The Beach Club entry in the Toyota/B. J.'s Ocean City Challenge Cup zoomed in front of the Blue Division by blasting last-place Green Hill in an 8.8 to .5 decision to move into first. The Beach Club boys now have 36 points in the six matches played thus far -- Green Hill, only 14.
However, the former Blue front-runner, River Run, lost 8-1 to next-to-last Cripple Creek (23). The unexpected disaster dropped River Run into a second-place tie with Ocean City at 31 points each. The OC team drew a bye this week for an automatic 4.5 points, and moved up from third.
In the Gray Division, Eagle's Landing carved out a 5-4 victory over Rehoboth Country Club to move a notch closer to the top team, with Rehoboth now at 35 points and the Eagle's crew 31.5. The Bay Club (29) and Nutter's Crossing (19) split on the day for 4.5 points each and remained in fourth and last place, respectively. Ocean Pines was on a bye week and wound up with 20.5 points in fifth.
In the competition for Player of the Year honors, the leader is Dave Quelland of Ocean City with 10.5 points out of a possible 12 for an 87.50 percent mark. Right behind Quelland is Tim
Brittingham from Eagle's Landing with 10 points in 12 tries and 83.33. Bob Crowther of Cripple Creek has 11 points out of 15 possible for a 73.33 percentage and Hunt Crosby of the Beach Club is fourth with 10 of 15 for 66.67 percent.
The match to watch this round is the Beach Club vs. Ocean City in a rematch of an earlier Blue Division meeting won by the Beach Club. However, River Run draws the hapless Green Hill this round and could regain the lead with a shutout of the Salisbury area tandem. In the Gray group, Eagle's Landing draws lowly Nutter's Crossing and could challenge for the lead, since Rehoboth can only garner 4.5 points in its bye week.
The active Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association -- 9 Holers held a Red, White & Blue tournament with players required to hit from the red, white and blue tees on alternate holes. Winners were: (First Flight) Regina Painter, 37, (Second) June Skaggs, 40, (Third) Lois Hall, 40, and (Fourth) Peggy Russo tied with Mary Steen at 41.
Earlier, the OPLGA-9 held its annual Sadie Hawkins Tournament with a scotch format and each lady golfer inviting a gentleman with no husband-wife teams allowed. Front Nine winners were Julie Stricker and Roger Makowski with a net 31, as the Back Nine went to Lois Hall and Lee Menear, with a 31. Nearest the pins honors went to Gerrie Martin, 10.5 inches on No. 5 and to Annette Berry with an even closer 3 inches as she just missed acing the 13th hole.
Ocean Pines assistant pro Bob Beckelman recently played 90 holes in one day to benefit the Arthritis Foundation and the Assistant Pros Championship. Beckelman's scores in the marathon effort were 78, 76, 79, 78 and 76 for a respectable 387 total and $550 in contributions.
In two outings, Pine Shore Golf Sunday winners were: first, Jack Fisher, Don Rudolph, Larry Wagner and Ralf Wooten tied with Gene Kerin, Will Rogers, Tom Burlin and George Groth, both with 8-unders, and then Bud Parr, Ron Hudson, Dana Cooper and Luke Hannon with a fine 10-under performance. Monday Scrambles went to Jeff Irving, Jack Reed, John Weippert and George Dunphy at 4-under, then to Mike Siler, Weippert, Al Fury and Frank McGuire with a 3-under. Ladies League winners were Tommie Carpenter, Jane Ponton, Dorothea Algiers and Jean Richardson with a 3-over 63 and then Jodie Higdon, Toby McClure and Faye Ream with a 2-over threesome mark.
Wednesday morning winners were Burlin, Earl Crowl and Groth at 10-under and then Burlin, Don Bradfield and Bob Jones tied Andy Anderson, Neil Belcher and Jack Thompson, both trios at 5-under. The Wednesday Coed meetings went to Andy and Marcelle Anderson with Bud and Rose Parr at 3-under and then to the Parrs with Jim Hudson and Barb Carberry at 2-under.
The first Nite Lite Tournament was taken by Ralf Wooten, Preston Lewis and Jeff Irving on an even-par 30, as 18 players participated in this tournament under the stars. Holes in one were made recently by Michael M. Cordrey of Millsboro, Del., and by Mark J. Ferraro from Wilmington, Del.