Joe Lynch of Baltimore County has been playing golf for only two years but has made progress quickly. He usually plays at Pine Shore Golf -- a tough 27-hole layout on Beauchamp Road that features three nines of par 30 each -- with octogenarian John McQuay.
Recently, Lynch shot a 69 over 18 holes, topping McQuay for the first time. Even though 69 is 9-over-par, it's impressive since Pine Shore owner Al Janis has a standing challenge to anyone who plays par 72 courses to see how close to par they will be on the difficult course.
Bud Humphries captured the Ocean Pines Golf Club Men's Championship over a challenging Fred Kerstetter in a match that ended 4 and 3 in the scheduled 36-hole finale.
Humphries was 3 up after the first 18 holes, but Kerstetter closed to within 1 down before Humphries rallied to put it away. Tied for third in the championship flight were Jono Halverson and Dick Zobel, and the medalist was Mike Chaddick.
With Hunt Crosby firing four birdies on the back nine and John Ruddo contributing earlier, the Beach Club swept River Run and moved into first place by a half point in the Toyota/B. J.'s Ocean City Challenge Cup. The Bay Club's 2.5 to 0.5 decision of Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club dropped the latter to second.
Paul Erdman and James Mason pulled off a major upset in the last-place Bay Club's victory over Dave Quelland and Stuart Jarmon, as the two teams registered 13 birdies in 18 holes, with Erdman rolling in six and Quelland four. Eagle's Landing, also in the second division, topped Ocean Pines 2 to 1, putting the Pinesmen in a second-place tie.
A sudden-death playoff was needed to determine the winner of the Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers' annual Governor's Cup. Agnes Mumford and Lavern Powell tied in regulation at 72 net, but Mumford prevailed after the second extra hole.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling will defend his 1992 title in the American Express/Toyota Celebrity Golf Tournament set for Eagle's Landing Golf Course on Oct. 22 and 23. With the year the Phillies are having, Schilling has to be the early favorite in the event, which benefits the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department's youth sports programs. Former Chicago Bears fullback Robin Earl has also committed to play.
The tournament will be a scramble format with each foursome playing with a celebrity.
Call Tom Perlozzo at (410) 250-0125 or Andy Loving at (410) 213-7277 for entrance registration.
There is still time to enter two other events -- the Gary Player/River Run Youth Benefit Tournament and the Preston A. Pairo Memorial Outing. The River Run affair, with Player playing golf Sept. 21, benefits the Ocean City and Showell elementary schools and the Blair Atholl School in South Africa. Call (410) 641-7200 for more information.
The Pairo tourney will take place at the Beach Club Sept. 23 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. After the golf, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., a dinner will be served at Waterman's Restaurant in West Ocean City.
Many prizes are lined up for contestants and a 50-50 raffle will benefit the Worcester County Humane Society. The entry fee is $75 per golfer and checks should be made payable to: Negotiations Inc., 12507 Sunset Ave., No. 11, Ocean City, Md. 21821. For information, call (410) 213-0022 or (410) 213-2112.