member-Guest Tournament, Elsie King teamed with Jennie McAllister of the host club to win fifth low net.