Golf tourney could mean $1 million payoff


An interesting shootout, with a possible million-dollar payoff, is taking place at Nutters Crossing Golf Club in Salisbury. It's worth going there to take part in such a worthy cause, which benefits Habitat for Humanity on Maryland's Lower Shore.

The action takes place from 7 to 8 every night until Sept. 4. The tourney concludes Sept. 11 with $1 million for the finalist who sinks a hole in one at the ninth hole.

The Toyota/B. J.'s Ocean City Challenge Cup had a stretch of excitement recently. The Bay Club was playing the Beach Club and lost the front nine by one down. The club seemed poised to catch the Beachmen on the back nine as action stayed close. Then John Ruddo dropped a 20-foot birdie in the cup on No. 12, Hunt Crosby dunked a 25-foot down-hiller on No. 13 and Ruddo " followed with a bird on No. 14.

Suddenly, the Bay Clubbers were 3 down, eventually losing the side and the match to fall into last place with 3 points, while the Beach Club stayed on the heels of first-place Ocean Pines by winding up with 5 points to the Piners 6.

Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club missed a chance to move into first, as Ocean Pines split with them, putting the O. C. guys in a tie for second. River Run moved out of last place with a victory over Eagle's Landing. They are tied for third at 4 points each.

Fourth-round matches will see the Bay Club at Eagle's Landing, Ocean City at the Beach Club and River Run at Ocean Pines. Call the various pro shops to find out play dates and times.

Carl Lyons came in at the end of the field in the Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club Men's President's Cup with a closing 64 to take the championship by six strokes over Howard Jarmon. Lyons had begun the two-day event with a 69 in the all-net competition, finishing with a 133 total which topped Jarmon's 71-68/139.

In third place, with a 69-72/141, was Herb Bull who fell to Lyons' final-day heroics after tying for the second spot after round one. Ray Nornes led after the first day with a 68 but slipped to a 75 for a 143 that tied him with two others for sixth place. Al Moran, with 73-69/142, and John Kraus, 72-70/142, tied in fourth and the others in sixth were Dick Bennertz at 70-73/143 and Ray Coates Jr. with 74-67/143.

Sue Agan, Lavern Powell, Betty Johnson and Louise Yeatman, all with net 70s, Sandy Pultz at 71, and Charlotte Manning, Opal Kress, Nancy Hunter and Sandy Bunting, all with 73s, had a mutual achievement recently in action of the Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers. They all beat the pro when Ocean Pines professional Buddy Sass carded a 74.

In the next outing, a Low Gross-Low Net event, Elinore Lees won gross honors with a solid 90 over Hunter at 93, while Mary Boteler took the net play on a 69 over the 70s of Nancy Treece and Linda Hall. The fun game for the day was a chip-in competition, and Jackie Landon amazingly had three successful chip shots (anything off the green was counted), while other successful up-and-downers were Irene Marshall, Hunter again, Ishbel McBride, Carolyn Young and Ann Reed.

Bret Marshall and John Ruddo, assistant golf professionals at the Beach Club, are offering weekly clinics through August.

The fee is $10. For more information, call 641-GOLF.

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