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See, this is how it works.

The Beach Club calls me with a hole-in-one story. I call the guy who made the ace for more details or some interesting quotes and, not only do I get the quotes, I also get a second story about a senior league.

Tom Boenzli of West Ocean City is the hero of all this action because he really hit a perfect 7-iron shot to the 155-yard fifth hole at the Beach Club and it took one bounce and cuddled down into the cup. That's the ace -- his first in 43 years of playing golf!

Sometimes a hole in one does not save a round from a mediocre total but Boenzli said, "This was one of my better rounds."

It was an 84 gross, 68 net in the individual medal play, full handicap format and it was one of the two lowest scores of the day. Next time out, inspired by the earlier ace, Boenzli fired an 82 for a 66 net round.

Watching the perfecto were Pete Vicidomini, George Miller and Harry Taylor. Other members of the Beach Club Senior League are Jim Jordan, Bob Roth, Bob Jones (fine golf name, right?), Ed Sas (treasurer), John Lansinger, Bob Cremen, Tom Ricker, Herb Laderer, Tom Goughan, Bob Donnelly, Jack McKinley and Boenzli.

Boenzli started the league this year and is its president. The loop meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Beach Club, and the cost is the usual for golf and cart, plus $5 for prizes. A 36-hole tourney will be held Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 to determine the Beach Club Senior Men's Champion.

You can't get in it now but men age 50 and up, both members of the Beach Club and nonmembers, are welcome for 1995. Call Boenzli at (410) 213-1627.


River Run Golf Club held its annual Member-guest Tournament, and the winners in gross were Mike Delovich and his guest, Bud Corbin, on a steady 70 which is one-under-par. In the net category, the champions were Wayne James and Chris Popoli with a scorching 63.

Second net demanded a match of cards at 64, with Gloria Supansic and Jamie Young prevailing over Gary Feeheley and )) Joe Duncan. Filling out the top four were Dick Berry and Paul Horvitz, who needed a critical 18th-hole putt to post a 65 and edge Ron Supansic and Paul Louckas at 66.

Corbin crashed the longest drive with a booming blast of 290 yards on the fifth hole. And Farrell Harding earned closest-to-the-pin honors with a fine shot on hole No. 14 that stopped only two feet from the cup.


The Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-18 Holers held an unusual tournament called 50 Per Cent of the Back Nine. Winners were Chung Cho and Phyllis Steinberg, with the runner-up slot going to Joanne Kirby, Jane Herzog and Mardie Davis.


A minister in Atlanta, the Rev. John Freeman, likens golf to theological reflection, as well as worldly frustration, and he believes there are striking similarities between golf and Christianity.

In his book, "Tee-ology: Golf's Lesson for Christians and Other Seekers," Freeman offers 18 meditations on the relationship between golf and faith.

The chapter titled "No Sandbagging" discusses the golfer's temptation to cheat by improving lies or losing a few strokes on the old score card. I hope he knows that not all golfers are tempted to cheat -- many would not think of playing outside the rules.

"Long or short, a stroke is a stroke. They all count the same, in faith or in golf," Freeman says.

To answer those who feel his approach trivializes faith, Freeman points out that Jesus told great truths through parables that dealt with ordinary activities such as fishing and farming.

One is tempted to note that perhaps Jesus knew a little more about fishing and farming than Freeman does about golf.

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