The B. J.'s South Summer Scramble Classic was played recently in honor of Jerry Todd, the extremely popular area man who was tragically killed on Route 90 this spring. In his memory, the proceeds went to the Ocean City Paramedics Foundation.
Sixteen foursomes took to the Nassawango Country Club tees and turf on an enervating 90-degree day, but the oppressive heat didn't prevent one man from scoring a hole in one.
The ace was even more interesting than you might think, as Tony Mileo of Bowie and Ocean Pines knocked a 7-iron dead to the stick on the 130-yard 13th hole and watched the ball bounce twice and roll in. Since he had hit first, his partners Pete Shepherd, Naylor Harrison and Bob Rash did not even get to have a tee shot on that hole.
But it wasn't Mr. Mileo's first ace, just the first one he saw go in. Thirteen years ago, Mr. Mileo put one in on the 13th hole at Bowie Golf & Country Club for his first-ever one-shotter, but on that occasion he didn't get to see the ball go in the cup as it disappeared behind some cattails on the front of the green and only his playing partners, who were off the tee, saw the ball disappear into the cup.
Tom Lloyd was joined by Gill Allis, Alan Raye and Dick Waskey, all four Beach Club Golf Links members, and they carded an 11-under-par performance which took the top prize by one slim stroke. Mr. Raye also took one of the two closest-to-the-pin prizes with a 5-iron on the 170-yard 8th that missed another hole in one by just 4 inches. Two more winners were Mike Fritz and Huey Hodge and, of course, Mr. Mileo was the fourth.
Tied for second with 10-under marks were the teams of Bobby Vermillion, Dean Langrall, Russ Bull and Mike Goodson. Mr. Mileo's foursome was the other runner-up team.
A Women's Peninsula Golf Association Individual Low Gross Tournament at Eastern Shore Yacht & Country was sparked by a persistent crow. Evidently, the crow loves golf balls -- probably thinks they are eggs but it must be a big disappointment trying to hatch them.
As her foursome walked to the seventh tee, Barbara Merritt of Nassawango told them how upset she had been two weeks earlier while playing in a member-guest. It seems she hit a nice drive on No. 7 only to see a crow sweep down and fly away with her ball.
Right after telling her group the humorous story, Ms. Merritt belted another fine drive right down the middle of the fairway. Here came the crow again and away went Ms. Merritt's ball. This time is wasn't funny at all and witnesses said she became furious. Both spheres were premium Slazenger balls and she wanted to chase the crow into the woods.
Joanne Kirby was with Ms. Merritt and Mardi Davis, of Ocean Pines, was with Sharon Wright of the Elks Club. Wright won the Second Flight with a nice 89, which topped Janet Jones of Seaford at 94.
In the other groups, Ms. Kirby won the Third Flight with an 86 to the 95 of Ocean City's Bella Gordon. The Championship Flight went to O. C.'s Liz McClary on a fine 75 which wiped out Green Hill's Maude Athes at 83 and it was all host club in the First Flight, as Peggy Tilghman won with an 83 and Dottie Pledger was runner-up on an 87.
Bob Mitchell reportedly had a hole in one at the Bay Club in Berlin, using an 8-iron on the 155-yard 14th hole.