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Want to win 21st WACO? Fill out an entry form

Want to win 21st WACO? Fill out an entry form

July 18, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Better say WACO!

It's not too far off in the distant future and the 21st Washington County Amateur Golf Championship will be teeing off at Beaver Creek Golf Club on Aug. 14-15.

Kevin Reiber became WACO's youngest titleholder last year at age 16 and will return to defend his title in the 36-hole, medal play event.

Entry deadline for the event is Aug. 6. Entry fee is $130 and the pairings are based on a first-come, first-received basis. Titles will be awarded in the championship, first, second, third and fourth flights, according to handicaps.

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Entry forms are available at Beaver Creek, Black Rock Golf Club and Yingling's Golf Center.

It's a week full of activity at Beaver Creek beginning on Aug. 10 with Media Day, followed by the Long Drive Contest on Aug. 13 and Shootout and putting contest on Aug. 14.

For information, pick up an entry fee or contact Beaver Creek pro Mark Weber at 301-733-5152.




Amateur spots at stake


David Bradshaw, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., has already qualified for the West Virginia Amateur on the strength of his West Virginia Open title, and several golfers from the area will attempt to join the field.

Cacapon Resort will host a qualifier on Wednesday and the following will go after an amateur spot: Jame Metz of Charles Town and Mathew Martin of Hedgesville at 8 a.m.; Bobby Jones of Charles Town at 8:10; Brad Close of Berkeley Springs, Sam Harrison of Martinsburg and Chris Bradshaw of Harpers Ferry at 8:20, Bryan Lewis of Martinsburg and Erik Tedder of Charles Town at 8:30, all off the first tee; Thomas Close at 8 a.m., Steven Potter of Berkeley Springs and Gordon Chase of Martinsburg at 8:10, Terry Staubs and Steve Rogers of Charles Town and Matthew Davis of Harpers Ferry at 8:20 and Michael Pike and Rich Pell of Charles Town and Jimmy McWilliams of Martinsburg at 8:30 off the 10th tee.

The qualifers earn a spot in the West Virginia Amateur on Aug. 2-5 at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.

Pa. amateurs set


The Pennsylvania Golf Association conducts another of its tournaments July 26-28 when the Amateur championship takes center stage at Fox Chapel Golf Club in suburban Pittsburgh.

Chad Bricker, a senior-to-be at Waynesboro (Pa.) High School, will be in the field of 132 in the two-day medal play event. A top 40 finish would qualify Bricker for the final round of the 54-hole tournament.

Bricker won the Pa. Junior Championship at Penn National where he carded a 2-under par 140 to win the 36-hole event.

Futures in Maryland


The women's Futures Tour, a stepping stone to the LPGA Tour, will make two stops in Maryland in August.

Beltsville will be the first stop July 30-Aug. 1 for the Children's Hospital Golf Classic at Cross Creek Golf Club with a $70,000 purse at stake with $9,800 going to the winner. The Children's National Medical Center is the beneficiary of the proceeds in the 54-hole inaugural event.

Ticket information can be obtained by contacting the club at 301-595-8901.

Hunters Oak Golf Club will host the Hunters Oak Golf Classic Aug. 20-22 with a $65,000 purse with $9,100 to the winner. Hagerstown's Ashley Grier has received a sponsor's invitation to participate.

Contact the club at 410-827-0800 for ticket information.

The Futures Tour is the largest international women's development tour, with competition in 29 countries for more than 300 players. Futures alumni include Karrie Webb, Laura Diaz, Grace Park and Laura Davies, current LPGA stars.

MSGA Pro-Am Monday


The Maryland State Golf Association annual Pro-Amateur Championship tees off Monday at Hampshire Greens Golf Club in Silver Spring, Md., with several area golfers in the field.

Beaver Creek pro Mark Weber will tee it up at 9 a.m. with Randy W. Barnes; pro Jody Rokisky of Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick will pair with Dan Bittle at 9:15; Beaver Creek pro Tim Armstrong goes off with Brian Crabtree at 9:15; Holly Hills pro J.P. Lunn teams with Dave Prokopchak at 12:10; Hagerstown's Ken Lampard, playing out of Little Bennett, tees off at 12:40 and Fountain Head Country Club pro Darren Smith teams with Michael Weber at 12:50.

Frederick amateur set


The Frederick Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 28-29 at Clustered Spires Golf Course with 36-hole medal play competition.

Titles will be decided in the championship and four other flights.

The overall amateur champion will receive a $700 gift certificate and trophy and other winners will win gift certificates.

Entry fee for the tourney is $110 with a deadline of Aug. 23. More information is available from the club at 301-624-1295.

Pros in Hagerstown


Assistant club golf professionals throughout the PGA Middle Atlantic Section will converge in Hagerstown on July 26-27 for the Taylor Made Assistants Championship at Fountain Head Country Club.

A field expected to reach 120 players will compete over 36 holes with a trip to the national championship at stake, slated for Oct. 28-31 at the PGA Village Golf Club South Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla.




Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His Divots column appears every other Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311 or by e-mail at: koelble@herald-mail.com

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