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Local group sets marks in first-ever round at Whitetail course

April 02, 2001

Local group sets marks in first-ever round at Whitetail course



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Steve Davis took at least one thing away from his first round at the Whitetail Golf Resort on Sunday afternoon.

"That second hole's a toughie," the Hagerstown resident said. "That high fade ... it wasn't such a good idea."

Davis, along with friends Dick Block, Donald Knadle and Jerry Beard, all of Hagerstown, played the first official round at the new golf course just down the road from Whitetail Ski Resort, and came home with great reviews.

Once they found the place.

"We had trouble finding No. 1," Beard said with a chuckle.

The foursome has been playing Sunday morning golf for the last six or seven years, almost always at Black Rock Golf Course in Hagerstown. When the new course advertised a giveaway for its first official round, they knew they could give up one weekend to make a little history.

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They didn't win the drawing, but the original winner, Jerome Smith of Baltimore, had to postpone because of a family commitment. It gave the foursome their shot once again.

At 8:30 a.m., they were off, the first of approximately 10-15 groups to play on Sunday, according to Whitetail marketing director Craig Sirbaugh.

"It's the best day we've had weather-wise so far this year," Davis said of conditions in the low-50s with light winds.

On their first trip around the 6,950-yard layout, there were plenty of firsts: first lost ball (Davis on 2), first par-3 reached with a 5-wood (Beard on 12) and first birdie (Block on 16).

"I was way down on the left with my second shot and thought (my third) was going into the trap," Block said. "It must have just missed and I was about 10-12 feet downhill. I just got it started and it rolled in."

When it was all said and done, there was no divulging of scores, although Beard did better than he first thought. Regardless, their scores did go down in the record books.

As the four of them realized, though, all the pencils at Whitetail have erasers.

"We've got the course record," Knadle said, " ... 'til that next group comes in."

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