Golfers go for it in heavy tournament action at area clubs


Area golf clubs have been teeming with action this past week.

Sandy Andersen and Liz McClary of Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club teamed with Madeline Purdue of Green Hill Yacht and Country Club and Elfriefde Kerstetter of Ocean Pines Golf Club to win the Ocean City Ladies Golf Association's annual member-guest gross prize in a two-best-balls-of-four event, which had to be shortened because of thunder and lightning.

In the net competition, Margo Mead and Polly Phillips of the host club were joined by Sherry Pope of Nutter's Crossing Golf Club and Norma Beach of Ocean Pines to earn handicap honors.

Runner-up laurels in gross went to Linda Palmer and Peg Murray of the Ocean City Golf Club with Joretta Holland of Nassawango County Club and Ethel Betts of Ocean Pines, while third gross was taken by Kate Davis of Ocean City, Phyllis Harrison of Prospect Bay, Ann Delaney of Ocean Pines and Delores Stott from Nassawango.

Second net, in a match of cards, went to Dot Morris and Anita Mooney of the Ocean City club, Billie Saunders of Nassawango and Ellen Petrillo of Hollywood, Fla., so this foursome could claim the farthest-flung player in the tournament.

Relegated to third net were Bella Gordon and Mary Sanford of the host club with the Nassawango tandem of Barbara Bull and Marian Dryden, while fourth net went to Margaret Markiewicz and Mardie Davis of Ocean City with the Ocean Pines pair of Mary Leidner and Ishbel McBride.

Closest-to-the-pin honors went to Polly Phillips of Ocean City (handicap of 26 and over) on No. 8 and Linda Palmer (handicap 0-25 and also of Ocean City) on No. 15, both on the Seaside Course, which served as the site for the tournament that attracted a field of 48 women. Driving closest to a fairway line were two Nassawango entrants, Joretta Holland on the No. 4 hole and Marian Dryden on hole No. 18.

The Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers also held its member-guest tournament, also played at two best balls of four. The easy winners with a 158 were Elinor Lees and Cho Chung with guests from Nutter's Crossing, Sabrina Kipp and Ellie Gore. Second at 166 were Nancy Hunter of the host club with guests Sophia Haupt, Betty Hall and Barbra Curtis, all from Ms. Hunter's other club, Montgomery Country Club in Rockville.

Net play was much closer, as Joanne Kirby teamed with three from Pine Ridge Country Club in Towson -- Joan O'Neil, Mary Myers and Betty Borcherding -- for a 125 that barely edged Betty Koontz and Mary Foy with Billy Sanders of Nassawango and Phyllis Edmunds of Fort Meade Country Club. The latter group's 126 not only missed by one stroke but had to endure a match of cards with the third-place foursome of Jane Herzog and Jackie Landon with Helen Stilson of Prospect Bay and Nudy Conway of Green Hill.

The longest drives were by two Ocean Pines women, Elinor Lees on No. 2 and Mary Leidner on No. 15. Four closest to pin prizes were awarded, which went to Irene Marshall of Ocean Pines on No. 5 at 8 feet, 7.5 inches; Snookie Eisenbrandt of Towson Golf and Country Club on No. 7 at 15 feet; Peg Murray from Ocean City on No. 13 at 12 feet; and Joanne Kirby of Ocean Pines on No. 16 at a slim 3 feet.

Prospect Bay held a member-guest tournament, and Jane Herzog of Ocean Pines was Helen Stilson's guest. They finished at 10th low net.

The OPLGA-9 Holers had a "Beat Robin" shotgun event (Robin Wissen is the female golf pro at Ocean Pines) with Beverly Smitley low net winner with a 32, edging the trio of Cathy Kirchner, Tommie Carpenter and Betty Larsen at 33. Next were Carol Mills and Gerrie Martin at 35, Skip Smith, Margie Kane and Gerry Frazier with 36, then Bobbie Buckley, Teri Weigman, Shirley Anderson, Helen McAllister, Mary Sadler, Thelma Ward, Dottie VanderClutte and JoAnne Hoglund, all at 37; 38s by Ginny Byloff, Betty Francke and Julia Stricker; Light Henderson, Anne Gillespie and Gerlinde Papas, 39; and Joan Sullivan, Jan Schlegal, Lois Heyden, Isabelle Makowski, Nancy Wells, Marge Clark and Millie Starck, all with 40 cards. Robin Wissen shot a 41.

At Pine Shore Golf, Sunday Scramble honors went to George Groth, Frank Coleman, Bud Bachtall and Jack Brancato with a 10-under-par 50 over the 9-under of Tom Quillen, Hal Kilberg and Ralf Wooten. Monday Evening Scramble winners were Jeff Melcher, Bill Rogers, Luke Hannon and John Knable with a 4-under 26.

Ladies League action was taken by two foursomes: Jean Wakefield, Ellen Burns, Joan Stever and Sybil Guest, and Lorraine Breidenbach, Gail Melcher, Dorothea Algiers and Jody Higdon, at 62. Wednesday Scramblers were Don Bradfield, Bud Bachtall, Don Schein and Sou Won with 52 over George Groth, Bill Staewan and Jim Brake at 53.

Pine Shore's Wednesday Co-ed Scramble was won by Paul and Nancy Poff with George Groth and Gini Tufts at 3-under 27 over the 28 of Joe and Rose Wierzbowski with Joe and Betty Ezekiel.

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